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Heroic Measures Paperback – October 2, 2013
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this old fashion love story Many people do not realize how horrific World War 1 was .Gwen the main character is so brave. I think there should be a second bookPublished 19 days ago by jeanette h
As a Period Piece this wonderful story was true to form and I thoroughly appreciated the way in which the author wove in details about each setting, the characters and their... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Northeast Reader
Gwen defies her aunt and studies to be a nurse. The battle front of WWI needs nurses and doctors and Gwen volunteers to go along with her classmates. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sheila Gallagher
I have to say this is the 1st Jo-Ann Power novels I've read and I loved Heroic Measures.
Nurse Spencer is a wonderful lead female strong character and we follow her... Read more
I greatly enjoyed this story. Choices had to be made about what to include/focus on and those choices held together to make a cohesive story. Read morePublished 17 months ago by QueenB
What a wonderful, enlightening novel based during WWI. Never realized how many American women put aside traditional feminine roles to travel to far off Europe and serve their... Read morePublished 19 months ago by David Minor
I love a good WWI or WWII story, most especially those involving nurses. What brave, incredible women they were, going overseas to face the unknown and help in any way they can,... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Tara Chevrestt
If you want a romance novel with poor writing, a disjointed plot, and silly characters, this book is for you.
Otherwise, don't waste your time.
Jo-Ann Power's Heroic Measures opens a window on an early chapter of women's involvement in the military. Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by Coppercloud