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Product Details

  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (October 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1628300876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1628300871
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,308,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With awards on my walls for novels and non-fiction I've written, the best rewards for my life-long career as a writer continue to be the lovely notes I receive from happy readers. Gleeful to get each one, I challenge myself constantly to write books that thrill my heart.
Now as we commemorate the Centennial of WWI, I debut my newest novel, HEROIC MEASURES. In 1917, more than 10,000 American women volunteered to join the Army Nurse Corps to travel thousands of miles to a country they did they know to heal thousands of wounded Doughboys. HEROIC MEASURES is the story of one group of nurses, their valor, their dedication and their sacrifices.
Reviews of HEROIC MEASURES have been sterling. Here is a sample.
JOINT FORCES JOURNAL praises the novel for its "riveting and historically accurate portrayal" of life in the battlefields.
PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY reviewer says HEROIC MEASURES depicts "...the characters...and plot vividly. I was enthralled."
NURSES.com declared the novel "a worthy portrait of nursing life...in battle and in early 20th century."
Please read my blog about these valiant women, the physical and emotional challenges they endured and the thousands of lives they saved amid the most frightening conditions. Come to http://theyalsofought.blogspot.com

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An educational and entertaining read.
David Minor
This story encompasses many ups and downs for Gwen Spencer and her fellow nurses from America to France and back.
Margie Hager
They are complex studies, drawn in ways which makes their human stories compelling.
Elizabeth C.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth C. on November 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I have been a big fan of Jo-Ann Power for years and have read all of her books. Her readers are always guaranteed interesting plots with enthralling characters. But Heroic Measures does more than entertain well; it explores a part of history that may not be well known to many. The role of American nurses who served at the front in World War I, “the War to end all wars”, has not to my knowledge been portrayed in fiction. Now that the centenary of that conflict is upon us, Ms. Power sheds a light on what life was like for the nurses and soldiers who served their country and their European comrades so well. I thought it fitting to post this review on the eve of Veterans’ Day.
Heroic Measures is the story of Gwen Spenser, a young woman of wonderful true grit and intelligence – and beauty -- who has shown her mettle by surviving the early deaths of her parents and the heartbreaking challenges of being raised by a cold and conniving relative. Her years under the guardianship of this woman are deeply unhappy. Gwen must help support her younger siblings and is forced to go out into the world at age 14 and earn their keep doing menial work. We follow Gwen through nursing school when she meets other young nursing students like herself and some seasoned medical professionals who will have profound influences on her future, both good and bad. Now Gwen decides to join the fledging American military nurse corps in order to fulfill her dream of serving those most in need of medical care. She joins up along with several other students, all friends and all who for whom the coming wartime experience will bring heartache, tragedy, hope and love.
Ms. Power develops full-bodied characters who are never one-dimensional. The villains are never all bad nor the good guys all good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Booklady on October 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
Once in a lifetime a book comes along that is so powerful, so emotional, so incredibly heart wrenching that you can't put it down. And when it's finished, you're so it ended because you want it to go on forever. Such a book is HEROIC MEASURES. Jo-Ann power has captured the essence of World War I, the danger and terror of the battlefield as well as the continuing war waged by doctors and nurses to save the soldiers out there fighting for their country. It is easy to fall in love with Gwen. The author makes her come alive so instantly on the pages of the book. One of many nurses at that time treated like second class citizens, she nevertheless ahs committed her heart to serving and saving as well as providing stability for her friends who are just as young as she is. She has a core of strength seldom found in a woman of her age and you will fall in love with her from page one. It takes an incredibly talented writer to create a book about war and death and the struggles of women to find their place in it, but this author has done it in spade. HEROIC MEASURES is more than a heroic effort--it is a gold standard winner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stan57 on November 10, 2013
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A great story. Cast correctly, it would do well at the box office. The story is of the caliber of what you see on "Masterpiece" the PBS series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bette mcnicholas on October 25, 2013
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Gwen Spencer, the protagonist in Jo-Ann Power's latest novel, Heroic Measures, is a courageous woman in an era none of us are as familiar with as the Civil War or WWII, an era that seems primative compared to the 21st Century. Nurse Spencer is a wonderful heroine that makes you root for her survival from an abusive life into the tragedy of war.

Jo-Ann Power gives you a great understanding of war and appreciation for the immense research she has shared in this novel. We have all heard of Verdun, but in Heroic Measures, you live there with the characters.

Life struggles, history, war and love make this novel a must read...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margie Hager on October 22, 2013
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Heroic Measures was an eye-opening, intense read for me. I never truly appreciated the stamina, professionalism and bravery of the volunteer nurses of World War I until I read this story. Jo-Ann Power introduces these exceptional nurses to us in this excellent read. These brave souls touched the lives of so many wounded warriors who might never have survived, physically and emotionally, following their "oh so brutal" immersion into the savages of war.

Jo-Ann has exquisitely painted a picture of well developed characters who could walk off the pages and be your own loved one or friend. The main character, Gwen Spencer comes across as a very determined, yet lovable character. She had so many negatives in her life which she turned around and used to make herself stronger. Orphaned at the tender age of twelve, Gwen and her baby sister, Susannah are left dependent on the miserly charity of an avaricious, cruel aunt who could give the matron of the orphanage in "Little Orphan Annie" quite a good run for the money. Determined to escape the misery and depravation in her aunt's household Gwen enters the local nursing school. Upon graduation she and some of her fellow students embark on a very dangerous and emotional journey of battlefield nursing. Their stories and experiences in France will rivet your attention throughout the book.

This story encompasses many ups and downs for Gwen Spencer and her fellow nurses from America to France and back. Gwen meets a "special someone" and the author effectively captures the tense times for lovers separated by war. I highly recommend you see for yourself how exciting the adventure is and how well Jo-Ann Power captures the horrors of war and the bravery of the American Army Nurse Corp of WWI.
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