Love and war. Two words that should have little association, but to me the two go hand in hand. Both are a tragedy. They rip you open and spit you out. The war killed my husband, Connor, shattered my will to live, and took my best friend. Brandon may not have physically died in that war, but his soul did. And now we're left to pick up the wreckage. Expected to move on when all that is left is the ruins of a life we once had.
War. It took everything from me, even myself. When you're only able to exist, death seems like a blessing. Pain...a welcome distraction. I ran from everything associated with my past, and then she found me, fighting, drowning myself in whisky, trying to forget. She reminds me of Connor, of what I've lost—what we've lost. In the midst of destruction, she's a salvation I don't deserve.
I shouldn't love him.
I shouldn't love her.
Love is a war we never should have fought.
Raw. Gritty. Love.
Because sometimes characters need to be flawed.
P.S. Stevie's greatest fear is the impending zombie apocalypse. Think about it: swarming armies of decaying, oozing corpses stumbling around with clicking teeth, trying to eat your face. Nothing about that is good. NOTHING!
She suffers from a total lack of brain to mouth filter and is the friend you have to explain before you introduce her to anyone, and apologise for afterwards.
She's a self-confessed shameless pervert, who may be suffering from slight peen envy.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Title: War Poppy
Author: Nicole Lynn
Is it possible to love/hate an author more for making you face your own inner demons as you read along to another's story? Nicole Lynn's War Poppy did exactly that - something that's happened only a few times in the past. War Poppy is entirely different from those other reads, but no less powerful as it tells the story of war veteran, turned deserter, Brandon and his childhood best friend Poppy. Since the age of 10, they've been a trio until a tragedy takes Connor away, leaving Poppy a widow and Brandon without his best friend and brother. Without Connor, these two need to rely on each other for strength and finally come to terms with their feelings for one another that they've tried to keep buried for too many years.
It's difficult to describe what Poppy and Brandon had together because as much as they completed one another and helped quiet their inner demons, they were also so very damaged. And broken. For different reasons. Nicole Lynn doesn't sugar coat the damaging effect of PTSD, of pain, guilt and grief. Nor do they try to pretend that any type of war has no victims, because it does, and not just for those who participate in it. It was a difficult read for me, but I was fascinated - i laughed, i sighed and then I cried at the last thing that i expected to happy, my heart breaking all over again. Thank you to this author for writing a hauntingly beautiful story that will stay with me for longer than anyone can imagine.
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