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Title:
After the war is over : a novel
Author:
Robson, Jennifer, 1970- , author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]

©2015
Physical Description:
353 pages, 16 pages ; 21 cm
Summary:
"After four years as a military nurse, Charlotte Brown is ready to leave behind the devastation of the Great War. The daughter of a vicar, she has always been determined to dedicate her life to helping others. Moving to busy Liverpool, she throws herself into her work with those most in need, only tearing herself away for the lively dinners she enjoys with the women at her boarding house. Just as Charlotte begins to settle into her new circumstances, two messages arrive that will change her life. One, from a radical young newspaper editor, offers her a chance to speak out for those who cannot. The other pulls her back to her past, and to a man she has tried, and failed, to forget. Edward Neville-Ashford, her former employer and the brother of Charlotte's dearest friend, is now the new Earl of Cumberland--and a shadow of the man he once was. Yet under his battle wounds and haunted eyes Charlotte sees glimpses of the charming boy who long ago claimed her foolish heart. She wants to help him, but dare she risk her future for a man who can never be hers? As Britain seethes with unrest and post-war euphoria flattens into bitter disappointment, Charlotte must confront long-held insecurities to find her true voice ... and the courage to decide if the life she has created is the one she truly wants."--
General Note:
"P.S. insights, interviews & more..." -- Cover.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780062334633
Format :
Book

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The International bestselling author of Somewhere in France returns with her sweeping second novel--a tale of class, love, and freedom--in which a young woman must find her place in a world forever changed.

After four years as a military nurse, Charlotte Brown is ready to leave behind the devastation of the Great War. The daughter of a vicar, she has always been determined to dedicate her life to helping others. Moving to busy Liverpool, she throws herself into her work with those most in need, only tearing herself away for the lively dinners she enjoys with the women at her boarding house.

Just as Charlotte begins to settle into her new circumstances, two messages arrive that will change her life. One, from a radical young newspaper editor, offers her a chance to speak out for those who cannot. The other pulls her back to her past, and to a man she has tried, and failed, to forget.

Edward Neville-Ashford, her former employer and the brother of Charlotte's dearest friend, is now the new Earl of Cumberland--and a shadow of the man he once was. Yet under his battle wounds and haunted eyes Charlotte sees glimpses of the charming boy who long ago claimed her foolish heart. She wants to help him, but dare she risk her future for a man who can never be hers?

As Britain seethes with unrest and post-war euphoria flattens into bitter disappointment, Charlotte must confront long-held insecurities to find her true voice . . . and the courage to decide if the life she has created is the one she truly wants.


Author Notes

Jennifer Robson is an internationally acclaimed bestselling author of historical fiction. She studied French literature and modern history as an undergraduate at King's College at the University of Western Ontario. She then attended Saint Anthony's College at the University of Oxford, where she obtained her Doctorate in British economic and social history.

Robson worked as an editor for a number of years, but is now lucky enough to consider herself a full-time writer. She is the author of the historical novels After the War Is Over and Somewhere in France.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Determined to do something meaningful with her Oxford education, Charlotte Brown is disappointed that the only position she can find is as governess in the household of the Earl of Cumberland. After a few years, she is able to move on to a more satisfying job in Liverpool, but not before falling in love with Edward, the Cumberland heir. When WWI breaks out, Charlotte goes to London to be a nurse in a neurological hospital, an experience that serves her well when Edward returns from the war suffering from shell shock. The two of them retreat to a cottage on one of his estates so she can help him recover. Edward is in love with her, too, but feels duty-bound to marry an heiress in order to restore the family fortunes. Although it's no surprise that Charlotte and Edward end up together, what might have been a standard romance is elevated by details of Charlotte's life at work and in the Liverpool boardinghouse she shares with other working girls. Echoes of some aspects of Downton Abbey add to the novel's appeal.--Quinn, Mary Ellen Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Robson's second WWI novel (after Somewhere in France) weaves historical detail into a tale of a former military nurse and the man she loves. Charlotte Brown is living and working in Liverpool after the end of the Great War, but believes that she is making little difference in the lives of Britain's poorest citizens. When she returns to the estate where she was once a governess, to celebrate the wedding of her former charge, Lilly, Charlotte realizes that she has never stopped loving Lilly's brother, Edward, Lord Cumberland. When Edward's war injuries threaten to destroy his future, Charlotte agrees to help nurse him back to health, even if it means that her heart might be wounded in the process. Charlotte is an admirable protagonist: a strong woman with compassion and a forthright nature, which is evenly matched with her desire to find love and happiness. Robson will lure readers into this emotionally charged novel from the first page. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

In this sequel focusing on secondary characters from Robson's first novel, Somewhere in France, former governess Charlotte Brown has embraced a new role as an advocate for Liverpool's poor and oppressed citizens, throwing herself wholeheartedly into both her day job at a constituency office and the writing of fiery editorials in the local paper. Yet her activism is not enough to make her forget her memories of her former charge's handsome aristocratic brother, Edward, who has returned home from the Great War an emotionally shattered man. When it seems as if her wartime nursing experience at a neurological hospital might place her in a unique position to help Edward, Charlotte struggles to balance her desire to live a meaningful life in the present and her desire to revisit her past. Verdict Robson has clearly done her research about the details of daily life in postwar England, but this slow-paced novel is weighed down by a joyless, sanctimonious heroine and flashbacks that add little to the story. Recommended only for the most insatiable devotees of romance set in the post-World War I time period.-Mara Bandy, Champaign P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.