Somewhere in France: A Novel Of The Great War by Jennifer RobsonSomewhere in France: A Novel Of The Great War by Jennifer Robson

Somewhere in France: A Novel Of The Great War

byJennifer Robson

Mass Market Paperback | March 28, 2017

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Lady Elizabeth Neville-Ashford wants to travel the world, pursue a career, and marry for love. But in 1914, the restrictions of British society and her mother’s expectations forbid Lilly from following her heart. When war breaks out, she seizes her chance for independence. Defying her parents, Lilly moves to London and becomes an ambulance driver in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps—a treacherous job that takes her to the Western Front.

Assigned to a field hospital, Lilly is reunited with Robert Fraser, her brother’s best friend. She doesn’t care that the hand-some Scottish surgeon grew up in poverty—she yearns for their friendship to become something more. Lilly is the most beautiful—and forbidden—woman Robbie has ever known. Fearful for her life, he’s determined to keep her safe, even if it means breaking her heart.

In a world divided and filled with uncertainty, can their hope for love survive . . . or will it become another casualty of war?

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 economi...
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Title:Somewhere in France: A Novel Of The Great WarFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1 inPublished:March 28, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written I was enthralled from the very first page to the very last. It was beautifully written, and I easily could have read more. Although there is a love story, I wouldn't classify this as a romance (even though there is one romance scene) because Lilly's coming of age is the central plot. However, I did thoroughly enjoy their love story (who wouldn't?). I imagine I'll be rereading this on a rainy day with a hot cup of tea. Five well-deserved stars.
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I recently purchased this book and I'm so glad that I did! It was such an interesting storyline and I think the research the author did was fantastic (historical fiction but very real/lifelike). It was the perfect mixture of seriousness and romance.
Date published: 2018-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED!!! I read Goodnight from London by Robson first but quickly decided to go out and buy her earlier novel - it did not disappoint! I lost considerable sleep because I couldn't put it down. I was completely drawn in by the historical details, along with the romance. I can't wait to read the rest of her collection.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. The first book I started to read in my post-war phase. Easy to read and understand. Beautiful story.
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Time Favourite Jennifer Robson quickly became one of my favourite authors. This is a book that I go back to each year because I just love the storyline and characters. It is a quick read but so enjoyable.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It!! Somewhere in France is a well-researched and riveting first novel. Somewhere in France is accurate to its last heartbreaking detail without being bogged down with unnecessary information. Lilly is a woman caught between the shifting sands of the old aristocracy and her desire to be a thoroughly modern 20th-century woman. Robbie, though misguided at times, is all a hero should be: upstanding yet flawed enough to be relatable. Being that the novel is set during the Edwardian period, it will inevitably call to mind Downton Abbey. Lovers of the period spanning the “War to End All Wars” will find much to enjoy in this novel, as will romance enthusiasts and general historical fiction readers.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jennifer Robson is a fantastic and talented story teller! Jennifer Robson is a very talented writer, who continues, in each of her books, to incredibly create characters and stories that catch my attention every time. The strong female characters are always so admirable!
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great debut novel I loved reading this book; the story kept my interest. It seemed a little familiar (thing Sybil from Downton Abby) but it didn't take away from the story. The author has such a passion for the time period and history involved and you can tell from the way she writes. Definitely give this book a read.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lovely This is a wonderfully written novel, I would recommend it.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Takes you back in time I quite enjoyed this book. Jennifer Robson tells an interesting story and gives you a really good idea of the challenges that many women faced during the war. A worthwhile read.#plumrewards
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! Somewhere in France was my first foray into historical fiction and I am now hooked! Jennifer Robson, an historian, brings her knowledge and research to her books in an amazing way, without sounding drab or like a textbook. She transports you to the time period you are reading about. I loved this book and felt I got a really good view of the front lines of the war. I fell in love with the characters and with the romance. I have since read all of her books and have loved them all. Well done!
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good This was a short and sweet love story, just a bit predictable.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable read I have read all but one of Jennifer Robson's books so far, and have enjoyed them all. She brings these war stories to life on the personal level of those fighting and the loved ones they left behind. Looking forward to more.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Engaging I love this time period it is such an interesting point in history, for me this was an engaging read, I did not want to put the book down. I loved the use of letter writing in this book (who does not get excited about receiving a hand written letter just for you) it was such a romantic touch. I am looking forward to reading the sequal.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story Great story and wonderfully developed characters. It was lovely to read a story that captured some women's role in WW1 while also keeping me intrigued about their lives. This book made me fall in the love with Jennifer Robson's writing.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An "ok" read This was an average read. It had some interesting parts but overall just a typical love story.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was just "ok" I would classify this novel as a romance rather than historical fiction. I found myself wanting to know more about the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps and the medicine/field hospital themes because I did not care for the story or its characters. The plot was predictable and flat.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Lovely Read What a fun book. Kept me stressed, kept me interested, kept me on my toes. Lots of fun.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enchanting Novel I loved this book! Everything about it was wonderful, from beginning to end I was captivated by the characters and how accurate the book was. Robson does an amazing job capturing the despair and sadness that enveloped Europe during WWI while still leaving sparks of hope for the readers and the characters. I loved each of the characters deeply and was sad to part with the novel. Though a warning for readers who have a short attention span; the plot starts off slow but picks up. This book has seriously ruined other books for me! Loved it!
Date published: 2016-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED LOVED LOVED IT I couldn't put it down! It was so well written, and to be truthful, I learned more about WW1 than I could have imagined; her writing described the "hell on earth" people lived through. I rushed out and bought the 2nd book, Somewhere in France, and have pre-ordered her 3rd book due 2016.
Date published: 2015-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Somewhere in France A wonderful love story of a time just over a hundred years ago. Times change but love doesnt. A great way to learn somethings about WW1.
Date published: 2015-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put it Down I loved reading this book so much! Each chapter made me want to know more and more about the characters, what was going to happen next, and everything else! I loved Lilly's character so much and felt I really connected with her from the very beginning! The author really knows how to keep an audience captivated! I loved it so much that I went out and bought "After the War is Over" as soon as I finished reading this one!
Date published: 2015-04-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read The writing in thisbook is very good but the story is not as well-crafted. Perhaps it is a hackneyed topic and the characters' obsession with class structure was typical of the time but it seemed that the main female character could. Overcome it but her man could not. It provided a good insight into this issue and perhaps I am being too harsh. In fact, from that perspective, this is a well-explored aspect of the effect of the Great War on the pervasive social structure of the early 20 th century.
Date published: 2015-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I love this book. Definitely one of my absolute favourites. I fell in love with the characters so much so they became real to me and I was sad when the story came to an end. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GOOD Read The story line captured my attention right from the beginning, Character and plot development were realistic and believable. Historically, the pace, details, and evolution of events were well timed and trustworthy. I will read the next volume.
Date published: 2014-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Somewhere In France Great story, believable characters. An excellent novel about both the changing role of women in war and society in general. Great descriptions of shat field hospitals and the work of medical staff. Looking forward to the next book in the series, out Jan 15.
Date published: 2014-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read... I quite enjoyed this story of a young woman who serves in France against her family's wishes. Her romance with a doctor and friend of her brother's is well-developed and realistically portrayed. Great historical detail and good pacing. Looking forward to Jennifer Robson's second book, When the War is Over.
Date published: 2014-10-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing Not enough depth. Predictable ending. Could of been a lot more. Possibly a good book for teens?
Date published: 2014-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Somewhere in France Great read - loved it!
Date published: 2014-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Somewhere in France This book was hard to put down. The characters came alive. I wish Jennifer could write a sequel, as I want their lives to continue. My step grandfather was a ambulance driver in WW1 and my grandfather was with the Canadian Expeditionary Force so I felt like I knew a bit of what they experienced. Thank you Jennifer.
Date published: 2014-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Somewhere in France A well-paced story with expertly layered themes. War, women's emancipation, class distinctions, romance...it was all there. When I reached the epilogue, I found myself wanting to find out more. What happened to Lilly and Robbie next????
Date published: 2014-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Engaging and Satisfying To start off, I love reading historical-fiction and historical non-fiction. When I found Somewhere in France, I felt like it was a perfect novel that contained everything I am interested in reading. I bought this book to take on vacation...I did not think I would enjoy a novel as much as I did. I was truly captivated every time I read a chapter. The entire book is compiled with amazing and true information. Personally, I love this book because it follows a woman that had everything she would ever dream for except that she was denied an education; Lilly Ashford was not free from her parents. I was amazed by this novel because it showed the strength and determination of woman throughout the Great War. This was an inspiring book and when I finished, I was completely satisfied but saddened that this strong and difficult love story between Lilly Ashford and Robbie Fraser was over. This is an amazing book that is definitely five stars! I recommend this book for someone who wants a captivating and well written book.
Date published: 2014-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Somewhere in france Great read. Brings history to life.
Date published: 2014-05-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Aweful! This book is a romance novel that takes place I during WWI. Neither the writing nor the plot is remarkable. I'm not sure why the Globe and Mail recommended it. If you are looking for a light romance this is for you.
Date published: 2014-05-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Somewhere in France Excellent well written easy to understand and fall in love with the characters I look forward to more gap books from this aurpthor!
Date published: 2014-04-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Somewhere in France A fine book for the beach. Albeit very sappy. Commendable historical feature.
Date published: 2014-04-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Informative I love historical fiction. I love learning about strong, brave, and determined women…while Lilly is a fictitious character she embodies the determination of over 60 000 women who were brave enough to leave their comfort zone in order to serve their country. Their contributions should never be forgotten. So much information about war is about the battles themselves, and not about the work being done behind the battle lines. I am glad to have a new perspective on the war.
Date published: 2014-04-08

Editorial Reviews

“…the fiercely independent Lady Elizabeth Neville-Ashford (Lily) will be sure to inspire readers.”