PoppyLove and war. Two words that should have little association, but to me the two go hand in hand. Both are a tragedy. They rip you open and spit you out. The war killed my husband, Connor, shattered my will to live, and took my best friend. Brandon may not have physically died in that war, but his soul did. And now we’re left to pick up the wreckage. Expected to move on when all that is left is the ruins of a life we once had.Brandon
War. It took everything from me, even myself. When you’re only able to exist, death seems like a blessing. Pain…a welcome distraction. I ran from everything associated with my past, and then she found me, fighting, drowning myself in whisky, trying to forget. She reminds me of Connor, of what I’ve lost—what we’ve lost. In the midst of destruction, she’s a salvation I don’t deserve.
I shouldn’t love him.
I shouldn’t love her.
Love is a war we never should have fought.
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“I am nothing more than burning wreckage now, and Poppy is standing far too close to the flames.”
“I’ve always loved you, Poppy.” “You bring me peace when all I know is war.”
“I’m already trapped in my own personal war and I need her beside me, not standing across the battle lines from me. I can’t help but feel as though this was always inevitable, me and her. No matter how many women I fucked or how perfect Connor was for her, that has always been a twisted form of fate.”
Real. Raw. Earth-Shattering. Heartbreaking. Intense Journey. Those are the words to describe War Poppy. This book delves into some pretty intense subject matter. The reality of life after war isn’t always a pretty one. Those who come back from war suffer in the most unimaginable ways….
Poppy has just been trying her best to move on since the war claimed her husband and in that time, she has been searching for Brandon. Brandon was her and her husbands best friend. He was all she had left in this crazy life and she needed him in order to survive and move on…Brandon hasn’t been coping well since he fled the war. Seeing his friends and comrades die, affected him in ways he can’t even understand. He is in denial as to just how much he is suffering. So, instead of seeking help for his PTSD, he takes to fighting. He is just spiraling and it’s only a matter of time before he hits rock bottom.
War Poppy is well written and completely captivating. This is not an easy read at all, but is one of those that you find yourself having to continue. Despite how much the story hurts, you have to see what will happen next. You know that this story is going to wreck you, but there is no way you can prepare for the outcome of this tale.
War Poppy is one of those books that is going to really make you think, maybe see things from a different perspective. The journey isn’t an easy one, but I’m glad I gave this book a chance.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
Because sometimes characters need to be flawed.P.S. Stevie’s greatest fear is the impending zombie apocalypse. Think about it: swarming armies of decaying, oozing corpses stumbling around with clicking teeth, trying to eat your face. Nothing about that is good. NOTHING!
Lauren Lovell is an indie author from England.She suffers from a total lack of brain to mouth filter and is the friend you have to explain before you introduce her to anyone, and apologise for afterwards.
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