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Engaging WWI Fiction
05/03/2013Nursing sisters, Naomi and Sally, keen to not only to escape the monotony of the rural life but also a complicated family situation, enlist to serve in WWI.
They find themselves in situations both horrifying and seemingly hopeless, however both of them make significant contributions, not only professionally but also in the relationships they form during their service.
It is fictional, but having been inspired by the journals of women who were nurses during the Great War, it reads more like an historical account.
The use of medical terminology and practice is prevalent, but it in no way hinders the story. The Daughters of Mars is all the more engaging because of its insight into the difficulties and different situations that would have been encountered during this time, whether it be in a voluntary hospital the likes of which Naomi finds herself working or closer to the front line where Sally chooses to assist.