In 1850s England, orphan Gervase Howard goes to live with an aunt and uncle who are servants on the Wingate estate. Gervase enjoys her place among the staff, but Davis Wingate, the kind and studious heir to the manor, captures her heart. When Davis weds a woman of his social status, Gervase hides her broken heart and heads for London to take a position with Florence Nightingale.
Nursing under Nightingale's direction whisks Gervase into the horrors of the Crimean War. She is a blessing to the soldiersincluding Daviswith her nursing skills and compassionate heart. After the war, Gervase continues her career when an unexpected tragedy lands her at Wingate once more. Can she contend with a jealous wife and risk her heart to save Davis' life?
Strong characters and an exciting plot produce a captivating read. Except for a slight interference at the end, Morris' usual author intrusions are notably and thankfully absent. (Mar., 352 pp., $12.99)
Jill Elizabeth Nelson