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The Silver Locket Paperback – 1 Nov 2010
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Even so, I kept reading, because the set-up was compelling and the historical detail so engaging that I needed to know what became of her. It was fascinating to learn about the lot of a wartime nurse, much of which I hadn't come across before, e.g. the hospital trains on which the nurses lived and worked, ferrying the injured and dying to safety. There is also considerable attention paid to the soldiers' conditions, which tend to be better known, through WWI poetry, I was astonished by the apparent ease with which soldiers and medical staff at or near the frontline were able to communicate with each other by post and telegraph (Rose's love interest and his rival are both serving at the front). They were able to arrange to meet socially on their days off - what a bizarre mixture of civilised behaviour and horrendous destruction. There is also some attention paid to the lot of the poor in the East End of London, and a compelling subplot with a young actress and her sister.
I finished the book feeling very glad I am living 100 years later than Rose and her associates, and I think that even though I didn't much like her as a person, her story and her various dilemmas will stay with me a long time. I'm now interested in reading further about the wartime nurses such as Rose. (I recently also read a eye-opening biography about Florence Nightingale, so continuing a bit of a theme here.)
The World War One details were fascinating and I learnt a lot about the nurses situations, including the existence of ambulance trains transporting the wounded between the front lines and the ports.
I definitely recommend this if you enjoy romances and historical fiction.
The end is blatantly designed to entice you to buy the next book in the series (The Golden Chain), which I might. The conclusion is therefore very disappointing.
Recommended with caution
This book was devoured by me in a day much to the delight of my husband who was allowed unlimited access to the sports channel. I didn't for once care about the mundane background noise as i was fast captivated in the story and honestly did not notice any of the background noise.
The characters were easily and quickly taken into my heart and I was engrossed with how things would turn out. One downside was that i quickly established that Alex would be more than a fleeting mention early on in the book.
Rose is a female girl of 18 who wants to leave her very role of a Governess and become a nurse in order to be helping people. She accomplishes her self within this role and then signs up to become involved in WW1 to assist on the ambulance trains and closer to the front line. However much to the total horror of her parents who do not allow such a thing for someone in her position. Instead they would prefer her to marry Michael who also has some social standing.
This book deals with WW1 from both perspectives of both Rose and Alex as they both are involved in the war but obviously in very different ways. Considering how grusome these topics should be the author instead talks about it but in a less horrific manner, and yet amazingly this does not deter from what is clearly a horrific time.
This story will long live on in my heart as a beautifully written novel in which i was totally captivated into. Now i shall be hunting out the follow up to this story and maybe some others by this author - surely this is recommendation in itself!
What a perfect way to see in the New Year!
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