Thursday, 5 April 2018

The War Nurses - Lizzie Page

The War Nurses book cover
As war takes its toll, the love and care of two brave young nurses will become everything to the wounded soldiers they tend.

1914 - Two young nurses pledge to help the war effort: Mairi, a wholesome idealist hoping to leave behind her past and Elsie, a glamorous single mother with a weakness for handsome soldiers. Despite their differences, the pair become firm friends.

At the emergency medical shelter where they're based, Elsie and Mairi work around the clock to treat wounded soldiers. It's heartbreaking work and they are at constant risk from shelling, fire and disease. But there are also happier times... parties, trips and letters. And maybe even the possibility of love with an attractive officer in their care...

But as the war continues and the stress of duty threatens to pull the two women apart, will Elsie and Mairi's special nurses' bond be strong enough to see them through?

A powerfully moving wartime saga - you won't want to put down!


I seen this pop up on NetGalley and thought I would give it a go, I haven't read this genre for a while. When my nan was alive she would often read this type of book, set in wartime, and she would pass them on to me to read. 

The first thing I like about this book is that the Mairi and Elsie are actually real people, wartime nurses, although the account of their friendship is fictionalised. It is nice to read about women's efforts during the war and I will be looking into more of Mairi and Elsie's lives.

The friendship between the women seems unlikely but they grow close. Elsie is a bit of a wild one, especially for the time, whereas Mairi is very grounded and sensible. They seem to find a good balance whilst working together in the warzone.

During the early chapters you learn a lot about Mairi and her life. Elsie's back story is not covered as much, I am hoping that in the next book there will be more of Elsie's story given. I would love to know more about why the character became the way she is.

This is the first in a trilogy of books by Lizzie and I am looking forward to reading the rest when they are published.

Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for sending an ARC for review.

Do you like this type of novel? Do you have any recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments.



  1. Great post! This is my kind of book, I can never put them down once I start reading them. I definitely want to buy this now. Have you ever read Joan Jonker books? Her series about Mollie & Nellie always has me in stitches.

    1. I love Joan Jonker, Mollie and Nellie were mine and my nans favourite 💕

  2. Oh it sounds lovely!
    I think I'll need this for a rainy day :)
    Cora |

    1. It was a really nice read I am looking fonward to other parts coming out x

  3. This sounds like a really interesting story! It’s something I wouldn’t usually read but I like the sound of the nurses friendship and hearing how they cope during this difficult time. Thank you for the great review Emma - I always love discovering new books! 😘 xx

    Bexa |

  4. I love historical books and I like this book especially since it talks about nurses and I'm a nurse. Will definitely have to check this out, thank you!

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  5. To be honest I'd never pick a novel like this up voluntarily as I like more modern ones but the friendship between them sounds really cute and I always think the most unlikely of people create the best relationships usually! I think you learn way more as a person like that!
    Alice Xx

  6. I love these sorts of books, especially when I’ve been going through a dry patch for reading! I’ll definitely be looking into taking a copy away with me on my next holiday xxx


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