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Heroic Measures Paperback – October 2, 2013
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About the Author
When she's asked to define a "Power Romance," Jo-Ann has a quick grin and an answer: "A hero who is honorable, despite the forces pitted against him. A hero who is lovable. A man you could proudly take home to your mother," she says, indicating her model is the dashing Irish-American man she took home to her own parents twenty-nine years ago.
A Power day?
"Arising at five, sipping coffee while the sun chases the moon over the hill country of south Texas, then upstairs to my office to work. In my jammies. Natch. By two, I'm ready to see real live people. Go to the gym, Lift weights. Sweat a little, before I cook dinner."
Must be a Power-ful lot of fun.
"Yes, with many rewards," Jo-Ann admits. "Readers write how much they appreciate my care with historical accuracy, as well as the love stories."
Jo-Ann has also received many awards, including Best Novel of 1993, and the nomination for outstanding Career Achievement from the Romantic Times Publishing Group.
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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 ›
Nurse Spencer is a wonderful lead female strong character and we follow her journey in this novel in a time where women were considered beneath men.
War is such a horrible thing and we soon learn how gruesome it can be for Nurse Spencer. Wonderful research must have been done to describe it so well the wounds these soldiers suffer while nurses and doctors on site try to do there best with the medical supplies they have.
This novel has you wanting to dive in and keep going to learn what Nurse Spencer's fate is as she tends to the wounded overseas.
I highly recommend this novel just for the details alone. The storyline I loved but the details really did it for me.
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.Read more ›
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 6 months ago by jeanette h
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 17 months ago by Sheila Gallagher
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 23 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 on July 14, 2014 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 on April 8, 2014 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
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.Published on November 10, 2013 by Stan57
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... Read morePublished on October 25, 2013 by bette mcnicholas