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- Print Length: 360 pages
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- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc; First Edition edition (September 30, 2013)
- Publication Date: September 30, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FKEVPBY
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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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. They are complex studies, drawn in ways which makes their human stories compelling.
This being a Jo-Ann Power historical romance, the romance between Gwen and a soldier she meets in France will be sure to satisfy all readers who love to read about love. Suffice it to say that Gwen is a trailblazer not only in the medical profession but also in the modern equality of her physical relationship with this young man.
If I have any criticism of the book, it is that perhaps sometimes Gwen and her fellow nurses seem too 21st century, as reflected in the blue language and such pastimes as drinking and smoking. But after several such examples, I suddenly realized that these women, the first of their kind in a foreign country, seeing the endless carnage of that terrible conflict, probably did mouth expletives and smoke and drink. They truly were the progenitors of Rosie the Riveter and the Feminist movement of the 1960s. Moreover, seein how well-researched Ms. Power’s book is, I suspect that she found ample evidence of this kind of activity on the part of the young American women.
The scenes in the operating room are intense and filled with fascinating details on what it was like 100 years ago to be a nurse. Ms. Power’s thorough research supports the story so well but never distracts from the storytelling by going into too much detail.
I could tell that Heroic Measures was a labor of love for Ms. Power. She is a wonderful writer who truly has a way with words. This is the first volume in a trilogy – I hope that we will continue to learn what life has in store for Gwen – will she fulfill her dreams of advancing in her profession, with the great man at her side, or will she finally recognize the love she has for her childhood friend who wants her beyond all others?
I also loved the way Ms. Power wrote so smoothly when describing details of the characters: hair, eyes, clothing, gestures, skin, body-type...all of it. And this made the reading all that much better and enjoyable.
The graphic details of the actual surgical conditions, wounds afflicting the soldiers, the first mobile surgical unit (!!) on the front, the nearly indescribable long hours of doctors and nurses, their living conditions; these story lines were of particular fascination to me because I could then piece together the harsh reality faced by those trying to provide care in those conditions.
Doc O'Bryan's character, and his story among the others, was gripping to me, and the author crafted him wonderfully and with plot changes that quite surprised me. Jo-Ann Power wove these threads perfectly for the reader.
Dalton: another great character and refreshing because strength such as hers in positions of leadership are rarer than rare. Also, it was interesting that Ms. Power found ways to describe these women's freedoms and interest in relationships with men before marriage -- so "unacceptable" for women of that era.
The author does a service to nurses with this book as she reflects their backgrounds, their smarts, and their tenacious bravery in the most difficult circumstances.
The author avoided well-worn plot pathways and I was pleasurably "taken-in" by the character's back-stories. Jo-Ann Power provides a well written segue to describe what was happening to the aristocrats in England after the war. Their losses, their mismanagement of landholdings, and the burden of their own hereditary rules of ownership. Well done! The story remains tight throughout and yet there are wonderful and unexpected plot twists right to the end of this excellent book.
Based on the acknowledgements, this lovely novel was produced on a rock-solid bed of extensive and painstaking research. Readers can be sure that the story is not only fascinating, but true to the facts of the period.
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