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Jo forced herself to look into the cot, but at first all she could see was grey dust from the explosion. Then, a tiny hand poked out through a layer of grit... With tears pouring down her cheeks, she stood rocking and soothing the baby, knowing there was very little chance the child’s mother had survived. England, 1941. After three nights of relentless bombing from German a Jo forced herself to look into the cot, but at first all she could see was grey dust from the explosion. Then, a tiny hand poked out through a layer of grit... With tears pouring down her cheeks, she stood rocking and soothing the baby, knowing there was very little chance the child’s mother had survived. England, 1941. After three nights of relentless bombing from German aircraft, trained nurse Jo Brooks is told to report to the basement theatre of Mill Road Hospital. She goes with a heavy heart, not wanting to leave behind her best friend Moira, who is desperately soothing new mothers on the maternity ward. As Jo arrives safely underground, the ward takes a direct hit. Pulling herself from the rubble, Jo’s first priority must be her patients… but she can’t stop herself frantically searching for Moira. When Jo eventually finds her, buried beneath a foot of bricks and stone, Moira is barely clinging to life. Jo makes a solemn vow: she will do whatever it takes to help the allies win the war, even if it means sacrificing her own safety. But when, in the line of duty, Jo makes the acquaintance of a young American soldier with bright blue eyes and a voice like warm caramel, she feels her heart skip a beat and all her promises are put to the test. Because sacrificing everything in war is so much more difficult when suddenly you have so very much to live for…


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Jo forced herself to look into the cot, but at first all she could see was grey dust from the explosion. Then, a tiny hand poked out through a layer of grit... With tears pouring down her cheeks, she stood rocking and soothing the baby, knowing there was very little chance the child’s mother had survived. England, 1941. After three nights of relentless bombing from German a Jo forced herself to look into the cot, but at first all she could see was grey dust from the explosion. Then, a tiny hand poked out through a layer of grit... With tears pouring down her cheeks, she stood rocking and soothing the baby, knowing there was very little chance the child’s mother had survived. England, 1941. After three nights of relentless bombing from German aircraft, trained nurse Jo Brooks is told to report to the basement theatre of Mill Road Hospital. She goes with a heavy heart, not wanting to leave behind her best friend Moira, who is desperately soothing new mothers on the maternity ward. As Jo arrives safely underground, the ward takes a direct hit. Pulling herself from the rubble, Jo’s first priority must be her patients… but she can’t stop herself frantically searching for Moira. When Jo eventually finds her, buried beneath a foot of bricks and stone, Moira is barely clinging to life. Jo makes a solemn vow: she will do whatever it takes to help the allies win the war, even if it means sacrificing her own safety. But when, in the line of duty, Jo makes the acquaintance of a young American soldier with bright blue eyes and a voice like warm caramel, she feels her heart skip a beat and all her promises are put to the test. Because sacrificing everything in war is so much more difficult when suddenly you have so very much to live for…

30 review for An Angel's Work: Heartbreaking and unputdownable World War 2 historical fiction

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    An Angel’s Work by Kate Eastham is a great World War II novel about two nurses. I loved these characters and was hooked from the first page. I loved waiting to see how this story would unfold. An Angel’s Work is beautifully written. Some of the hospital scenes were so descriptive I cringed because I cannot handle blood. The story is great and the characters are even better. Both of these women are strong and independent. They handle situations differently but always helping people and doing what t An Angel’s Work by Kate Eastham is a great World War II novel about two nurses. I loved these characters and was hooked from the first page. I loved waiting to see how this story would unfold. An Angel’s Work is beautifully written. Some of the hospital scenes were so descriptive I cringed because I cannot handle blood. The story is great and the characters are even better. Both of these women are strong and independent. They handle situations differently but always helping people and doing what they think is best. Mac falls in love quickly days before the bombing while Jo avoids love. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for An Angel’s Work. Full review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a WWII Historical Fiction. I did enjoy this book. The characters where developed, and I loved being with the characters. My biggest problem with this book is parts of this book did not flow very well with the other parts. Some of the characters felt like a small book themselve, and they did not flow with the other character even though they had the same characters in them. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Bookouture) or author (Kate Eastham) via NetGalley in This is a WWII Historical Fiction. I did enjoy this book. The characters where developed, and I loved being with the characters. My biggest problem with this book is parts of this book did not flow very well with the other parts. Some of the characters felt like a small book themselve, and they did not flow with the other character even though they had the same characters in them. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Bookouture) or author (Kate Eastham) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review about how I feel about this book, and I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. (*)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Karren Sandercock

    An Angel’s Work by Kate Eastham follows two nurses careers from working in a civilian hospital in 1941 to being nurses on the front line in France; they arrived in Europe a month after D-Day and are there until the war ends in 1945. Staff nurse Josephine Brooks and staff nurse Moira MacDonald are roommates and they work at the Mill Road Hospital in Liverpool. On the 3rd of May 1941, the hospital had endured three nights of contestant bombing, Jo is working in theater in the basement and Mac is w An Angel’s Work by Kate Eastham follows two nurses careers from working in a civilian hospital in 1941 to being nurses on the front line in France; they arrived in Europe a month after D-Day and are there until the war ends in 1945. Staff nurse Josephine Brooks and staff nurse Moira MacDonald are roommates and they work at the Mill Road Hospital in Liverpool. On the 3rd of May 1941, the hospital had endured three nights of contestant bombing, Jo is working in theater in the basement and Mac is working in the maternity ward. When the hospital takes a direct hit, Mac is injured and after both women go to Jo’s parent’s farm after to recuperate. Jo and Mac decide they want to continue working; nurses are desperately needed in France especially after D-Day and both they sign up. Jo becomes an air ambulance nurse or a flying nightingale; she’s flown across the English Channel in a small plane, returns with her injured patients to England and takes care of them during the flight. Mac works as an army nurse in a field hospital; it’s extremely dangerous, they risk coming under attack and she’s not in one place for long. Patients arrive at the field hospital straight from the front; they are dirty, have horrific wounds, terrible burns, broken bones, in pain and in shock. It’s an interesting story to read, front line nurses had to be highly skilled, cool under pressure, make decisions quickly and they worked in very dangerous locations. The care they provide made a huge difference to the injured and mortally wounded service men they treated. A dying soldier calling out for his mother or wife, the nurses are the last person to give them comfort and care before they pass away. I really enjoyed reading An Angel’s Work, if you’re a fan of historical fiction, WW II, nurses; I highly recommend reading this book, you feel like you are actually in France, the story is very real and you care about what happens to Jo, Mac and their patients. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and I gave the book five stars. https://karrenreadsbooks.blogspot.com/

  4. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Jo was forced to look back into the cot, but at first all she could see was the dust from the expiosion. Then a tiny had popped up. Jo quickly scooped up the child feeling the heat of the child's body against her own. Jo knew there was little chance of the mothers survival. England, 1941: On the 3rd May after three nights of relentless bombing from the Germans, trained nurse Jo Brooks, is told to report to the basement theatre of Mill Road Hospital. She doesn't want to leave her best friend, Moi Jo was forced to look back into the cot, but at first all she could see was the dust from the expiosion. Then a tiny had popped up. Jo quickly scooped up the child feeling the heat of the child's body against her own. Jo knew there was little chance of the mothers survival. England, 1941: On the 3rd May after three nights of relentless bombing from the Germans, trained nurse Jo Brooks, is told to report to the basement theatre of Mill Road Hospital. She doesn't want to leave her best friend, Moira behind. Moira is trying to soothe the new mothers on the maternity ward. Just as Jo reaches the safety of the underground, the maternity ward takes a direct hit. Moira (Mac) is clinging to life when Jo finds her buried in the rubble. Moira has a head wound and she is taken to a near by hospital with Jo and surgeon, Angus Dunbar where Moira gets her head stiched. But she keeps falling into unconsciousness. Moira and Jo hewd to Jo's parents farm to recuperate. Jo and Moira decide to sign up to continue nursing in Frace. Jo becomes an air ambulance nurse, while Moira works in a field hospital. Thisnis an enjoyable historical fiction novel that takes js back to World War II I would like to thank #NetGalley, #Bookouture and the author #KateEastham for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    An Angel’s Work by Kate Eastham gives us a look at the life of nurses during World War II. The point-of-view switches between Josephine “Jo” Brooks and Moira “Mac” MacDonald as well as Don (a love interest for Mac) and sometimes Don’s American friend, Zach. The story contains good writing, and the story moves along at a gentle pace. In the beginning, I felt like I was missing pertinent details regarding our main character. I went online to see if there was a prior book or a prequel that I had mi An Angel’s Work by Kate Eastham gives us a look at the life of nurses during World War II. The point-of-view switches between Josephine “Jo” Brooks and Moira “Mac” MacDonald as well as Don (a love interest for Mac) and sometimes Don’s American friend, Zach. The story contains good writing, and the story moves along at a gentle pace. In the beginning, I felt like I was missing pertinent details regarding our main character. I went online to see if there was a prior book or a prequel that I had missed (there is not). As the story progresses, we get more details on our main characters. I wish the author had taken the time to fully flesh out our ladies as well as give a better introduction to Jo and Mac. The author shows us what nurses endured during the war. It is very realistic and gritty. The descriptions are detailed (make sure you can handle the blood). Some of the scenes are just heartbreaking especially when Jo is in the bombed out hospital. I did feel that the story was a little choppy. Some sections flowed into others and sometimes it did not. I did enjoy the nurses’ interactions with the patients. We can see how dedicated they are to them and their jobs. The nurses had to be strong so they could endure what they saw and handled on a daily basis. These women put their lives on the line to help others. There is some foul language in the book as well as intimate situations. An Angel’s Work will appeal to those who enjoy historical fiction especially stories set during World War II. An Angel’s Work sweeps a reader back in time where bombs are falling, food is rationed, the work is hard yet they hold out hope the end will come soon.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    What a memorable story this is! The stories of world war II and the bravery that was displayed by so many is remarkable to me. The heroics of not only the soldiers but also all of the medical staff thay supported the military is so often overlooked. I thoroughly enjoyed taking flight with Mac and Jo and the soldiers that they tended along the way. Thanks so much to netgalley and the publisher for the copy of the book. The opinions expressed are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stina

    I am excited to be taking part in the #BooksOnTour #BlogTour for Kate Eastham's WW2 historical novel AN ANGEL'S WORK. My first novel by Kate Eastham, AN ANGEL'S WORK follows two nurses throughout their wartime nursing careers from the May Blitz in 1941 right up to the end of the war. I enjoyed getting to know both Jo and Mac and waiting to see how their respective stories would unfold. Liverpool, May 1941: Staff nurse Josephine (Jo) Brooks and staff nurse Moira (Mac) MacDonald are best friends and I am excited to be taking part in the #BooksOnTour #BlogTour for Kate Eastham's WW2 historical novel AN ANGEL'S WORK. My first novel by Kate Eastham, AN ANGEL'S WORK follows two nurses throughout their wartime nursing careers from the May Blitz in 1941 right up to the end of the war. I enjoyed getting to know both Jo and Mac and waiting to see how their respective stories would unfold. Liverpool, May 1941: Staff nurse Josephine (Jo) Brooks and staff nurse Moira (Mac) MacDonald are best friends and roommates working at the civilian Mill Road Hospital. The two women are different in personalities as they are in looks, with Jo dark haired and reserved and Mac the outgoing redhead enjoying life while she can. While both women loved their work they also savoured their time off as well but each time the air raid siren sounded, the nurses would report to Casualty immediately to help tend to the wounded...even if they are not on duty. On one particular night, Mac went out while Jo stayed in reading, and met a dishy aircrew trainee named Don (his surname escapes me just now) who called Mac his "Rita Hayworth" on account of her flaming red hair. The pair enjoyed a passionate encounter leaving Don declaring his love for Mac who felt it was just the adrenaline of being caught up in wartime. On 3rd May, Liverpool had endured three consecutive nights of bombing and Jo was working in the basement theatre whilst Mac was enjoying the new mums and babies in maternity. When the hospital takes a direct hit, Jo and the surgeon are virtually trapped in the basement with their patient until she manages to scramble out a window. Her first thought is of Mac up on the top floor in maternity and she races up there, calling her friend's name. There is nothing but rubble on the maternity ward but Jo does hear the faint cry of a baby, and scrambles through the debris to find the distressed infant, just 1 day old, her mother now dead. She gives the baby to a Sister and continues her search for Mac on the floor below since there was now a gaping hole in the maternity floor. She finds one of their friends dead beside an unconscious Mac who has a head wound. Mac is stretchered out and taken with Jo and surgeon Angus Dunbar to a nearby hospital where he sutures her head wound in the corridor. There doesn't appear to be any other damage which is good news...they just have to wait for Mac to regain consciousness. But when she does, she is dazed and confused and it isn't long before she falls into unconsciousness again. After spending a few days in hospital, the two women head to Jo's family farm to recuperate. But when Don turns up at the farm to see Mac he is upset to discover she has no memory of the days surrounding the bombing...including him. And Mac is incredibly distressed to find a strange man running up to her and encircling her in his arms. However, when her memory does begin to return she decides that what they had was a wartime fling and sends him on his way. But Don will not be swayed, declaring he will come looking for her after the war. The bombing of the hospital and the injuries Mac sustained as a result has lead her to rethink how she would like to help with the war effort. Jo, it seems, has been doing much the same thinking...with neither wishing to return to Liverpool. Jo suggested they join the WAAF and work at the Morecambe Military Hospital but Mac has other plans. She has decided to join the army as a nurse and work at the front. So the two women for the first time go their separate ways - Jo as a flying nightingale with the air ambulance, ferrying injured patients from Europe back to Britain and Mac as an army nurse in a field hospital. Both are extremely dangerous of coming under attack in the air as well as on the ground. The story is told the third person narrative from the alternating perspectives of Jo and Mac, as well as the occasional from Don and even from Don's mate Zach detailing their individual experiences. And despite Mac turning Don away three years before, she still carries a torch for him which she continually tries to suppress. But the moment she hears he is missing in action presumed dead, she goes to pieces. AN ANGEL'S WORK is an engaging read with all the adrenaline of frontline nurses working under pressure often in dangerous locations. It is also a gentle read, an easy read of life during wartime that by the story's end when they announce "The war is over!" even I felt a building of emotion and tears in my eyes. It still has the capacity to touch your heart and make you feel as if you are in the air with Jo and in the field hospital alongside Mac. The story is very real and will leave you with a sense of having lived through it as well. An enjoyable read, I recommend AN ANGEL'S WORK to anyone who enjoys wartime fiction. I would like to thank #KateEastham, #NetGalley and #Bookouture for an ARC of #AnAngelsWork in exchange for an honest review. This review appears on my blog at https://stinathebookaholic.blogspot.com/.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carole Anne

    Completely swept away! 🙌 Kate Eastham appears to be a fairly new writer. She’s been on my Radar since I read her first book in 2018. Miss Nightingale’s Nurses. This book, “An Angel’s Work” is her 5th Book. I recall that I almost gave up on that first book during the opening few chapters writing it off as another B......! Weeping Women, fluffy as hell type book, A characteristic of So many of these War Sagas! But, Hang on, having said that I need to add it’s by no means intellectual either .. it Completely swept away! 🙌 Kate Eastham appears to be a fairly new writer. She’s been on my Radar since I read her first book in 2018. Miss Nightingale’s Nurses. This book, “An Angel’s Work” is her 5th Book. I recall that I almost gave up on that first book during the opening few chapters writing it off as another B......! Weeping Women, fluffy as hell type book, A characteristic of So many of these War Sagas! But, Hang on, having said that I need to add it’s by no means intellectual either .. it’s simply a beautifully written story centred around the bombing of The Mill Road Hospital in London 1941. The injuries and circumstances described need a strong stomach. Kate Eastham nursed returned Soldiers, these are some of the stories she gleaned during their care. I can’t wait to read “When the World Stood Still” 2021.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I have enjoyed every book that I have read by this author and I feel that this story was even better. I really enjoyed my journey with Staff Nurses Josephine Brooks and Moira MacDonald and I warmed to them straight away. Mac, the outgoing of the two, sadly suffered a childhood so unlike Jo's, who grew up in a stable home surrounded by love. I loved that Mac wasn't held back by this, and she strived to help others. I was immediately wrapped up in this story and felt proud of the women, their job I have enjoyed every book that I have read by this author and I feel that this story was even better. I really enjoyed my journey with Staff Nurses Josephine Brooks and Moira MacDonald and I warmed to them straight away. Mac, the outgoing of the two, sadly suffered a childhood so unlike Jo's, who grew up in a stable home surrounded by love. I loved that Mac wasn't held back by this, and she strived to help others. I was immediately wrapped up in this story and felt proud of the women, their job being gruelling, yet rewarding for them. I found the scenes well written, tragic and moving; the pain and the loss all felt so real. I admired the way that Jo helped Mac after the bombing which left her needing months of care after a severe head injury. It wasn't just the physical effects, but the mental too, and it was agonising for Mac. Once back in good health the women continued their nursing duties but with Mac off to be a field nurse and Jo a flying Nightingale. I found this a very entertaining read and liking the two main protagonists made it even more enjoyable as I was rooting for them every step of the way. I wanted them to come home unharmed, and I wanted them to find love, The author has created a wonderful story and the perfect characters to go with it and I was sad to let them go. I didn't expect the ending and it was like adding a cherry onto the top of a beautiful cake - I loved it! Thank you x

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura Nelson (Tangents and Tissues)

    ‘Unputdownable’, they said. Check! ‘Heartbreaking’, they said. Check! *smiles wryly* You know where I’m going with this, don’t you? *nods* I was a flipping wreck reading this book! So much so, when I went to give my mum aka The Mommy (I’ll share the origin story of this nickname one day) a full story debrief at the end she told me to come back when she could understand me. The cheek! *harrumphs* Okay, so maybe I was a tad emotional with weepy puffy eyes and an abundance of snot (too much?!) but I’m s ‘Unputdownable’, they said. Check! ‘Heartbreaking’, they said. Check! *smiles wryly* You know where I’m going with this, don’t you? *nods* I was a flipping wreck reading this book! So much so, when I went to give my mum aka The Mommy (I’ll share the origin story of this nickname one day) a full story debrief at the end she told me to come back when she could understand me. The cheek! *harrumphs* Okay, so maybe I was a tad emotional with weepy puffy eyes and an abundance of snot (too much?!) but I’m sure I was making complete sense... *whistles* Rather than subject you to more of my word vomit (I’m firing on all cylinders today *winks*), if you love stories about WWII filled with love, family, friendship, bravery and sacrifice then I have two words for you – READ. IT!! Jo and Mac are polar opposites personality wise but these two are more than besties. They have experienced sights and sounds we can’t even begin to imagine and have cemented a bond which can never be broken! *wails* I’m going to start crying again. (Get a grip, Laura!) I’ve never read Kate Eastham before, and W-O-W, does she bring this era vividly alive to her readers with her words. I literally felt like I could hear the bombs dropping, the gunfire, *wrinkles nose* smell things I’d rather not and was there shoulder to shoulder with the girls as they faced the best and worst that humanity has to offer. I kept thinking about my grandparents whilst reading this book. Especially my Papa Cook who was only 19 at the outbreak of the war. I just can’t wrap my head around setting off to fight at such a young age, but yet he did. And where would we have been if these men and women hadn’t made a stand?! Also, I saw a little of my papa in Don. He always had a bit of twinkle in his eye, lol. Right, I have bored you all long enough. I’ll just say this as it bears repeating – READ. IT!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Scott

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... I’d never heard of the author before but I’ve read and enjoyed a lot of historical fiction this year and the blurb appealed to me. I had mixed feelings about the book for the first few chapters and wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy the book. Then I sort of fell in love with the characters and their circumstances. I got swept into the drama and my heart went out to Jo and Moira (Mac). Some of the events in the book such as the bombing of Mill Road Hospital a https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... I’d never heard of the author before but I’ve read and enjoyed a lot of historical fiction this year and the blurb appealed to me. I had mixed feelings about the book for the first few chapters and wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy the book. Then I sort of fell in love with the characters and their circumstances. I got swept into the drama and my heart went out to Jo and Moira (Mac). Some of the events in the book such as the bombing of Mill Road Hospital actually happened. I had no idea. The book is well written and engaging but I don’t know how accurate the depiction of real events is. The book focuses on the lives of two nurses, Mac and Jo, both involved in the bombing who go their separate ways and the physical and psychological impact of their experiences. I enjoyed the way the POV bounced back and forth between Jo and Mac, gradually revealing the impact of the bombing and the dangerous jobs they’ve chosen to do in the War. This was well written and very enjoyable.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Matsubu

    Another excellent story I am an Army Vet. I read a lot, I've been to a lot of places and would trade my experiences for nothing! I first joined in 1960 and still have friends that I communicate with frequently. All you have written about, Kate Eastham is so accurate that it's truly believable! Thank you! Another excellent story I am an Army Vet. I read a lot, I've been to a lot of places and would trade my experiences for nothing! I first joined in 1960 and still have friends that I communicate with frequently. All you have written about, Kate Eastham is so accurate that it's truly believable! Thank you!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty Noah-whitlock

    Book Description: Jo forced herself to look into the cot, but at first all she could see was grey dust from the explosion. Then, a tiny hand poked out through a layer of grit. In seconds she had the child scooped up and she could feel its little body warm against her own. She felt an almost painful surge of emotion welling up from the pit of her stomach. With tears pouring down her cheeks, she stood rocking and soothing the baby, knowing there was very little chance the child’s mother had survive Book Description: Jo forced herself to look into the cot, but at first all she could see was grey dust from the explosion. Then, a tiny hand poked out through a layer of grit. In seconds she had the child scooped up and she could feel its little body warm against her own. She felt an almost painful surge of emotion welling up from the pit of her stomach. With tears pouring down her cheeks, she stood rocking and soothing the baby, knowing there was very little chance the child’s mother had survived. England, 1941. After three nights of relentless bombing from German aircraft, trained nurse Jo Brooks is told to report to the basement theatre of Mill Road Hospital. She goes with a heavy heart, not wanting to leave behind her best friend Moira, who is desperately soothing new mothers on the maternity ward. As Jo arrives safely underground, the ward takes a direct hit. Pulling herself from the rubble, Jo’s first priority must be her patients… but she can’t stop herself frantically searching for Moira. When Jo eventually finds her, buried beneath a foot of bricks and stone, Moira is barely clinging to life. Jo makes a solemn vow: she will do whatever it takes to help the allies win the war, even if it means sacrificing her own safety. The opportunity to make good on her promise comes sooner than she expects – nurses are badly needed to evacuate wounded allies across enemy lines. It will be dangerous, heartbreaking work and her life will be at risk every moment, but Jo knows that the moment has come to prove herself at last… A powerfully emotional wartime novel about friendship and love in the most terrible of circumstances. Perfect for fans of Diney Costeloe, Jean Grainger and Soraya M. Lane. BLOG TOUR REVIEW Review for 'An Angel's Work' by Kate Eastham. Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous Publication date 21st October 2020 This is the first book that I have read by this author. I was originally drawn to this book by its beautiful and colourful cover and intriguing sounding blurb. I also wanted to read something other than my usual genre of crime fiction and this book fitted the bill perfectly. I must admit I was also biased due to the publisher being Bookouture. I have yet to read a book published by Bookouture that I haven't enjoyed. Hopefully this won't be the first... Watch this space! (Written before I started reading the book). This novel consists of a prologue and 25 chapters. The chapters are medium in length so possible to read 'just one more chapter' before bed...OK, I know yeah right, but still just in case! This book is set in England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 UK 🇬🇧. I always seem to get on with books that are set in the UK better as I am from Wales and have sometimes visited places mentioned in the book. This book is written in third person perspective and the main protagonists are Jo, Mac, Don, amongst a few others. The positives of books written in third person perspective is that you get to see more of what is going on and what other characters are doing and feeling, building a bigger picture overall. This book is beautifully written from start to finish with descriptions and events that really impact the reader. The settings were perfect for the storyline and I felt as if I was going through everything with the characters. It also shows that the author has obviously done her research so a big congratulations on that as it is really irritating when I read historical novels to find the author has done no research and there's so many obvious errors throughout. The storyline itself is very powerful and will stay with me for a long time. I also believe it will make a beautiful film. I love the fact that although it is set in darker time that's there's many moments of light hearted humour which lifts the atmosphere on occasions while keeping in mind the seriousness of the situation. I love that this book highlights the importance of women's roles during the war as these can be easily forgotten. This book was a true eye opener to some of the horrific things that would have happened during the war. I held my breathe on several occasions with the many close encounters of several kinds and red herrings which u kept falling for time and again all the way up to the end so well done on that trickery Kate Eastham!! All the characters were portrayed perfectly. I love that there are many strong female role models, mainly that of Mac and Jo who have a fantastic relationship which I loved watching grow and bond deeper. Macs character made me laugh on several occasions with her great and huge personality along with her no nonsense attitude. Along with Jo I really enjoyed that they both were very strong, independent and dedicated role models. Overall a powerful, emotional and heart wrenching beautiful novel about friendship, dedication and love during the war. Genres covered in this novel include Historical Fiction among others. I would recommend this book to the fans of the above as well as World War II historical Fiction lovers or anyone looking for an aspiring book to read. 279 pages. This book is 99p to purchase on kindle via Amazon or free on kindle unlimited which I think is an absolute bargain for this book!!! Rated 5/5 (I LOVED it ) on Goodreads, Instagram, Amazon UK and Amazon US and on over 30 Facebook pages plus my blog on Facebook. Feel free to add me on Goodreads or follow me on my website or Facebook for more reviews #AnAngelsWork # #Bookouture #KateEastham #NetGalley #BookReview #BlogTour #BooksOnTour @KateEastham @Bookouture @Bookworm1986 @bookworm86 https://kcmw86.wixsite.com/bookworm86 https://m.facebook.com/Bookworm1986/?... https://m.facebook.com/Bookwork86/?__... Author Bio: A change in circumstance meant Kate Eastham made the shift from a career in nursing to being a carer for her partner. Determined to make the most of this new role ‘working from home’ and inspired by an in-depth study of the origins of nursing, she wrote her first novel at the kitchen table. Miss Nightingale’s Nurses was published by Penguin in 2018, closely followed by three more in the series. With her passion for history, Kate aims to make visible the lives of ordinary yet extraordinary women from the past. Her current historical fiction is set during the World Wars and will be published by Bookouture. https://twitter.com/eastham_kate Buy Links: https://bit.ly/2FtbZFc

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Angel’s Work is by Katie Eastham. This book is set at Mill Road Hospital in Liverpool in and then in Europe beginning at Normandy Beach. The characters are very realistic nurses and their patients during the Blitz and the War. It is very well researched and written. Sister Josephine Brooks (Jo) was assigned to Mill Road Hospital in Liverpool and there she first met Sister Moria MacDonald (Mac). The two became best friends and worked well together in Casualty at the hospital. Mac also worked in t Angel’s Work is by Katie Eastham. This book is set at Mill Road Hospital in Liverpool in and then in Europe beginning at Normandy Beach. The characters are very realistic nurses and their patients during the Blitz and the War. It is very well researched and written. Sister Josephine Brooks (Jo) was assigned to Mill Road Hospital in Liverpool and there she first met Sister Moria MacDonald (Mac). The two became best friends and worked well together in Casualty at the hospital. Mac also worked in the Maternity ward while Jo helped out in Theater. They spent a great deal of time together when not on duty, although Jo preferred quiet time with a book or talking and Mac wanted to go out on the town and meet men. This particular evening, Jo wanted Mac to stay in. For some reason, she felt very nervous about the evening. For once, she got her way and the nurses spent time together talking and trying out makeup on Jo. In the middle of this quiet time, there was an air raid. This sent them immediately into action changing into their uniforms and heading to the hospital. Once the bombs stopped, the hospital would be inundated with wounded civilians. During the bustle, two men entered the hospital looking for Mac. One was her new man, Don, who was training to be part of an aircraft crew, and Zach Taylor, an American pilot flying for the RAF who Don had just met in a bar while waiting for Mac and the air raid to stop. Don wanted to make sure Mac was alright. The men and Jo briefly met until the head Matron sent the men on their way. Mac was thrilled he came to look her up. A few days later, they were once again called out for an air raid. Unfortunately, this time, the hospital was hit. Mac had been in Maternity and her section fell inward several floors. Although dangerous, Jo tried to go up to maternity to find her. After putting herself in great danger, she finally found Mac and got help to get her out. She was hit pretty hard on the head. Jo went with her to another hospital. When Mac finally came to, parts of her memory was washed away. She didn’t remember Don at all which led her to break up with him. The book skips ahead three years and Jo is now with the air ambulance nurses and Mac an army nurse. Neither could bring themselves to go back to hospital work at that time. Now, they were working separately; but kept in touch as much as possible. Don hasn’t given upon Mac and keeps writing her. She has accepted his friendship but nothing else. Will they ever get back together? Will mac regain her memory? Will Jo ever find someone to take care of her?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Beckner

    Heart-wrenching tale of friendship and love for fans of World War II fiction. As an avid reader of historical fiction and someone who is drawn to World War II sagas, I was fascinated by the uniqueness of the perspective. Jo and Mac are nurses in Liverpool in 1941 when the hospital is taken down by bombing while the friends are on duty. The impact of the raid changes the course of the ladies' lives. The imagery of the medical scenes is powerful and transports the reader to the bedside. The nurses Heart-wrenching tale of friendship and love for fans of World War II fiction. As an avid reader of historical fiction and someone who is drawn to World War II sagas, I was fascinated by the uniqueness of the perspective. Jo and Mac are nurses in Liverpool in 1941 when the hospital is taken down by bombing while the friends are on duty. The impact of the raid changes the course of the ladies' lives. The imagery of the medical scenes is powerful and transports the reader to the bedside. The nurses' interactions with the patients and care they provide portray the strength of the nurses and their passion for their patients. Jo and Mac each have a touch of romance in the novel, but the book isn't written as a romance. I would actually have enjoyed having the romance developed more because I always relish in good war romance. The novel also felt a bit choppy as if it were multiple short episodes instead of more thoroughly developing the characters of Jo and Mac. I would recommend this book to fans of war fiction with strong female leads.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julie Davis

    I have been a fan of this author since reading her first book about nurses during the Crimean war and this didn't disappoint. I'm also a huge fan of books that show women working and serving in wartime so this is a double win for me. It is the story of 2 nurses Jo and Mac who are nurses and friends in Liverpool and then join the services to support the war effort Along the way there is heartache and romance and I could have read so much more about Mac's time nursing just behind the front line The I have been a fan of this author since reading her first book about nurses during the Crimean war and this didn't disappoint. I'm also a huge fan of books that show women working and serving in wartime so this is a double win for me. It is the story of 2 nurses Jo and Mac who are nurses and friends in Liverpool and then join the services to support the war effort Along the way there is heartache and romance and I could have read so much more about Mac's time nursing just behind the front line The descriptions of the bomb raids on Liverpool were so wonderfully descriptive that I felt I was there and the authors research is superb. We then move to France and Belgium and the research describing g wounds to tank crews etc. is again superb The scenes and descriptions of the D day beaches etc. were particularly poignant for me as my grandfather landed on D Day plus 1 so would have seen similar distressing sights. A wonderful,emotive book

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    Jo & Mac are great friends. They started their nursing training together & share a room in the nursing home at their Liverpool hospital. Jo is a homebody- happy to snuggle down & read whilt Mac prefers to be out on the town busy breaking hearts as she goes! The bombing raids in Liverpool are relentless & on a night out with Don mac has to rush back when the hospital is hit. After nearly losing her life she goes back to Jo's home to recuperate. Whilst there she decides to leave hospital nursing & Jo & Mac are great friends. They started their nursing training together & share a room in the nursing home at their Liverpool hospital. Jo is a homebody- happy to snuggle down & read whilt Mac prefers to be out on the town busy breaking hearts as she goes! The bombing raids in Liverpool are relentless & on a night out with Don mac has to rush back when the hospital is hit. After nearly losing her life she goes back to Jo's home to recuperate. Whilst there she decides to leave hospital nursing & to go into the Army, whilst Jo goes to an RAF hospital. Flash forward a few years & they are both serving in Europe in their different ways. Will there be a happy ending for them? I hadn't realised this was the same author as the 'Nightingale' series of books which I've read & enjoyed. This was a well researched read with good characters that held the interest. Thanks to Netgalley & the publisher for letting me read & review this book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    J_Mc 251

    Right off the bat, it was apparent that the author knew the subject matter. This time, I learned about what it was like to be a nurse during WWII. The details of the main characters’ scenes in hospital and the various wards were plentiful. I really felt the author’s voice coming through most clearly in the nursing scenes. While I understand that the author had to have a twist for the plot, I’m not exactly sure how I feel about Mac’s injury and subsequent memory loss. It felt a little too contriv Right off the bat, it was apparent that the author knew the subject matter. This time, I learned about what it was like to be a nurse during WWII. The details of the main characters’ scenes in hospital and the various wards were plentiful. I really felt the author’s voice coming through most clearly in the nursing scenes. While I understand that the author had to have a twist for the plot, I’m not exactly sure how I feel about Mac’s injury and subsequent memory loss. It felt a little too contrived to me. The story didn’t always feel linear, it sometimes wandered. That’s not a bad thing, but don’t expect a straight A to B plot. Everything you ever wanted to know about being in nurse in WWII, though. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for a digital ARC of the book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    An Angela’s Work is a wonderful story set during World War Two and it is based on two nurses and their work during this horrendous time. This book was really well written and from the very beginning I was engrossed in this book. There were times I actually felt I was there with them and I could visualise the scenes in my mind as it was so descriptive. Highly recommend.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Polly Krize

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Josephine and Moira are nurses working in Liverpool during WWII. Feeling they could offer more, they volunteer to work in Europe, after D-Day. Both endure horrific and uplifting experiences, told well in this fine example of historical fiction.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Judy G Spivey

    A story of two young nurses and their survival during WW ll. So well written, it pulls you into the story of being g a nurse in the middle of the action of war. Writing my review at 4:30 AM. Just couldn't put it down. Looking g forward to reading more of Kate Eastham books. A story of two young nurses and their survival during WW ll. So well written, it pulls you into the story of being g a nurse in the middle of the action of war. Writing my review at 4:30 AM. Just couldn't put it down. Looking g forward to reading more of Kate Eastham books.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mary Sue Wilson

    Good War Story This is the tale of two Very dedicated British nurses serving during WW2. It is very detailed about their jobs and the tragedies they encountered. It is also about the men they loved.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    I loved this book. I've read loads of books similar to this, but in this one you felt everything they were going through, all the pain, all the emotions. You could literally feel how scared they must've been. I shall look out for other books by this author. I loved this book. I've read loads of books similar to this, but in this one you felt everything they were going through, all the pain, all the emotions. You could literally feel how scared they must've been. I shall look out for other books by this author.

  24. 4 out of 5

    ann betts

    An Angels Work I loved the story about the different areas of wartime nursing during world war two. The Nurses had to be very strong individuals to survive all they were exposed to. But then the English people were as a whole.

  25. 4 out of 5

    marion

    True angels I really enjoyed this book as it was an analogue of the work and bravery of that awful period and the way it was w rd often just submerged union the story taking you along with Mac and Joe and l couldn't put it down True angels I really enjoyed this book as it was an analogue of the work and bravery of that awful period and the way it was w rd often just submerged union the story taking you along with Mac and Joe and l couldn't put it down

  26. 4 out of 5

    Linda McLaren

    No more than average and utterly predictable ending

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karen Jones

    WWII Nurses Very good story of the nurses who cared for those who fought in the war. Very realistic characters and situations faced by these people.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joyce tuffs

    A touching story. The story of nurses during the war a lovely story. Jo and Mac are close friends as well as working closely together.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Supernova

    I wasn’t comfortable with the sexual content.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Elizabeth Jeune

    Review This book was very good and a true testament of friendship that endured everything. The ending was fabulous!!! Loved it!

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