The Poppy Sisters

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Pub Date Jan 02 2024 | Archive Date Jan 23 2024
Harper 360 | One More Chapter

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‘A rich and gripping war story that hooked me from the first page…I was effortlessly swept into the drama’ USA Today bestseller Andie Newton

Divided by war. Reunited by courage.

Phoebe is a volunteer nurse at a Base Hospital in Étaples, France, treating men who’ve served on hte Western Front. Their courage and resilience inspires her, and though she’s meant to keep her distance, Captain Archie Bailey soon captivates her heart.

Her younger sister Celia is a nurse at a POW camp on the island of Jersey. These men fight for the forces that bombed her brother and parents, but long hours spent healing them shows her they aren’t the monsters she expected.

Despite the miles between them, both Celia and Phoebe come to see the commonality in their experiences – the sense of community and friendship, the unexpected moments of love and laughter, and a bond so strong that even war can’t break it…

Readers are loving The Poppy Sisters:

What a first class read! Definitely recommend it’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘An excellent and emotional read’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘WWI and WWII are my favourite genres and I thoroughly enjoyed this read. I would highly recommend’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A fantastic WW1 romance book’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I truly loved it. I had been craving a historical fiction read and this book was just what I had been looking for’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A treat to read…the three main women characters are inspiring and the hope of love never fades’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘With each book I read, I’m becoming more and more of a fan of Deborah Carr and her beautiful style of writing…I loved this story’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Fascinating, heart-wrenching, beautiful and gripping’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A rich and gripping war story that hooked me from the first page…I was effortlessly swept into the drama’ USA Today bestseller Andie Newton

Divided by war. Reunited by courage.

Phoebe is a volunteer...

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The drama in this book was amazing, it kept the historical elements perfectly and glad I was able to go on this journey with the cast. The use of war worked overall and I thought how good Phoebe and Celia were written. Deborah Carr writes a great story and it left me wanting more.

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Review: The Poppy Sisters by Deborah Carr

This WWI historical fiction was a heartfelt and beautiful read. The descriptions of not just the field & POW hospitals, but the island and coastal regions the book takes place in were vivid and beautiful. The characters were developed quite well and you felt for them. When I first started reading I wasn’t sure about this book, but it sucked me in and I quickly finished the whole story. The juxtaposition of the sisters similar experiences was interesting and I enjoyed reading this book.

I would recommend this book.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book.

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2 sisters, separated by war, Phoebe and Celia. They have recently lost family loved one and are nurses in 2 different situations. I loved these 2 women and the love stories they have.

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In this fantastic World War I historical fiction novel, readers follow sisters Celia and Phoebe, both British nurses. Celia works at a POW camp on Jersey island, while Phoebe works in a hospital near the front lines in France. Both sisters find love while working as nurses, but the war, naturally, makes things difficult for the two of them and their paramours. Both sisters make friends and enemies along the way, but their duties as nurses come first, before everything else. Carr’s characters inhabit an incredibly detailed, complex world, and she brings the horrors, realities, and emotions of hospitals and POW camps to life in this incredibly detailed historical fiction novel. Focusing on the two sisters, the novel alternates between their perspectives, narratives, and locations, and Carr connects the two through letters and a shared backstory. Carr’s characters are the stars of the show, from Celia and Phoebe to minor characters Archie, Jocasta, and Otto, and each character has a unique personality and backstory. The relationships that Celia and Phoebe form with other minor characters (as well as their preexisting relationship as sisters) are particularly compelling, emotional, and realistic. This novel is a fascinating, immersive, and highly enjoyable historical fiction read.

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Thank you for the ARC’! The book is a slow flame but I found myself intrigued from the beginning and couldn’t put down. I loved the alternating storylines and really enjoyed that this book was set during WW1 since I don’t feel I read much historical fiction at this time. I learned a lot, which is my favorite thing about the genre, and think the author did a beautiful job pulling this story together.

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Very well written WWII book. The whole thing will keep you riveted and keep you going. All the characters were relatable and their stories humbling.

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