Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of Until the War is Over by Rosemary Goodacre, and part of her fabulous blog tour!
In a world destroyed by war, can hope survive?
Summer 1918: Young couple Amy and Edmond Derwent, after their experiences on the front line of battle – Edmond as an officer and Amy as a VAD in France – have now settled back in England and are starting to build a life as a family, with the arrival of baby Beth bringing them much-needed joy. But while she may have married into the wealthy Derwent family, now living with her in-laws in their grand home, Amy’s modest upbringing means that she is never truly accepted by Edmond’s family.
The Great War rages on, and while the men are off fighting, those left at home steel themselves for tragic news, praying that their loved ones return safely.
Edmond, still struggling with the effects of the injury he sustained at Ypres, feels the guilt of remaining at home while his friends are sent into battle. But life at Larchbury is not without its own problems – as food becomes scarce, and the Spanish Influenza causes deaths throughout England, tragedy strikes closer to home and it seems no one is safe from heartbreak.
Can Amy and Edmond keep their love strong, even in a world crumbling all around them?
A captivating family saga set in WW1 about the power of love amongst the heartbreak of war – if you like Rosie Goodwin, Katie Flynn and Val Wood, you’ll be swept away by this engrossing, emotional novel.
I was very excited when I discovered Until the War is Over was due to be published. It’s no secret that I am a fan of historical fiction set during either of the World Wars, and I was lucky enough to read and review Until We Meet Again previously which I loved. When I’m reading characters, I am always happy to discover sequels because it means we get to learn a little more about them, and what happens to them. Until the War is Over was no exception.
As we had discovered in Until We Meet Again, Amy and Edmond had had a difficult start to married life, with both of them recovering from injuries sustained in France towards the end. With Edmonds injury forcing him out of the war, and the arrival of baby Beth both of them find themselves back at Larchbury whilst the war continues to wage both at home and abroad.
I really enjoyed reading about both Amy and Edmond. They are both determined characters, and despite the adversity they each face they battle on. Tragedy continues to hit them, with the loss of friends and further injuries and illnesses sustained by loved ones. Amy finds her VAD training is essential being back at home with the onset of Spanish Flu, the silent killer that is spreading through towns and villages. With so many things keeping them apart, Amy and Edmond continue to fight to be together.
This is such a lovely novel. Whilst it could be read as a standalone, I would advise reading Until We Meet Again to give you more understanding about the characters and how they got to where they are. It really highlights the events towards the end of World War I, showing how people were suffering both at home and at the Front. The feelings of both loss but also hope resinate throughout the novel. I am more than happy to recommend this novel to you all!
Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖
Thank you to Rosemary Goodacre and Sarah Hardy at Book on the Bright Side Publicity & Promo for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Rosemary Goodacre is thrilled to have a three book deal with Hera Books. Her World War I romance Until We Meet Again was published on 31/10/19.
Previously Rosemary has had a novella published, entitled A Fortnight is not Enough, and a science fiction story in the anthology Telescoping Time.
Rosemary has always loved languages and travel, mainly in Europe. In her spare time she enjoys country walking, bridge and classical music. She lives in Kent, England.