The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Release Blitz & Review for Nicole Lynne's "War Poppy."
Love and war. Two words that should have little association, but to me the two go hand in hand. Both are a tragedy. They rip you open and spit you out. The war killed my husband, Connor, shattered my will to live, and took my best friend. Brandon may not have physically died in that war, but his soul did. And now we're left to pick up the wreckage. Expected to move on when all that is left is the ruins of a life we once had.
War. It took everything from me, even myself. When you're only able to exist, death seems like a blessing. Pain...a welcome distraction. I ran from everything associated with my past, and then she found me, fighting, drowning myself in whisky, trying to forget. She reminds me of Connor, of what I've lost—what we've lost. In the midst of destruction, she's a salvation I don't deserve.
I shouldn't love him.
I shouldn't love her.
Love is a war we never should have fought.
Nicole Lynne's "Poppy's War" was a book that had heart ache written all over it. From the synopsis to the prologue to the first chapter and every chapter thereafter, I don't think there was a single moment where I didn't feel pain and sorrow at what unfolded before me. This really was a tragic love story that was car crash reading from the get go, the authors not going easy on their readers one little bit, giving us a realistic and very honest account of the devastation war leaves in its path.
The broken taking care of the broken. What a pitiful mess we are.
"Poppy's War" was a book that truly hurt to read and there were moments I had to put it down, walk away and gather my thoughts. The rollercoaster of emotions that coursed through me were (at times) unexpected and I think it was the feeling of anger and frustration that left me needing my time out the most. I had to step back, look at the situations the characters found themselves in, look at the bigger picture and even put myself in the characters shoes to truly understand what they were going through. This was not a hearts and flowers read but instead was often violent, cruel and brutal. By the time I turned the last page I felt destroyed, my heart a million tiny pieces around my feet.
We're both in the middle of some horrible storm and the only way out is together.
Both the main characters in "Poppy's War" were complex (to say the least) and to say that I liked or even loved them all the time would be a lie, but I had to try and understand them. Poppy was a grieving widow who had lost the love of her life. Brandon was a man who had lost the closest thing he had to a brother and was guilt ridden for not being able to save him. Here were two people who really were drowning and it didn't matter how much they tried to tread water, it didn't matter how many hands that came out to to save them, it was like there was a lead weight tied to each of them constantly pulling them back down. My heart broke for each of them as their lives became more about surviving rather than living each day. For every step forward I felt the ten steps back and it was like a train wreck. I should have looked away but I couldn't bring myself to.
She should hate me. I'm a disaster waiting to happen, a ticking time bomb,
and she's strapped right in with me just waiting for the inevitable bang.
"Poppy's War" was a book about survival and sacrifice. It was a book about grief and guilt, regret and redemption. Have your glue gins at the ready ladies because this one is sure to leave your heart bruised, battered and ultimately shattered. I rated "Poppy's War" ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
I realise that sometimes we think we're helping someone and all
we're doing is placing a band-aid over a bullet hole.
Stevie J cole
Stevie J. Cole lives deep in the woods of Alabama with her husband and two precious daughters. She studied Epidemiology concentrating on cancer research but has always had a passion for writing. Some of her stories will strip you bare, some will give you nightmares, but the one thing she can promise is that she will always give you stories that make you feel.
Raw. Gritty. Love.
Because sometimes characters need to be flawed.
P.S. Stevie's greatest fear is the impending zombie apocalypse. Think about it: swarming armies of decaying, oozing corpses stumbling around with clicking teeth, trying to eat your face. Nothing about that is good. NOTHING!
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