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Somewhere in France ❰Read❯ ➱ Somewhere in France Author John Rolfe Gardiner – As the novel opens letters home to his wife mother and three children from Major William Lloyd describe the doctor's work and troubles in the hospital he's established behind the front lines somewhere As the novel opens letters home to his wife mother and three children from Major William Lloyd describe the doctor's work and troubles in the hospital he's established behind the front lines Somewhere in FranceBut Emma his wife has troubles of her own Her mother in law has moved the family to her Long Island estate to escape the city germs and she rules Somewhere in ePUB í with an iron hand Emma's two sons one at enlistment age have alarming pacifist sympathies and the flag waving chauffeur is spreading rumors against the familyWith growing concern Emma notices the increasing mention of the French nurse Jeanne Prie in the doctor's communications and is disturbed by his boundless admiration for her and for the revolutionary work she's doing with victims of the mysterious fevers that are carrying off so many soldiers Then as Willie the oldest son is drafted and as Jeanne's miracles whether saintly or obsessed stir up controversy the situation spins out of control forever changing their livesA wonderful and complicated love story a portrait of a society in transition a riveting tale of medical suspense Somewhere in France is a major literary achievement.

  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Somewhere in France
  • John Rolfe Gardiner
  • English
  • 13 August 2014
  • 9780375407406

10 thoughts on “Somewhere in France

  1. Chuck Chuck says:

    I just finished this novel that is set mostly in WWI France Not so much a good read about France but a great story set in France

  2. John Vanderslice John Vanderslice says:

    I really enjoyed this although I must admit it took a while for the novel to get to the heart of its story The entryway for the author into the story was apparently a batch of real life letters his grandfather wrote as an adolescent at a fancy boarding school and also later as a doctor serving in France during WW 1 A version of such letters play a big role in the novel but for me the letters are easily the least interesting part of the book I actually think it could have been just as good if not better of a novel if traditional narration had been employed straight through Because the story Gardiner has developed is a very good story and by the way far of a medical story than a war one It's a story about love too for sure but also maybe about the uncertain place that talented women in this case a nurse interested in studying microbes found themselves in that time period when working around with andor for opinionated authoritative men Gardiner's French nursemicrobe hunter character is by far the most fascinating here so inherently fascinating she causes the American doctor protagonist to totally overhaul his life Enough said No spoilers

  3. Marlene Marlene says:

    Originally published at Reading RealityThe uote that opens this book The lamps are going out all over Europe we shall not see them lit again in our life time is one that is often used in reference to the Great War as World War I was referred to It’s a uote that has haunted me since the first time I read it in The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell a literary exploration about how WWI changed public consciousness in the mind of a generationAnd that’s fitting because the WWI era has become very popular in the 21st century The WWI era is also the Downton Abbey era and we think we know it well because of the popularity of DowntonBut the lamps really did go out as is shown uite clearly in Somewhere in France We live in the world created by the shuttering of those gentle lights The universe lit by our much harsher electricity is a much different placeLady Elizabeth Neville Ashford is a woman that we would recognize She wants to be whatever she can be She’s bright and intelligent and wants to stretch her mind and her horizonsBut the class ridden society that she was born into has placed her upon a pedestal one that her station does not allow her to step off of without dire conseuences On the one hand she has wealth and privilege; on the other she is not permitted the education or training that would fit her to make her own way in the world And as she discovers if anyone assists her in gaining that knowledge the punishments are severeAn old family retainer teaches her to drive Her parents take away his retirement cottage and his pension This is legal there is no safety net It is not right but they have that privilege It is also the last in a series of venal punishments that Lilly can no longer bear She wants to help in the war effort but her mother in particular feels that the aid organizations are no place for an earl’s daughterLilly leaves with a carpetbag and goes out to earn her own place in the world armed only with determination and those driving and mechanical skills that cost so dear She sells her jewels to pay for her parents’ cruelty to the man who taught herA young woman set on a course to do her duty to her country she intends to help with the skills that she has The Army recruits women ambulance drivers and she serves in France under horrific conditions But there she is reunited with the two men who have been steadfast in their belief that she can be whatever she wants to be if she just keeps trying; her brother Edward and Edward’s best friend Robbie FraserWhen she was Lady Elizabeth Robbie was considered unsuitable for her He’s a Scot who made it into university on scholarship and is supporting himself as a surgeon As a professional man her family considers him barely than a tradesman But for Lilly the independent woman Robbie is the only man who knows who she really is and loves her for herselfIf he can just get over who she used to be and what the war has done to them bothEscape Rating A This is a fantastic book to start the year with Absolutely stunningLilly starts the story as a bird in a gilded cage You can feel her beating her wings against the bars; she wants out but she’s letting herself be made smaller and smaller every day Then the war and an opportune visit from Robbie kicks her into realizing that she can make a difference if she’s willing to step outside the box that her parents are determined to put her inOnce she decides to start taking what to 21st century readers seem like reasonable risks learning to drive writing letters to friends Lilly really starts to blossom She doesn’t whine she gets down to workWe see the war from Lilly’s perspective as an ambulance driver Think of MASH only with less developed surgical techniues and 30 years fewer medical advances In other words death Lilly drove the wounded through a nightmarish “No Man’s Land” day after torturous day yet still kept on because it was the best way she could contributeThat a romance flourishes at all under these circumstances is both amazing and not surprising at all The urge to find a spark of life amidst all that death seems natural but Lilly finds Robbie at an Aid station and they move haltingly beyond friendship Robbie has an impossible time believing that they have any future and there is often heartbreakThe portrayal of the woman rising beyond everything her society believed possible of her is a terrific read If you enjoy Downton Abbey you will fall in love Somewhere in FranceAnd if you get caught up in Lilly’s wartime escapades you may also enjoy Bess Crawford Bess is a nurse in France in this war Her first story is A Duty To The Dead

  4. FrankH FrankH says:

    If someone had asked me to rate this book after 100 pages I would have been hard pressed to find anything good to say about it From the beginning the characters subject matter and pacing irked me Here was the prissy smug physician and paterfamilias Dr Lloyd his mannish mother and Emma the weak and vacillating wife all concerned with observing and reflecting on life instead of living it As an early narrative element Gardiner contrives to have Lloyd's children reviewing his childhood letters from boarding school; it's a distateful business manifesting young Lloyd's preoccupation with pleasing his parents the overweaning influence of the mother the insularity and lack of intellect attending their lives Why should we care about this family?But Gardiner's story is about transformation not just of character but narrative viewpoint Lloyd goes to WW I France where his assignment as manager of a combat hospital leads him to the strange but gifted nurse and healer Jeanne As his wife children and mother mark time by petty suables and drift waiting for war's end and Lloyd's return to the family estate on Long Island Lloyd in France becomes deeply involved with Jeanne and in her work in virology and vaccination The double narrative techniue the war at home versus the war on the front is not an uncommon one but here it's enriched by the controlled manner in which the author gradually reveals Jeanne as a latter day Joan of Arc humble of unknown possibly mythic origin utterly pure in her devotion to empirical truth I'm reminded of Hollywood's rendering of the Gallic spirit in such movies as The Life of Emile Zola and Dr Erlich's Magic Bullet By the time the war ends and Lloyd returns to America the ending is pre ordained faithful to the transformative elements in the middle and late sections of the book but completely different than the intentionally prosaic beginning

  5. Michael Armijo Michael Armijo says:

    I'd have to give this book a fat C satisfactory It's lucky to get that when I barely cared for the characters at all It's a simple story based on the author finding letters that belonged to his grandfather It was a nice concept for a book but the story really moved too slowly Here it is World War I with a doctor separated from his New York family while in France The doctors' letter writing clearly renders his loving infatuation with a young nurse while dealing with medical antidotes The writing seemed relatively good but the story lacked intrigue and interest It's a mix between a family surviving without the head of household and a 'want to be' love story Why I chose to finish the book is beyond me but I did underscore some beautifully written excerpts such asA true intellect rushes on with what it has to say without stopping to admire its penmanship I think the author stopped to admire his handwriting that's for sureI don't think I'll ever marry a book can be far better company than a silent man or an irritable woman Why not spend your life with books? not this bookStop this uarreling There is too much to be grateful forOkay the author made an effortHis pages were still secrets locked in a desk secrets and development needed to be unlocked for this book to workIf the city's grid was a chessboard she moved across it with the ueen's whim and freedom a celebrity denying a destination as if bound to keep moving for her own security Hmmmcould the writer of this book moved along too uickly with whim freedom as well?Without rubbing their noses in his contentment he was eager to share experience There were a few touching moments but it was hard to feel emotion when I never embraced the characters to begin with

  6. Sara Sara says:

    I often do not know immediately if I will love or hate a book This is one that I did love after reading a few chapters I loved the character development and found myself thinking about the characters while I was unable to read the book I think this would be a great movie Unfortunately I felt like the story was running out of steam by the end and if not for that fact would have given it another star

  7. Irja Irja says:

    WWII aristocracy heroine becomes invaluable front line ambulance driver Typical sort of romancefamily displeasure saga think Lady Sybil in Downton but this one had some meat to it and overall I liked it If you liked this read Secret of Raven Point by Jennifer Vanderbes

  8. Kit Kit says:

    I could not make myself finish this book I read about 120 pages and could not get interested at all

  9. Deb Deb says:

    Ughtook me forever to finish this book

  10. Hannah Brislin Hannah Brislin says:

    Meh Was not really impressed The family was boring the stories from the war are interesting but it does not seem to make up for the family lacking in personality

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