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About the Author

A lot of readers, reviewers, and friends get a kick out of using Jo-Ann Power's last name to denote how well she writes.

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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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 (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,037,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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 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.
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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 personalities, hints of the politics behind WWI and the big "Why" behind such a slaughter in Europe...

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.
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