Wednesday, December 7, 2016

After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson

Star Rating : 4 out of 5
Content Rating : MILD
Back Cover :
"The International bestselling author of Somewhere in France returns with her sweeping second novel—a tale of class, love, and freedom—in which a young woman must find her place in a world forever changed.
After four years as a military nurse, Charlotte Brown is ready to leave behind the devastation of the Great War. The daughter of a vicar, she has always been determined to dedicate her life to helping others. Moving to busy Liverpool, she throws herself into her work with those most in need, only tearing herself away for the lively dinners she enjoys with the women at her boarding house.
Just as Charlotte begins to settle into her new circumstances, two messages arrive that will change her life. One, from a radical young newspaper editor, offers her a chance to speak out for those who cannot. The other pulls her back to her past, and to a man she has tried, and failed, to forget.
Edward Neville-Ashford, her former employer and the brother of Charlotte’s dearest friend, is now the new Earl of Cumberland—and a shadow of the man he once was. Yet under his battle wounds and haunted eyes Charlotte sees glimpses of the charming boy who long ago claimed her foolish heart. She wants to help him, but dare she risk her future for a man who can never be hers?
As Britain seethes with unrest and post-war euphoria flattens into bitter disappointment, Charlotte must confront long-held insecurities to find her true voice . . . and the courage to decide if the life she has created is the one she truly wants.”
My Thoughts :
I enjoyed this book. Given this book is not for everyone. I would say it’s pretty girly. The pace is slow, there is no action, and ultimately not much occurs. The book follows Charlotte. It goes back and forth between her life before the war and after. There is also a love story, however understated. It reminds me a bit of a Jane Austen book as far as the styling goes.
I actually didn’t realize it was the 2nd book until I started it. However, it can easily stand alone. You don’t feel thrown into the story at all. Book one is Somewhere in France and the two main characters are still in After the War is Over, but only in small roles. I will probably look up the first book too. 
I rated this MILD. There is no language or violence; however, there is one scene with sexual references.
     What I liked :
  • The Timeframe – The book is set in 1919, after WWI. Robson decides to focus on women in the post-war era. It was interesting to hear some of how society worked then and the changes that began to happen because of the war. A lot of day to day activities are described. While I’m sure tedious to some, I found it a more realistic version and slightly less romanticized portrayal of the time.
  • The Relationships – I liked the social interactions portrayed in this book. Downton Abbey fans will enjoy this read, as it deals with the same type of relationships among different classes.
         What I didn’t like :
  • The Ending – The ending was a bit weak; but, it gets there eventually.
  • Charlotte – While I liked Charlotte, she was a bit too perfect. I would have liked to see less perfection in her.
    What Others Are Saying :
    “Robson captures the atmosphere of post-WWI England beautifully, portraying the changing social and political climate, as well as the rebuilding of the country in the aftermath of the Great War. Calmly and compassionately rendered, realistic and romantic, After the War is Over is a wonderful testament to its survivors.” --RT Book Reviews
    “A glorious journey from grief to celebration. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put this novel down. The story is engaging, memorable and beautifully imagined.” -- Jeanne Mackin, author of The Beautiful American
    Reviewed by Shayna Hinshaw

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