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The Desert Nurse by Pamela Hart
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it was amazing

This is an amazing story, a story of courage and strength, there are so many emotions throughout this book, it is heart wrenching at times and just so very moving, as MS Hart takes us back to World War 1 and the extraordinary women who nurse our soldiers during a bitter and bloody conflict and the love that they found. I can’t highly recommend this book enough, it is so beautifully written a must read.

Evelyn Northey comes from Taree in country NSW her father is a Doctor and when her mother passes away Evelyn is pulled out of school to assist as her father’s nurse, but it also stops Evelyn from doing what she wants to do most and that is study to become a doctor herself. She is strong and determined and ends up getting her nursing certificate behind her father’s back and when war breaks out, she does the unthinkable and enlists and is sent to Egypt and the Gallipoli campaign. Here Evelyn learns even more about medicine and makes many friends including Dr William Brent whom she becomes very close to.

William Brent is a polio survivor from a middle class family in Parramatta he studies and becomes a doctor and although he cannot enlist with the army he still makes sure that he gets himself to the war front to assist in any way he can, and no amount of pain will stop him from saving as many men as he can working hours in the operating theatre with Evelyn as his nurse. This brings them close together and they become friends along the way.

MS Hart describes the settings so beautifully, the countries torn apart by war, the people that are hurt, their pain and suffering and the medical staff that do what they can in such at times really tough spots, but the feelings of the fabulous characters tell us so much more, I felt so close to Evelyn and Will as they try so hard to deny the love that is growing between them through such a testing time in life. The question do they, or do they not marry, both have their reasons for not wanting to but will love conquer?

I loved this compelling, moving and emotional story from start to finish and honestly cannot highly recommend it enough, MS Hart has a way with words that brings all of her characters to life on the pages, bought me to tears at times, I felt the pain but I also smiled many times as well, thank you MS Hart this one is going to stay with me for a long time.
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Reading Progress

July 6, 2018 – Started Reading
July 6, 2018 – Shelved
July 9, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Sharon Great review, Helen!

Helen Sharon wrote: "Great review, Helen!"

Thanks Sharon it is an amazing story

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