The Poppy Girls (The Maitland Trilogy) Paperback – 8 Feb. 2018
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An outstanding story of love, courage and family love . . . told by an author who knows how to touch your heart -- Mary Wood
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‘Queen of Saga’ Daily Express
The year is 1914, and with the onset of war, the future is uncertain. Pips Maitland is adamant on resisting her mother’s wishes that she settle down with a suitable husband and raise children. All she wants is to be a doctor like her father, and her brother, Robert. Hearing that her father’s friend, Dr John Hazelwood, is forming a flying ambulance corps to take to the front when war is declared, Pips is determined to become one of its nurses and asks Alice Dawson, her lady’s maid, to accompany her. Robert and fellow doctor, Giles Kendall, also agree to join.
Nothing could have prepared them for the horrific sights they encounter. Moving their unit close to the fighting to offer first aid to the casualties as quickly as possible puts them all in constant danger. But even amidst the sound of shelling and gunfire, and the long exhausting hours of tending the wounded and dying, love and friendships blossom – just like the poppies on the Flanders fields.
But will the home fires still burn, and can the relationships forged in such times survive one of the worst wars the world has ever seen . . . ?
‘A gripping saga full of heart-rending drama’ Yours
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Very moving especially when they all moved to Belgium
As Doctors Nurses and Stretcher Bearers. To help the war
Effort. The soldiers who were Injured and shot at lots killed
At Passiondale. .Oh how terrible it must have really been
For them all. So terrible lots of lives lost in battle.
So tragic. But the strived forward to the end.
Yes enjoyed this book good story about the family's
Going to war. Tragic that such families lost a lot of sons
During the years. Must have been so Heartbreaking for
The Parents. Back home.
Yes good story brought me to tears in some parts
Yes this should have five stars .Well written thank you
Only part thought was bad was How the Germans could
Use such terrible threats of Mustard Gas .to there enemy us.
It was so bad. Glad we won the war that's the first world war too. That this book was about.
Thank you for a lovely read. Enjoyed this very much.
All the details of what they all went through were so realistic you felt as if you were there. A brilliant book
There was nothing I didn't enjoy in this story. Only trouble was I forced myself to stop reading in in bed, otherwise I would have read it all in one go. Looking forwards to book no2 in the series
Top international reviews
It's a very good read. There are lots of descriptions of battles and life in the trenches and the medical attention the soldiers received which is a part of it I really enjoyed.
However, it's the characters themselves I felt a bit let down by. I think we could have had a bit more about each of them. I felt it hard to get to know them. Philipa, or Pips as she was called, was just too good to be true for me. She could do everything and anything with expertise. Everyone, but everyone, loved her and thought she was wonderful, even the German soldiers in the enemy trenches. When something momentous happened to her in her relationship it was sorted in a page or two and then she just carried on. She irked me.
It just seemed to lack something, I can't put my finger on what but other readers loved it so maybe I'm just being picky.
William was my favorite character and I would have liked to have known more of his inner feelings and thoughts. He had a very tough time.
Still, anyone who loves stories set in WWI will enjoy it.