The Nurses' War
Winning the battle will take more than guns...
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Imprint: HQ Fiction
Publication date: 30th March 2022
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format read: Paperback
Source: Courtesy of the publisher
I love reading stories about both WWI & WWII. Stories set during the battles from a soldier's point of view, those from a civilian's point of view and also those from front line workers, the doctors and nurses.
As the title depicts The Nurses' War is about Australian nurses who enlisted during WWI and travelled to England to treat and care for the Australian soldiers in a makeshift Australian hospital.
The Nurses' War is based on the true stories of real life experiences of the Australian women who served at Harefield Hospital in Middlesex, England.
Purman writes of the anticipation and camaraderie of the nurses as the hospital prepares for its first patients and the anguish and fatigue as the wounded and maimed ariive day after day for years.
The Nurses' War is a story of women breaking the mold for their time and choosing career over marriage.
Told in the dual narrative of Cora, an Australian nurse who leaves her family to work in England, and Jessie, a young local girl living in the small country village of Harefield. Through Jessie we learn how everyday citizens were affected by the war and the changing face of society in work and fashion.
Purman writes about how the men coped with their injuries and the lose of their mates. The Nurses' War is a story filled with emotion, pride and a touch of Aussie larrickinism. For me however the book was about 150 pages too long. I am not a lover of big books!
The added romance interests for the two protagonists added a heart-warming element to the story.
The Nurses' War is a story of love, grief and the sacrifices everyone made during the war.
My rating 4 / 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
About the author
Victoria Purman is an Australian top ten and USA Today bestselling fiction author. Her most recent book, The Women's Pages, was an Australian bestseller, as were her novels The Land Girls and The Last of the Bonegilla Girls. Her earlier novel The Three Miss Allens was a USA Today bestseller. She is a regular guest at writers festivals, a mentor and workshop presenter and was a judge in the fiction category for the 2018 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature.