Review: Poppy’s Dilemma by Nancy Carson

Posted March 21, 2015 by Marsha in This one's a Keeper / 0 Comments

Poppy's DilemmaTitle:  Poppy’s Dilemma
Author:  Nancy Carson
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  March 30, 2015
Publisher:  HarperCollins, Maze
My Rating:  3 stars
Source:  NetGalley

From the newest name in saga writing comes a tale of one girl’s brave escape from a world of poverty in her search for true love.

Poppy Silk is the daughter of a railroad worker in the Midlands. The world around her is violent, immoral and poverty stricken. But despite being penniless and unschooled, Poppy is determined to escape the squalor, and a future cleaning up after a husband she doesn’t love.

Robert Crawford, a handsome engineer she encounters one day, is like no one she’s ever met. As he teaches her to read, feelings blossom. But life is not kind to Poppy. Robert is promised to another and Poppy can’t afford the luxury of hope. At a heartbreaking cross-roads, she must decide…is true love worth risking everything for?

Read on for my thoughts on Poppy’s Dilemma.  No true spoilers, promise.

Poppy’s Dilemma is a very interesting novel of a young woman’s journey from the shanty town around the early railroad mines into finding that dreams can come true.

You really do need to read this novel for yourself.  The slang of Poppy’s shanty town is very hard to explain in a review.  I could try but I’d fail miserably.  And the difference in speech is just one boundary that Poppy must cross over to find her happiness.  Poppy knows that she wants more from life than what the other women around her home have gotten.  She’s not uppity, but she instinctively knows there is more to life and she yearns for it.  While fending off the advances of the men who work the mines, Poppy will not let herself be like every other girl in the shanty town.  She likes a kind engineer with education and she is beginning to better her life.

We are shown life as a navvy in the railroad mine shanty town and life as Poppy wants it to be.  We will  follow her as she travels through stages of her life that will bring hope, improvement, heartache and hopefully true love.

I enjoy Poppy’s Dilemma and give it a 3 outta 5 on my rating scale.  It isn’t an average romance, but it is an enjoyable one.  Give it a try.

My rating = 3 outta 5 = a good novel, enjoyed it and would recommend it.

*I received an e-ARC of Poppy’s Dilemma from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*


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