Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of Until We Meet Again by Rosemarie Goodacre.
The Great War drove them apart – but love kept them together
Summer 1914: Shy young woman, Amy Fletcher, lives a quiet life in Sussex. An office worker, she lives at home, along with her parents and spirited younger brother, Bertie. But her life is transformed when she meets handsome young man, Edmond Derwent, son of one of the wealthiest families in the small town of Larchbury, and student at Cambridge University.
The couple are falling deeply in love when war breaks out and, eager to do his duty for England, Edmond signs up as an officer. The couple plan to be wed, eager to start a new life together – but their happiness is short-lived when Edmond is sent to Flanders to lead his men into battle. Amy trains as a VAD nurse and is soon sent to France, where she sees the true horror of war inflicted on the brave young men sent to fight.
Separated by war, Edmond and Amy share their feelings through emotional letters sent from the front line. But when Edmond is critically wounded at Ypres, their love faces the biggest test of all – can their love stay strong while the world around them is crumbling?
A romantic, emotional saga set in WW1 – readers of Rosie Goodwin, Katie Flynn and Val Wood will be captivated by this story of love.
I love historical fiction, particularly when it is full of love and romance!
Amy Fletcher is a young woman seeking more from life; she is a good girl from a hard working family but she is discovering, along with her friends, that actually women deserve more and she is willing to fight for it.
Edmond Derwent is a young man from Amy’s village, but he is from one of the wealthiest families that reside there. They live in a time of unrest, both at home and abroad but still a union between the two is deemed unexpected, and not entirely suitable. Despite these barriers, Amy and Edmond form a relationship, courting whenever Edmond is home from University, falling deeply in love quickly. War threatens to tear them apart, as Edmond finds himself sent off to France. Amy is equally as keen to support the war effort and trains as a VAD nurse. Finally together, Amy and Edmond find themselves torn apart against the backdrop of one of histories most brutal wars.
This novel was lovely. I really enjoyed the settings, both in England and in France, with the English village of Larchbury seeming quaint, quiet and a little naïve to war. The war-torn descriptions of the front were more brutal and harsh, giving a realistic view of the suffering the soldiers were forced to ensure. The relationship between Amy and Edmond develops over snatched moments, each desperate to spend time together whilst fulfilling their roles in the war. I feel that Rosemarie Goodacre really captured their love, as well as capturing the tragedy and brutality of war. This is an excellent example of historical fiction, and I am more than happy to recommend it!
Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖
Thank you to Rosemarie Goodacre and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
Rosemary Goodacre has previously worked in computing and teaching. She has had short stories published and a novella, A Fortnight is not Enough.
Her father’s family came from continental Europe and she loves travelling.
She enjoys country walking, bridge and classical music. She lives with her husband in Kent, England.
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