Thanks to the author for the free ebook copy in exchange for my honest review
ANGEL OF MERCY – Melina Druga (out now!)
Hettie Steward is feisty, educated, ambitious and stubborn. Hettie marries the love of her life, Geoffrey Bartlette, in spring 1914, but has difficulty accepting that marriage means sacrificing her beloved nursing career. When the Great War begins, Geoffrey enlists and Hettie eagerly accepts an opportunity to join the Canadian Army Nursing Service. Although she’s nervous about the war, returning to work was exactly what she had been craving.
The old adage “be careful what you wish for, you just might get it” proves true. Soon tragedy strikes, and Hettie’s life is steered onto a new path.
Will Hettie return home or stay in Europe and continue nursing? Will she discover the person she is meant to be?
My Thoughts: 3.5/5 stars
I’ve always been a fan of historical fiction, so it’s always nice to sneak some in in between all of the thrillers. ANGEL OF MERCY takes place in the early 1900’s in the time of World War I. Hettie accepts a position with the Canadian Army Nursing Service after her husband, Geoffrey enlists in the Great War. What follows is the beginning of their new journeys and Hettie faces difficult decisions as she learns who she truly is.
When it comes to the details, I was really impressed with the research that definitely went into this. The medical practices and then trying to capture the horrifying realities of being a wartime nurse. She did a great job transporting us there and being able to have these experiences alongside Hettie. My favorite part though in the book were the letters. This was a clever way to add some dimension to the characters and also provide some backstory. We got to see the story progress and get a glimpse into the character relationships as well.
I know this is part one in a trilogy, so I need to take that into consideration with the ending. I’m hoping that this will lead into something in the next book. If you’re looking for a good WWI historical fiction novel, then I would definitely recommend picking this one up!