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“Hope Rising” by Stacy Henrie

“Hope Rising” by Stacy Henrie is a novel about World War I in France.  It is the second book in the “Of Love and War” series.  The United States Army Nurse Corp, established in 1901, had approximately 10,000 nurses serving overseas.  If these nurses married or became pregnant, they were honorably discharged and sent home.

This story is about one of those nurses.  She discovers that she is pregnant and tells Ralph, but he is killed in the trenches before they can be married.  Corporal Joel Campbell is brought into the hospital where she is working.  Unknown to her, Joel was Ralph’s best friend and blames himself for Ralph’s death because he ordered him to take half of the troops, with Joel taking the other half, to cross a meadow.  The Germans lobbed a grenade into Ralph’s group, killing him and others.

This story seems real as Ms. Henrie portrays it.  My grandfather fought in France in WW I, but would never talk about it.  The description of the hellish conditions of combat, the bombardments, and deprivations that are described make the reader feel that he is right there in the midst of battle.  I always tend to put myself in the novels I read because I feel so much more a part of the story.  I noticed during reading this book that after I stopped the story stayed with me for a while.  I am determined to read all the books in this series and to look for more books by Stacy Henrie.

I was sent a free print copy of this book by Night Owl Reviews, and a free Kindle copy from NetGalley.com in return for my honest assessment of the book.

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“The Daughters of Mars” by Thomas Keneally

“The Daughters of Mars”, written by Thomas Keneally, a prolific author who wrote “Schindler’s List”, was a very good novel about the nurses of World War I.  This particular novel was written about two Australian sisters, both nurses, who signed up for a great adventure.  Alas, this adventure turned into a nightmare.  Each sister has her own personality and reasons for volunteering to serve.

After a German U-boat torpedo sinks of the Archimedes, the transport ship both sisters are travelling on along with other nurses and soldiers, the battle areas are next for the nurses.  The battle of Gallipoli in the Mediterranean inflicts great casualties among the Allies.  Each sister meets a man with whom she hopes for a life after the war, but circumstances are not kind.  The book shows how readily men sign up for soldiering, only to find out that the adventures they are seeking end up as travails.

I recommend this book highly…to all history buffs.  This is another look at the consequences of war, this time World War I.  My only problem with the book is that the Australian idioms are sometimes difficult to understand with my American mentality.  I had to think a lot while reading this book to determine just what the Australian words of choice meant.

NightOwlReviews.com provided a free print copy in return for my honest review of this book.