Publication date: December 6th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
The daughter of a renown media mogul, Poppy Koslowski has her life turned upside down overnight when her father is indicted for a massive fraud that leads to the loss of her family’s fortune. In the wake of the scandal, Poppy moves to Paris at the behest of her aunt, the Countess Domel, who, unbeknownst to Poppy, intends to find a wealthy husband for her niece in order to ensure her future. Poppy, however, has her own dreams of finishing school and realizing her goal of becoming an award-winning journalist. When she meets Henri Olin, the passionate and seductive illegitimate son of one of France’s most powerful politicians, his political and social ideology introduces Poppy to a world very different from her own. Yet, Poppy ultimately learns that everything comes at a price, even love. After suffering a devastating loss, Poppy finds herself alone and virtually penniless, and is forced to make her way back to America to piece together the remnants of her life in New York City. There, she rediscovers her passion once again, only to be confronted with yet another life choice, one that will forever shape her destiny.
Got to admit that this was my first Vivian Winslow book, and while it is a part of a series and I haven't read the previous books, I do feel like it stood alone quite well; I didn't feel as if I had missed anything from previous books that would have affected this story.
Wild Poppy delivers an emotional and heartbreaking story of first love and how it can go wrong. It's a story full of lessons in life, and so much more than just a tale of romance and growth. It will pull you in and keep you engrossed with everything putting the pieces together and figuring out how the story ends.
Poppy and Henri's love affair was different than she expected, but it was rife with its own struggles and in the end nothing turned out how either of them thought it would. I really felt the emotions as they struggled with everything, from trying to just love each other to trying to hold on to that love when others were against it. There was SO much that happened between these two, and other outlying issues, that I'm not going to discuss because that would be SPOILERY, but what I will say is that this book really brought the emotion and heart breaking to a high point, but even more than that, it also had more going for it.
Poppy was forced to endure a lot of things in her life, things she knew were not healthy, such as her aunt's obsession with planning a 'safe' life, an obsession that leaked to her mother as well. Poppy had plans set out, plans for her future and escaping her family in ways - but all of that changed with meeting Henri and all he brought to her life.
Wild Poppy left me curious to know more about Poppy and what happened next in her life, all the little details left unknown at the end of this book. It also made me want to read the previous books in the series to see if they followed the same high emotion trend and real life lessons learned the hard way about life and love and everything in between.
Vivian Winslow was born and raised in Southern California. Before becoming a writer, she made a career out of moving around the world every couple of years thanks to her husband’s job and her incurable wanderlust. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two elementary school age children, and is grateful to finally have a place to call home for more than two years.
New York is the perfect city to indulge her love of fashion, the arts and especially food. If she’s not at home writing or running around the city with her kids, you’ll most likely find her eating at the newest restaurant in her beloved Lower East Side or having a cocktail at her favorite bar in Alphabet City. That said, she’s still a California girl at heart and would gladly trade in her heels for a pair of flip-flops to catch a sunset on the beach.
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