Somewhere in France

Somewhere in France

Book - 2014
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"Lady Elizabeth Neville-Ashford, has struggled against both her mother's expectations and the restrictions early 20th-century British society imposes upon women of "gentle breeding". Lilly longs to make a difference, to have a life of substance and meaning. Only one person other than her beloved brother Edward ever listened to what she really wanted-Robert Fraser, Edward's best friend. But that was many years ago when he was visiting and Lilly was young, and she is certain Robbie has long forgotten her. Robbie Fraser knows he shouldn't have come to the lavish ball given by Edward's parents, the Earl and Countess of Cumberland. This world is far removed from the hospital in Whitechapel where he works as a surgeon. In his work, he is fêted and admired by his colleagues and friends, yet his accomplishments count for nothing to the privileged few attending the Neville-Ashford gala. As he plots his quiet escape, he is stopped by a vision of loveliness-Lilly. He finds her utterly captivating. She believes he is the man of her dreams. In a few short weeks, the world is engulfed by war. As the lights go out across Europe, Robbie becomes a trauma surgeon in a field hospital on the Western Front, while Lilly breaks free of convention, as well as from her disapproving parents, leaving home and eventually becoming an ambulance driver with the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. When she is transferred to the same field hospital where Robbie works, she hopes to strengthen the growing bond between them. Yet how can love survive the class restrictions that separate them and the horrors and suffering of the Great War?"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062273451
Branch Call Number: FIC Robso
Characteristics: 373, 16 pages : maps, portrait ; 21 cm

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CatherineG_1 Jun 05, 2017

Loved this first book by Robson. Lily and her brother are royalty but both give up their well heeled life to serve King and Country.
Dr. Fraser, Lily's love interest is a surgeon from London's poorer East End who serves as her Romeo, on the front lines.
Her research is always excellent. She included her dad's book in her bibliography. Robson dedicated the book to her dad and also interviews him at the end.
Would also highly recommend Goodnight from London.

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scrubble4
Apr 13, 2017

I enjoyed this book. It is an engaging story, and a view of World War I medical efforts. Of course, there is a lovely and realistic love story in it as well as lots of other believable friendships.

samdog123 Mar 23, 2017

A good historical novel about the WWI and its effects on society. Lady Lily Ashford longs to escape the confines of her privileged life and work to help the war effort. After some family struggles, she ends up in the WAAC stationed in France as an ambulance driver. Dr. Robbie Fraser, a school friend of her brother's, is at the same camp and the two continue their romance. What I particularly liked was learning about how restrictive life was for women in those times. Women had to make their own opportunities and work hard to achieve their goals.

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coroboreefarm
Jan 08, 2017

This is a powerful and dramatic love story set against the backdrop of World War 1. Lady Elizabeth, quickly becoming Lilly, defies her aristocratic parents to join the war effort as an ambulance driver for the WAAC. She falls in love with a surgeon from the slums of Glasgow, and the book chronicles their love through to consummation.

The scenes of the field hospital are compellingly accurate, but the over all tone of the book does not dwell so much on the horrors of the Great War, as on the burgeoning romance between Robbie and Lily. The book brought back echoes of Lady Sybil and the early episodes of Downtyon Abbey.

AL_KATI Nov 06, 2016

How much did I love this book? I bought it, that's how much. And when a librarian buys a book...it's good.

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Josie_H
Sep 20, 2016

I LOVED this book, one of my all time favs, have read it about six times since it came out along with Robson's other two novels. I can't wait until her fourth novel comes out!!!

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Zoelexi777
Aug 23, 2016

I loved this book. After reading so many mysteries and thrillers it was time for a change. This book was perfect. The story takes place during the Great War and the love interest is between two people separated by class distinction which was so prevalent at the time. I'll be looking for the next book from Jennifer Robson.

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ownedbydoxies
Mar 02, 2016

A nice one to read at a time when you're looking for something that won't be a real brain-drain, but will have a satisfying story behind it.

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redworc
Feb 05, 2016

An enjoyable read.

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denisekelleher
Jan 17, 2016

Easy read and enjoyable

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