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Heroic Measures by [Power, Jo-Ann]
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Length: 360 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 761 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc; First Edition edition (30 September 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As a Period Piece this wonderful story was true to form and I thoroughly appreciated ... 30 May 2015
By Northeast Reader - Published on
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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. 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brutal era for Nurse Spencer..... 12 September 2014
By Kris - Published on
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page-turner 24 October 2013
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It didn't take very long for me to be swept up into the plot and the lives of the characters in Heroic Measures. Jo-Ann Power "had" me at page 2.

The author demonstrates an admirable ability to create palpable rhythms of human emotions -- both high and low -- while weaving each character and each situation into an historically accurate backdrop of World War I and the days leading up to US involvement. It is clear she has done her homework about the War, and it is abundantly evident that she knows how to tell a good story about hope, aspirations, suffering, fulfillment and a little romance to boot!

I learned a lot more about the "forgotten war"; kudos to Jo-Ann for adding to my understanding. And, yes, I fell in love with Gwen Spencer. I can't wait for the next two books of the trilogy!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Would Make a Great Movie 11 November 2013
By Stan57 - Published on
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A great story. Cast correctly, it would do well at the box office. The story is of the caliber of what you see on "Masterpiece" the PBS series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mostly accurate and a great read 18 August 2014
By QueenB - Published on
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I greatly enjoyed this story. Choices had to be made about what to include/focus on and those choices held together to make a cohesive story. I assume that mobile, nearly at the front lines medical units did actually start in WWI but I had never heard or read that info. Efore