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  • Poignant, insightful, and profoundly moving!

    The Poppy Wife is predominantly set in the French countryside during 1921, as well as 1917, and is told from two different perspectives. Edie, a young British wife who after receiving a picture of her missing husband journeys to France to find him, dead or alive, and discover his fate wherever he may be, and Harry, the youngest of three brothers who endeavours to help his sister-in-law and others find some form of closure even while his own experiences and memories of war still plague and haunt him day and night. The prose is poetic, expressive, and stunningly vivid. The characters are damaged, determined, and courageous. And the plot is a heartrending, utterly absorbing tale about life, love, loneliness, familial relationships, heartbreak, war, loss, grief, guilt, hope, loyalty, and survival. Overall, The Poppy Wife is a beautifully written, exceptionally atmospheric novel that transports you to another time and place and immerses you so thoroughly into the personalities, feelings, and lives of the characters you can’t help but be affected. It is without a doubt one of my favourite novels of the year that reminds us of the horrific consequences of war and the thousands of nameless men who still remain scattered underneath a savage battlefield. It’s emotive, powerful and as Kipling so iconically stated, “lest we forget.”

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  • Beautifully written

    There were times when I felt that the book was too long — that I was becoming impatient to find out what had happened to the characters. But then I realized that it was taking me a long time to read because I kept stopping to reread each sentence two or three times out of sheer admiration for the way the author painted such a vidid picture with her beautifully chosen words. There is nothing self-conscious about the writing; it simply presents itself as the best way to say something.

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  • Misleading

    Spellbinding, confusing, the unbelievable power of love and family grabs you from the beginning to the end.

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  • The Poppy Wife

    Such a sad story about the loss of many many men in the trenches in France WWI. Hard book to read but well worth it. Helped to understand how the war was fought. But tragic for the families and especially for the families of the missing men.

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  • A must...

    I learned a lot about the first world war, even if I already knew about the trenches and the terrible conditions in which the men were trying to survive. I never thought about the women who were hoping against all odds for the return of their loved ones. I read it with tears at times. I recommend it to everybody who wants to understand that trying time.. all those lives lost for nothing.

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