The Red Cross Orphans
by Glynis Peters
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Pub Date 21 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 31 Aug 2023
Harper 360, One More Chapter
A journey into war, but not one she’ll take alone…
Orphan Kitty Pattison is young, naïve and ready to do her bit for the war effort when she volunteers with the Red Cross and pledges to help those most in need. It’s one of the most nerve-wracking moments of her life, but then she meets fellow volunteers Joan Norfolk and Trixie Dunn, and a bond of friendship is forged in the fire of life on the wards during the Blitz.
Days are spent nursing injured soldiers back to life and nights are spent anticipating bombs falling from the sky and then trawling through the wreckage to save who she can, but the light and laughter she finds with Jo and Trix see Kitty through the darkest hours.
And when Kitty starts growing closer to handsome Canadian doctor Michael McCarthy, it’s her friends who help her to find the courage to realise that no matter what has happened or what is to come, we all deserve love…
This stunning new historical novel from the internationally bestselling The Secret Orphan takes readers on an emotional journey and follows in the footsteps of the brave women who volunteered with the Red Cross during the Second World War.Readers LOVE The Red Cross Orphans:
‘Wow, what a page turner. Just loved this book, sleep was unimportant whilst reading it’ Elaine
‘Make sure you have lots of tissues handy as I sobbed most of the way through it’ Karyn
‘A marvellous historical novel set during World War II on the home front. I was completely consumed’ Julia
‘The incredibly drawn background of a country at war, rich with historical detail, this book is definitely a must read for fans of World War Two fiction – or, indeed, those who adore a great love story’ Jane
‘First time reading this author and what an outstandingly poignant tale’ Jeanie
‘What an emotional book…I felt like I was actually in the storyline’ Angela
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Thank you Net Galley for an ARC of The Red Cross Orphans by Glenn's Peters. This was a historical fiction novel with some romance in it. I enjoyed it, reading about Kitty and Michael's journeys. This is a book I would recommend to any historical fiction lovers.
As my first book by Peters I was not sure what to expect about a novel during this time period. WW2 novels often focus on the actual events of the war and the holocaust. This one surprised me however, by focusing on the aftermath of the attacks. We follow Kitty, a Red Cross Volunteer, as she learns the ropes of nursing to help out her country in their time of need. It is during her training she meets Trix and Jo, friends you enjoy keeping up with throughout the novel, and Michael our slow burn love interest.
I truly enjoyed this alternate take on a time period that I enjoy in historical fiction.
Orphan Kitty signs up to help nurse the wounded during the war. She makes friends with her fellow nurses and meets a Canadian soldier.. good story of war and love.
An excellent story about WW2 and the women that helped. Three women volunteered to be trained as Red Cross nurses and became best friends. Two of the fell in love, but love during war is hard. It was interesting to see how often they were transferred and how they were trained, not in classrooms much,, but hands on experience. It had to be very hard, but worthwhile work. The characters were very well written - some were nice and some were not.
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I have had a fascination with World War II since I was in middle school. When I saw the cover of The Red Cross Orphans and read the description I immediately added it to my TBR list. It did not disappoint. It combines romance with history in way that kept me captivated the entire time that I was reading. It follows a young woman named Kitty Pattison on her journey to becoming a Red Cross nurse in Great Britain during WWII. We experience friendships, falling in love, and even her jealousy. I am a sucker for a good love story so this book was an enjoyable read even with some of the heavier content of the war. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys historical fiction with a touch of romance.
With so many stories about WWII, I found this one interesting because it follows three nurses that become best friends. The different turns their live took held my interest and I really enjoyed the authors style of writing.
Glynis Peters is a new author to me and I hope to read more of her books. I was engaged throughout and she has a writing style that I enjoyed.
Thank you to #netgalley and #harper306,onemorechapterbooks for allowing me to read the eARC of this book. All opinions expressed above are my own.
A great story about the growth journey between characters during a time of chaos! I really loved this story even though it seemed a bit rished at times.
I devoured this book!
The mix of the story and all the characters made me just want to read more and more. I cannot wait for the sequel to come out. I want to know more of where everything is going and what’s next.
This is absolutely a book that I am already excited to read again!
The main thing I enjoy in a novel are the characters, and this novel has many strong characters. Kitty, the main character was herself an orphan and along with Jo, Belle, and Trix,and they volunteered for the Red Cross. Kitty, Kitty's friends were an important component spending her time as Red Cross nurse, also living through the Blitz. Kitty shared the loss of her brother during Dunkirk and the ladies felt pity for her, something she was against. Eventually Kitty meets the highly attractive Canadian doctor Michael and they became an item. Michael and Kitty's relationship added some romance to the novel. Im not a fan of romance, this was enough for me.
Trixie was described as a "mad scientist" and she was mad smart and eventually and she eventually she chose midwifery after Red Cross.Belle, who was whimsical and had the appearance of a girl of privilege and she jumped in and out of the group.. My first impression was that Belle would be a fun character. Unfortunately, Belle was no a part of the group of ladies. Trixie wrote a letter to her aunt and uncle that Belle lives in a fantasy world and does not fit into the group. Eventually was labeled, "Man-eater, she was considereed to be a snake in the grass.
Finally there was Jo,, who was considered the jokester, "I feel like we'll be friends forever", and she was described by Kittie as having grease under her nails and oil in her hair, which puts Joe in her happy place. She eventually, Jo left nursing and became a driver.
I am was in awe of the strength shown by those women. I would hope I could follow through with these dire situations. My favorite genre is historical fiction and the common elements are WWII located in Great Britian during the Blitz.
Thank you One More Chapter, Glynis Peters, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this novel in exchange
for an honest review.