For fans of Vera Brittain's Testament of Youth, a bestselling writer's American debut and a heart-wrenching novel of WWI—a tale of love, regret, and the powerful draw of the road not taken
Iris Crane's tranquil life is shattered when a letter summons memories from her bittersweet past: her first love, her best friend, and the tragedy that changed everything. Iris, a young Australian nurse, travels to France during World War I to bring home her fifteen-year-old brother, who ran away to enlist. But in Paris she meets the charismatic Dr. Frances Ivens, who convinces Iris to help establish a field hospital in the old abbey at Royaumont, staffed entirely by women—a decision that will change her life. Seamlessly interwoven is the story of Grace, Iris's granddaughter in 1970s Australia. Together their narratives paint a portrait of the changing role of women in medicine and the powerful legacy of love.
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"Narrator Orlagh Cassidy excels in her portrayal of the two main characters in this novel. One is Iris Crane, a WWI nurse who is attempting to bring home her young brother, who enlisted though he was underage. The other is IrisÕs granddaughter, Grace, a doctor in 1970s Australia who is attempting to balance family responsibilities and the practice of medicine. Aided in no small part by CassidyÕs performance, this is the rare dual-time-period novel in which both stories are equally compelling. Cassidy gives distinct personalities to each woman with her vocal inflections, completely pulling the listener into the story. The novel is full of beautifully wrought emotion, which Cassidy conveys perfectly. J.L.K. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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