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06 October 2014

Review: The Poppy Factory by Liz Trenow

For Jess and Rose, the realities of war have terrible repercussions...

2012 and Jess, an army medic, is back home following her tour of Afghanistan. Shell-shocked by what she has seen, she wonders if her life will ever be the same again. Can help come through her great-grandmother Rose’s diaries?

1922 and Rose has just welcomed her beloved husband Alfie home from the First World War. But the homecoming is not what Rose had expected; Alfie returns from war a changed man, and not the same person Rose married. As he struggles to find work and to cope with life, Rose struggles with temptation...

Can an old factory, set up to help injured soldiers, help Jess, Rose and Alfie and save them from the heartache of war?

Source: Review Consideration

5 Words: Dramatic, emotional, thought-provoking, war, love.

When I finished this book, I had to sit in silence and contemplate what exactly I had read. And I read this book cover-to-cover, the authors notes, acknowledgements, the Q&A. I didn't want it to end.

This book is fantastically written with two distinct voices telling two incredible stories in two very different times.

This is a book that I took my time reading. I sat down with a cup of tea and really thought about what I was reading. This book just got to me. Even now I'm thinking of it, and it's been a week since I finished it! The author has been so very clever with how she's tackled the difficulties of adjusting to home life again after time in a war zone, and especially with PTSD. I loved reading both Jess and Rose, but my favourite was probably Rose - the sporadic diary entries worked so well, felt s personal.

I liked how the stories were connected, that The Poppy Factory and the impact of war hit both Jess and Alfie in such striking ways.

I received a copy of this from the publisher, and was under no obligation to review (or even read it) and this has had no bearing on my review.

As I received this copy free, I sent in a private donation to The Poppy Factory. Reading about the work they do, the author has done such a great job in highlighting a charity I never even knew about.

1 comment:

  1. This book sounds so interesting... Sounds like one of those nice reads that make you think. Sounds like I should check it out!


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