Among the Poppies
PRAISE FOR AMONG THE POPPIES
Ciesielski’s debut pays tribute to those who gave their lives for their country, and those who stood with them, and highlights the ambulance corps drivers, a group that isn’t mentioned in many novels of this period. The reader is transported back in time and made to feel a part of this tale.
~Leslie L. McKee
RT Bookreviews Magazine
What a debut! J’nell Ciesielski ignites the pages with a captivating, out-of-the-box heroine and a kind-hearted, by-the-book hero in this World War I romance of changing times, shakable lives, and a steadfast God. With tedious detail and heart-wrenching descriptions, Ciesielski takes the reader on a journey through the hospitals, trenches, and frontlines of France, giving us not only a view from a solider but also the rare perspective of women who dared enter the devastating world of war. Friendships are challenged and formed, faith is tried and strengthened, hearts are broken and healed, and romance is found and forged through the fires of The War to End All Wars. This novel sweeps beyond the glitz and glamour of the Edwardian Age and draws a realistic tale of love, loss, war, and dreams. The heroine was delightful and the hero a fitting match. A beautiful story.
~ Pepper D Basham
author of the Penned in Time series and Just the Way You Are
World War I history comes to life in debut author Ciesielski’s Among the Poppies. With the talent and skill of experienced authors, Ciesieskli brings to the pages the challenges, fear, bravery, and heroism of those who fought in one of the world’s most troubling times. Humor, wit, history, and romance brim through a story that is enlivened with characters facing familial obligations, societal restrictions, and the chasing of dreams as their world falls apart in war-torn France. Among the Poppies is not only beautifully written but beautifully told by an author who clearly loves the time period and honors with her words those who fought for freedom.
~ Marisa Deshaies
Acquisitions Editor of Bling!
At Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Among the Poppies has all the ingredients for a great read. A feisty, strong heroine, a handsome soldier hero, riveting World War I history, and romance to melt your heart make this a story you don’t want to miss.
~ Ann H. Gabhart
Bestselling author of These Healing Hills
“From page one, the characters pull you in and keep you reading! J’nell Ciesielski pens her story with beauty and skill.”
~ Roseanna White
Bestselling author of the Ladies of the Manor
and Shadows Over England series
With Among the Poppies, Ciesielski exhibits her mastery of the historical genre. With whip-smart dialogue, a strong female message, fluid turns of phrase, and characters at once relatable and inimitable, this sweepingly romantic and impeccably researched novel is one of the finest examples of Great War fiction I have read in an age.
~ Rachel McMillan
Author of the Van Buren and DeLuca series
Introduce a dashing, heart-thrilling Captain to a chauffer’s daughter set on adventure and helping The Great War efforts and you have sparks! Add witty dialogue, swoon-worthy tension, heroic intentions, and then the vivid descriptions of turn of the century England and war torn France ... and you have J’nell Cielsielski’s well-crafted, enchanting, debut novel, Among the Poppies.
Author of the award-winning series, The Everstone Chronicles