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A daring young woman risks everything to pursue a career as a doctor on the front lines in France during World War I, and learns the true meaning of hope, love, and resilience in the darkest of times.

When Eleanor Atherton graduates from medical school near the top of her class in 1917, she dreams of going overseas to help the wounded, but her ambition is thwarted at every
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Expected publication: September 28th 2021 by Berkley
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    Natasha Lester
    I love an adventurous women ahead of her time and Dr Eleanor Atherton, who finds herself unexpectedly in France during WWI when female doctors are almost unheard of, is my kind of woman! I was utterly absorbed by her tenacity and fierce desire to do whatever she could to help the wounded, even if it meant breaking all the rules to do so. Meticulous research, as well as a gorgeous love story, make this a fascinating historical novel.
    Christine Wells
    Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    THE WOMAN AT THE FRONT is the powerful story of one young woman’s struggle to fulfil her destiny as a doctor, as she encounters not only the prejudice against women in her chosen profession but the horrors and deprivations of the front lines during the First World War. Meticulously researched and deeply emotional — Cornwall has a gift for bringing history to life!
    Haley
    Jul 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Wow, just wow. I have a history of DNF'ing historicals to a fault but this one was absolutely stunning. The research that had to have went into this book was gripping. The determination of Eleanor, the unfolding story of the war, the romance, just the entire book took hold of my heart and kept me turning page after page to the very end. I absolutely adored this book and truly recommend. Thank you to Lecia Cornwall, Netgalley, and the publisher for the ARC. ♥️ ...more
    Heidi Gorecki
    Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Beautifully written, Woman at the Front was a fantastic story taking place during WW1, as Dr Eleanor Atherton tries to make a difference and put her medical degree and expertise to use in the midst of so many obstacles and so many ridiculous and demeaning rules during that time period that fiercely opposed women in any place but in the home.

    The intense misogynistic environment females in general were treated with at the time was crazy and contradictory, but especially towards female doctors. It
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    Penny Cook
    Mar 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Many thanks to Netgally and the Publisher for the complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
    This was a really good book. The challenges she faces becoming a doctor are unheard of now. The book gives you an understanding of what woman went through doing something that only men thought they could do. I don't think this is a spoiler but you may want to stop reading because I don't know. The man who loved her but didn't get her was unnecessary to the st
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    Katie Rogers
    Jun 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    The Woman at the Front - Lecia Cornwall
    Eleanor has dreamed of following in her father's footsteps, becoming a doctor and one day taking over the family practice. If only it were that simple. She lives in a time where women are meant to be a wife, a mother and nothing more. She is determined to break out of that role expectation and when presented with a chance to prove herself, she jumps at it.
    She finds herself in the battlefields in France, ready to help bring home a pilot/old family friend wh
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    Jaymi The OC Book Girl
    Jun 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This book has it all - heroism and courage and a female doctor who saved many lives during WWI. Also has a gorgeous Scottish lead: Fraser I highlighted quite a few quotes. Here’s one of my favorites.

    “I liked it,” she told him softly. “Not because men were hurt, but because I was useful—I helped, I made a difference. They needed me.” Her eyes met Fraser’s, and he saw the flame burning there, the sense of purpose and determination, the realization that she was alive amid the carnage, had come thr
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    Diana N.
    Aug 14, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    This is a fantastic book! Women can do anything they put their mind to. Eleanor is a great example of determination to be a doctor in a society that said it was not a place for women.

    This story kept me engrossed in wondering what would happen next. From coming into a war zone as a civillian, to helping near the front lines, leading in dire circumstances, and a bit of romance made this a book hard to put down.

    As a women in a mostly male dominated field, this book was truly inspiring. How many you
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    Jillian Doherty
    Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    110% what I needed to read right now.

    Not only impeccably researched, but delivered in a narrative style that was invoked from familial ties.

    This incredible World War I legacy epic is ideal for historical fiction readers, as well as those new to the genre.

    After hearing the originated story in her author’s note, as well as her deliciously sounding backlist, I couldn’t support the story more! I cannot wait to bring this to Bookstore’s across the country this fall.

    Galley borrowed from the publishe
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    Joan
    Jun 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Eleanor Atherton, a recent medical school graduate, has been turned away from applying for a position as a medical doctor in France during WWI because she is a woman. Assisting in a medical emergency and demanding that a farmer be admitted to the medical wing of Chesscroft Park brings her to the attention of Lady Somerton, who asks to speak to her in private. Her son, Louis Chastaine, is serving as a pilot and he was wounded after his plane caught fire while he was involved in a fire fight. He w ...more
    Lizanne Johnson
    Aug 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Nevertheless she persisted…. Dr. Eleanor Atherton grew up loving medicine and wanted nothing more than to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a doctor. At this time women were rarely admitted to medical school. She achieved that goal despite the roadblocks placed in her path. WWI begins. Despite her continued efforts, she was not allowed to enlist or serve at the front. When she finally makes it to a casualty clearing station, she is denied the opportunity to serve anyone other than her ...more
    Jane
    Jun 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I have to admit that I love reading about others adventures, but I don't know how many I could actually handle. I am quite sure that- from everything I've read about WWI- I could not have done what this woman did. Since I read a lot of historical fiction, I have read much about how women doctors were not accepted by male doctors, nor were they well thought of during this time period. The fact the main character has to fight her own family to reach her goal shows how strong and how determined she ...more
    Lori Spielman
    Sep 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Not since Claire Beauchamp Randall (Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series) has there been a more worthy female protagonist than Doctor Eleanor Atherton. Strong, smart, determined, and brave, we gladly lock arms and follow Eleanor from her comfortable but confined life in England onto the brutal battlefields in France. This powerful novel allows for a uniquely female perspective of World War I, one that is both harsh and hopeful. The author’s passion about the subject is clear, her sensitivity and in ...more
    Megan
    Sep 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
    The Woman at the Front focuses on a very determined young English doctor determined to prove she is more than just the future wife of a doctor. Her struggle to overcome the misconception that women cannot handle the horrors of war, the male body or rude behaviour was it's own epic battle.

    I spent a great deal of this book frustrated. Not with the book itself but with the time. Even in 2021 women are often seen as not able to handle something simply because they are women. So I can only imagine ho
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    Liz Mannegren
    May 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This was a breathtaking read. The Woman at the Front is a beautifully written story about one woman's desire to use her medical training to serve as a doctor during WWI. As a female, Dr. Eleanor Atherton is opposed at almost every turn, subject to misogynistic attitudes and demeaning behavior. And yet, her character is an example of determination and grit -- and a reminder of all the women who strove for the rights we have today. I was captivated by both the realism and the humanity that the aut ...more
    Becca Culotta
    Sep 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
    This was a beautiful, well written, and well researched book. I admire Eleanor and women like her who defied the odds during WWI to practice medicine, despite the misogynistic views of the time period. Some parts felt a little long winded to me, but I still throughly enjoyed this one and recommend it to lovers of historical fiction.

    Thanks so much to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
    Sarah Lowe
    Jul 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This is a moving story about the struggle of one women who is trying to succeed in a male dominated profession. Dr. Eleanor Atherton faces discrimination while trying to contribute to the war effort. After her tireless efforts, she begins to earn the respect of her male peers. This book consists of fear, intrigue, romance, and victory. I will be recommending this book for our Reader's Choice book club at the library. I will also be adding this to our collection at our local branch. ...more
    Christine
    Sep 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Yes, I could not put this book down! I loved Eleanor and I was so angry when the constraints of the times and skeptical people blocked her way. I was glad to see her determination to show her bravery and her talents at her chosen career, even if it meant being close to the battlefront.

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway and I am so glad I did. It is a keeper!
    Lauren
    May 24, 2021 rated it liked it
    Note: I received an advanced copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.

    When Eleanor Atherton graduates from medical school near the top of her class in 1917, she dreams of going overseas to help the wounded, but her ambition is thwarted at every turn. Eleanor's parents insist she must give up medicine, marry a respectable man, and assume her proper place. While women might serve as ambulance drivers or nurses at the front, they cannot be physicians—that work is too dangerous
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    Kat
    Jun 20, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    I had no idea until I picked up The Woman at the Front that female doctors were NOT allowed to serve during WW1. The amount of research that Cornwall put into Eleanor's story blew me away and at the same time angered me beyond belief that it wasn't all too long ago that women were still deemed incapable of treating patients in a war. Inspired by true stories of women who worked as doctors on the front lines of the first world war, Eleanor's story is steeped in drama, compassion, and of course pa ...more
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    Lecia Cornwall writes historical romance and historical fiction. She lives and writes in Alberta, Canada, amid the beautiful foothills of the Canadian Rockies, with four cats, two adult children, a crazy chocolate Lab, and one very patient husband. She is hard at work on her next book.

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