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.
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About the Author
Heather Webb is the award-winning and international bestselling author of Last Christmas in Paris, The Phantom’s Apprentice, Rodin’s Lover and Becoming Josephine. Her novels have been translated into over a dozen languages worldwide. Heather is also a freelance editor, public speaker and blogger. She lives in New England with her family and one feisty bunny.
Hazel Gaynor is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of A Memory of Violets and The Girl Who Came Home, for which she received the 2015 RNA Historical Novel of the Year award. Her third novel, The Girl from the Savoy, was an Irish Times and Globe & Mail Canada bestseller, and was shortlisted for the BGE Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year. In 2017, she has published The Cottingley Secret and Last Christmas in Paris. Hazel was selected by US Library Journal as one of 'Ten Big Breakout Authors' for 2015 and her work has been translated into several languages. Hazel lives in Ireland with her husband and two children.
A graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from Columbia, Beatriz Williams spent several years in New York and London hiding her early attempts at fiction, first on company laptops as a communications strategy consultant, and then as an at-home producer of small persons, before her career as a writer took off. She lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore.
Jennifer Robson is the USA Today and #1 Toronto Globe & Mail bestselling author of Somewhere in France, After the War is Over and Moonlight Over Paris. She holds a doctorate from Saint Antony’s College, University of Oxford. She lives in Toronto with her husband and young children.
Kate Kerrigan is the author of three previous novels. She lives in Ireland with her husband and their two sons.
Evangeline Hollandis the founder and editor of www.EdwardianPromenade.com, the number one blog for lovers of World War I, the Gilded Age, and Belle Époque France with nearly forty thousand unique viewers a month. In addition, she blogs at www.ModernBellesofHistory.com. Her fiction includes AN IDEAL DUCHESS and its sequel, crafted in the tradition of Edith Warton.
Lauren Willig is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several novels. She lives in New York City with her family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A fantastic short story collection from authors that I mostly read before and all centered around the end of World War I. From war widows to families reuniting the collection included each group that was involved with World War I and how they coped with the ending. When reviewing short story collections by multiple authors, I don't tend to review each story but instead talk about the collection as a whole. In this collection one story didn't stand out in a good way or bad way, they actually all worked as a cohesive group. I like when the collection has a focus so each author's work feels like it was meant to go in the collection. If you are a historical fiction fan that has read just one of the authors included then this is the perfect chance to try out any one of the others that write in this genre.
I love the theme of the end of World War I. Such an interesting time in history to experience the mixed emotions of celebration and loss. Daughter of Belgium - Author pulls you into the story and transports you to running side by side with the main character. Record Set Right - What a voice! The author has mastered this character. All for the Love of You - Brings you into France at the end of the war and I loved the ending. After You've Gone - Diverse point of view character! Nice to see the perspective from a person of color during the war. Something worth landing for - Wow!! Make sure you read this one!! Fun page turner with a hint of sarcasm in the voice that draws you in, makes you smile and won't let you put the book down. Hour of the Bells - A suspenseful read. The author pulls you into the character's mindset. You feel her desperation. The story unfolds quickly and leaves the reader breathless. An American Airman in Paris - LOVE. Fantastic voice for male point of view. Author draws you in from the first few pages and you can't put the book down. The secondary characters shine in this story. The Photograph - Another gem! This story takes place in Ireland during a rebellion against Britain, at the same time as the end of the war. Such a fascinating setting for historical fiction! I could not stop reading this beautiful piece. Perfect voice for a young male soldier. Well done. Hush - The story moves back and forth, intertwines and intersects. Brilliant, beautiful writing.
Over the years I’ve had many chances to read collections, but fewer are available in Historical Romance, fewer still that have a focus of the years surrounding World War 1. Nine authors have come together to produce short stories that deal with love, loss and moving on after a world-shaking event. Each story arrives and is completely engrossing: drawing you into the world and the struggles: a mixed group with perspectives from a single mother, an artist, the soldiers, a woman recounting her story from long ago, old photographs, domestic strife in Ireland. Cleverly mixing depressing and disturbing with notes of hopefulness and the sense of impending change as the world moves into the Roaring 20’s, as the characters work to accept the past and find a reason to move forward. While some stories are notable for a hopeful nature, others present facts and tidbits of information that readers may not have known: each brings the story to completion in ways that may seem improbable or far-fetched, yet completely fitting to the characters involved. Moments run the range of emotion: and I was pulled in to see and understand choices, struggles and options for each. Overall this was a sold collection that introduced some new to me authors and presented others who have long been favorites. Favorites included The Record Set Straight by Lauren Willig for the depth of emotion and looking back on opportunities lost and gained. Something Worth Landing For by Jennifer Brockmole mixed a marriage of convenience, a secondary family struggle and the gradual transition of a relationship to one of need. Alternating between hopeful and melancholy, never glossing over the struggles that each character has faced, and a wonderful story in All For the Love of You by Jennifer Robson, where soldiers with facial injuries from the war find some relief and healing in prosthetic masks. Something I didn’t have knowledge of before, yet presented in such a way that I could see and understand the soldier’s transformations. If you appreciate a wide range of stories and characters all set in a similar time, one that highlights the resilience of the human spirit, this is the collection for you. With the ability to sample several different authors, and find a wide range of emotionally present stories, there is something for every reader. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
One of my favorite poems is In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae and I requested to be part of the blog tour for Fall of Poppies based on the title alone. I wasn't familiar with any of the authors, but the concept drew me in. Especially since it's an anthology. I love anthologies. I love being introduced to new (to me) authors. I love reading a collection of stories where each one takes me on a different ride. The ups and downs. The highs and lows. Fall of Poppies is just such an anthology. Each story is heart wrenching and hopeful, in a time of loss like the world had never seen. The Great War. The war that was supposed to end all wars. When your mortality is staring you in the face, what better way to fight it than through love? Each author more than does justice to this concept. Faith. Renewal. Love. Everything we need to rebuild shattered lives. They not only invoke the time period through the images they create with their words, but also managed to invoke the time period with their words. Through the speech and eloquence of their prose. For any historical romance fan, Fall of Poppies is a must have.