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The nurses were putting in twelve-hour shifts now, day and night. Emily felt broken inside, dried out, not even capable of tears. They were short-staffed after a softly spoken Irish nurse, who’d only been with them for four days, had died from the deadly flu and two more had fallen ill. And more patients were coming in every hour, though the hospital beds were already full The nurses were putting in twelve-hour shifts now, day and night. Emily felt broken inside, dried out, not even capable of tears. They were short-staffed after a softly spoken Irish nurse, who’d only been with them for four days, had died from the deadly flu and two more had fallen ill. And more patients were coming in every hour, though the hospital beds were already full… 1918. Twenty-year-old Emily Burdon has been training as a nurse in London, learning on the job as she tends to patients from the crowded poorhouses that ring the hospital as well as wounded soldiers returning from the war. She pours her heart into her nursing while she waits for happier times – peace in Europe and the return of her childhood sweetheart Lewis from the Western Front. But when the deadly Spanish Flu arrives in London on the heels of the war, Emily’s faith and courage are put to the test. All around her men and women in the prime of their lives are wasting away, and until a cure is found there is nothing for Emily and her colleagues to do except make them comfortable, treat them as best they can… and, eventually, ease the pain of their passing. But then Lewis catches the deadly flu himself on his way back home, just as a new doctor is transferred to head up Emily’s ward. From the distant land of Prince Edward Island in Canada, Dr James Cantor is the first of a generations-old farming family to have left the island, and wartime London feels a long way away from the rugged beauty of his homeland. But despite their differences, he and Emily find common ground in their passion for helping patients and stopping the spread of the disease. But with life forever changed around her and Lewis’ future hanging by a thread, can Emily survive the most terrible epidemic in the history with her life – and heart – intact? A heartbreaking historical novel based on true history – emotional and unforgettable. Perfect for fans of Jean Grainger, The Beantown Girls and Diney Costeloe.


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The nurses were putting in twelve-hour shifts now, day and night. Emily felt broken inside, dried out, not even capable of tears. They were short-staffed after a softly spoken Irish nurse, who’d only been with them for four days, had died from the deadly flu and two more had fallen ill. And more patients were coming in every hour, though the hospital beds were already full The nurses were putting in twelve-hour shifts now, day and night. Emily felt broken inside, dried out, not even capable of tears. They were short-staffed after a softly spoken Irish nurse, who’d only been with them for four days, had died from the deadly flu and two more had fallen ill. And more patients were coming in every hour, though the hospital beds were already full… 1918. Twenty-year-old Emily Burdon has been training as a nurse in London, learning on the job as she tends to patients from the crowded poorhouses that ring the hospital as well as wounded soldiers returning from the war. She pours her heart into her nursing while she waits for happier times – peace in Europe and the return of her childhood sweetheart Lewis from the Western Front. But when the deadly Spanish Flu arrives in London on the heels of the war, Emily’s faith and courage are put to the test. All around her men and women in the prime of their lives are wasting away, and until a cure is found there is nothing for Emily and her colleagues to do except make them comfortable, treat them as best they can… and, eventually, ease the pain of their passing. But then Lewis catches the deadly flu himself on his way back home, just as a new doctor is transferred to head up Emily’s ward. From the distant land of Prince Edward Island in Canada, Dr James Cantor is the first of a generations-old farming family to have left the island, and wartime London feels a long way away from the rugged beauty of his homeland. But despite their differences, he and Emily find common ground in their passion for helping patients and stopping the spread of the disease. But with life forever changed around her and Lewis’ future hanging by a thread, can Emily survive the most terrible epidemic in the history with her life – and heart – intact? A heartbreaking historical novel based on true history – emotional and unforgettable. Perfect for fans of Jean Grainger, The Beantown Girls and Diney Costeloe.

30 review for When the World Stood Still: Heartbreaking historical fiction set in the time of Spanish flu

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    When the World Stood Still by Kate Eastham is an emotional novel about a nurse during World War I and the Spanish Flu pandemic. When the World Stood Still is a moving story with great characters. Emily is very hard working and fights for what she wants. Even though she isn’t allowed to have a fiancé and work, she does anyways. Emily is very career oriented and doesn’t want to give up nursing after she gets married like is expected. Lucy is Emily’s best friend, and they are always there for each o When the World Stood Still by Kate Eastham is an emotional novel about a nurse during World War I and the Spanish Flu pandemic. When the World Stood Still is a moving story with great characters. Emily is very hard working and fights for what she wants. Even though she isn’t allowed to have a fiancé and work, she does anyways. Emily is very career oriented and doesn’t want to give up nursing after she gets married like is expected. Lucy is Emily’s best friend, and they are always there for each other. A new nurse arrives from America and Emily quickly develops a friendship with her. Emily has a loving family back home. Emily is put in heartbreaking situations. It is interesting to see how Emily reacts to the unexpected and doesn’t give up. The hospital is over capacity so it is hard for the nurses to keep up. There is constantly something going on in the hospital or in Emily’s personal life. I recommend When the World Stood Still to fans of historical fiction. Thank you Bookouture and NetGalley for When the World Stood Still. Full Review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    “This was no mild fever with a cough and a sneeze – soldiers, young men in the prime of their lives, were coming through the door already cyanotic, with blue lips and fingertips.” WHEN THE WORLD STOOD STILL is a gripping hf account of the 1918 flu epidemic. It’s based on a true story featuring nurse trainee Emily Burdon, 20, at St. Marylebone Infirmary in London. As WWI nears its end, the hospital is jammed with injured soldiers, and soon, flu overwhelms them all. Author Kate Eastham’s elegant de “This was no mild fever with a cough and a sneeze – soldiers, young men in the prime of their lives, were coming through the door already cyanotic, with blue lips and fingertips.” WHEN THE WORLD STOOD STILL is a gripping hf account of the 1918 flu epidemic. It’s based on a true story featuring nurse trainee Emily Burdon, 20, at St. Marylebone Infirmary in London. As WWI nears its end, the hospital is jammed with injured soldiers, and soon, flu overwhelms them all. Author Kate Eastham’s elegant descriptive style takes us right there beside the nurses. “They all flitted around the ward in their whites, only identifiable by hair colour and eyes above the mask – like ghostly warriors in battle against an unseen enemy.” It is a Sisyphean effort, compounded by worry for unheard-from family members at the front and at home. “I’ve never seen anything like this pandemic,” said anesthetist Dr. McKenzie. “Whatever it is, it’s filling patients’ lungs with so much fluid that they’re drowning. We need more time to study but it’s ripping through every city in the world….” Staff succumb just as quickly. “They went down like ninepins,” said the actual infirmary head at the time. Oh how my heart seizes as I read this, so like today’s accounts of COVID. We live near a hospital, hear the scream of ambulances, the constant whir of medical choppers. As I write, I hear sirens now. I read on, seeking hope from the past, knowing the world survived both war and epidemic in 1918. It’s why I love historical fiction — to learn and take solace from what’s gone before us. And it’s why I give WHEN THE WORLD STOOD STILL my highest praise! 5 of 5 Stars Pub Date 22 Feb 2021 Thanks to the author, Bookouture, and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. #WhentheWorldStoodStill #NetGalley

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stina

    I am excited to be taking part in the #BooksOnTour #BlogTour for Kate Eastham's heartbreaking tale set during the Spanish flu WHEN THE WORLD STOOD STILL. How ironic that an historical fiction should take readers back a hundred years to another pandemic that crippled the world over at the end of the Great War. But it wasn't a coincidence that this story was told. In the midst of our own current pandemic, author Kate Eastham (a retired nurse herself) was approached by her editor to write an histori I am excited to be taking part in the #BooksOnTour #BlogTour for Kate Eastham's heartbreaking tale set during the Spanish flu WHEN THE WORLD STOOD STILL. How ironic that an historical fiction should take readers back a hundred years to another pandemic that crippled the world over at the end of the Great War. But it wasn't a coincidence that this story was told. In the midst of our own current pandemic, author Kate Eastham (a retired nurse herself) was approached by her editor to write an historical tale set during the Spanish flu. It would be something readers could well identify with some similarities drawn between the two pandemics, a hundred years apart. The Spanish flu is something I had heard of and was well aware of, but not of just how crippling and deadly the disease was. You could fall ill with a headache and fever in the morning and be dead by tea time. Without the advances of medicine today or a vaccine, the Spanish flu pandemic was far deadlier than COVID and all medical staff could do was nurse them the best they could. Some lived, some didn't. It is estimated that about 500 million people, or one-third of the world's population, became infected with the Spanish flu and the number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide. It was a time WHEN THE WORLD STOOD STILL. “I’ve never seen anything like this pandemic...Whatever it is, it’s filling patients’ lungs with so much fluid that they’re drowning. We need more time to study but it’s ripping through every city in the world….” September 1918: As the Great War nears its end, probationary nurse Emily Burdon has just about completed her training at London's St Marylebone Infirmary alongside her best friend Lucy. While her friend was on the Female Surgical ward, Emily was on the Military ward treating injured soldiers who have returned with war wounds before being fit for discharge. From Lancashire, Emily left her family behind and moved to London to train as a nurse. Her fiance and childhood sweetheart Lewis Dupree went off to war in 1914 and has survived it thus far. He writes regularly and visits her when he has leave although he never returns to their village, which has become a bone of contention between them, as Emily misses her family dreadfully and yearns to visit them. Despite this, Emily loves her work and cannot wait to become a fully qualified nurse. When the hospital is overwhelmed by an incredible number of deadly flu cases, so sudden and so powerful that it can kill in a matter or days or even hours, the nurses face their biggest and deadliest challenge treating the sick as the flu sweeps not only the country but the world. Emily must draw on all her training to help her patients as best she can wearing only a cloth mask for protection herself. But the flu spreads rapidly, discriminating against no one, leaving the hospital short staffed and ill equipped. However, the hospital has always heeded Florence Nightingale's philosophy regarding the importance of strict hygiene and ventilation, as staff wash their hands after every patient and keep the windows open allowing fresh air to sweep through the wards. And now it is more important than ever to heed the late nurse's wisdom. But when Emily's best friend Lucy is taken ill suddenly, she puts all her training to use to nurse her in the hope that she can save her. Then Emily receives word that Lewis has contracted the flu, having already watched many soldiers on the front die from it. He writes from a Dunkirk hospital asking for a bed at St Marylebone where she can nurse him. But Lewis is a changed man. Having survived the entire war and watching his best friend die on the battlefront, will the flu be the death of him? Just days beyond the war's end? And if he survives, will he be the same man Emily fell in love with that went to war four years ago? Emily enlists the help of newly arrived Dr James Cantor, from Prince Edward Island in Canada, to arrange Lewis' transport from Dunkirk to St Marylebone. The two have worked well together since his arrival but the news that Lewis is Emily's fiance comes as something of a shock to James, who is clearly attracted to Emily. She has sworn him to secrecy as nurses are encouraged to give their whole lives to the profession with no room for marriage or motherhood to distract them. So when Lewis arrives on the ward, no one but James knows her secret. But it seems Lewis has a secret of his own. And when Emily uncovers the truth, her whole world will be shaken to its core. It is then that she draws on her strength and the friendship of those around her as she must decide whether her feelings for the man she once loved have changed. But it also means that Emily must now return home to Lancashire. Can Emily survive the changes the pandemic has brought to her life with her heart intact? And when a child at the hospital loses her mother, Emily must make a choice - family or career? It is interesting reading the challenges people faced in WHEN THE WORLD STOOD STILL as they endured a fast moving and deadly pandemic, much like today. There are certain parallels, to be sure, but without the advancement of medicine at the time, no cure and no vaccine, death rates were high. And how ironic to come out of the Great War alive only to be claimed by a deadly flu, in some cases. With only aspirin, poultices, tepid baths and steam treatments to treat patients, the courage and strength of these nurses at the time is to be commended. Many also lost their lives but they also saved those they were treating. I was quickly drawn into the compelling story which I just about read in one sitting. Emily's story is a touching one as it takes us through the pandemic and then from London to Lancashire. It is also interesting to note that people then were made of more stoic stuff than today...as we truly are incredibly lucky to have the luxuries of modern medicine and more that we often take for granted and that were not available to the generations before us. It bears thinking about, how would we live through and survive not only such a life-changing war but an even deadlier pandemic? COVID can be deadly, yes, but there was nothing to treat the Spanish flu - nothing but good nursing. WHEN THE WORLD STOOD STILL is an emotive story of another era, another time, but one not unlike today...despite the some 100 years between us. It is well written, well researched and well developed. I thoroughly enjoyed it and fans of historical fiction will devour it just as I did. My only complaint was that it didn't explore the ending a little further before it concluded. Even so, it was a heartbreaking and heartwarming read with a satisfying end. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I would like to thank #KateEastham, #NetGalley, #Bookouture for an ARC of #WhenTheWorldStoodStill in exchange for an honest review. This review appears on my blog at https://stinathebookaholic.blogspot.com/.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alayne Emmett

    I loved this book, at times it was a bitter sweet read dealing with the Spanish flu after the First World War but, in other ways it made me think how lucky we all are to have the technology and the vaccines these days to help us through our own pandemic. I really enjoyed this book and hope to read more by this author. My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    This story is set at the end of World War I and during the time of the Spanish flu. Emily is the main character and is a nurse in a London hospital. Some of the descriptions of the war injuries were quite graphic and I found myself going a bit green around the gills but it was very well done. I know I'm in the minority here but I just didn't take to Emily at all. A couple of times her stubbornness was mentioned but I thought she was someone who liked her own way and did whatever it took to get This story is set at the end of World War I and during the time of the Spanish flu. Emily is the main character and is a nurse in a London hospital. Some of the descriptions of the war injuries were quite graphic and I found myself going a bit green around the gills but it was very well done. I know I'm in the minority here but I just didn't take to Emily at all. A couple of times her stubbornness was mentioned but I thought she was someone who liked her own way and did whatever it took to get it. She was a Probationer at the start of the book, yet at one stage she was telling one of the doctors what to do and giving orders to a senior nurse. I've read lots of these books and my understanding is that Probationers are the lowest rung of the ladder and there is no way this would be tolerated. Also, at the beginning, the nurse in charge 'has it in for her' and blames her for every small thing that goes wrong. However, this is resolved within a couple of pages and the same nurse is singing her praises. I get annoyed when the heroine of the story is too good to be true and loved and adored by everyone. This is how Emily struck me. So, not a bad story but too syrupy for me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bev Walkling

    This novel is set during a pandemic – the time of the Spanish Flu. Now you might look at this and wonder why would anyone want to read a story set in pandemic times when we are actually ‘living’ through them ourselves? Well, there were several things that drew me to this book. First of all, I’m a retired public health nurse and that made me curious to find out how things have changed over the last 100 years. Kate Eastham is also a retired nurse and was asked if she would go back to work at the b This novel is set during a pandemic – the time of the Spanish Flu. Now you might look at this and wonder why would anyone want to read a story set in pandemic times when we are actually ‘living’ through them ourselves? Well, there were several things that drew me to this book. First of all, I’m a retired public health nurse and that made me curious to find out how things have changed over the last 100 years. Kate Eastham is also a retired nurse and was asked if she would go back to work at the beginning of the pandemic. She was unable to, but when approached decided to write a book- especially in honour of the front line staff who sacrifice so much to care for others even at the expense of their own health. Secondly, my great aunt was a nurse who served overseas in England and France during the First World War. She eventually became ill with the flu herself and was discharged at the end of the war as “medically unfit”. Thirdly, some of my fathers very earliest memories were from the time of the Spanish flu. He wrote my siblings and I a letter in which he talked about seeing long cavalcades of cars taking coffins to the local cemetery for burial. And so…. I started reading. This novel is initially set in London close to wars end. The locale is the St. Marylebone Infirmary (a real place) and our lead character is a young probationary nurse, Emily Burdon, who is only a few weeks away from finishing her probationary term and writing her final exams. At that time, all nurses lived in and that led to lots of camaraderie among staff and almost a sense of family. The hours were long and the patients challenging ranging from soldiers with both injuries and shell-shock to the poorest people of the region. Nursing really was a calling. One was not supposed to be engaged but Emily had a fiancée fighting overseas. Although engaged, one got the feeling that perhaps war had changed Lewis, and maybe their hopes and dreams were leading in different directions. Emily wanted to ultimately live near home and Lewis wanted to stay as far from there as he could given that he had been raised by an abusive father and a mother who had failed to stand up for him. So this was the background into which the flu suddenly made it’s appearance. New staff appeared – a doctor from Prince Edward Island Canada, a nurse who had been working on war service but had to come home for a break. As more and more people became sick, there was very little they could offer beyond basic good nursing care. There were no antibiotics, no internet where doctors could quickly share what they were learning with others. There were poultices to place on the chest, steam to loosen up congestion and sponge baths to bring down a fever, but not a lot else. Some people became sick and died within the short space of a day and they were not always the elderly. Young nurses sickened and died too. But life still went on and emotions developed among staff in spite of the rules. When Lewis becomes sick with the flu and Emily arranges for his admission to her hospital, the story becomes a lot more complicated. You will need to read it to find out all the details. For some there may be triggers in this story – child abuse or having too close an experience with Covid themselves, but personally I was quickly drawn in by the compelling story and very moved at the professionalism displayed by the dedicated nurses and doctors. The war brought in another level of interest for me. Things were way worse then than now and the book is a good reminder that even a flu as bad as they had did eventually fade away (though not without great loss of lives). We are so fortunate that modern medicine has and is making so many rapid strides in learning how to treat Covid 19. Emily Burdon was a strong individual. I think readers – especially women, will enjoy her story. Many thanks to #NetGalley, Bookouture and Kate Eastham for allowing me to read an advance copy of this book which is due to be published February 22nd. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brinley

    I really loved this book. The time of the Spanish Flu is something I know almost nothing about, so I loved getting a small glimpse of it. I think this book does an amazing job of conveying the relationship between nurse and patient. Emily cared so much for every single person she cared for, and I felt her pain when she lost them. I also really loved the friendships between all of the nurses, they felt like a family. The first half of the book was my favorite, but I still really enjoyed the secon I really loved this book. The time of the Spanish Flu is something I know almost nothing about, so I loved getting a small glimpse of it. I think this book does an amazing job of conveying the relationship between nurse and patient. Emily cared so much for every single person she cared for, and I felt her pain when she lost them. I also really loved the friendships between all of the nurses, they felt like a family. The first half of the book was my favorite, but I still really enjoyed the second half. I felt like the book went downhill as soon as Lewis was introduced. I didn't buy the twist surrounding him, which was a shame. I also wish his character had been handled a bit more delicately. (view spoiler)[ When he returned from the war, I was super happy to see that his trauma was mentioned. However, I wish it had been explored a bit more, and not just a reason to make James Emily's new love interest. I understand that Lewis wasn't the same person after the war, but I would've loved to see a bit more of his character. (hide spoiler)] I was craving historical fiction, so I picked this book up, and it didn't disappoint! The characters felt real, and the situation was heartbreakingly realistic. If you're a fan of historical books, I'd definitely recommend this! Thanks to Netgalley and Kate Eastham for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shirley McAllister

    The Spanish Flu Epidemic The time is 1918, the place is London just as WWI is ending. Emily is training as a nurse , her fiancée Lewis is still fighting in the war. The hospital is full with injured soldiers when all of a sudden it is overwhelmed with an incredible number of flu cases. These are not just any flu but a new more powerful flu called the Spanish flu. People are taking sick and dying in a few short days. The staff fights to save as many as they can. The Spanish flu is taking not the old The Spanish Flu Epidemic The time is 1918, the place is London just as WWI is ending. Emily is training as a nurse , her fiancée Lewis is still fighting in the war. The hospital is full with injured soldiers when all of a sudden it is overwhelmed with an incredible number of flu cases. These are not just any flu but a new more powerful flu called the Spanish flu. People are taking sick and dying in a few short days. The staff fights to save as many as they can. The Spanish flu is taking not the old nor the young but the young strong people at the prime of their life. Some of the nurses catch it and some do not recover. A new Canadian doctor James comes to work at the hospital and Emily and James are attracted to each other, but Emily has a fiancée. Then Emily’s fiancée Lewis is transferred to the hospital ill with the Spanish flu. Life changes for Emily after she finds out the secret that Lewis has hidden from her. This book is a heartbreaking story of the Spanish flu and the medical personnel that had to deal with life and death at this time in history. Modern drugs were not in existence and would have no influence on the flu anyway. They used aspirin, poultices, tepid baths and steam treatments to help the victims. It is also a story of the soldiers returning from war different than when they left to people and events that are different than what they remember. Tales of broken romances and of new beginnings. Life is always changing and changing with it is sometimes one’s toughest challenge. I loved the historical content, it was particularly pertinent in this time of the COVID flu epidemic we are currently experiencing. I also loved the characters. It kept me reading until the end. I loved the ending it was perfect. I would recommend this book. Thanks to Kate Eastham, Bookouture, and NetGalley for allowing me to read a copy for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    What a timely book this is! Emily is a young nurse during the end of World War I in England. She is engaged to a soldier, James, who is struggling with PTSD. Emily and her fellow nurses are working hard dealing with injuries caused by the war when in comes an even more powerful enemy, the Spanish flu. I chose to read this book even amidst our current pandemic to think about the many lessons that we can learn from history. The care and compassion that health care workers have, in spite of the dang What a timely book this is! Emily is a young nurse during the end of World War I in England. She is engaged to a soldier, James, who is struggling with PTSD. Emily and her fellow nurses are working hard dealing with injuries caused by the war when in comes an even more powerful enemy, the Spanish flu. I chose to read this book even amidst our current pandemic to think about the many lessons that we can learn from history. The care and compassion that health care workers have, in spite of the danger to themselves is so remarkable. The ability to keep going after facing a horrible war and the threat of a deadly illness is so inspiring. There are many lessons that I learned. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the arc. The opinions are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura Nelson (Tangents and Tissues)

    Do you ever question your sanity? Don’t look at me like that! I pinkie promise I do have a point. Admittedly, it may take a few sentences (aka word vomit) to get there but I usually do... *shrugs* Back to my original question about sanity. I do – frequently *rolls eyes*. Most especially when it comes to picking books which I know will eviscerate me emotionally. I mean it’s a universally known fact that I blub at the least little thing. I’m *that* person who starts sobbing before Andy even pulls u Do you ever question your sanity? Don’t look at me like that! I pinkie promise I do have a point. Admittedly, it may take a few sentences (aka word vomit) to get there but I usually do... *shrugs* Back to my original question about sanity. I do – frequently *rolls eyes*. Most especially when it comes to picking books which I know will eviscerate me emotionally. I mean it’s a universally known fact that I blub at the least little thing. I’m *that* person who starts sobbing before Andy even pulls up outside Bonnie’s house in Toy Story 3 for goodness’ sake *shrugs*. Not only that, but I also have previous with this author. I know how emotive her writing can be and that her stories and characters linger long after I’ve finished (in a good/affecting way). Then add to this the fact that we’re living through our own pandemic, that I care for The Mommy who has COPD, and I’m willingly going to read a book about WWI and the Spanish Flu pandemic. *nods* Agreed! I do need my head read. However, do you want to know something? I loved it! Did I cry? Pfft! What do you think? Multiple times. I actually wondered where the stopcock valve for my tear ducts was located at one point. I loved Emily. Her heart, her loyalty, her grit, and determination to do the right thing! I was right there with her in the thick of it. I loved other characters as well, but we don’t do spoilers here *shakes head*. Suffice it to say my heart skipped a beat at the end and I had my ‘aww’ face on. *whispers* There was also one character that I wanted to string up by their unmentionables but least said about that the better – harrumph. If you love historical fiction with depth, heart, and unforgettable characters then WtWSS is a must-read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This is a story set in 1918 following Emily who is trainee nurse. It's hard not to compare what is going on in the real world with Covid with what happened back then with the Spanish Flu. Seeing people becoming ill suddenly of which so many lose their lives. The hospital that Emily works at is pushed to the limits with the staff going above and beyond in trying to treat not just flu patients but people that have been injured through the war also. I couldn't help but get caught up in Emily's world This is a story set in 1918 following Emily who is trainee nurse. It's hard not to compare what is going on in the real world with Covid with what happened back then with the Spanish Flu. Seeing people becoming ill suddenly of which so many lose their lives. The hospital that Emily works at is pushed to the limits with the staff going above and beyond in trying to treat not just flu patients but people that have been injured through the war also. I couldn't help but get caught up in Emily's world and found some parts more than emotional. Some even heart breaking. It's not just what is going on in the wards but also Emily's personal life that makes for a riveting read. I liked the blend of friendship and romance within the story and Emily was a wonderful character that I enjoyed getting to know. When the World Stood Still really is an iconic read. I mean who would have imagined that something that happened just over a century ago, would be affecting us in today's world? Seeing what has been happening in hospitals through the news in present day, whilst this story is fiction, the Spanish Flu was very much real and how they dealt with it in those days, is just as present in the here and now. You can tell the author has a medical background as this comes across throughout the story but not in away where the reader is baffled with medical jargon. It adds a real authenticity about it and I loved the different relationships between the staff that pulls on the heart strings. I so enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more by the author.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lu

    A tale of bravery and grief during the Spanish Flu pandemic When The World Stood Still tells the story of a nurse working in a London hospital military ward throughout the Spanish Flu pandemic. During WWI, Emily and her friend Lucy left the country to become nurses in London. As the war was coming to a close and the wards were finally emptying of injured soldiers, a severe flu pandemic hit, bringing devastating consequences. As people died around her and other nurses fell ill, Emily's courage to k A tale of bravery and grief during the Spanish Flu pandemic When The World Stood Still tells the story of a nurse working in a London hospital military ward throughout the Spanish Flu pandemic. During WWI, Emily and her friend Lucy left the country to become nurses in London. As the war was coming to a close and the wards were finally emptying of injured soldiers, a severe flu pandemic hit, bringing devastating consequences. As people died around her and other nurses fell ill, Emily's courage to keep attending to the patients was very inspiring. Several scenes in the book resemble our current COVID situation, from the helplessness of the population to the risks taken by the first-responders and hospital workers. The story is heart-wrenching with plenty of death and grief, but it is also inspiring as it brings hope for a better future even after such a catastrophic pandemic. There is a love triangle of sorts in the background that helps to soften the narrative's seriousness a little. There is also a much-needed happy ending. When the World Stood Still is an emotional tale about strength, perseverance, and kindness in times of trouble. Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. *For more reviews, book art, and book-related articles, please visit https://lureviewsbooks.com *

  13. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    When the Earth Stood Still is by Katie Eastham. This is a novel about the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918. This flu began with the soldiers fighting WWII in Europe and at the end of the war spread across the glove as men returned home from the war. No known medication had much of an effect on the victims. The story begins at St. Marylebone Infirmary in London. The war is winding down although they are not aware of that at this time. The book has been well researched and it is great. Emily Burdon wo When the Earth Stood Still is by Katie Eastham. This is a novel about the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918. This flu began with the soldiers fighting WWII in Europe and at the end of the war spread across the glove as men returned home from the war. No known medication had much of an effect on the victims. The story begins at St. Marylebone Infirmary in London. The war is winding down although they are not aware of that at this time. The book has been well researched and it is great. Emily Burdon works at the hospital with her friend Lucy. On their first day in London, the two girls were both from the country and it was their first time away from home in the city. They now had only a few months left and they would be graduates and full-time nurses. Emily couldn’t wait for hat time to come and Lucy had heard they wee to be granted their titles without having to dot he last weeks of their classwork and no party. This day, they were to have a new nurse take her place as well as a new doctor. They met Dr. James Condor in the hallway before lunch. He was trying to get into the mess room as they were heading to check in. Emily met Sister Alma Adams when Alma was looking for the nurses check in. It would be her first placement in England as she was from the US. Emily has a secret only Lucy knows. Emily is engaged to a soldier from her hometown. The head Sister didn’t think women should be married and a soldier, that they interfered with the nurse’s dedication and the hospital should be first. Louis Dupree was stationed overseas so he didn’t interfere in her concentration. Then, she gets a letter that Lewis is down with the flu but is coming home. She gets Dr. James Condor to get him transferred to her hospital. One day she goes to see him and finds a woman there who claims to be his fiancé. She is accompanied by a little girl who needs no introduction as his daughter. Now what is Emil going to do?

  14. 5 out of 5

    The Book Gawdess

    I received a free advance readers' copy and am leaving this review voluntarily... When The World Stood Still focuses on the story of Nurse Emily Burdon, a World War I nurse who finds herself and along with the rest of her co-workers fighting the deadly Spanish Flu. The story begins with her still training as a probationer at St Marylebone Infirmary who's learning on the job. Her primary patients are wounded soldiers from the war as well as the poorhouses surrounding the hospital. She wants two th I received a free advance readers' copy and am leaving this review voluntarily... When The World Stood Still focuses on the story of Nurse Emily Burdon, a World War I nurse who finds herself and along with the rest of her co-workers fighting the deadly Spanish Flu. The story begins with her still training as a probationer at St Marylebone Infirmary who's learning on the job. Her primary patients are wounded soldiers from the war as well as the poorhouses surrounding the hospital. She wants two things more than anything: the war to end and for her fiancé and childhood sweetheart, Lewis to come back safely to her. Dr James Cantor enters the hospital all the way from Canada and they find common ground in the passion they both share for their work. The war ends and Lewis is on his way home. However, he also gets the deadly flu. Nurse Burdon finds herself wondering if she'd escape this epidemic intact... The similarities between the Spanish Flu and COVID-19 were very obvious throughout this book. I think that's why this book had such an impact on me. Even though this story was based on events of over 100 years ago, I could understand the raw panic felt because it was the same way I felt when the COVID-19 pandemic first started. There was a plot twist which I did not expect but it made the story even better in my opinion. It showed the inner strength Nurse Burdon had even when faced with so much tragedy. As you can tell, she was my favorite character and perfect for being the leading character. I definitely would love to read more books by this author. This book does not have much sexual content other than kissing. However, due to some adult themes and disturbing events, this book should be read by teenagers or adults.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kendra Choy

    Emily is a young nurse in London 1918, who works at an overcrowded, understaffed infirmary, when the Spanish Flu hits hard. The staff are then faced with the challenge of not only caring for sick patients, but also loved ones and colleagues as the epidemic grows with each passing day. Emily continues to battle as she cares for the sick and also tries to guard her heart against the growing heartbreak of losing those she loves. Like so many other readers I couldn't help but think "the Spanish Flu, Emily is a young nurse in London 1918, who works at an overcrowded, understaffed infirmary, when the Spanish Flu hits hard. The staff are then faced with the challenge of not only caring for sick patients, but also loved ones and colleagues as the epidemic grows with each passing day. Emily continues to battle as she cares for the sick and also tries to guard her heart against the growing heartbreak of losing those she loves. Like so many other readers I couldn't help but think "the Spanish Flu, huh? I don't really know anything about it and have never read a book about it." But, also like so many other readers, was drawn in by how relevant this story was in our current time with our pandemic. So many times we don't think of how effected the workers on the front line are, especially when we don't feel well ourselves, and it can be so easy to dehumanize them, but this story was so relevant that I think it made it that much more of a draw because we can all relate. This was my first book by Kate Eastham and I can't wait to read more of her books. Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion and review

  16. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    This was an emotional read. Emily loves being a nurse and being able to help people. This is set during World War I with injured soldiers in the hospital and a pandemic of the Spanish Flu. This book caught me from the start and held on until the end. The relationship between nurse and patient is shown amazingly here. Loved it!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    When the World Stood Still by Kate Eastham is a wonderful WWI era historical fiction novel that kept me engaged from beginning to end. This novel takes place in London during WWI and just while the English citizens think things cannot become any more dire, the epidemic that would become the Spanish Flu sweeps through the nation. This is a great account of what the average citizen and healthcare worker had to deal with during this volatile time. It was fascinating to see the medical landscape evolv When the World Stood Still by Kate Eastham is a wonderful WWI era historical fiction novel that kept me engaged from beginning to end. This novel takes place in London during WWI and just while the English citizens think things cannot become any more dire, the epidemic that would become the Spanish Flu sweeps through the nation. This is a great account of what the average citizen and healthcare worker had to deal with during this volatile time. It was fascinating to see the medical landscape evolve and change as new practices regarding epidemiology and infectious disease are evaluated, tested, implemented, and accepted. There was plenty of action, suspense, high stakes, a few surprises, and a little romance to help add complexity and depth to the story. I enjoyed reading about Emily Burdon and her personal and professional experiences within the book. As a nurse, she was thrust into the middle of so much, and experienced the same. I really enjoyed the relationships and secondary characters as well, but I really liked Emily. Passionate, strong, imperfect, like able, and realistic seems to fit the bill when describing her, and I really enjoyed reading her story. I also enjoyed the Author's Note of historical interest at the end of the book as well. It really added to the background of the story. A great read. 5/5 stars Thank you NG and Bookouture for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication on 2/22/21.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chrysta

    I absolutely loved this story. Emily was such a sweet character who you couldn’t help but love. From her daily struggles as a wartime nurse to having to deal with the Spanish flu pandemic you could see the parallel to nurses today. The biggest loop was with the return of her fiancé Lewis and the surprises that come with him. It was very difficult at times to put this book down and I felt it ended way to quickly I definitely wanted to read more about Emily. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  19. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    When the World Stood Still by Kate Eastham is a heartbreaking story centered around the Spanish Flu of 1918. During World War I, Emily Burdon is doing her bit to help during the war while her fiance is off fighting in the trenches. She is a Probationary nurse at St Marylebone Infirmary in London tasked with helping wounded soldiers hurt in the war. Beds were quickly filling up and not only from the wounded, but from a flu-like virus that was killing people quickly. These people were in the prime When the World Stood Still by Kate Eastham is a heartbreaking story centered around the Spanish Flu of 1918. During World War I, Emily Burdon is doing her bit to help during the war while her fiance is off fighting in the trenches. She is a Probationary nurse at St Marylebone Infirmary in London tasked with helping wounded soldiers hurt in the war. Beds were quickly filling up and not only from the wounded, but from a flu-like virus that was killing people quickly. These people were in the prime of their lives and this flu is like nothing they have ever seen before. But, when her fiance catches this deadly virus, will Emily be able to save him? This story really made me think, especially now, about everything going on around the world during Covid times. This story is just emotional to read and really made me think about our frontline workers - the nurses and doctors who put themselves at risk fighting through this pandemic putting themselves in harms way. The Spanish Flu was over 100 years ago and caused such devastation throughout the world. Eastham really did such a great job of capturing the essence of this and it is relatable as we go through our own pandemic and the loss of lives from it. I really loved Emily. She is such a compassionate person and a wonderful nurse and I loved seeing her grow throughout the story. Her story is not an easy one and she definitely lost a lot of her innocence caring for wounded soldiers along with people dying from the Spanish Flu. As we read, we watch Emily grow into her own and become a fantastic caring nurse more concerned with people than herself. I highly recommend reading When the World Stood Still. It is an emotional story full of heart, love, and even in parts the unknown. Such a fantastic read!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    A heart-wrenching read that depicts life for a nurse during the pandemic of 1918. Especially given the current state of the world, this book is poignant and hits close to home. Conveys the exhaustion and the terror, but also the support that gets people through. Emily is almost done her training and is finally going to be a nurse at St Marylebone Infirmary. Her passion for nursing, her belief in her colleagues, and her strength is tested as the Spanish flu hits: a deadly pandemic that overwhelms A heart-wrenching read that depicts life for a nurse during the pandemic of 1918. Especially given the current state of the world, this book is poignant and hits close to home. Conveys the exhaustion and the terror, but also the support that gets people through. Emily is almost done her training and is finally going to be a nurse at St Marylebone Infirmary. Her passion for nursing, her belief in her colleagues, and her strength is tested as the Spanish flu hits: a deadly pandemic that overwhelms hospitals and does not have proper treatments. The flu not only affecting strangers, but her friends and family too. Throughout this, we get to know Emily's friends and a handsome new doctor as they all struggle to keep going right on the heals of WWI, I found the story viscerally moving, you cannot help but root for Emily and her friends, and think about the current state of hospitals in this pandemic - 102 years after the Spanish Flu. I loved the passion for nursing, the descriptions of the wards and the care, but found there is an abrupt change partway through the story that felt distanced from the action and a sudden ending that left me feeling a bit detached. I think this is definitely a book I want to reread after we get though COVID - right now it was just too close to home for me. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are all my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Courtney | Novel Maven

    Trigger warnings: war, pandemic, returned soldiers mentally struggling Emily Burdon is a nurse-in-training in London during the end of World War I. She is tending to soldiers and finishing nursing school in 1918 when people begin to die due to the Spanish flu. Her best friend is fellow nurse Lucy, and a new American nurse named Alma is a new potential friend for Emily. The dialogue between the nurses is conversational and feels more real than grammatically structured dialogue. All the nurses are c Trigger warnings: war, pandemic, returned soldiers mentally struggling Emily Burdon is a nurse-in-training in London during the end of World War I. She is tending to soldiers and finishing nursing school in 1918 when people begin to die due to the Spanish flu. Her best friend is fellow nurse Lucy, and a new American nurse named Alma is a new potential friend for Emily. The dialogue between the nurses is conversational and feels more real than grammatically structured dialogue. All the nurses are charmed by the Canadian Dr. James Cantor, who works closely with Emily in a few dire cases. There is a huge will-they-or-won't-they vibe in Emily and James' story, but their potential relationship isn't the main focus of the novel. When Emily's fiancé returns from the front, he shocks her with the changes in his personality and the secrets he's keeping from her. Emily must face her issues head-on and decide if her feelings for the man have changed. While Emily has a career as a nurse, she longs to have a family. She knows that marriage will end her career, as nurses at her religious hospital are single women. When a child at the hospital loses its mother, Emily must make her choice -- family or career? Recommended for fans of historical fiction and those looking for a pandemic novel. I received an electronic galley copy of this title from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Read the review here: https://guenevol.wixsite.com/novelmav...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    So I read this in one day. I just couldn't put it down (to the point where I was reading by booklight at 1:30am on a work night). It's not the edge-of-your-seat thriller that usually grabs my attention. Instead it was just so...relatable. As a nurse during WWI, Emily has seen just about everything come through the hospital doors. Or so she thinks. It doesn't take long for the staff to realize the fever that has been spreading throughout the city is more than just your average flu. The young and So I read this in one day. I just couldn't put it down (to the point where I was reading by booklight at 1:30am on a work night). It's not the edge-of-your-seat thriller that usually grabs my attention. Instead it was just so...relatable. As a nurse during WWI, Emily has seen just about everything come through the hospital doors. Or so she thinks. It doesn't take long for the staff to realize the fever that has been spreading throughout the city is more than just your average flu. The young and healthy are dying almost as soon as they are diagnosed. Once the symptoms set in, there's not much that can be done beyond comforting the victims. Fear and confusion are left in its wake. Sound familiar? There are so many overlaps between the Spanish flu Emily and her colleagues battle in this novel and our own epidemic. It was almost therapeutic to be reminded that the world has suffered and survived something like this before. "No one would have wished for a pandemic, but the good, the unexpected light, that rose to the surface could feel humbling" (Chapter 6) Kate Eastham outlines the fear and the precautions people must take, but also highlights the human component; the people who come together in one of the darkest times to help one another to cope and to heal, the kindness displayed by strangers. It's a story of friendship, of love, of loss and of discovering your own inner strength. #NetGalley

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sheri P

    I enjoyed aspects of this book. The character Emily is endearing and the workings of the hospital setting was fascinating. Given the current pandemic, I felt some of the references to the Spanish flu outbreak were written intentionally to mirror the current pandemic, so it was hard to know if those things were truly how someone would have felt during that time period. It just felt forced. An enjoyable read, but not a favorite.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    Really heartbreaking story of life during the First World War. Emily works to help her patients as she awaits her boyfriend Lewis to return from war. Then they are hit with the Spanish flu. A Canadian doctor arrives on the scene. Will things get better for Emily?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Monica Mac

    Considering we are in the middle of a Pandemic, much like the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1919, it is interesting reading this book, which is set during that time. There are certain parallels, to be sure! However, in 1918, people were at the tail end of WWI and things were much more primitive then in terms of medicines, which made things much harder for them, versus us now. I can't even imagine trying to recover from a major war and all that entails, PLUS tackling a flu that wipes out millions Considering we are in the middle of a Pandemic, much like the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1919, it is interesting reading this book, which is set during that time. There are certain parallels, to be sure! However, in 1918, people were at the tail end of WWI and things were much more primitive then in terms of medicines, which made things much harder for them, versus us now. I can't even imagine trying to recover from a major war and all that entails, PLUS tackling a flu that wipes out millions of people, and it was particularly devastating that it targetted young, fit people. Young Emily is working as a nursing probationer in her final year before becoming a trained nurse. She is secretly engaged to Lewis, who is serving in France. This story talks about her work, her friendships and the impact that war had on returning soldier's minds and bodies, as well as the impact of the Spanish flu. I thought this was an interesting book from the Spanish flu point of view, and a little bit from the Emily and her private life, point of view. I think a little more depth with the latter would have been great so I am giving this book 4 stars. I didn't really feel the romantic vibes between Emily and James, sorry about that. Little Jane sounded delightful though :) And I also liked Emily's family. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture.

  26. 4 out of 5

    theliterateleprechaun

    All through the war, the nurses of London’s St. Marylebone Infirmary have stood strong, but they are about to be tested like never before when a deadly flu sweeps the country. Emily Burdon has recently trained as a nurse, getting practical learning tending to the soldiers who’ve returned from war as well as the patients from the crowded London poorhouses. When patients in the hospital contract the flu in late September 1918, Emily’s faith and courage are put to the test. It spreads rapidly, leav All through the war, the nurses of London’s St. Marylebone Infirmary have stood strong, but they are about to be tested like never before when a deadly flu sweeps the country. Emily Burdon has recently trained as a nurse, getting practical learning tending to the soldiers who’ve returned from war as well as the patients from the crowded London poorhouses. When patients in the hospital contract the flu in late September 1918, Emily’s faith and courage are put to the test. It spreads rapidly, leaving the hospital staff shorthanded and ill-equipped. In an effort to curb the transmission, they adopt Florence Nightengale’s philosophy regarding the importance of strict hygiene and ventilation. Sound familiar? Emily’s fiancé, Sargent Lewis Dupree, watches his best friend die on the battle front from the flu before contracting it himself. He suffers in a Dunkirk hospital as the war ends. Having survived the war, will the flu be the cause of his death just days before the war ends? Doctor James Cantor is sent from Prince Edward Island to help the understaffed hospital cope with the pandemic. Tall, gorgeous and clearly attracted to Emily, he brings tension to the hospital. Can Emily survive the changes the pandemic has brought to her life? Can she do it with her heart intact? This heartbreaking historical novel based on the Spanish Flu epidemic is emotional and unforgettable. The first quarter of the book is a slow simmer as the author sets the scene, but by the midpoint in the story, you’ll be glad you stuck with it. There are plot twists, deaths, and romance, mixed in with heartwarming moments and shattering heartbreak as well as reminders of those before us who wore masks, washed hands, sanitized, and social distanced. Central to the theme of this novel are the important threads of love, care and life and how the pandemic brings to light that these threads are the only things that matter. The author has a fantastic write up about her research on the Spanish Flu at the end of her novel. There are many similarities that give us comfort that we are not alone in our Covid-19 fight and make us thankful for progress in the medical field since then that have reduced the number of deaths. Thank you to Kate Eastham, Bookouture and NetGalley for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brittany (Britt's Book Blurbs)

    Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided. I picked When the World Stood Still up, planning to read a couple chapters before bed. Over two hours later I finished it, incredibly happy despite the very little sleep I was going to get before work this morning. I certainly was not expecting how quickly I would be absorbed into this story and I would have gladly forfeited more sleep to follow Emily for longer. Emily is Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided. I picked When the World Stood Still up, planning to read a couple chapters before bed. Over two hours later I finished it, incredibly happy despite the very little sleep I was going to get before work this morning. I certainly was not expecting how quickly I would be absorbed into this story and I would have gladly forfeited more sleep to follow Emily for longer. Emily is an incredibly likable character. She's young and relatively carefree for someone working as a nurse during WWI while her fiancé is fighting. Persistent and hardworking, she is incredibly intelligent and kind. Emily's family is supportive and she's developed friendships with her fellow nurses. Suddenly, with the end of the war seemingly closer every day, the influx of flu patients rises, their symptoms more severe, and more and more people are dying at what feels like an impossible rate. These days, any pandemic stories are going to hit differently. I loved that while the subject matter was dark, the stakes were high, and the losses were real and painful, the narrative kept moving. There was no time to sit and wallow, Emily had to keep working so we had to keep moving. So much happened in just over 200 pages it seems incredible looking back. I felt connected to the characters and they by no means felt shallow, but there were a few plot points tidied up a little too quickly and definitely too easily to be entirely believable. It also feels there were a few paths hinted at but not fully explored. For example, Alma's seemingly fluctuating feelings towards Emily were never quite explained. For someone who had a POV chapter early on and looked to be a central character, Alma felt a little brushed off and forgotten somewhere in there. And I would have loved more James. He had the potential to be great, there just wasn't enough. Above everyone else, I think Lewis deserved more time and information. Whether through more interactions with the nurses or Emily's family, or even more POV chapters, I needed more justification for his actions and the choices he made both throughout the war and after. All in all, a captivating read with a beautiful story. Maybe slightly underdeveloped, a little too fast-paced, but well worth a read. Blog | Bookstagram | Reddit | Twitter

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laura Bass

    “When the World Stood Still” is a riveting story of the 1918 flu pandemic in London, and timely as we battle our own pandemic. Nurse Emily Burdon is originally from a small village and is now working as a nurse probationer in London, on the front lines of the Spanish flu epidemic. The book gives us a window into the experience of front line workers as well as into Emily’s personal life. In the midst of battling the uncertainty of war and pandemic, she wonders if she can give up nursing for the li “When the World Stood Still” is a riveting story of the 1918 flu pandemic in London, and timely as we battle our own pandemic. Nurse Emily Burdon is originally from a small village and is now working as a nurse probationer in London, on the front lines of the Spanish flu epidemic. The book gives us a window into the experience of front line workers as well as into Emily’s personal life. In the midst of battling the uncertainty of war and pandemic, she wonders if she can give up nursing for the life she has always dreamed of with her fiancé, away at war. This novel does a wonderful job of showing us the world of St. Marylebone Infirmary in London in 1918 while chronicling Emily’s personal struggles. Emily is a strong and relatable character, and the struggles of the nurses and doctors on the front lines of the Spanish flu pandemic are both heartbreaking and informative—finding the similarities between that pandemic and the Covid-19 pandemic makes this book hit close to home, but also provides hope, knowing that pandemic eventually faded and the world no longer stood still. WWII books typically dominate my historical fiction reads, but this book left me wanting to know more about the world of WWI and the Spanish Flu. I really appreciated this book and have found myself thinking about Emily even after I read the last page. Thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture, and the author for an ARC. All opinions are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julissa Vela

    Moving and heartbreaking novel! This book gives us the story of the Spanish Flu, that pandemic that we knew almost nothing about until a new world wide pandemic shattered our lives on 2020. We see into the lives of a group of brave nurses at the end of World War I, and how suddenly their flu patients start to surpass the wounded soldiers. The author gives you everything with this story, she gives you strong beautiful characters, historical accuracy, plot twists and a little bit of romance. You wi Moving and heartbreaking novel! This book gives us the story of the Spanish Flu, that pandemic that we knew almost nothing about until a new world wide pandemic shattered our lives on 2020. We see into the lives of a group of brave nurses at the end of World War I, and how suddenly their flu patients start to surpass the wounded soldiers. The author gives you everything with this story, she gives you strong beautiful characters, historical accuracy, plot twists and a little bit of romance. You will find yourself right there with Emily on the ward, trying to calm a shell shocked soldier, learning from the new doctor, praying for her friend, worried for her deployed fiancé, and fearing for her life while wanting to give her all for her patients. The narration is beautiful and dialogues are very relatable. It is very difficult not to think of the nurses during the current pandemic when you are reading this book, as you come to understand the risks and fears of those whose job is to save your life.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    The dramatic and fast paced life of a nurse fighting to save lives of those injured in WW1 and also the Spanish Flu. This story is Emily’s. Emily loves her job helping others, but finds herself in her own battle when her job comes with so much heartbreak, fighting to save the lives of both her best friend and her fiancé. I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and suspenseful. It is easy to see the similarities between how life was in 1918, and during our recent pandemic. It gives you a The dramatic and fast paced life of a nurse fighting to save lives of those injured in WW1 and also the Spanish Flu. This story is Emily’s. Emily loves her job helping others, but finds herself in her own battle when her job comes with so much heartbreak, fighting to save the lives of both her best friend and her fiancé. I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and suspenseful. It is easy to see the similarities between how life was in 1918, and during our recent pandemic. It gives you a new appreciation for what nurses and front line workers are experiencing everyday. Thank you Net Galley and Bookouture for the ARC

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