Tuesday, June 07, 2022



Evie Munro works in the fishing industry in Scotland.  She finds life to be mundane, doing the same thing day in and day out.  Evie knows there has got to be more to life than fish.  But then Germany declares war on Britain and Evie’s life will never be the same.  Men are drafted into the war while others volunteer for the war effort.  Evie feels like she must do her part for the war so she becomes an army nurse, taking care of the wounded army soldiers on  the Britannic hospital ship.  One day the Britannic comes under direct fire and Evie and the nurses wonder how they will ever be able to care for all the wounded patients.  

This story was so heartbreaking and had me engrossed from the very first page.  This is definitely a ‘read in one sitting’ because you won’t be able to put it down once you start it.  But, make sure you have those tissue boxes nearby because you will surely need them.  I laughed and cried and was inspired by the wonderful characters.  The writing style of this author impressed me.  I felt as if some of her real life experiences came through in this book which made it seem like it was based on a true story.  I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it.

Thank you Kate Eastham for such a wonderful story.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I highly recommend this book.


Rating: 5 out of 5.



Author:  Kate Eastham
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: June 6, 2022 
Pages: 284 
Buy on Amazon 

The young nurse ran across the wooden deck, her feet skidding. She spotted an injured young man clinging to the ship’s rail, his eyes wide with terror. She could see the water rushing up to meet them. ‘We need to jump!’ she screamed. In that moment, a wave washed over them. She lunged forward to grab his hand, but she was a second too slow. Somewhere, deep inside the vessel, came a loud crack. The hospital ship was breaking apart…

1914. Evie Munro is a Scottish fisher girl, working the herring season from Wick to Great Yarmouth. For Evie, every day is the same – gutting fish at the docks, shoulder-to-shoulder with her friends, followed by fresh bread, a warm whiskey toddy and an early night. But when Germany declares war on Britain, everything changes.

As her village begins to empty of young men, Evie’s life is marked by a heartbreaking tragedy at home. Her happiness destroyed, she vows to join the war effort as an army nurse, caring for wounded soldiers on the imposing hospital ship 

But as the war rages on and the ship comes under direct fire, Evie’s courage is put to the ultimate test. Can Evie and the nurses of the HMHS 
Britannic save the day and heal the patients in their care? Or will her life become one more casualty in Britain’s heroic fight for freedom?

ABOUT Kate eastham

A change in circumstance meant Kate Eastham made the shift from a career in nursing to being a carer for her partner. Determined to make the most of this new role ‘working from home’ and inspired by an in-depth study of the origins of nursing, she wrote her first novel at the kitchen table. Miss Nightingale’s Nurses was published by Penguin in 2018, closely followed by three more in the series. With her passion for history, Kate aims to make visible the lives of ordinary yet extraordinary women from the past. Her current historical fiction is set during the World Wars and will be published by Bookouture.

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