Thursday, January 16, 2014

Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

In the dark and dangerous days of World War I, a daring young woman will risk her life to find her destiny

Lady Elizabeth Neville-Ashford wants to travel the world, pursue a career, and marry for love. But in 1914, the stifling restrictions of aristocratic British society and her mother’s rigid expectations forbid Lilly from following her heart. When war breaks out, the spirited young woman seizes her chance for independence. Defying her parents, she moves to London and eventually becomes an ambulance driver in the newly formed Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps—an exciting and treacherous job that takes her close to the Western Front.

Assigned to a field hospital in France, Lilly is reunited with Robert Fraser, her dear brother Edward’s best friend. The handsome Scottish surgeon has always encouraged Lilly’s dreams. She doesn’t care that Robbie grew up in poverty—she yearns for their friendly affection to become something more. Lilly is the most beautiful—and forbidden—woman Robbie has ever known. Fearful for her life, he’s determined to keep her safe, even if it means breaking her heart.

In a world divided by class and filled with uncertainty and death, can their hope for love survive…or will it become another casualty of this tragic war?

my thoughts:

Jennifer Robson's debut novel Somewhere in France is an unputdownable read that I easily fell in love with.  Here's why:
  1. Its a romantic historical fiction novel set during WWI - need I say more?  Seriously, I have been gobbling up historical fiction books lately like there is no tomorrow - its crazy!  Plus, I love me a good romance story.          
  2. The writing was terrific!  It delved into the hardships of nurses and surgeons serving on the front lines, explored class issues, and included a blossoming love - all the while maintaining a light and engaging tone.  This book depicted the harrowing effects of war, but didn't go too deep into detail (which I actually appreciated).  Sometimes, I just want to read more about the niceties in life and less of the atrocities - this book hit that balance perfectly.
  3. The characters of Lily and Robbie were interesting, layered, and richly developed.  In fact, I hear that a second book is in the making and I hope its true, because I would love to read more about them.  I truly enjoyed reading how much Lily and Robbie grew as a result of their circumstances and the events surrounding their lives - specifically, the differences in their class status, the war, and the careers paths they had chosen. 
  4. The book as a whole provided a fascinating account of life during the war.
I would most definitely recommend this book to fans of historical fiction, especially those who enjoy a good romance thrown into the mix - you will LOVE this novel!  

Here's the TLC Book Tour schedule for: Somewhere in France
Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!


Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Terrific writing, great characters, and a compelling story? This makes for a not-to-be missed read!

Thanks for being on the tour.

A Bookish Way of Life said...

Heather, it was such a fantastic book! Thanks for having me on the tour :)

jmisgro said...

i have this one my want to read list!!

A Bookish Way of Life said...

jmisgro, its so good! You are going to enjoy it :)

Lindsey said...

Well-written historical fiction is always a fantastic find! I will have to look into this one. :)