After the War Is Over: A Novel by Jennifer RobsonAfter the War Is Over: A Novel by Jennifer Robson

After the War Is Over: A Novel

byJennifer Robson

Paperback | January 6, 2015

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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.

JENNIFER ROBSONfirst learned about the Great War from her father, acclaimed historian Stuart Robson, and later served as an official guide at the Canadian National War Memorial at Vimy Ridge, France. A former copy editor, she holds a doctorate in British economic and social history from the University of Oxford. She lives in Toronto, C...
Title:After the War Is Over: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:January 6, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062393073

ISBN - 13:9780062393074

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good light read The post-WWI setting adds interest and depth to the book. It is an enjoyable, light read.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not her best I read Goodnight from London first. So I read the books out of order. Not a problem since they are not part of a series. But I found GFL to be a much more interesting book compared to After the War is Over which was written first.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable ** spoiler alert ** I stayed up way too late finishing this book, but I did not want to put it down until I got to the end. Overall for me this was an enjoyable read, I loved the author's use of letters, newpaper articles, even the wedding invitation and telegram to help the reader learn more about the characters and develop the story line. I also enjoyed the chapters that showed us Charlotte and Edward interactions over the years, I think that really added to the main story line. I just have one minor criticism, I would have loved for the author to spend more time on the month that Edward and Charlotte lived together and gave us a little more of their life together and showed/told us how/when Edward fell in love with Charlotte.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read At first the cover drew me in, and I knew I needed to read it. The story is well written, giving you a perspective on the aftermath of the first world war. This is not a romance, nor is it just historical fiction, it is definitely a mix of the two, which I enjoyed. I liked the strength of the main character and I was interested throughout. Its not too long, so you dont lose interest, however I found my imagination sometimes going further, like I wasnt given enough. Overall I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average I think this novel was very average, not a must read.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from After the War is Over Great story about what happens to a number of characters from Somewhere in France. Although the ending is a bit predictable, the journey Charlotte took in getting there makes for enjoyable reading. I really enjoyed the sections about women's suffrage and the first female university graduates. Looking forward to her next book.
Date published: 2015-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't get enough of it! I have read both of her novels and THOROUGHLY enjoyed both. Her writing truly explains, and brings to life, the reality of what (all levels) of medical staff went through during WW1. I learned so much about WW1, and what a beautiful and realistic way to absorb the history. I can't wait for her 3rd novel to arrive in 2016.
Date published: 2015-08-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Juvenile This book is a modern story of Cinderella, so it might be good for 12 year old. There's no history in this book, just some soap opera.
Date published: 2015-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable a quick read and a cute romance novel
Date published: 2015-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AFTER THE WAR IS OVER Captivated from beginning to end! Historical accuracy, moves along at a good rate. Heightened my sense of the devostation brought to those in war zones. To hold onto hope amongst the loss and unknown in deed makes heros of soliders ,volunteers and civilians alike.
Date published: 2015-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Historical fiction with romance added I really enjoyed this book. It was more of a historical fiction than a full blown romance which is what I was looking for. The descriptions of the heroine's work and time at Oxford and working as a nurse during World War 1 are all very detailed and transport you to that era. The love story is refreshing and brings a bit a tragic feel that really incites you to turn to the next page. I have to say the main character was a little boring for me, even though I loved that she was a strong woman with values and strong morals. I would have loved to know more about the two character's relationship, why did they fall in love with each other, their strong friendship, etc. Overall it was different and I would recommend it to any one who likes period pieces.
Date published: 2015-03-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from After the war Reminds me of Harlequins romance mixed with very good views of post first world war Britain customs and class difference
Date published: 2015-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from History with a Large Dollop of Romance "After The War Is Over" is an emotionally-charged, tender and captivating historically-based love story that begins in war-torn England of 1919. In a country ripped apart by death, and destruction war veterans return to a scarcity of work, low wages, starvation and homelessness. Charlotte Brown a nurse during the war years has returned to her life as a social worker in Liverpool, yearning to alleviate the hopeless despair of destitute families. Wanting a channel to voice her concerns, she turns to John Ellis, the editor-in-chief of the Liverpool Herald, writing a series of articles about the plight of returning war heroes and their families. When the radical young newspaper editor begins to show a romantic interest in her Charlotte pulls away, remembering a man from her past who still holds her heart. Edward, the Earl of Cumberland injured physically and emotionally in the war has returned a broken, dispirited man. With the death of his father he struggles not only with his handicap but under the weight of responsibility and debt, believing the only answer to his difficulties is in an arranged marriage to a wealthy woman. Plagued by nightmares, the torment of unforgiving headaches and a growing dependence on alcohol, Edward's family turns to Charlotte for help. As she begins to rehabilitate the wounded hero their love's rekindled only to be thwarted by his responsibility to a debt-ridden title. Jennifer Robson sets the stage for this gripping, heart-warming story in an England where the celebration of victory does nothing to hide a bleak landscape filled with bitterness and disappointment as war veterans struggle to make a living to keep their families from facing abject poverty, and low wages, petty infractions in the police force erupt in rioting and lawlessness. In an atmosphere of growing hopelessness and despair Charlotte is a voice for change not only against shortages and starvation but the stigma of charity, the insensitivity of class divisions, the absence of government intervention and the lack of freedoms and rights for women. Cleverly the author highlights these problems and those of returning war veterans through the eyes of Charlotte's friends, work colleagues and the recovering Earl. Although told from Charlotte's perspective in 1919, the plot is filled with her memories of the past from being hired as a governess to her work with shell-shocked soldiers and her growing romance with Edward. The romance between Charlotte and Edward the Earl of Cumberland infuses the plot with tenderness, warmth and realism as they grapple with class distinction and financial problems that threaten to swamp their love. Charlotte haunted by the stigma of being an orphan as a child is serious, reserved and wary of loving Edward even though she's intelligent and well-educated. An amiable, principled and generous young woman who wants to serve the less fortunate, her insecurity about Edward's superior class and her desire to ensure his happiness may mean turning her back on her heart. Edward Ashford once carefree, easy-going and charming changes after his harrowing experience in the war. He's down-to-earth, composed and dignified, but burdened not by prejudice, but responsibility to his family and estate. In love with Charlotte for years he must find the courage to rise above his problems or lose her forever. All the characters in this story are well-developed with flaws and faults that lend drama, power and depth to a mesmerizing page turner you can't put down. Unlike her cool, remote, thoughtless mother Lady Cumberland, Lilly Ashford- Fraser is selfless, determined and loyal to her friend Charlotte. John Ellis, the editor of the Herald is a quiet, intense and conscientious workaholic who's worked hard to secure his position and the paper's uncompromising reputation. A morally upright intellectual, and kind man it is these qualities so similar to Charlotte's nature that makes him a good friend, not a lover. I thoroughly enjoyed "After The War Is Over" and highly recommend it to those that like history with a large dollop of romance.
Date published: 2015-02-24

Editorial Reviews

“Robson captures the atmosphere of post-WWI England beautifully, portraying the changing social and political climate, as well as the rebuilding of the country in the aftermath of the Great War. Calmly and compassionately rendered, realistic and romantic, After the War is Over is a wonderful testament to its survivors.”