Thursday, March 17, 2016

Book Review - Fall of Poppies

Book Synopsis


Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (March 1, 2016)


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.


Featuring:

Jessica Brockmole - Website | Facebook | Twitter

Hazel Gaynor - Website | Facebook | Twitter

Evangeline Holland - Website | Facebook | Twitter

Marci Jefferson - Website | Facebook | Twitter

Kate Kerrigan - Website | Facebook | Twitter

Jennifer Robson - Website | Facebook | Twitter

Beatriz Williams - Website | Facebook | Twitter

Lauren Willig - Website | Facebook | Twitter

Heather Webb - Website | Facebook | Twitter

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My Review 
I enjoyed reading Fall of Poppies for several reasons.

First, it is a collection of short stories.  This is a format I loved and read often during my college years.  It has been a long time since I've read a short story anthology.  The stories in this collection are beautiful, each one a little masterwork.  The tones of the stories are varied - love, loss, hope.  

Second, it is my favorite genre, historical fiction.  I was familiar with several of these authors (Jennifer Robson, Beatrix Williams, Hazel Gaynor, Lauren Willig).  Fall of Poppies was a wonderful introduction to the other authors, and I ended up putting a number of their books on my Amazon Wish List.  

Third, this time period, after World War I, is a particularly interesting one ... unique as a time between the great sorrow of the war, and the upcoming freedom of the 1920's.  I became interested in this time period because of Downton Abbey, and think that other fans of that show will particularly enjoy this read as well.

The stories were so beautifully told that it is hard to pick favorites, although I will admit I especially enjoyed "All for the Love of You."   This story, by Jennifer Robson, features Daisy Fields, who was one of my favorite characters in Moonlight Over Paris.  I adored that novel and almost threw my hands up in joy when Daisy reappeared in this story collection.  What an unexpected delight to read more of her story here! 

I recommend Fall of Poppies for fans of historical fiction, and for anyone who enjoys a well written, engrossing short story.
I received a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.