By: Cynthia Harrod Eagles
Rated: 5 Stars
Having talked a good friend into reading some of the books in this 34 book series I was reminded that I had not read all of them myself. I think I suffered from burn out along about book 11 and then jumped to book 23, leaving me with about 15 more book still to read in this series. Hey, I'm up to it.
I picked this book completely out of any order because part of it was about the Crimean Way and I have always found wars and conflict interesting. It was another of the un-put-down-able books in this series. I'm definitely going to have to get #21, The Outcasts though because it ended with a cliff hanger.
The Great Exhibition brings all the Morlands to London - including a cousin from America. Charlotte is using her wealth and social position to build a hospital, and, aware of how badly sick people are nursed, defies convention to train a team of female nurses. When the Crimean war begins, and her brother Cavendish departs with his cavalry regiment and her husband is called on to serve with the Intelligence Department, Charlotte goes too. Not all the soldiers' courage or high spirits can save them from the brutal horrors of war, and as the bitter Russian winter sets in, Charlotte's nursing skills are desperately needed as the army falls victim to cholera, dysentry, frostbite and gangrene.