“Daughters of War” by Lizzie Page is a very interesting historical novel in that the heroine May was determined to go to the front lines during the war even though she was married and the mother of two girls. Her husband was more of a prison warden, vicious when angry and vindictive. She met him in America when he literally fell in her lap. They saw each other for a few months and then married quickly and returned to his home in England. When war broke out, George conveniently was declared 4F, unfit for duty. He shipped the girls off to boarding school, which left May alone and lonely. George had other “interests” which May was very suspicious of. She decided that she would enlist as a nurse to be sent to France.
George was extremely angry and hostile. She had to get away from him and for a time was able to get leave to see her girls. George eventually spirited the girls away to another location that was impossible for May to find. She met a lieutenant in France and developed a romantic relationship with him. All the while she and her fellow nurses worked round the clock taking care of those unfortunate soldiers injured at the front. It was a very emotional job and they never got used to the young men who died and their horrible injuries.
Eventually, the war ended and May returned to England to find her girls. George divorced her and at that time this was a disgraceful thing for a woman to be divorced. George was adamant that she would never see her children again.
I found this novel to be quite depressing, although I can readily see how this sort of thing could happen. If her husband had paid more attention to and taken care of May, she may not have been in the situation she found herself in. I found this novel to be a look inside the more bitter life that some women find themselves in and only pluck and determination can see them out of their dreary life.
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