Angels of Mercy Paperback
by Lyn Andrews
Bestselling author Lyn Andrews' unputdownable saga ANGELS OF MERCY is perfect for fans of Kate Thompson and Kitty Neale. Blue-eyed, blond-haired, full of smiles and sweetness, even as babies twins Kate and Evvie Greenway captured the hearts of Liverpool's Scotland Road slumlands.
But now they are almost adults the two girls find that being pleasant, popular and blessed with a loving family isn't quite enough.
For they've both fallen for men who will break their youthful hearts...But these sorrows are nothing compared to the tragedies that await them and so many others when the Great War breaks out.
Determined to do their part, Kate and Evvie sign up for nursing training and are despatched to the Front, a terrible world far from the life-affirming energy of their homes.
Can anything, hope, love or the bond that has always united the sisters, survive all that lies in store for them?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 04/03/1999
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780747258070
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Review by DeltaQueen50
Starting in the years just prior to World War I, Angels of Mercy by Lyn Andrews tells the story of the young people of one small street in a poor section of Liverpool. The author paints a vivid picture of this hard-working community, their daily struggles and the importance of family, work and religion.When the war comes, the young men of the neighbourhood are eager to sign up and fight. All they can see is the adventure and glory of war. All to soon, one, a sailor on the HMS Victorious is dead as all on the ship are lost when it is sunk by U-boats. Determined to do their part, three of the girls sign up for nursing and are shipped to France. At the Battle of the Somme, the Regiment from Liverpool suffers terrible losses, and just about every house in the neighbourhood has to bear the death of a husband, a son or a brother. Over one hundred thousand men were lost at the Somme. Descriptions of conditions at the front for both the soldiers and nurses alike is horrifying. It’s not surprising that so many died from infections caused by unsanitary conditions.A well written story showing the inner strength, hope and love that binds these characters together and allows them to carry on into an uncertain future. The author manages to tug on all your emotions and makes this a hard book to put down and walk away from.