Fall of Poppies

Stories of Love and the Great War

I had uncommonly high expectations prior to reading this account of the Great War. I consider myself a devoted reader to authors such as Hazel Gaynor and Lauren Willig and so I knew the storyline was something that I wanted to analysis. Truthfully the novel didn't necessary meet the presumptions that I had regarding the material.

At the introduction of the novel I found myself lost. The story is not at all written, with the subject matter and concerning a large amount of absent detail. Such details that are mentioned are those that involve a destructive violence that I would prefer not to be included in any book. So almost instantly I was turned off by the novel, but I continued anyhow only to come to the sad conclusion that none of the stories thrilled me.

Each of the stories seem to ramble about with leading characters that really do not have to survive after the Great War. I both hated and admired the traits among the characters as putting one's life back together following a war is never easy. The determination to continue moving forward with their individual lives is something I favored with each story. Still, from a reader's point of view none of the stories were well-written due to the lack in detail.

I do wish that I would have liked the story more as this was one of my anticipated reads of the new year and I did finish reading it in a single day. Yet, I won't recommend it to my fellow readers for the reason that I don't plan to reread the novel again.

Book Blurb for Fall of Poppies

Top voices in historical fiction deliver an unforgettable collection of short stories set in the aftermath of World War I—featuring bestselling authors such as Hazel Gaynor, Jennifer Robson, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig and edited by Heather Webb.

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month...

November 11, 1918. After four long, dark years of fighting, the Great War ends at last, and the world is forever changed. For soldiers, loved ones, and survivors the years ahead stretch with new promise, even as their hearts are marked by all those who have been lost.

As families come back together, lovers reunite, and strangers take solace in each other, everyone has a story to tell.

In this moving anthology, nine authors share stories of love, strength, and renewal as hope takes root in a fall of poppies.

Featuring: Jessica Brockmole

Hazel Gaynor, Evangeline Holland, Marci Jefferson, Kate Kerrigan, Jennifer Robson, Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Heather Webb

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2016 3.00