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  • Paperback
  • 414 pages
  • In a Field of Blue
  • Gemma Liviero
  • English
  • 03 October 2017
  • 9781542009447

10 thoughts on “In a Field of Blue

  1. says:

    Prime First Reads January 2020

  2. 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 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 felt like 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.

  3. 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 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

  4. says:

    Too slow to build, shows the horrors of war and peopleDisclosure I looked at the percent remaining on this book often 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 had time 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 few times 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 The times I saw Mariette, the times 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.

  5. says:

    Gemma Liviero never disappoints This is my second of her books to read, and when looking back from my reviews of last year, I found it funny that her book The Road Beyond Ruin was one of the first books I had read and reviewed at the beginning of last year As in my review of her previous book I found the characters to be well developed and enjoyed reading from each of their unique perspectives The plot was engaging and I felt like while I was reading fiction I was also learning a bit about the war and the hardship of civil life and military life on the war front.There were many heartbreaking episodes and yet there was also tenderness and hope, my one criticism would in the interaction between Rudy and Mariette and how quickly it escalates I felt like it would have been out of character for how much Rudy loved his brother Edgar This plot development was a bit tired, but I do believe Liviero handled it well even though I think the story would have been just as compelling without Liviero does bring to light the horrors of war and how the unseen injuries of shell shock were little understood which is still very relevant to today and the mental health challenges men and women in the armed services still face One might have trouble reconciling Edgar s actions, because we view them from our own s, but one must remember that Edgar was forever changed by the war and it s atrocities.

  6. says:

    Fascinating and moving, a very human war story Excellent story, insightful and unexpected The shifting narration created a rounded story, one of love, of all kinds not just romantic, and survival.The details and twists intrigued and engaged, making it difficult to put the book down yet I didn t want to rush through it, as it s one of those stories with characters you re reluctant to leave.Highly recommended.

  7. says:

    I read this from Prime First Reads as one of the January selections I wasn t expecting too much from the cover, but I really enjoyed this story told first from several different POVs during the aftermath of WWI Is the beautiful young woman really telling the truth about his brother and his brother s child or is she a gold digger The destroyed records and towns in post war France make it difficult to figure it all out.

  8. says:

    An epic story, beautifully writtenThe language is especially descriptive and the first person narrative authenticates the setting and the plot The novel illustrates the plight of veterans everywhere, no matter the war they served But WW1 vets who suffered traumatic stress and ran from battle were shot And the Great War left many vets and their families in dire circumstances Highly recommended novel.

  9. says:

    Enjoyable storyI began this book as an easy read without high expectations Admittedly, the first section was enjoyable but not as good as many other books I have read I feared it would be too predictable However, after the first section, I was very much drawn in and enjoyed the book very much to the end I don t want to.goce any spoilers, so.my review is purposely vague I would compare it to a Louisa May Alcott novel in many ways.

  10. says:

    I like the story overall but a few things keep me from rating it 4 stars As one reviewer noted, I kept checking my percent read It felt like I d been reading a long time and I was only at 15% The story did pick up though, and I didn t want to put it down I did not care for the writing style, I read many sentences over, not to savor them but to untangle them Finally, some parts of the story did not add up, or were too overly dramatic for me Still, it is a worthwhile read.

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In a Field of BlueFrom 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

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