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.
Rating : 4 out of 5 Stars
With «Wild Poppy», Vivian Winslow has written a true page-turner. It kept me glued to my kindle from start to finish! The story of Poppy Kent was riveting, she is a very strong character. Life threw her some punches, and she never backed down. I didn’t agree with some of her choices, but I loved that she had the determination and courage to turn her life around and move forward despite the obstacles and deception. This story is moving fast, from Chicago to Paris and New-York.
When Poppy’s father is charged with stealing from his shareholders, she realizes her entire childhood has been a lie. She wants to be reassured that even if her family has lost its wealth and social status, love hasn’t left her life. Unfortunately, her mother values money and social standing more than emotional connection. While her father is serving a prison sentence for defrauding his investors, her mother remarries and Poppy moves to Paris, to live with her aunt.
Her aunt wants her to land a wealthy husband and be secure financially. She introduces Poppy to Henri Olin, the heir to an aristocratic family with political connections. Poppy is mesmerized by this charming, smooth-talking stranger. Henri is reckless, impulsive. They both have great ideals and want to change the world together. Although Henri wants Poppy to be happy, he abandons her when she needs him most.
Poppy has no other choice than to move back to the U.S. and find a job in New-York, hoping to make a fresh start. She doesn’t believe there is room for anything but sadness and misery in her life, though, until she meets Gustavo de Lima, a facetious, honest, likeable Brazilian hottie.
I loved their dynamics and the way their relationship shifted from friendship to courtship. Gustavo lives in the present and is precisely the person Poppy needed to move on and let go of the past. She can finally be her own person and live the life she wants.
This book is the fourth installment in the Wildflowers series. You do not have to read the previous books in the series to enjoy this one. This story ends on a mild cliffhanger, and I can’t wait to read more about Poppy and Gustavo’s story.
I received a copy of this book from the author and Xpresso Book Tours.
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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.