What I’m Reading Wednesday

25 Feb
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Jennifer Robson’s debut novel.

If you’re suffering from a “Downton Abbey” hangover, do I have a book for you. Historical fiction author Erika Robuck even gives the British drama a shout out on the cover quote of “Somewhere in France: A Novel of the Great War” by writing: “Utterly engaging and richly satisfying … Fans of Downton Abby will devour this novel!”

I’m publishing my weekly “What I’m Reading Wednesday” post a day early for all those who are already counting down to season five of “Downton Abbey.”

If you were a fan of Lady Sybil Crawley and rooted for her when she married chauffeur Tom Branson, you will love this novel by Jennifer Robson.

In her debut novel Robson pulls her readers into an era of stately homes, society and rubbing elbows with royalty. In the midst of the stifling lifestyle is young Lady Elizabeth Neville-Ashford, or Lilly for short. Bored out of her mind as her mother looks down her nose at every move Lilly makes, and wanting to make a difference with her life while her brother fights on the Western Front, Lilly gives up her title and financial security to become not only independent, but to her part for her country as an ambulance driver for the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps.

Choosing to serve close to the front lines, also puts her close to the man she loves, but Lilly’s resiliency is tested by her war experiences.

If you’re a fan of historical fiction, Downton Abbey, or just an utterly romantic love story, I strongly recommend “Somewhere in France.”

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