AFTER THE WAR IS OVER
by Jennifer Robson
With the Great War finally at an end, life must go on for those who have survived. Charlotte Brown witnessed the devastation war wrought as a nurse, but after the war she decides to resume her career as a social worker in Liverpool. There she helps others to better their lives, even as she struggles to forge a future of her own. Charlotte is fortunate to have friends old and new to guide her, including the women at her boarding house, her colleagues, and a radical young newspaper editor with romantic hopes.
But a chance encounter with Edward, her dearest friend’s brother, pulls Charlotte back into the past. Once charming and infuriatingly arrogant, the new Earl of Cumberland has become another casualty of the war. Still, Charlotte sees the specter of the captivating man he once was, and she knows he could offer her a life far different from the one she has now. But being the wife of aristocrat comes with a price the independent young woman can’t bear to pay.
As the country seethes with unrest, and post-war euphoria flattens into bitter disappointment, Charlotte must make an impossible choice: keep her freedom, or turn her back on the only man she has ever loved?
Not my Cup of Tea
I was a bit apprehensive about reading this book in the first place as post-WWI isn’t really my preferred time period to read in, but the historical time was rather intriguing. However, the story itself truly was not my cup of tea. A lot of this had to do with the style in which it was written and about what it was written.
It likely appeals to many other readers, but I just constantly felt myself wanting more from the story. A lot of it felt really dull, very average. A good 95% of the story felt like it was lacking tension and seemed to focus a little too much on the day-to-day dealings of the main character. Honestly, it made it feel as though there really wasn’t a plot or any stakes. That isn’t really my thing, unfortunately.
This is so not a fast read. The pacing in the story was relatively consistent, which may have something to do with why it wasn’t my cup of tea, but to add to that, many of the chapters seemed to offer little – if anything – to the story. As such, it felt like there was lot of filler content. It just dragged on the pace, slowing it down all the more.
To be honest, I’m not really sure I liked the ending. Don’t get me wrong, I’m ecstatic that Charlotte ended up with Edward, but… it felt so anti-climactic. There didn’t feel like there was ever any potential of her NOT ending up with Edward and then it was just: BAM! Wedding. HEA. Done.