Somewhere in France

Somewhere in France

Book - 2014
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"Lady Elizabeth Neville-Ashford, has struggled against both her mother's expectations and the restrictions early 20th-century British society imposes upon women of "gentle breeding". Lilly longs to make a difference, to have a life of substance and meaning. Only one person other than her beloved brother Edward ever listened to what she really wanted-Robert Fraser, Edward's best friend. But that was many years ago when he was visiting and Lilly was young, and she is certain Robbie has long forgotten her. Robbie Fraser knows he shouldn't have come to the lavish ball given by Edward's parents, the Earl and Countess of Cumberland. This world is far removed from the hospital in Whitechapel where he works as a surgeon. In his work, he is ft̊ed and admired by his colleagues and friends, yet his accomplishments count for nothing to the privileged few attending the Neville-Ashford gala. As he plots his quiet escape, he is stopped by a vision of loveliness-Lilly. He finds her utterly captivating. She believes he is the man of her dreams. In a few short weeks, the world is engulfed by war. As the lights go out across Europe, Robbie becomes a trauma surgeon in a field hospital on the Western Front, while Lilly breaks free of convention, as well as from her disapproving parents, leaving home and eventually becoming an ambulance driver with the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. When she is transferred to the same field hospital where Robbie works, she hopes to strengthen the growing bond between them. Yet how can love survive the class restrictions that separate them and the horrors and suffering of the Great War?" --
Publisher: New York : William Morrow Paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers : ©2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062677402
Characteristics: 373 pages :,map ;,21 cm


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Apr 18, 2021

This book should be labeled as romance. WWI is simply a setting for a love affair and a first sexual experience. Waste of time for me. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Nov 23, 2020

A light easy read. The kind that makes you feel that the author could churn out a dozen of these in no time. The protagonists are likeable. The story takes place mainly in a field hospital during the First World War.
What struck me was a sentence near the end of the book at which time the war was over and influenza had struck England. " Roads and sidewalks had been sprayed with disinfectant, masks had been as ubiquitous as hats, and handshakes had become a thing of the past.
Made me think of the phrase " this too shall pass".

May 24, 2020

Recommended by Anne-Marie

Oct 05, 2019

Really liked this book about WW1.

Aug 13, 2019

I absolutely loved this book. Very well written.

ArapahoeMarcia Dec 06, 2017

An amazing story of an aristocratic lady who leaves everything behind to help with the war efforts in France during the Great War. A heartwarming tale of strength, courage, and determination.

CatherineG_1 Jun 05, 2017

Loved this first book by Robson. Lily and her brother are royalty but both give up their well heeled life to serve King and Country.
Dr. Fraser, Lily's love interest is a surgeon from London's poorer East End who serves as her Romeo, on the front lines.
Her research is always excellent. She included her dad's book in her bibliography. Robson dedicated the book to her dad and also interviews him at the end.
Would also highly recommend Goodnight from London.

Apr 13, 2017

I enjoyed this book. It is an engaging story, and a view of World War I medical efforts. Of course, there is a lovely and realistic love story in it as well as lots of other believable friendships.

samdog123 Mar 23, 2017

A good historical novel about the WWI and its effects on society. Lady Lily Ashford longs to escape the confines of her privileged life and work to help the war effort. After some family struggles, she ends up in the WAAC stationed in France as an ambulance driver. Dr. Robbie Fraser, a school friend of her brother's, is at the same camp and the two continue their romance. What I particularly liked was learning about how restrictive life was for women in those times. Women had to make their own opportunities and work hard to achieve their goals.

coroboreefarm Jan 08, 2017

This is a powerful and dramatic love story set against the backdrop of World War 1. Lady Elizabeth, quickly becoming Lilly, defies her aristocratic parents to join the war effort as an ambulance driver for the WAAC. She falls in love with a surgeon from the slums of Glasgow, and the book chronicles their love through to consummation.

The scenes of the field hospital are compellingly accurate, but the over all tone of the book does not dwell so much on the horrors of the Great War, as on the burgeoning romance between Robbie and Lily. The book brought back echoes of Lady Sybil and the early episodes of Downtyon Abbey.

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