Poppy is young, beautiful and clever - and working as a parlourmaid in the de Vere family's country house.
Society, it seems, has already carved out her destiny.
But Poppy's life is about to be thrown dramatically off course.
The first reason is love - with someone forbidden, who could never, ever marry a girl like her.
The second reason is war. As the lists of the dead and wounded grow longer, Poppy must do whatever she can to help the injured soldiers, knowing all the while that her own soldier may never return home ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 08/05/2014
- Category: Historical
- ISBN: 9781408827628
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Review by DebbieMcCauley
First in the Poppy series. It's 1914 England and Poppy is working as a parlourmaid in a large country house. One of the son's of the household has expressed an interest in Poppy, feelings that she believes she returns, but knows any sort of relationship will be an uphill battle against the British class system. Through a meeting with her old English teacher in December of 1914, Poppy decides to become part of the Red Crosses Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) and nurse wounded soldiers coming from the front lines of France and Belgium. Meanwhile her good-for-nothing brother, Billy, has signed up and Poppy hopes this will be the making of him. Poppy is assigned to the Netley Hut Hospital at Southampton and must overcome her horror at the war wounds that she encounters there. An author note and bibliography appear at the end of the book. Well written, a great insight into the lives of war nurses and class barriers in Britain.