Heroic Measures

Heroic Measures

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by Jo-Ann Power
     
 

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Honoring those who have served their country in war, most focus on those who have fought on the battlefields. But one group's heroics under fire have slipped through the pages of history, a group whose blood and sweat were left in operating rooms and hospital tents, a group whose heroism has seldom been measured.

For nurse Gwen Spencer, fighting battles is…  See more details below

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Honoring those who have served their country in war, most focus on those who have fought on the battlefields. But one group's heroics under fire have slipped through the pages of history, a group whose blood and sweat were left in operating rooms and hospital tents, a group whose heroism has seldom been measured.

For nurse Gwen Spencer, fighting battles is nothing new. An orphan sent to live with a vengeful aunt, Gwen picked coal and scrubbed floors to earn a living. But when she decides to become a nurse, she steps outside the boundaries of her aunt's demands...and into a world of her own making.

Leaving her hometown for France, she helps doctors mend thousands of brutally injured Doughboys under primitive conditions. Amid the chaos, she volunteers to go ever forward to the front lines. Braving bombings and the madness of men crazed by the hell of war, she is stunned to discover one man she can love. A man she can share her life with.

But in the insanity and bloodshed she learns the measures of her own desires. Dare she attempt to become a woman of accomplishment? Or has looking into the face of war and death given her the courage to live her life to the fullest?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148469186
Publisher:
The Wild Rose Press
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
358
Sales rank:
941,838
File size:
842 KB

Meet the Author

Whether the story calls for immersion in history, the always-volatile corporate world or the demanding environment of journalism, Jo-Ann Power brings her expert writing talent to draw readers into exciting worlds portrayed with an accuracy that is unique.
Her versatility with genres has brought her success as well as thousands of readers in genres such as mainstream, mystery and romance, and drawn praise from multiple reviewers and readers.
Romantic Times said of her work, �She draws readers into a carefully constructed novel that is brimming with�passion, brilliant colors and fascinating history�� Others compare her �power-ful� style to that of Daphne DuMaurier and Phyllis Whitney. Publisher�s Weekly said, �Her ability to �cleverly weave politics, murder and romance, creating intense, breath-catching suspense� is a hallmark of her works. Her mysteries have been Featured Alternates of The Mystery Guild, and her historical romances were selections of both Rhapsody Book Club and Doubleday Book Club.
In her latest historical novel, HEROIC MEASURES, Jo-Ann takes us from the coal mines of Pennsylvania to the battlefields of France in World War One. Recreating the decision of one young nurse to join the Army Nurse Corps, sail to France and serve on the American front lines, the novel follows her courageous journey under brutal conditions. The story of the hardships and triumphs of these women has been woefully neglected. Fascinated by the valor of these nurses and their grace under pressure, Jo-Ann researched the topic for decades, including trips to the actual battlefields where much of the book takes place. Now, as we approach the Centennial of the outbreak of World War One, she brings the bravery of these women to life in the person of Gwen Spencer, a young girl from Peckville, Pennsylvania whose heart led her to serve others in their time of need.

Read more about HEROIC MEASURES at Jo-Ann�s website,
For more information, pictures and details about the Army Nurse Corps, American experience in World War One and Jo-Ann�s research trips in the States and to France, read Jo-Ann�s blog,

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Heroic Measures 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
desireeholt1 More than 1 year ago
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 has 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 it in spade. HEROIC MEASURES is more than a heroic effort—it is a gold standard winner.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
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. They were not prepared for what they found there but push up their sleeves and get to work helping the doctors and healing the wounded. The WWI era is an underwritten period of history. I am glad to see that some stories are coming out about a significant period of history where society is changed and the expectations of the past can no longer determine the life of a woman. I loved Gwen's courage to stand in the face of her aunt's anger and live her own life as she tries to better it so she can take her sister out of the aunt's household as well as out of the mines. The period feel of the story is spot-on. The horrible conditions in the battlefield comes through strongly. I like how history is given, but not dryly, as we learn of the implementation of mobile surgical hospitals along the front. I also like that the aftermath of the war is looked at as someone needed to begin the clean-up after the Armistice is announced. The secondary characters are well written. I felt I knew them and how they impacted Gwen's life. Romance is in the story but it is not the main focus of it. The history of army nurses and WWI was well researched. I look forward to the next book in the trilogy.