This book can also be found under the title "Nurse Anna's War" by Mary Jane Staples.
Louise and Ned met in a ditch, both running from the Germans in Belgium
WW1. Ned has a seriously broken arm and they help eachother reach a
place of safety: the clinique of nurse Edith Cavell.
Cavell is a
kind of Florence Nightingale who not only nurses all wounded, but also
heads an "underground railroad " to get Allied soldiers out of the
I felt that the book dwelt too heavily on Edith and it
became more a story about Edith Cavell than our h/ h. Its not the best
idea for a story to have two heroines especially one as superhuman as
Cavell. Where does that leave our relatively normal, bright Louise but
as an afterthought?
The last two chapters really pick up and I wish we could have had more chapters on their final escape.
ending is satisfying in the sense of closure but is far too short. It
feels rushed, which is disappointing. Also, the humor and witty banter
that I love so much in R.T.Stevens writing is profoundly lacking in this
one. Still, I give it a solid
3 1/2 Stars
: None (although the reader is privy to the heroine's thoughts at one
point and they're rather, well, she could have kept them to herself.)
VIOLENCE : A few knockouts, nothing major
PROFANITY : Mild cussing
MY RATING : PG-13
you're wondering where the 'Anna' comes from in the alternate title it
is Louise's assumed name under the tutelage of Nurse Cavell.