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Jo-Ann Becomes Army Nurse Corps, World War I Centennial Website Editor!
Jo-Ann is delighted to announce she has agreed to serve as the editor of the Unites States World War One Centennial Commission’s website for the Army Nurse Corps!
Jo-Ann’s Latest: HEROIC MEASURES
In her latest historical novel, HEROIC MEASURES, Jo-Ann goes from the coal mines of Pennsylvania to the battlefields of France in the Great War. Recreating the decision of one young nurse to join the Army Nurse Corps, sail to France and serve on the American front lines, the novel follows her courageous journey under brutal conditions.
Heroic Measures Trilogy, Book 1
Honoring those who have served their country in war, most focus on those who have fought on the battlefields. But one group’s heroics under fire have slipped through the pages of history, a group whose blood and sweat were left in operating rooms and hospital tents, a group whose heroism has seldom been measured.
For nurse Gwen Spencer, fighting battles is nothing new. An orphan sent to live with a vengeful aunt, Gwen picked coal and scrubbed floors to earn a living. But when she decides to become a nurse, she steps outside the boundaries of her aunt’s demands…and into a world of her own making.
Leaving her hometown for France, she helps doctors mend thousands of brutally injured Doughboys under primitive conditions. Amid the chaos, she volunteers to go ever forward to the front lines. Braving bombings and the madness of men crazed by the hell of war, she is stunned to discover one man she can love. A man she can share her life with.
But in the insanity and bloodshed she learns the measures of her own desires. Dare she attempt to become a woman of accomplishment? Or has looking into the face of war and death given her the courage to live her life to the fullest?
Heroic Measures Blog
22,000 women served in the Army Nurse Corps from 1917 through 1920 and occupation of Germany. For intriguing facts about their service and about other women and men who served in the “war to end all wars,” read Jo-Ann’s posts here.