The Fire by Night

The Fire by Night

Large Print - 2017
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In war-torn France, Jo McMahon, an Italian-Irish girl from the tenements of Brooklyn, tends to six seriously wounded soldiers in a makeshift medical unit. Enemy bombs have destroyed her hospital convoy, and now Jo singlehandedly struggles to keep her patients and herself alive in a cramped and freezing tent close to German troops. There is a growing tenderness between her and one of her patients, a Scottish officer, but Jo's heart is seared by the pain of all she has lost and seen. Nearing her breaking point, she fights to hold on to joyful memories of the past, to the times she shared with her best friend, Kay, whom she met in nursing school. Half a world away in the Pacific, Kay is trapped in a squalid Japanese POW camp in Manila, one of thousands of Allied men, women, and children whose fates rest in the hands of a sadistic enemy. Far from the familiar safety of the small Pennsylvania coal town of her childhood, Kay clings to memories of her happy days posted in Hawaii, and the handsome flyer who swept her off her feet in the weeks before Pearl Harbor. Surrounded by cruelty and death, Kay battles to maintain her sanity and save lives as best she can...and live to see her beloved friend Jo once more. When the conflict at last comes to an end, Jo and Kay discover that to achieve their own peace, they must find their place--and the hope of love--in a world that's forever changed. With rich, superbly researched detail, Teresa Messineo's thrilling novel brings to life the pain and uncertainty of war and the sustaining power of love and friendship, and illuminates the lives of the women who risked everything to save others during a horrifying time.
Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition
ISBN: 9780062644145
0062644149
Branch Call Number: FICTION Mes
Description: 402 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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The story of the selflessness and bravery of two American military nurses during WWII, one caught in France behind enemy lines with six wounded patients, the other in the Philippines.


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mynovelesquelife
Jun 14, 2019

RATING: 2.5 STARS
2017; William Morrow/HarperCollins

I was SUPER excited to read this novel as it was the nurses of WWII that were the main characters. As I started reading I was impressed with the writer's research and writing. Several chapters in...it was started to read like a Nicholas Sparks novel. Now, I read Sparks (though I have not read anything in awhile) and enjoy his books, but I have to be in a certain mood for it. The predictability of sorrow, sappy romance and hope of HEA (happily ever after). I was looking for more of...Saving Private Ryan meets Call the Midwife. I gave this book two and a half stars for the writing and research. I might have liked this novel more if I read it in a different frame of mind. You let me know!

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

BPLpicks Apr 18, 2019

Fiercely loyal, determined and heroic are words that describe two combat nurses in this riveting, gritty WWII novel. After training, Jo is sent to the Western Front and Kay to the South Pacific. The women try to maintain their sanity while treating the injured and dying soldiers at a field hospital during and after battle. An impressive debut novel.

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LJMoore70
Jan 03, 2019

First to refer to the comment that said Korean War - sorry - World War II. This could have been my mother (or yours). I cried. And war still goes on. Very well written and a very true account without ALL the horrors included.

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neilsonk
Nov 15, 2018

WWII nurses

rthomson1954 May 02, 2018

This book tells the story of two Army nurses, one sent to serve in the Pacific theater, the other to France. Both see sights that are indescribably horrific, and there were several points at which I didn't think I could read any further. But I did, and was glad I finished, because it gave me such an appreciation for the valor, compassion, and grit of these women who served our country. Few received recognition of any kind because they didn't bear arms, but they are heroes in my heart.

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Dops
Mar 07, 2017

Fantastic So much like my aunt a nurse described in her ordeal with being in a prison camp in the Korea War. A lot of history, and a great telling of its story

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ready2read
Feb 22, 2017

This is an extensively researched novel about the tribulations of two American war time nurses - and the war itself. Almost from page 1 the stories are grim and the misery seems unending. The evil, depravation, and human suffering are a constant that is difficult, at times, to read. The author makes a good point of validating the contribution of women (in this case nurses), and depicting how sexism still interfered with their ability to do this noble job. Interesting but difficult to read.

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