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In a Field of Blue 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 IEngland It S Been Four Years Since Rudy S Brother Edgar Went Missing In War Torn France Still Deep In Mourning And Grappling With Unanswered Questions, Rudy And His Mother Struggle To Move On When The Enigmatic 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 Them As Does The Possibility Of New Love But Mariette S Revelations Bring Questions Than Answers About Edgar S Death Suspicions Threaten To Divide Rudy S Already Fractured Family, Setting Him On A Quest 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 Future

10 thoughts on “In a Field of Blue

  1. says:

    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 especially 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 ins 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 especially 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 instead 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 early childhood Seriously This 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 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 really enjoy historical fiction, but I didn t really feel like this was true historical fiction It feltlike 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 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 the epilogue, 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 events that I just didn t like or couldn t believe kept happening, it felt like all sound and fury, signifying nothing

  2. says:

    A complicated and beautiful love storyI ve read a great many love stories during wartime This one, during WWI, stands out for several reasons.It 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 eldest brother, a British soldier, to the battlefields of A complicated and beautiful love storyI ve read a great many love stories during wartime This one, during WWI, stands out for several reasons.It 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 eldest brother, a British soldier, to the battlefields of France A young French woman has arrived at their 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 validity of her claim after four years and her reasons for coming now as there has been no mention of her or the supposed marriage she is now asserting as true Under questioning her answers are vague and she has little proof Rudy has another brother, Laurence, who was the middle brother to contend with, a wastrel who seeks to claim his inheritance since their elder brother s death being next in line This complicated things.As Rudy seeks to understand and prove or disprove the young woman s story, he finds himself falling for her The young woman, is desperate to prove her story having her own reasons to assert her claim that the boy, her son Samuel, is, in fact the son of Edgar, the deceased eldest brother, and must hold up under questions from Rudy, Laurence and their mother with very little proof.Needless to say, this is a many faceted story told from several viewpoints as each deals with ghosts from the past and flashbacks It is an extremely difficult book to put down with great character description and development as the story unfolds Many surprising turns and a quest for the truth is a fascinating journey It reads like a multiple layered mini saga Obvious research is employed to create a hearty plot.This story of life prior to, during and after WWI and its catastrophic effects on the lives of those in the midst of it is well worth reading and I will definitely recommend to readers Well done

  3. says:

    England 1922, Rudy receives word from his mother she wants him to return immediately from London to the family estate 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, England 1922, Rudy receives word from his mother she wants him to return immediately from London to the family estate 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 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 up.If it s true, if Mariette did marry Edgar, it will change things for the entire family, as Samuel would inherit Lakeland and not Laurence Laurence is the middle son, he s inherited an estate 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 about this until his death Samuel s existence 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 trip, 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 people isthan he could ever 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 learnabout each character indetail, it has many interesting layers as you discoverabout, Edgar, Mariette and Rudy.Rudy 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 lasting effects and horror of what soldiers endured during WW I The story is also about hidden secrets, family s expectations, duty and forbidden love I gave the book four stars I have shared my review on Goodreads, Australian , Twitter and my blog

  4. says:

    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 perspective

  5. says:

    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 I read mystery, suspense, and thriller primarily, and the pacing of my favorite authors genres is quick and streamlined two things this book definitely isn t There s so much prose and internal dialogue that I struggled to 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 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 I read mystery, suspense, and thriller primarily, and the pacing of my favorite authors genres is quick and streamlined two things this book definitely isn t There s so much prose and internal dialogue that I struggled to 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 slowly.I wanted to like this book

  6. says:

    This is a WW I story with multiple protagonists, and the author has you rooting for all but the bad guy quite a feat to pull off, and she does it seamlessly The internal monologues are exquisite, the emotions are deeply felt The descriptions of being in the war, in the war zones, are striking, especially for a woman who has never experienced 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.

  7. says:

    Too slow to build, shows the horrors of war and peopleDisclosure I looked at the percent remaining on this bookoften than I d like, especially in the first section narrated by Rudy While I d like to say it was in hopes that the book hadtime 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 f Too slow to build, shows the horrors of war and peopleDisclosure I looked at the percent remaining on this bookoften than I d like, especially in the first section narrated by Rudy While I d like to say it was in hopes that the book hadtime 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 fewtimes to give other people their say Laurence did not need his say that part could be edited out with no impact felt to the story The plot is a bit convoluted, but interesting I m less enthused obviously with the 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 devotion even when unwarranted is also represented beautifully An example of the writing Thetimes I saw Mariette, thetimes I wanted to be with her, and I found that she featured in my thoughts every single minute whether she was in or out of sight That night she was arresting, and the doubts that lingered somewhere behind the euphoria 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

  8. says:

    sounded interesting but the writing style didn t resonate

  9. says:

    Beautiful storyI picked this as my JanuaryPrime First Reads I picked it because I enjoy 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 each persons viewpoint.

  10. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This book drove me a little nuts Honestly, the characters weren t very fleshed out and readas 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 younge This book drove me a little nuts Honestly, the characters weren t very fleshed out and readas 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 squabbles IDK I didn t have the patience for this book

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