Today I welcome TLC book tours back to the blog with an historical fiction novel set in Britain just after World War I. In invite you to read my review and visit the other stops on the book tour.
Charlotte works in an office in Liverpool that tries to find help for the poor and destitute. The circumstances of many families has become dire especially since The Great War has ended. Veterans are coming home wounded and unable to work and women are left widows with children to feed.
Jennifer Robson vividly portrays the sadness and destruction that has been left in the wake of the war; everyone in England has been affected by this deadly and costly conflict. There are several sub plots in the book that will give the reader a better appreciation of the variety of ways in which men and women from all walks of life had their lives altered by World War I.
Charlotte served as a nurse in a hospital in London that specialized in helping veterans from shell shock; her memories of the patients she helped there always haunt her. But when her old friend, Edward, comes home from the war a changed man, she uses her expertise as a nurse to try and help him recover from his trauma.
There is obviously a history between Charlotte and Edward and the narrative flashes back to the time they spent together before the war. But since they are from very different social classes, Charlotte assumes that they will never be romantically involved. The scenes in the book in which Edward and Charlotte are getting to know each other were my favorite parts of the book. My only complaint about the book is that Robson did not include more interaction between these two characters.
Overall, AFTER THE WAR IS OVER is a fantastic read if you have an interest in historical fiction set during and after World War I.
About The Author:
Jennifer Robson first learned about the Great War from her father, acclaimed historian Stuart Robson, and later served as an official guide at the Canadian National War Memorial at Vimy Ridge, France. A former copy editor, she holds a doctorate in British economic and social history from the University of Oxford. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and young children.
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