AMERICAN NURSES WERE PRESENT WHEN THE
PHILIPPINES CAME UNDER OCCUPATION
Frontline Angel takes its readers from 1940's Wisconsin to the Philippine Islands just prior to World War II and through the Japanese occupation and liberation. It tells the tale of Eliza - a small town Midwestern girl with dreams of travel and adventure who enlists with the united States Army Nurse Corps despite her parents' protests. Eliza will find the fun and adventure she desired as well as an unexpected romance with a handsome soldier. Yet all changes overnight as war destroys her tropical paradise. our heroine must quickly adapt in order to survive the harsh, unforgiving jungle climate, and become a skilled combat nurse on the front line. The story will take you from the fall of the islands through the terrible conditions endured by those placed in internment camps and their struggle for liberation. Can Eliza find the strength and courage needed to survive such horror and still emerge with her spirit unbroken?
So much is told in books about the soldiers in war. But not so much is heard about the nurses who served. This book gives a look at the army nurses and their ordeal when they are captured and put in internment camps. You can't imagine what it would be like for the men soldiers but what about the women? Back in the 1940's women were expected to fulfill the role of wives, mothers and housewives. They weren't supposed to be Army nurses, but Eliza O'Grady did just that. She joined the army as a nurse. When she ends up in the Philippines, she is captured and taken prisoner. The author goes into great detail on what Eliza went through. The things she had to endure and so much she had to do without, necessities not luxuries. This woman was courageous, had a lot of guts, was strong and was took her job as an Army nurse quite seriously. I would have liked to have heard what Eliza thought and felt during these times. It may have added a great deal to the story. A different outlook on the horror. Eliza went through a great change just going from a Wisconsin farm to the Tropical life of the Philippines. She endured so much and so such horrific sights. Death, dying, wounded and such suffering. Eliza was no different than any other soldier, and soldier she was. There is the decision, right off, of whether to join the Army or not, dealing with your family and friends not wanting you to go, knowing that you may not return, leaving someone you love or falling in love while in war, being a prisoner and than maybe some what the hardest of all. Coming home and trying to put the pieces back together.
If you like books on the wars our country has gone through, of the heroes that kept our country free and the fight of women to have their place in life, then you will definitely enjoy this book.
A great book to have on your shelf for another time to read again.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Word Slinger Publicity and voluntarily decided to review it.
I would give this book 5 STARS.