Angel of Mercy

She had her entire life planned until the Great War began and everything changed.

April 1914.  Barrie, Ontario.  Hettie Steward is feisty, educated, ambitious and stubborn.  Her fiancé, Geoffrey Bartlette, the love of her life since childhood, has been a patient man.  He waited while she attended nursing school and worked a year, but now it is time to wed.  While Hettie is thrilled to be starting her life with Geoffrey, she laments that marriage means sacrificing her beloved nursing career, and domestic life brings her nothing but drudgery and boredom.

When the Great War begins a few months into their marriage, Geoffrey enlists and persuades Hettie to join the Canadian Army Nursing Service and follow him overseas.  After all, everyone says the war will be short, and it will be their opportunity to have a proper honeymoon.  Returning to work is exactly what Hettie was craving, and she eager accepts.

The war, however, does not end quickly.  Soon tragedy strikes, proving true the old adage “be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.”  Geoffrey is killed at the Second Battle of Ypres, and Hettie is faced with a choice.  Return home or stay in Europe and continue nursing?  Moreover, will she discover the person she is meant to be now that her life has been steered onto a new path?

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Praise for Angel of Mercy

In Angel Of Mercy, we step off the battlefield to the place that those injured men go to either be healed or to die. We see the horrors of war through the eyes of the young nurses who also thought that their stay would be short with a chance for adventure or to meet the loves of their lives. It’s a side of war that we often fail to see or look into. I think it’s definitely a book that history and romance fiction lovers will enjoy.
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Tiffany Ferrell
Readers' Favorite
5/5
Melina creates a very fast moving plot which keeps us riveted throughout the book. I enjoyed the tight pace of Melina’s book, the conversations of the people in the book and the picturesque descriptions of those bygone times and places.
Orla Connors
Zavesti
5/5
This isn't a book to enjoy -- the subject matter doesn't allow it -- but it's a great read all the same. The characters are well written as people of their time with the sensibility and ethics to match. The story is grim, in places, but doesn't try to brighten things up with heroics or unlikely coincidences. This is a realistic depiction of a horrible time and I highly recommend it.
Frances Evelyn
Goodreads reviewer
5/5
This was my first book by Melina Druga and I truly enjoyed it!!! This book takes place in the World War 1 era. The struggles of heart break and challenges that war brings with it are real!!! Hettie truly is an angel of mercy!!! Read and enjoy!!!
Christina Burrus
Goodreads reviewer
5/5
Angel of Mercy was a riveting story set during World War I. The author did a fantastic job of portraying the war and life working as a nurse in France. I couldn't stop reading! Hettie's story working as a nurse during the war was both heartbreaking and inspiring. I loved the way the author wove facts about the war and time period in with the story, helping to bring it to life even more. Excellent job on this book! I look forward to reading the next one in the series. This is the type of story/author I have been looking for! This book had a lot of depth and realism to it. I highly recommend this book to historical fiction lovers and even those who don't normally read that genre but love history or historical romance would also enjoy it.
Karen McAtlin
Amazon reviewer
5/5
This is a realistic WWI novel with a strong female protagonist. I like how Hettie is educated, willing to stand up for herself, and also manages to help a great number of people despite the struggles she faces. The book description says that her husband dies in battle, so I'm not dropping any spoilers here. The way Hettie deals with her grief is refreshing. Fear not. The book isn't depressing, and the end satisfied me greatly.
Lavendar Lilly
Amazon reviewer
5/5
I loved the book... It gave me a clear view of what war is like....the characters were so well developed, I felt like I knew just about all of them personally....I love a book, when it gives you historical information, Plus a good story. Great Job.!!
elaine posterick
Amazon reviewer
5/5
Very interesting characters well thought out and personable. Reading letters from home was an interesting touch. Felt emotion while reading it and really cared about the personal outcomes. The highs, lows, stresses are very real.
NAANNES
Amazon reviewer
5/5
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