War Series- Book 1
By Nicole Lynne …Stevie J. Cole & L P Lovell
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.
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To be quite honest, I don’t know how to review this book. It was not a matter of liking or disliking the book. There was not an issue with the writing or delivery of the story. The writing was beyond excellent considering the subject matter. The subject matter had emotional triggers that affected me personally. When I finished this book it was with a very heavy heart.
War Poppy is not the typical romance. The story portrays real issues that war veterans and their families deal with after they have returned home. War Poppy is not an easy book to read. It does not have a HEA. In fact it is heartbreaking and leaves the reader with a very heavy feeling of despair. I believe that was the clear intentions of authors Stevie J. Cole and LP Lovell, writing as Nicole Lynn, had when writing this book. They intended for this book to leave an impact. They wanted this book to be thought provoking and raise awareness of the very real issues veterans and their families face dealing with PTSD. It is not light reading material. It is a fictional story of three people tied together through life and war.
Most readers pick up a book to escape the realities of the real world. They are looking for engaging entertainment. As a fair warning, War Poppy may have triggers that some readers may not be able to deal with. There are graphic war scenes, severe depression, extreme psychological issues resulting from PTSD, substance abuse, and self-destruction. These issues are handled with complete honesty and compassion for those who are living with these very debilitating problems.
Poppy, Connor, and Brandon grew up together. They became family. Brandon was Poppy’s first crush and first love. He was also Connor’s best friend. He was the protector of their family unit. When Connor chose to enlist, Brandon enlisted right along with him. When Connor died in war, Brandon may as well have died. His body is still alive but his soul is dying a slow death. Rather than facing Poppy after Connor’s death, he went AWOL and disappeared. Dying is easy, trying to live with the aftermath of war is excruciating.
Poppy was devastated when her husband was killed. Her heart was shattered. What made it even more devastating was losing Brandon as well. Brandon disappeared and she has made it her mission to find him. She senses his despair and wants to help him heal. He is as much a part of her as her husband Connor was. When she finally finds Brandon, he’s not the man she has known all her life. He’s lost in a dark world of haunting pain.
Poppy is at a loss on how to help Brandon. Her mixed feelings of friendship and love trigger her guilt about her husband’s death. Deep down she knows Connor would want them both to move on in life. She’s taking the steps to overcome her grief the only way she knows how. She’s doing everything in her power to help Brandon gain the courage to take his own steps towards healing. She is giving him her unconditional love with every ounce of her heart. Sometimes love is not enough.
War Poppy was written with compassion and brutal honesty. The authors did a fantastic job conveying this story. The bonds of love are never questionable. They are absolute. It’s dealing with all the other things haunting their souls that convolute their love for one another. Sometimes even the purest love and good intentions are not enough to keep the demons at bay.
As I finished this book, I couldn’t breathe. I was devastated. I was aching right along with the characters. The harsh truth of their lives is something that happens on a daily basis in real life. Sadly their story is not uncommon. That in itself is the true tragedy!
***ARC generously provided 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.
She’s a self-confessed shameless pervert, who may be suffering from slight peen envy.LP loves to hear from readers so please get in touch.