Poppy by Mary Hooper book review

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The Plot

**As taken from GoodReads**

England, 1914. Poppy is fifteen, beautiful and clever, but society has already carved out her destiny. There’s no question of her attending the grammar school – it’s too expensive and unsuitable for a girl. Instead, Poppy will become a servant at the big house. And she’ll ‘keep out of trouble’. But Poppy’s life is about to be thrown dramatically off course. The first reason is love – with someone forbidden, who could never, ever marry a girl like her. The second reason is war. Nothing could have prepared her for that. As she experiences what people are capable of – the best of humanity and the very worst – Poppy will find an unexpected freedom and discover how to be truly her own person.

The Review

This is not the first war novel i have read, but this wont be last. This was an interesting view into WWI and the social period surrounding it. Poppy, our lead female is very interesting as she has lots of character development throughout the book and you see her grown into her own. I didn’t care too much for the romance in this novel and it felt kind of forced. I would have liked it better if it was just more about Poppy and the war surrounding her and her character development. The romance kind of took away all of Poppy’s strengths and made her seem less than what she was. While this book is still a good idea I can only give it 3 stars. hopefully the next book by this author will pick up more.

 

 

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