Ruth and Elise have struggled t meet the demands of their father. His expectations of womanhood, and a woman’s role in the world, are those of a nurturing homebody with no aspirations outside the domestic sphere.
Edwardian society is unforgiving and it is impossible weather even the tiniest scandal. When Ruth is inadvertently arrested in the middle of a suffrage protest her father is incensed and she is dismissed from nursing school. Her arrest becomes a window to evaluate what she truly wants from life, and to forge her own path. Her younger sister Elise is trapped and unhappy as well, forever tinkering with their father’s automobile, never more content than she is when covered in grease with a wrench in her hand.
Ruth’s meeting with a young doctor, and his assurance that her skills will be useful on the battlefield, is serendipitous. She accepts his invitation. The bloody, tragic fields of WWI will mold both sisters into strong women unafraid to shape their own destinies.
Ruth finally has the opportunity to engage in an operating room as more than a nurse, and Elise finds love and purpose as a mechanic for the trucks that ferry supplies and soldiers to and from the front.
Pick up this lovely book if you enjoyed Band of Sisters or Masterpiece Theatre’s Crimson Fields, are intrigued by the origin of the suffrage movement in Canada, or want an intriguing glimpse behind the scenes of WWI.
A heartfelt thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.