My second post today is a review of Blooms of War by Suzanne Tierney, a beautiful, thought-provoking WWI love story with a fantastic mystery….

book blurb & info

In war, she fell in love.

Vera Betts shouldn’t be falling in love with the enigmatic doctor she suspects of
espionage. Reeling from her family’s betrayal, she’s faked her nursing credentials, invented a
new name, and run away to the frontlines of the French battlefield. Four years into the Great War
and she knows who she is and what she’s meant for—to save the living and sit vigil by the dying.
When the cagey-yet-earnest Dr. Nicholas Wallace arrives, so do mysterious explosions
destroying hospitals. Even as Nick raises her suspicions, he lowers her defenses. He wants the
war to end. Are his acts of sabotage politically motivated or a desperate attempt at peace?

In peace, she fell apart.

A year later, Vera is back with her oppressive family, living under her real name, and Nick is on
trial for murder. Trapped in grief and guilt, she cannot speak about the past and does not believe
in the future. With Nick refusing to defend himself, she ventures to London to understand why
he is so willing to embrace the hangman’s noose. Who is he trying to protect? What secrets does
he plan to carry to his grave? And why does Nick insist upon hiding her true identity? To save
the man she loves, Vera must tear open the past and confront the tragic price for peace.

Formats available: Paperback & eBook.  Available on Kindle Unlimited

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

my thoughts

Oh, I absolutely adored this. Blooms of War brings History, mystery and romance together in one beautiful and elegantly written novel.

The story alternates between Vera in 1918 serving as a nurse in the war, and then when she is back in Britain in 1919.

In 1918, Vera finds herself serving on the frontline under a false name and false credentials; but she has found her calling.  Caring deeply about her patients and taking her job seriously, she is a respected member of the team.  But when Dr. Wallace arrives she feels drawn to him, but also suspicious as nearby hospitals are blown up…..and then she finds herself working more closely with him and falling in love……

In 1919, Vera is back home and miserable.  And then she sees in the paper that Nick is on trial for murder.  Determined to find out why he’s so willing to give up his life, she travels to London to uncover the truth.  But she doesn’t expect to uncover some of the things she finds out…. With secrets rife and a life at risk, can Vera confront the past and face the truths to save the man she loves……

I absolutely wholeheartedly fell in love with the two main characters in this, Vera and Nick!  Vera is such a strong, selfless, wonderful woman who has been through so much to help others.  Nick is an incredible Doctor, caring and determined to do the best for his patients.  I willed them to get together constantly and this story will keep you guessing as to whether it really will happen.  The others characters in this are equally fantastic. From the dark, brooding and mysterious ‘Eye Patch’ and wonderful Fukimoto, to the infuriating Major Carburry, as well as all the different soldiers, you will have strong feelings for them all!

The story is so emotive.  I went through happiness, sadness, disbelief, anger, hope, shock and adoration, as well as welling up with tears on numerous occasions.  This isn’t just down to the wonderful characters, but the author’s ability to completely draw you into the story.

It’s so beautifully written with an elegant narrative which made me genuinely feel like I was back in 1918/1919.  The way the characters talk, the setting, clothing – just everything, made it so real.  The author has researched this wonderfully.  The experiences Vera goes through – meeting the war wounded and losing patients is heart wrenching and thought provoking.  It most definitely got me thinking about what so many of our men and women went through, the terrible conditions they lived through, and the medical technology of the time.

The storyline is amazing.  I loved the mystery and the intrigue in this, it’s so much more than just a romance.  There was no way I had any clue what some of the secrets were, and was constantly blown away by twists.  This will keep you completely engrossed and wanting to get on and read the next chapter!

Honestly, as you can tell I loved this and I can’t wait to read more from this author.  if you’re a fan of historical fiction, romance or mystery (and especially all three) then you should definitely check out this amazing story.  Highly recommended by me.



about the author

Writer of lush, historical happily-ever-after tales, Suzanne Tierney believes in true love. But she takes delicious pleasure in making her characters fight, flutter, and find their way to each other. Her books have won numerous awards and she has twice been a Golden Heart Finalist® with the Romance Writers of America.

Suzanne grew up in Oregon, adulted in the San Francisco Bay Area, and somehow ended up in Florida, where she is very much a cold-water fish learning to navigate humid, salty seas. She loves chatting with readers and if you subscribe to her newsletter, she will share secrets, gossip, and goodies with you. Visit:

You can also check out Suzannes Meet the Author interview with me here!

Where to find Suzanne online: Instagram ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Website

Thank you so much Suzanne for asking me to review your book and gifting me with a copy.  All views and opinions are my own.

Lovelies – if you read this, please let me know what you think! I want to know if you love it as much as me!!

Have a wonderful day and I’ll be back tomorrow

Chelle x

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