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Heroic Measures Paperback – October 2, 2013
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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.
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.