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Monday, January 12, 2015

Review of AFTER THE WAR IS OVER - Jennifer Robson

Jennifer Robson
Harper Collins Publishers
January 2015
Historical Romance

In a follow up to SOMEWHERE IN FRANCE, and after World War I is over, Charlotte Brown must return to a civilian life.  She now lives in a boardinghouse with several other women, and works as an assistant in a constituency office.  As England struggles with the aftermath of the war, Charlotte is offered a chance to write a series of columns bringing to light the injustices that are abounding in England.  The editor of the newspaper begins a small romance with her, but it isn't allowed to develop because on the heels of that, a letter arrives that will change the course of her destiny.

It is her skills in nursing during the war that's needed when she's asked to help Edward, the Earl of Cumberland.  Prior to the war, she was the governess to Lilly, the daughter of the older Earl of Cumberland, and sister to Edward.  She's loved Edward from afar all these years, and now with his injuries, he's a shell of the man he used to be.  With her heart hanging in the balance, will she be able to help Edward recover, and will she be able to return to her job knowing that she's leaving behind the man she's always loved?

For those that love a unique time period romance, this book has everything from the history of England during the years post World War I, to a romance that while unheard of between these two classes before the war, is now quite likely after the war.  There are dangerous riots, risks takers and life dramas that are touched upon between all the characters.  I enjoyed this little trip back in time, the characters seem true enough, and even though it is a follow up, it is not necessary to read the first book.

Reviewd by:  Jennifer Jones
Rating: 4

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