Today I bring you a review of a book I enjoyed, in a genre that I have fascinated with for the past couple of years.
“Blooms of War“, written by Suzanne Tierney, is a Historical fiction, published on 27th August 2020.
I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Suzanne Tierney for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
In war, she fell in love.
Vera Betts shouldn’t be falling in love with the enigmatic doctor she suspects of espionage. Reeling from her family’s betrayal, she’s faked her nursing credentials, invented a new name, and run away to the frontlines of the French battlefield. Four years into the Great War and she knows who she is and what she’s meant for—to save the living and sit vigil by the dying. When the cagey-yet-earnest Dr. Nicholas Wallace arrives, so do mysterious explosions destroying hospitals. Even as Nick raises her suspicions, he lowers her defenses. He wants the war to end. Are his acts of sabotage politically motivated or a desperate attempt at peace?
In peace, she fell apart.
A year later, Vera is back with her oppressive family, living under her real name, and Nick is on trial for murder. Trapped in grief and guilt, she cannot speak about the past and does not believe in the future. With Nick refusing to defend himself, she ventures to London to understand why he is so willing to embrace the hangman’s noose. Who is he trying to protect? What secrets does he plan to carry to his grave? And why does Nick insist upon hiding her true identity? To save the man she loves, Vera must tear open the past and confront the tragic price for peace.
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Author Content Warning: Graphic/gruesome medical scenes (a severed foot), A secondary character’s abortion (the heroine does not perform the procedure, but is required to clean-up afterwards and bury the child), Drug addiction – the heroine has a confrontation with a drug addict.
About the Author
Writer of lush, historical happily-ever-after tales, Suzanne Tierney believes in true love. But she takes delicious pleasure in making her characters fight, flutter, and find their way to each other. Her books have won numerous awards and she has twice been a Golden Heart Finalist® with the Romance Writers of America.
Suzanne grew up in Oregon, adulted in the San Francisco Bay Area, and somehow ended up in Florida, where she is very much a cold-water fish learning to navigate humid, salty seas. She loves chatting with readers.
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For the past few years, I have been adventuring more in the historical fiction genre, and stories that happen during WWI are some I have been exploring more.
In this book we follow Vera, and she’s quite a special woman. She’ s loyal, brave, following her heart on every occasion. We can’t help but connect with her and want to learn more about what else she’s going to do, and if she’s going to get her happiness in the end of the book. Then we have Nick, a doctor, and he’s quite a fascinating man to me. He’s risking his life, and he doesn’t even care.
The realism in the characters and in the interactions, made the book much more powerful. It felt as though I was listening to someone telling all that had happened in the past, with their family members. A tale that felt raw and emotional.
From the strong descriptions that truly transported us back in time, to the secrets surrounding the characters. From the mysteries, the crimes, the selfless attitude. The suspense and romance, I loved it all.
Overall, it was a unique plot with a lot of elements I loved and that I never thought about having in the same story, with this setting. I’m definitely going to keep my eyes open for Suzanne Tierney’s future books, because I loved her writing style and creativity in the construction of this story.
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