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Somewhere in France: A Novel of the Great War

Somewhere in France: A Novel of the Great War [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Robson
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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“Utterly engaging and richly satisfying, Somewhere in France depicts the very best in love and war. Fans of Downton Abbey will devour this novel!” (Erika Robuck, Bestselling author of Call Me Zelda)

Set in the turbulent years of the first world war, Somewhere in France is a heartfelt portrait of love, courage, and self-discovery. Robson deftly weaves a tale richly steeped in the atmosphere, drama and heroism of an evolving and war-torn world. A compelling and memorable read. (Lynn Sheene, author of The Last Time I Saw Paris)

“Robson intermingles the overarching themes of love, war, and societal strictures in this appealing read that should resonate with fans of Downton Abbey.” (Booklist)

“Robson’s skillful ability with detail and setting firmly relates the grotesqueries of war without gratuitous gore. Her deft touch as a storyteller keeps readers engaged in the story of the lovers, as well as illuminating the bigger picture of the war raging around them” (Publishers Weekly)

“…the fiercely independent Lady Elizabeth Neville-Ashford (Lily) will be sure to inspire readers.” (Huffington Post)

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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?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 713 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (31 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DB3A5BM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,816 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Petra "I love to read" TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Somewhere in France written by Jennifer Robson for me was a book which I know I will return too as it is one of the best books I have ever read!

As I first opened the book I was immediately drawn into the life of Lady Elizabeth lovingly known as Lily by all those who cared for her. As she fights against the invisible jail which her mother and father has built around her consisting of snobbery and class, Lily has growing up to do and she does this in the extreme as we follow her adventures through the words of this very talented author. Lily wants to see the world which she loves to read about and wants an education which was permitted for her brother but not for Lily. As according to Lily's parents who are titled and mix with the Royal family Lily was only there to look pretty and obey the husband her parents chose for her. As I was drawn into the life of Lily and the man she loves the question is will she draw on that strength to stand up against society and her parents! As we follow Lily as she not only stands up for what she knows is right, we follow her learning how to live without the help of servants attending to her every need which for me was a vital part of the book and really added to the actual story. As a reader I liked to read how life was like for Lily going from a titled Lady to just a normal working girl who had to work to survive, but this did not stop her caring for those around her.

Lily was a wonderful character who the author certainly knew how to develop for her readers as someone personally I could not stop caring for and wishing she would at last get the man she loved with so much passion she was willing to risk her life in war torn France just so she could be near him.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Engaging period drama (three and a half stars) 16 Aug 2014
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Lilly, or Lady Elizabeth as she is formally known, hails from an esteemed aristocratic family, used to every manner of luxury; yet her privileged lifestyle comes at a cost. It often seems to Lilly as though her entire life is dictated by her mother, and she finds herself frustrated by the constant restrictions and limitations she faces. When war breaks out in 1914, however, Lilly is absolutely determined to do her bit, whatever her mother thinks! Cut off from her family after an act of disobedience, Lilly joins the WAAC, and finds herself posted to the front lines of France as an ambulance driver. Though accosted by horrors she could hardly even have imagined, and life in France a far cry to that which she has been used to, Lilly embraces her position and making new friends begins to shine and feel a new sense of purpose. Furthermore, when her path meets with Robbie's, a friend of her brother's and skilled surgeon at the base she is sent to, a tender and aching romance ignites between the two; yet will it survive amidst such brutality and horror?

Reading Somewhere in France was a little reminiscent of the recent BBC series The Crimson Field, which I enjoyed immensely, and which perhaps helped me better picture the setting that Lilly finds herself cast into. Furthermore, with so much attention currently on the Centenary, I thought this made an engaging read, and liked the exploration of women's roles and input during the war. Robson has evidently done her research, and whilst I was aware of women nursing at the Front, I hadn't previously known much about women acting as ambulance drivers in WW1, and as such found this informative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonewhere In France... 11 Jan 2014
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A lovely story about a woman and her dreams! I usually love these books about WW1 and the story behind it but this book was simply amazing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Historical Fiction ! 19 Oct 2014
Great Historical Fiction ! My wife insisted that I read this book as we have been planning a trip to the WW1 Battlefields of France as part of the 100th anniversary of the war. It was a very inspiring book set with a background that was well researched and seemingly factual. The descriptions of the forward clearing station described the events of the war with hardships and tragedies of the time. It was vividly descriptive, entertaining, emotional, easy to read, and it ended well ! I was very pleased with the ending. It would have been interesting to have continued the story, but all the clues were there that everyone lived happily ever after. The author certainly put forth a great deal of effort in getting all lthe details right and it was apparent throughout the story. If you enjoyed this book, I would recommend A STAR FOR MRS BLAKE which is also very entertaining fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lame plot, plonking prose 20 April 2014
By Pam
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Awful. There are some really good books about love and war, this is not one of them. Limp idea which plods along in a narrative which lacks any style. I wasn't expecting anything too deep, just a good yarn, but this is really poor quality writing.
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This story set during the First World War suffers from being told with a distinctly 21st. century voice. The writing lacks style though it is an easy read. It does not bring any new insights to the experience of women during that war. The hero is incredibly noble, the heroine incredibly modern and her family incredibly awful. This view was largely shared by my book club, only one of whom endorsed it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok
Have read better WW stories
Published 2 months ago by Yvonne Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very moving story beautifully written.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs C Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
This book was utterly enthralling from the moment I picked it up to the moment I put it down. One of the best books I have read in a very long while. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
could not get into this storyine at all
Published 4 months ago by julietromeo
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
beautifully written
Published 4 months ago by joyce duffield
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant story I enjoyed it all hope the author writes more stories about the war years
Published 4 months ago by Helen Dolan
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable
Another predictable story set in the jolly holly sticks "set". Should have had a different ending would have been better and more realistic.
Published 5 months ago by Sally Bushnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is the First book I have read by this author and I hope she will write more. A wonderful story, poignant, happy, sad and very thought provoking in this special year.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. S. Radford
3.0 out of 5 stars DOCTOR/NURSE ROMANCE -prepare for a warm glow.
Well researched and fairly good story about Lady Lilly doing her bit for the War Effort in France.Her parents do not approve but she follows her friend Robbie the surgeon to France... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Vivienne
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put this down
Although this had a fairly predictable ending it was a very good read. It was particularly good at dealing with class differences and the work of women during WW1.
Published 8 months ago by A J BUCKLEY
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