Tuesday, September 9, 2014

REVIEW: A Rose in Flanders Field by Terri Nixon

Title: A Rose in Flanders Field
Series: Oaklands Manor Trilogy book 2
Author:  Terri Nixon
Published Date:July 17, 2014
Publisher: Carina UK
Format: ebook
Genre: historical fiction
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Purchase: Amazon

Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: Driving an ambulance through the mud in Flanders, aristocrat Evie Creswell is a long way from home. At Oaklands Manor all she had been expected to do was to look pretty and make a good marriage. But with the arrival of World War One everything changed…

And Evie, to the horror of her family, does not choose a husband from her blue-blooded set; instead she weds artist Will Davies, who works as a butcher’s apprentice. Soon she is struggling nightly to transport the wounded to hospital, avoiding the shells and gas attacks – her privileged home life, and her family’s disappointment at her marriage, a lifetime away.

And while Evie drives an ambulance in Belgium, Will is in the trenches in France. He withdraws from her, the trauma of his experience taking hold. Evie has the courage to deal with her war work, but it breaks her heart to think she is losing Will’s love. Can their marriage survive this terrible war? That is, if they both get out alive…

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This isn't one of my favorite genres to read, and World War 1 doesn't particularly interest me. I'm not quite sure why I even volunteered to read it, other than the synopsis sounded good. However, I am glad that I did read this, as it was a very interesting read, and not your typical nursing war story.
The romantic story between Will and Evie truly held this book together, providing the thread, however tenuous at times, that wove throughout the book. At times it provided a bit of adventure and recklessness, other times it provided grief and heartbreak, but ultimately it was a thread that showed that love can conquer all, not matter what the nightmares of life bring.

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