#TLCBookTours: The Poppy Wife

November 20, 2019 Uncategorized 5 ★★★

#TLCBookTours: The Poppy WifeTitle: The Poppy Wife: A Novel of the Great War
Author: Caroline Scott
Source: from publisher for review

Summary: This book had a lot of potential, with interesting themes and descriptive writing, but was dominated by a romance I didn’t enjoy.

I’m always surprised by how many different stories there are about WWI and WWII. This WWI novel primarily takes place after the war is over and focuses on those left behind. Edie is a young woman, unconvinced that her husband Francis (missing, believed dead) is truly gone. She asks his brother, Harry, to help her locate Francis’s grave. While doing so, he takes on commissions from other grieving families who want pictures to help give them closure.

This book initially really interested me for its exploration of the many ways people experience loss. Unfortunately, the potential here didn’t quite come together. We see a lot of how Harry and Edie experience Francis’s loss. However, each of them is involved in other relationships that make their experiences feel like a soap opera. There’s a lot of drama but little to say about the more general human experience of loss. Harry’s work with grieving families also seemed like a promising way to explore broader experiences, but this was given very little attention in the story. Lastly, Harry does meet two other people who are grieving missing or dead loved ones. Their experiences are such a close parallel to Harry and Edie’s experience though, that it feels like an unbelievable coincidence and adds little to the story.

I was also interested in this book because it had been compared to Jennifer Robson’s war novels, which I’ve loved. One aspect of this book that deserved that comparison was the detailed writing about a specific time period. The author of this book did a wonderful job making me see the places she described. She also wrote the characters’ observations so they felt authentic to the time, including them making some observations that relied on period-specific knowledge. Unlike Robson’s books, however, this book was completely dominated by the romance. The exploration of loss and the mystery of what happened to Francis, all circle back to and are subsumed by the romantic story line. Some readers might find this appealing, but I didn’t enjoy the star-crossed romance and I picked this book up looking for something else.

If this book sounds like a better fit for you, you can find out more from the publisher or other stops on the tour.

5 Responses to “#TLCBookTours: The Poppy Wife”

  1. Sara

    I’m really intrigued by this one and have it on my Christmas list for my husband so here’s hoping he pulls through this year. HA! Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

    • DoingDewey

      Haha, I hope he does too! I think for someone who goes into expecting romance and/or is more sold on the romance than I was, it could be a real winner, because there was a lot about it that I liked 🙂 Thanks for including me on the tour!

    • DoingDewey

      I think this one might appeal to others more than me, but I’d still probably recommend checking out Jennifer Robson’s books first 🙂

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