Ip he decides to travel to France and find her he s determined to also find out what happened to his brother and solve both mysteries He s shocked when he arrives in France the damage and destruction to property and its s shocked when he arrives in France the damage and destruction to property and its is than he could ver have imagined I must admit this wasn t my favorite book by Gemma Liviero however the story does pick up when Rudy arrives in France you learn about La Vague each character in detail it has many interesting layers as you discover about Edgar Mariette and RudyRudy has always looked up to his older brother Edgar now he thinks his brother may still be alive a deserter and why hasn t he come home In A Field of Blue it highlights the lastingffects and horror of what soldiers El Gaucho Martín FierroLa vuelta de Martín Fierro endured during WW I The story is also about hidden secrets family sxpectations duty and forbidden love I gave the book four stars I have shared my review on Goodreads Australian Twitter and my blog Jumbled Family DramaThere are some things that I consider to be cardinal sins in books One of them is data dumps where the author just tells us a bunch of information instead of weaving it into the story naturally This happened in several places in this book specially at the beginning and it certainly did slow things down Another cardinal sin at least in my book is not starting where the action is I don t know why some authors feel like they can t just start with an interesting part instead they
Ramp Up Into The Action up into the action of just placing us there I felt that that happened in this book It should have started with the scene at Rudy s mother s house with Mariette Finally another cardinal sin is to cut away from this pivotal first scene to something that is mostly irrelevant In this book just after the big announcement in that pivotal true first scene the author cuts away to telling about the narrator s birth and arly childhood SeriouslyThis novel didn t really feel completely coherent to me It isn t just the pacing There is an odd collection of narrators as well The first part of the book is told from Rudy s standpoint the next healthy portion of the book is told in flashback from Mariette s perspective and the last part Il était une fois les Expos - Lintégrale ends with a jumble of perspectives I felt that some incidents in this last part came out of left field which honestly shouldn t happen in a book like this Foreshadowing is so important so that we get glimpses of what the future may be In general I reallynjoy historical fiction but I didn t really feel like this was true historical fiction It felt like family drama that happened to take place in the past The book description makes this sound like it is a romance but it really isn t The romantic The Edge of Nowhere elements are downplayed and are certainly not the major thrust of the book So if you are thinking of picking up this book because of the romance angle you will most likely be disappointed We aren t actually told how the romance turns out until thepilogue where it is told in an obituary Frankly this book left me feeling like there was no there there Lots went on in places but as vents that I just didn t like or couldn t believe kept happening it felt like all sound and fury signifying nothing. Edgar’s death Suspicions threaten to divide Rudy’s already fractured family setting him on a uest for the truth that takes him from England to France and beyondIn his search Rudy is forced to confront the tragedies of war and the realities of the brother he’s lost and the woman he’s found Will the truth set him free to find peace or will it forever shadow his futu.
characters In a Field of BlueThis book drove me a little nuts Honestly the characters weren t very fleshed out and read as caricatures of upper class people They were so stereotypical It was also hard for me to care about the plot which seemed to be whether the middle brother or the older brother s son would gain control of the family fortune and also apparently the older brother isn t dead and faked his death and didn t give a shit that he hurt a lot of people So not a lot of likable characters here The youngest brother who doesn t have a dog in the race is falling in love with his older brother s wife And just the whole thing is a mess It also took far too long to get to any kind of action beyond upperclass inheritance suabbles IDK I didn t have the patience for this book Beautiful storyI picked this as my January Prime First Reads I picked it because I njoy historical fiction This definitely did not disappoint It gives many perspectives to add depth to the story and shed new light on the same situations I love how it built the story upon ach persons viewpoint sounded interesting But The Writing Style Didn the writing style didn resonate Too slow to build shows the horrors of war and peopleDisclosure I looked at the percent remaining on this book often than I d like specially in the first section narrated by Rudy While I d like to say it was in hopes that the book had time left and secrets to reveal it was the opposite The build up of plot and characters felt too drawn out tedious as if the author was paid by the word That feeling continued to some degree for the remainder of the book switching narrators a few times to give other people their say Laurence Did Not Need did not need say that part could be La Transformation intérieure edited out with no impact felt to the story The plot is a bit convoluted but interesting I m lessnthused obviously with the LA MAISON DE L'ABBAYE: Les chroniques dEdward Holmes sous la rgence du duc de Bedford et durant la cruelle et sanglante guerre entre les Armagnacs et les Bourguignons execution of it That said it shows the horrors of war and the very human price paid on a number of levels clearly and honestly Love between family members and fierce devotionven when unwarranted is also represented beautifully An Ces mes qui guident nos pas (Corps et mes) example of the writing The times I saw Mariette the times I wanted to be with her and I found that she featured in my thoughtsvery single minute whether she was in or out of sight That night she was arresting and the doubts that lingered somewhere behind the uphoria of spending part of the day with her didn t rear their heads in those moments she was at my side And whether any further truths about the past did in fact surprise me I m not sure I would have cared She was now very much a part of my present This is a WW I story with multiple protagonists and the author has you rooting for all but the bad guy uite a
feat to pull off and she does it seamlessly The internal monologues are xuisite theto pull off and she does it seamlessly The internal monologues are Los Animales Fruteros exuisite the are deeply felt The descriptions of being in the war in the war zones are strikingspecially for a woman who has never xperienced them first hand Though set in the last century it s timeless a love story a family story a coming of age story and one I recommend highly I bounced between rating this book two or three stars and finally went with three I love the cover so maybe that nudged my rating up From the bestselling author of The Road Beyond Ruin comes a novel about a family torn apart by grief and secrets then pulled back together by hope in the wake of World War I England 1922 It’s been four years since Rudy’s brother Edgar went missing in war torn France Still deep in mourning and grappling with unanswered uestions Rudy and his mother struggle to move on Wh. ,
Read mystery suspense and thriller primarily and the pacing of my favorite authorsgenres is uick and streamlined two things this book definitely isn t There s so much prose AND INTERNAL DIALOGUE THAT I STRUGGLED internal dialogue that I struggled get through it Some of the sentences are so convoluted that I had to re read them something I never do The characters are one dimensional and stereotypic and I had a hard time caring about them perhaps because things moved so slowlyI wanted to like this book Beautiful bitter sweet I could not put this book down It was bitter sweet Each character giving the story from their perspective I have to say that I wanted to rush through reading the chapter from Laurence s pers A complicated and beautiful love storyI ve read a great many love stories during wartime This one during WWI stands out for several reasonsIt is not just the love of a British soldier for a young French woman It is also the love between sisters between brothers and the love that binds families The story is beautifully written from the aspect of several characters starting with the youngest brother Rudy who has recently lost his ldest brother a British soldier to the battlefields of France A young French woman has arrived at their Manhunting estate in England with a young boy she claims to be his brother s child and she his brother s wife Suspicions are raised immediately as to the England 1922 Rudy receives word from his mother she wants him to return immediately from London to the familystate Lakeland Manor he s very worried as his mother hasn t been coping well with the loss of her husband and her older son Edgar during WW I A strange French woman Mariette has just turned up on his mothers doorstep clamming to his late brothers Edgar s wife and with her she has her four year old son Samuel and Edgar is his father Edgar has always been his mother s favorite son he was listed as missing in action in 1918 four years after the war Trauée Rebecca Kean ended they still have no idea what happened to him and now this Peggy the family s maid puts his shaken mother to bed and Mariette and Samuel stay and Rudy tries to work out what s going on Of course the family has their doubts the war has been over for four years why did Mariette wait so long to contact them and she informs them she had to save money for the trip She has a marriage certificate a photo of Edgar and no one can confirm her story it s all rather vague and parts of it don t add upIf it s true if Mariette did marry Edgar it will change things for thentire family as Samuel would inherit Lakeland and not Laurence Laurence is the middle son he s inherited an state with a lot of problems as his father had been living beyond his means they re still sorting out his debts and the family
Had No Idea Aboutno idea about until his death Samuel s xistence threatening his claim to the family inheritance doesn t sit well with Lawrence he s not happy and he s also not a nice person Mariette disappears along with most of his mother s jewelry Edgar is concerned for her safety and he s worried that Laurence may have done something to get rid of her and why did she leave Samuel behind Rudy decides to retrace Mariette s tr. En the nigmatic Mariette arrives unexpectedly at the family’s manor claiming to be Edgar’s widow and the mother of his child Rudy urges her to stay hoping she’ll shed light on the missing piecesCaptivated by Mariette Rudy finds that their mutual loss and grief bind themas does the possibility of new love But Mariette’s revelations bring uestions than answers about.