Genre: Historical Fiction, Anthology Publication.Date: March 1st, 2016 Pages: 368 Published By: William Morrow Website: Heather Webb Fall of Poppies on Goodreads My review copy: from the publisher for review
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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.
It's either the longing in your eyes or the name you gave your daughter, but something tells me you want to start a new life as much as I do.
Exactly seven years ago, around about this time of day, she had met Daniel for the first time. Seven years, and they had been parted for nearly all that time.
I shouldn't have made you promise not to write. I watch for the mail every day, on the chance that you forgot the promise or wrote despite it. I wish that I knew how you felt about all this. Because, as crazy as it is, as reckless as it sounds, I don't think I mind. I liked the dream I had last night. I wish you could've seen it.
Fall of Poppies combine nine collective stories by nine amazing historical fiction authors into this great collection of literature. The stories focus on the time right when World War I was over. It portrays strong female protagonists that are all searching for something after the war ends. A place to feel safe, a loved one to call their own, a place in this new world. I just adored all these stories so much!
Below I will spotlight two of the stories I loved the most:
A story of a woman that only hopes to get her grandmother's painting from her abandoned house. before she leaves the country that destroyed her family forever. This painting is all she has left to support herself and her daughter Hope when the war is over. Then her plans seem to be ruined when she is left to care for a German soldier she knows nothing about. This story was written by one of my favorite authors in historical fiction. I am addicted to the way Marci Jefferson portrays the woman in her stories. They are all strong regardless of their struggles.
Daisy sits by her fathers death bed as she quietly waits to see her father at piece finally from the pneumonia that will take him to heaven. She has much to do once he has passed. This leads Daisy into her fathers study that she has never even thought about going. Once there she finds a letter that makes it appear that her father kept an important message from her. As Daisy searches for answers to her fathers betrayal, the reader is led to 1918 when Daisy volunteered for a woman who would make masks for the men that came home from war forever scarred by their fighting. This is when Daisy meets a man she can't seem to let go of.
This was my first story from Jennifer Robson but it won't be for long. I am in the middle of reading her latest novel "Moonlight Over Paris." I am quickly falling in love with Jennifer's characters and the way she seamlessly captures the readers attentions with her unique style. A definite must read in this story collection.
All these stories were really good. I felt drawn to each plot and was unable to stop reading until that particular story was done. Pick up this collection of war time stories if you are a historical fiction fan like myself.
About the Authors
Jessica Brockmole is the author of the internationally bestselling Letters from Skye, an epistolary love story spanning an ocean and two wars. Named one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2013, Letters From Skye has been published in seventeen countries.
Hazel Gaynor is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home and A Memory of Violets. She writes regularly for the national press, magazines and websites in Ireland and the UK.
Evangeline Holland is the founder and editor of Edwardian Promenade, the number one blog for lovers of World War I, the Gilded Age, and Belle Époque France with nearly forty thousand unique viewers a month. In addition, she blogs at Modern Belles of History. Her fiction includes An Ideal Duchess and its sequel, crafted in the tradition of Edith Warton.
Marci Jefferson is the author of Girl on the Golden Coin: A Novel of Frances Stuart, which Publisher’s Weekly called “intoxicating.” Her second novel, The Enchantress of Paris, will release in Spring 2015 from Thomas Dunne Books.
Kate Kerrigan is the New York Times bestselling author of The Ellis Island trilogy. In addition she has written for the Irish Tatler, a Dublin-based newspaper, as well as The Irish Mail and a RTE radio show, Sunday Miscellany.
Jennifer Robson is the USA Today and international bestselling author of Somewhere in France and After the War is Over. She holds a doctorate in Modern History from the University of Oxford, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow. Jennifer lives in Toronto with her husband and young children.
Heather Webb is an author, freelance editor, and blogger at award-winning writing sites WriterUnboxed.com and RomanceUniversity.org. Heather is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and she may also be found teaching craftbased courses at a local college.
Beatriz Williams is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of The Secret Life of Violet Grant and A Hundred Summers. A graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from Columbia, Beatriz spent several years in New York and London hiding her early attempts at fiction, first on company laptops as a corporate and communications strategy consultant, and then as an at-home producer of small persons. She now lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore, where she divides her time between writing and laundry. William Morrow will publish her forthcoming hardcover, A Certain Age, in the summer of 2016.
Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of eleven works of historical fiction. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages, awarded the RITA, Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards, and chosen for the American Library Association’s annual list of the best genre fiction. She lives in New York City, where she now writes full time.
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