Somewhere in France: A Novel of the Great War

Somewhere in France: A Novel of the Great War

by Jennifer Robson


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#1 Globe and Mail Bestseller

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A daring young woman will risk her life to find her destiny in this atmospheric, beautifully drawn historical debut novel—a tale of love, hope, and danger set during the First World War.

Lady Elizabeth Neville-Ashford wants to travel the world, pursue a career, and marry for love. But in 1914, the stifling restrictions of aristocratic British society and her mother’s rigid expectations forbid Lilly from following her heart. When war breaks out, the spirited young woman seizes her chance for independence. Defying her parents, she moves to London and eventually becomes an ambulance driver in the newly formed Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps—an exciting and treacherous job that takes her close to the Western Front.

Assigned to a field hospital in France, Lilly is reunited with Robert Fraser, her dear brother Edward’s best friend. The handsome Scottish surgeon has always encouraged Lilly’s dreams. She doesn’t care that Robbie grew up in poverty—she yearns for their friendly affection to become something more. Lily is the most beautiful—and forbidden—woman Robbie has ever known. Fearful for her life, he’s determined to keep her safe, even if it means breaking her heart.

In a world divided by class, filled with uncertainty and death, can their hope for love survive. . . or will it become another casualty of this tragic war?

The paperback includes a P.S. section with additional insights from the author, background material, suggestions for further reading, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062273451
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/31/2013
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 59,520
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Robson is the USA Today and #1 Toronto Globe & Mail bestselling author of Somewhere in France, After the War is Over and Moonlight Over Paris. She holds a doctorate from Saint Antony’s College, University of Oxford. She lives in Toronto with her husband and young children.

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Somewhere in France: A Novel of the Great War 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please bn, can you do something to the plot spoiler heart2heart. She constantly reveals every detail of the book, sometimes including the ending of the story. There is absolutely no reason to reveal this much detail in a review. A few lines is all thats needed to tell if a book is good or not, yet this plot spoiler consistently goes into minute detail about the entire story line. Please do something to her, ban her or something. She is getting as bad as harriet klausner.
AngieJG More than 1 year ago
This novel interested me because it is about a time period I am very interested in. I appreciated the different viewpoint that this novel had to offer than others who write about WWI. This author chose to write about the females who participated in the war, not something that is often talked about. The bravery of the female ambulance drivers is amazing. Robson does a wonderful job painting a picture of a very unglamorous position in the war. It was nice that the characters with removed from their gilded cages and into the war. An heiress who seemingly has it all is the main character. She shows that women wanted more than sitting around, looking pretty, and searching out the best bred man to marry. Lilly is the main character, and her brother Edward is similar in that he is out to prove he is capable of more than a desk job that he easily could have settled in to given his station in life. Though the novel covers complicated territory, it is somewhat simplistic and rather predictable. Some may complain about that aspect, but I found it comforting. I liked all the characters, and couldn't put the novel down. Since the book was somewhat predictable and simplistic, I wanted a book 2 right away. I wanted to see how life would carry on once this tragic war ended. Overall, I would recommend this novel to historical fiction audiences.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love stories that have to do with WWI or WWII so when I heard about Somewhere in France I knew I had to read it. After the first couple of chapters I thought it was going to be Like Judith Kinghorn novel '"The Last Summer". This book was nothing like it and I enjoyed ever minute of it. If you like a good love story and WWI then this is a book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A MUST READ for Downton Abby genre fans~
banker247 More than 1 year ago
I love reading books that took place in the early 1900's with the prim and properness of the ladies and gentlemen. This was a beautiful love story that just shows love will find a way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought this was going to be another "Downton wannabe" but was pleasantly surprised it was not. At times the plot dragged a little, but overall it was very good. After finishing it several days ago I find myself still thinking about it.
macleaves More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Great love story set in the battlefields of WWI. If you are a fan of Downton Abbey this young lady will remind you of Lady Sybil, spunky and trying to be her own person in an era where that was nearly impossible for a woman of her class. Not as graphic in the war scenes as others I have read, but can be a little grizzly.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A sweet love story that takes place during war and through a few countries with the two lovers from different "cultures," and how to overcome all of these very large obstacles!  Lady Ashford wants to see what is beyond her upbringing and leaves her cozy family home to help in the war effort while her brother's best friend came from nothing and has become a respected surgeon, but wants to help in his own way with the war effort as well.  Their paths cross a few times, but will it end positively?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the strong female characters. The story has romance, adventure, disputes and anger, friendship, and suspence. The book was well worth my time and money. In fact, I'm starting to read her follow up book immediatey! Another book that is excellent on the NOOK is the Indie Award winning novel, The Partisan, by William Jarvis. This novel takes place during WWII and is based on actual events. It also has strong female and male characters. Both books have settings that are interesting as well as readable. One book is about the horror of WWI and the other the evils of WWII. Both books deserve A+++++
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Borrowed this book from a friend , very glad that I didn't purchase it. When I began to read , the characters and the plot were so familiar that I thought perhaps I had already read the book previously . It then dawned on me that the similarities between Ms. Robson's work and that of Vera Britain's TESTAMENT OF YOUTH were strikingly similar . Ms. Robson merely made minor changes . A very predictable romance story suitable for teenage girls .
Anonymous 4 months ago
A realistic story about WWI and those who did their duty for their country in the Great War. Taking place when the aristocracy of English was at its height, the author perfectly describes what is expected by all members of society, even when the world around them is being turned upside down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! I found myself so invested in the characters Can't wait to read the next book.
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Worth the read. Needed an epilogue
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Excellent! This was one of those books that you just can't put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Lots of the history about women in WW1 and an interesting love story.
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marabee More than 1 year ago
I spend hours of enjoyment reading "Somewhere in France". Thank you Ms. Robson for such a pleasure.
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