Among the Poppies

by | Jul 3, 2018 | Fiction Book Reviews | 4 comments

As many of you know, I’m a big fan of the World War I era, so when J’nell Ciesielski asked me to read her novel for endorsement, I was happy to oblige. What many of you, who have had the chance to read it, discovered is an Amazing tale. A woman with a strong heart and fierce determination and a capable man with a will of iron and a compassionate hearts. Set within the backdrop of war, social change, and human depravity, these two characters shine with the hope of faith, love, and internal strength.

Among the Poppies

About the Book:

The ideal lady wears lace, speaks quietly, and never under any circumstances fixes an automobile. But Gwyn Ruthers has never cared two snaps about being the ideal lady. With the war to end all wars exploding across the English Channel, she leaves behind her restrictive life as a chauffer’s daughter to serve in an all-female ambulance unit in France. She’s not about to let her social status or gender prevent her from serving her country. Not even a handsome captain can distract her from her mission. Most of the time.

Captain William Crawford wouldn’t wish the ravages of war on any man, much less the captivating woman who insists on driving into battle instead of staying safely at home. He can’t deny that the troops need more medical help, but not when it puts innocent women in danger. How can he lead his men against the Jerries while worrying about Gwyn’s safety?

Bound together by circumstances, Gwyn and William can’t stop the love growing between them. Can their relationship survive, or will it become another casualty of war?

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Here’s what I have to say about this fantastic edition to the WWI-era novels.

ATP“What a debut! J’nell Ciesielski ignites the pages with a captivating, out-of-the-box heroine and a kind hearted, by-the-book hero in this World War I romance of changing times, shakable lives, and a steadfast God.  With tedious detail and heart-wrenching descriptions, Ciesielski takes the reader on a journey through the hospitals, trenches, and frontlines of France, giving us not only, a view from a soldier but also the rare perspective of women who dared enter the devastating world of war. Friendships are challenged and formed, faith is tried and strengthened, hearts are broken and healed, and romance is found and forged through the fires of The War to End all Wars. This novel sweeps beyond the glitz and glamour of the Edwardian age and draws a realistic tale of love, loss, war, and dreams. The heroine was delightful and the hero a fitting match. A beautiful story.”
Follow this link to get your copy today. Not only does it introduce you to a lesser known time period, but to an amazing cast of characters from an author who knows how to write a beautiful story.
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  1. Andrea Stephens

    I have this book in my TBR!

    • pepperbasham

      It’s a fantastic addition to your reading library

  2. Rebecca Maney

    I just purchased this book and it is on the top of my reading pile. Thanks for the beautiful endorsement . .. . I can’t wait to read it!



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