Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War
Top voices in historical fiction deliver an unforgettable collection of short stories set in the aftermath of World War I--featuring bestselling authors such as Hazel Gaynor, Jennifer Robson, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig and edited by Heather Webb.
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month...
November 11, 1918. After four long, dark years of fighting, the Great War ends at last, and the world is forever changed. For soldiers, loved ones, and survivors the years ahead stretch with new promise, even as their hearts are marked by all those who have been lost.
As families come back together, lovers reunite, and strangers take solace in each other, everyone has a story to tell.
In this moving anthology, nine authors share stories of love, strength, and renewal as hope takes root in a fall of poppies.
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About the Author
Heather Webb is the award-winning and international bestselling author of Last Christmas in Paris, The Phantom's Apprentice, Rodin's Lover and Becoming Josephine. Her novels have been translated into over a dozen languages worldwide. Heather is also a freelance editor, public speaker and blogger. She lives in New England with her family and one feisty bunny.
Hazel Gaynor is an award-winning New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author. Her 2014 debut The Girl Who Came Home won the 2015 RNA Historical Novel of the Year award, A Memory of Violets was a 2015 WHSmith Fresh Talent pick, The Girl from The Savoy was shortlisted for the 2017 Irish Book Awards, and The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter was shortlisted for the 2019 HWA Gold Crown Award. Last Christmas in Paris (co-written with Heather Webb) won the 2018 Women's Fiction Writers Association Star Award. Their most recent collaboration is Meet Me in Monaco. Hazel's forthcoming historical novel, We Will Be Brave, set in China during WW2, will be published in North America in October 2020.
Hazel was selected by Library Journal as one of Ten Big Breakout Authors for 2015. Her work has been translated into fourteen languages to date. She is co-founder of creative writing events The Inspiration Project, and lives in Ireland with her husband and two children.
For more information, visit www.hazelgaynor.com
Beatriz Williams is the bestselling author of eleven novels, including The Golden Hour, The Summer Wives, A Hundred Summers, and The Wicked Redhead. A native of Seattle, she graduated from Stanford University and earned an MBA in finance from Columbia University. She lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore, where she divides her time between writing and laundry.
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.
Kate Kerrigan is the author of three previous novels. She lives in Ireland with her husband and their two sons.
Evangeline Hollandis the founder and editor of www.EdwardianPromenade.com, the number one blog for lovers of World War I, the Gilded Age, and Belle Époque France with nearly forty thousand unique viewers a month. In addition, she blogs at www.ModernBellesofHistory.com. Her fiction includes AN IDEAL DUCHESS and its sequel, crafted in the tradition of Edith Warton.
Lauren Willig is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty novels, including The Summer Country, The Ashford Affair, and The English Wife, as well as the RITA Award-winning Pink Carnation series. An alumna of Yale University, she has a graduate degree in history from Harvard and a JD from Harvard Law School. She lives in New York City with her husband, kindergartner, toddler, and vast quantities of coffee.
Praise for Beatriz Williams A Hundred Summers: "[A] fast-paced love story."--O, The Oprah Magazine
From Marci Jefferson's moody tale of a courageous young girl seeking to avenge her family's honor... to Hazel Gaynor's incandescent confluence of births and deaths...and including tales by Kate Kerrigan, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig, this collection offers an atmospheric homage to one of history's most emotionally devastating episodes.--Booklist
"With so many established and beloved names included, this title will be easy to suggest to the existing fan base of a particular writer as well as anyone looking for historical fiction with elements of intrigue and romance."--Library Journal
Praise for Jennifer Robson's After the War is Over: "A glorious journey from grief to celebration. Once I started reading, I couldn't put this novel down. The story is engaging, memorable and beautifully imagined."--Jeanne Mackin, author of The Beautiful American
"You'll be drawn into this story of obsession and passion."-- on Heather Webb's Rodin's Lover --Cosmopolitan Magazine