War Poppy by Nicole Lynne is LIVE!
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.
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.
Overall Rating- 3.5
Reviewed by Jen
War Poppy takes us on an emotional journey of two lost souls- Poppy and Brandon. Poppy’s husband who is also Brandon’s best friend was killed in action while on tour with Brandon. Having witnessed the death of his best friend and being the lone survivor of the attack Brandon desserts his job in the army and starts to live this life with no caution or thought. The only emotion he feels or wants to feel is pain. He welcomes it, encourages it to find him, and sometimes goes looking for something to give him the pain that will let him forget his demons. If he isn’t fighting then Brandon could usually be found drinking his pain away. Poppy has no clue how to get up and start a new normal after the death of her husband Connor. In his last letter to her he asks that she looks after their best friend Brandon. Poppy realizes that as much pain and hurt that she is in so is Brandon and maybe together they can navigate this thing called life and find a new normal. Finally after much time and money spent Poppy is given the whereabouts of Brandon only he isn’t the Brandon she knows or remembers. He is a shell of the man she once knew. Love changes people, loss changes people, war changes people-can these two lost hurting souls find the strength in themselves and one another to find happiness again?
This book was emotional hard for me to read being a military spouse as the issues that are brought up and talked about are ones that as a military spouse I deal with on a daily basis with friends and family members. Even though they are hard emotional subjects they need to be addressed and talked about it and I am so thankful that this book addresses them. For as emotionally hard as this book was for me, personally to read, it was a great love story too. You can feel the love that Poppy and Brandon have for one another-they are willing to go to great lengths to protect one another but how can you protect each other when the “enemy” is within. I really enjoyed the relationship that Brandon and Poppy have and watching how they each dealt with pain and loss together and alone. If you’re looking for a book that will open your eyes and leave a mark in your heart this is the one for you!
Book 2, War Hope is releasing May 2, 2017
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!
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