PoppyLove 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.
4TLOReading Review by Jordan
These two authors have made a story centred around PTSD which in my opinion for a military novel is a hard subject because unless you’ve lived it can you really do it justice? I don’t know first hand about PTSD myself but in my eyes these ladies have done it justice in this book.
By page 3 I was holding back the tears, then by page 5 Tears were streaming down my face but with a little laugh breaking through aswell thanks to a grave letter. I knew right then that this book was going to send me on a rollercoaster of emotions.
And it really did. My heart broke for poppy but I think it shattered for Brandon. In the trio of friends that was poppy, Brandon and Connor he was always the one people thought would mount to nothing, living in connors shadow but that didn’t make him love him any less, they were “brothers” and losing him sent him on a path of destruction.
This book was real and raw, no sugar coating things and making everything seem ok when it wasn’t. It was wrote perfectly although It was utterly heartbreaking and when I turned the last page I was sobbing and couldn’t even see what was in front of me.
I can only say to go in to this expecting an amazing read but know your not going to get your everyday “perfect” hero, theres drinking, drugs and violence involved. This will be with me for a long time to come.
So even though Stevie J Cole and Nicole Lynne have absolutely destroyed me, I know I’ll be looking up there other books to read and recommending this to others. (Once I can talk again and get over this inevitable book hangover I’m going to have that is).
4.5 ⭐️ heart wrenching stars!
ADD TO GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33132474-war-poppy
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!
Lauren Lovell is an indie author from England.She suffers from a total lack of brain to mouth filter and is the friend you have to explain before you introduce her to anyone, and apologise for afterwards.
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