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Tessa, still in training as a cadet nurse, decides to transfer to an intensive training program that will send her to be a military nurse attached to a military company overseas once she completes her training. She sees it as an opportunity to possibly be reunited with Anthony and to be there with him during the war. She keeps the fact that she has transferred to this program from both her family and Anthony as she doesn’t want anyone to try and talk her out of it.
It is a risky idea, as there is no guarantee she will wind up sent to the same Company that Anthony has been assigned to, yet she feels that even if she is sent elsewhere that she will still be closer to him than if she remains safely Stateside. She also believes that asking for forgiveness from their families after she arrives overseas will be easier and less worrisome than telling them her plans beforehand.
I enjoyed this book just as much as I did the first one in the series. The author has told a fantastic story that drew me in and held my attention as much as the last book did. The only shortcomings in this book were a few small typos here & there. I am definitely looking forward to when I have the chance to read the third book. I strongly recommend reading this one, especially if you enjoyed the first book in this historical fiction series as much as I did.
I particularly enjoyed the side story of Tessa connecting with a returned soldier suffering from what was then called shell shock. Today we know it as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Considered the “Ice Queen” by many of the wounded soldiers in the state-side hospital where she trained, she was the only one who reached out to the captain who was a total emotional wreck at the time he arrived. Like many in that era, the prevailing attitude was that the man ought to stop being a coward, pull himself together and go forward. Tessa was able to reach out to this man. She spent her own time researching the condition and even reached out to her mother who lived in England where there had been more work done to identify the disorder and methods of treatment.
I enjoyed the scenes where Tessa, determined to be assigned to a medical unit near where Anthony was stationed, worked towards that goal. Meanwhile, the book also followed Anthony through his basic training and deployment to Anzio, Italy. It was in Italy Anthony ran into Jesse, a con-artist and conniver I first met in a short story that was part of the anthology, Pearl Harbor and More-Stories of WWII: December 1941. His role in the story livened things up. I suspect I will read about him more in future books in this series.
It was obvious the author did her research on the different elements of her plot and setting. I recommend this book to those who not only enjoy a good wartime romance, but to those who enjoy the historical aspect of World War II.