The Poppy Fields by D. G. Torrens:

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    I loved this book and the way the author deals with love, loss and the ultimate sacrifice that so many soldiers have to make.

    Fate intervenes when they least expect…

    Emily is still struggling to come to terms with her tragic loss two years on. Her entire being has been taken hostage by the poppy fields. The only place that reminds her she was once truly happy.

    James a military physiotherapist for the British Army has thrown himself into his work avoiding love at all costs. With several tours to Afghanistan under his belt he is fighting his demons daily.

    The loss of his unit during his last tour always at the forefront of his mind, until one day his eyes lock with the most beautiful and fragile woman he’d ever seen. From that day forth his life is changed forever.

    Review by Dolores Ayotte:

    D. G. Torrens
    D. G. Torrens

    Emily Matthews is a young woman who is very devoted to her work at a charitable organization that raises funds to help wounded soldiers as they return from the battlefield. Some are amputees…but all of the survivors who benefit from her organization have been scarred one way or the other, whether physically or emotionally.

    The effects of war and the negative consequences are near and dear to Emily’s heart. She lost the love of her life, Robby, to the war in Afghanistan and after two long and lonely years, she still mourns his loving absence from her life. Now Emily is reluctant to ever fall in love again and is determined to close her heart to such a possibility. Every year she spends time in the much loved poppy field near her home where she relives one of her fondest memories of better times with Robby.

    James Harrison, on the other hand, is in his late twenties and a former rifleman who experienced three tours of duty in Afghanistan. He returns to the UK after being injured in battle and receives new training as a physiotherapist. He is also a man whose heart has been broken. James has been in a previous serious relationship with long time girlfriend, Naomi, who decided she no longer wanted to live in Benton Cross.

    She subsequently leaves to pursue a career in London and James is emotionally crushed when they go their separate ways. He is determined to immerse himself in his work as he caters to the wounded survivors of war. However, in a local bookstore as he peeks up between the shelves of books, he is intrigued and captivated by the most incredible eyes looking back at him…

    From then on, an enticing love story ensues between these two very reticent and awe struck individuals. Of course, they certainly meet their fair share of challenges which readily entice the reader as their relationship unfolds…

    Author D.G. Torrens is fast becoming a seasoned author with several well-written novels now published. I have had the honor of reading and reviewing two others and The Poppy Fields is another crowd pleaser with its many unpredictable twists and turns. I truly enjoy a good love story and this one certainly fits the bill. There are plenty of historical facts and medical data included to spice up the story line and give this fictional novel the required authenticity. There is a cliff hanger at the end of this easy-to-read romantic novel.

    Review by Amazon Customer:

    I love Torrens’ books; she writes such wonderful, touching stories and The Poppy Fields is no exception. The story starts off with the heroine, Emily, accidentally meeting the hero, James, in a bookshop and James is immediately attracted to her.

    However, Emily is still coming to terms with the loss of her boyfriend, who died while serving as a solider in Afghanistan. By chance, James and Emily’s paths cross again and they begin a friendship, which develops into a romance, but then James’ ex-girlfriend moves back from London and starts scheming to win James back.

    To make matters worse, James is also a soldier and when he is called to serve in Afghanistan, Emily is forced to relive her worst fears. . .

    I loved this book and the way the author deals with love, loss and the ultimate sacrifice that so many soldiers have to make.