I am absolutely loving my historical literature at the moment. Last week it was 1950s and this week WW1 – 1918/19. I really find these books powerful, emotional and fascinating.
In war, she fell in love.
Vera Betts shouldn’t be falling in love with the enigmatic doctor she suspects of espionage. Reeling from her family’s betrayal, she’s faked her nursing credentials, invented a new name, and run away to the frontlines of the French battlefield. Four years into the Great War and she knows who she is and what she’s meant for—to save the living and sit vigil by the dying. When the cagey-yet-earnest Dr. Nicholas Wallace arrives, so do mysterious explosions destroying hospitals. Even as Nick raises her suspicions, he lowers her defenses. He wants the war to end. Are his acts of sabotage politically motivated or a desperate attempt at peace?
In peace, she fell apart.
A year later, Vera is back with her oppressive family, living under her real name, and Nick is on trial for murder. Trapped in grief and guilt, she cannot speak about the past and does not believe in the future. With Nick refusing to defend himself, she ventures to London to understand why he is so willing to embrace the hangman’s noose. Who is he trying to protect? What secrets does he plan to carry to his grave? And why does Nick insist upon hiding her true identity? To save the man she loves, Vera must tear open the past and confront the tragic price for peace.
I am going to start off by saying how wonderful Vera Betts was! Fearless, courageous and brave. Nothing would stop her from helping people, no matter who, she just wanted to nurse them better. I loved how she would not stop until she got to the truth or what she wanted, even if this meant putting her life in danger. Basically there was nothing she was scared of! Also wasn’t her wit great ! The one liners and how she spoke to people when they was against her was brilliant!
I adored her but also felt sorry for her with her family past. It broke my heart for what she went through with her mum and also her dad. When they was fighting. I just wanted her to break her walls down and be nice to him.
The story was told from 1918 – 1919 going back and forth between the two times to tell the story. This kept you guessing right until the end. There was several great twists; some that left me proud of Vera, some that shocked me about her family members and then without giving away any spoilers, Vera in court! Well what a performance. How she managed that was great.
I just loved the plot and really thought it was interesting. The war, the medicine aspect, the romance. I do love a slow build up, good old romance, especially when they both would do anything for each other. Love conquers all. I enjoyed it all. Not to forget the secrets, lies and deception back then. God this was dreadful ! No wonder Vera found it hard who to trust!
You really can tell the amount of research that goes into these historical books. I learnt a great deal from reading this and have more knowledge of what happened back then. The nurses/doctors what they had to see and deal with was just outstanding. It’s amazing what our fellow countrymen went through, and after the war that wasn’t it over with. The mental scars those poor boys had to deal with. Just so sad. A nice touch mentioned about no man’s land Christmas truce.
I feel I got a lot more out of this book than I ever did in history class! I wish I paid more attention in school but it never was this interesting! It’s all just very fascinating the way it was told. So thank you Suzanne.
Author Bio –
Writer of lush, historical happily-ever-after tales, Suzanne Tierney believes in true love. But she takes delicious pleasure in making her characters fight, flutter, and find their way to each other. Her books have won numerous awards and she has twice been a Golden Heart Finalist® with the Romance Writers of America.
Suzanne grew up in Oregon, adulted in the San Francisco Bay Area, and somehow ended up in Florida, where she is very much a cold-water fish learning to navigate humid, salty seas. She loves chatting with readers.
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