Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War
These centenary years of the Great War have a particular poignancy. Few families in the combatant nations escaped the heartache of losing a loved one in the “war to end all wars.”
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“. . . a book for every reader of early twentieth century fiction and fact..”
Few communities didn’t suffer the terrible loss of young men to the mechanized butchery of the front lines. Those bloody months-long battles of World War I and their consequences are with us to this day.
Fall of Poppies brings to life in fiction the people of that magical “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month,” the day almost a hundred years ago when the bloodshed finally ended. We read of soldiers and airmen and the civilians who love them, mothers and sons, sweethearts and wives. The message of love, survival and strength in the face of adversity, of difficulties overcome in the search for peace, resonates through the pages. The book holds a message that although the characters find the world has changed from what they knew, all will be well.
In Fall of Poppies, nine authors – Jessica Brockmole, Hazel Gaynor, Evangeline Holland, Marci Jefferson, Kate Kerrigan, Jennifer Robson, Heather Webb, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig display the sensitivity and fine feeling for history and narrative that brings those days to life. Fall of Poppies is a book for every reader of early twentieth century fiction and fact.
Reviewer: Cindy A. Matthews