The Poppy Factory by Liz Trenow
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: AVON (a division of HarperCollinsPublishers)
With the end of the First World War, Rose is looking forward to welcoming home her loving husband, Alfie. Traumatised by his experience on the battlefield, Alfie returns a shadow of his former self. Pushed away by Alfie, Rose’s head is soon turned by another man and she struggles with temptation.
Many years later, Jess returns from her final tour of Afghanistan. Haunted by nightmares from her time at the front, her longed-for homecoming is a disaster and she wonders if her life will ever be the same again. Cam comfort come through her great-grandmother Rose’s diaries?
For Jess and Rose, the realities of war have terrible consequences. Can the Poppy Factory, set up to help injured soldiers, rescue them both from the heartache of war?
The characters are well described, the thing that made me read this is the story was in London. A good book for those who suffer depression. I guess? Because the character suffers some kind of stress. One thing that made me upset was when Jess started to read Rose’s diary which I found boring. The story is centered to Rose’s life and her husband (a soldier) and of course the Poppy Factory. Well, Rose and her husband had a cute love story. This story is about love, work, friendship, and family so it’s a total package.
The author made and excellent work on describing the characters vividly, I totally loved it. She uses very catching words that would made you enjoy reading it.
Another thing that upset me was when Jess decided to go to the factory, the author did not end up the story of jess and her boyfriend, maybe other readers would like to end the story that way but for me it is a big HANGER. If you want to have a brief history about London you should totally read it, I pretty enjoyed knowing new things about London the whole time