Band of Angels

Julia Gregson, Author . Touchstone $16.99 (464p) ISBN 978-1-4391-0113-1

Gregson (East of the Sun ) takes the reader deep into the horrors of the Crimean War in this novel originally published and praised in the U.K. as The Water Horse . Catherine Carreg is permitted extraordinary freedom as a child in Wales in 1844, including friendship with a local drover boy, Deio, until local gossip forces the end of their relationship. Catherine's mother dies in childbirth, and loathing the shallow life she's forced to live at home, Catherine concocts a plan with Deio's help to disguise herself as a boy and run away to London. Once there, Catherine lands a job in Florence Nightingale's home for sick governesses, then volunteers as a nurse in the Crimea while Deio, who owns her heart, joins the war effort as a soldier. Their separation and frightening reunion changes their lives and challenges their love. Gregson's journalistic eye for detail supports the power and connection between the couple as Catherine matures into a strong, driven yet compassionate woman. The stench of war is not softened, and the scenes of the battlefield are not for the fainthearted. (May)

Reviewed on: 03/29/2010
Release date: 00/00/0000
Genre: Fiction
Ebook - 464 pages - 978-1-4391-1778-1
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