In “Love in War” (published by Xlibris) author Alan Watchman creates an immersive and touching love story that shows the heroism of nurses during the chaotic battles of World War I.
The diaries and letters of Sister Catherine "Cissy" Black, a Rockhampton nurse during World War I, provide the basis for this romantic novel. Her personal story reveals insights into the hardships and suffering endured by nurses in hospitals and soldiers wounded in the trenches of Gallipoli. Cissy is one of thousands of nurses who volunteered and served their country but whose personal experiences have rarely been told.
It shows how she attends to the horrific wounds of Private Michael Fitzhubert in Egypt after he is stretchered from Quinn's Post and keeps him alive. Typical of many nurses, she falls in love, but their relationship does not run smoothly after he recovers in England.
“Love in War” captures the sheer brutality of trench warfare and gives readers a whole new appreciation of the circumstances in which nurses were employed, of their working conditions and of the lack of recognition by the military and general population at the war's end.