Published by Bloomsbury Children's on May 7, 2015
Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
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When Poppy learns that the love of her life, Freddie de Vere, is to marry someone else, she knows her heart will break. Devastated, she volunteers her nursing skills overseas to take her away from the painful reminders at home. But things are about to get much worse for Poppy. The journey to the hospital in Flanders is full of horrors, and when she arrives it is to find a spiteful ward Sister and unfriendly nurses. Despite her loneliness and homesickness, the dangers of frontline warfare soon make her forget her own troubles and Poppy finds that comfort for a broken heart can be found in the most unexpected places.
Brilliantly researched and inspired by real-life events, big and small, Poppy in the Field is a story about the forgotten bravery of women on the front line, told through the eyes of a young woman determined to play her part.
Mary Hooper was one of the first authors I came across when I started my cautious journey into the world of YA as a slightly suspicious 11-year-old (I was very suspicious of everything at that age). A historical fiction nut from the moment I could read, Mary Hooper feed my little 11-year-old self with rich historical stories that I loved to pieces. My love of Mary Hooper carried me through to last year; 2014, when after finishing Poppy, I was so disappointed and let down and just annoyed by the book. All I could think was, “How could this amazing author who wrote so many of my favourite books, write this trivial! WHAT HAS HAPPENED! Why has she changed!” But then I had a thought: What if the problem was ME. What if I was…growing out of her books…getting OLDER…and that was the problem.
Poppy in the Field is the sequel to Poppy, which I… wasn’t impressed with. I found Poppy not only bitterly disappointing to the part I wanted to stamp on the book, but the whole book was revolved around a romance which I KNEW from the moment it was mentioned, was going to end badly.
While Poppy in the Field was a little better in the romance department, I still feel that Poppy our main character was to much on the drippy side. All she does is moon after her lost ‘love’, who I KNEW was an utter pillick before Poppy even found out he was one. I mean, she fainted in front of him out of shock of seeing him so soon after him showing his true colours as a typical moron! WHO DOES THAT??!! *screams silently in rage*
Poppy in the Field ended how I thought it would, so no surprise there. Poppy thankfully grew some backbone nearer the middle of the book, which was a RELIEF I tell you, A RELIEF. I really enjoyed the historical aspect which Mary Hooper never fails to deliver excellently.
The thing I need to get across is that Mary Hooper is an amazing author and her historical detail is beautiful, but I’ve come to the conclusion that her stories are definitely geared to the younger people of the early teens and pre-teens even. As I’ve got older, and become less innocent in the world itself and in YA literature, I am a completely different person to that little (idiot) 11-year-old that I was. I’ll be sixteen soon and I’ve conceded the fact that while I’ll always have a loving respect for Mary Hooper, it might possibly be time to leave her in my childhood, before I become to old and bitter.