Novels about military nurses are relatively rare. This one is more so, because it's a story about a World War II Canadian military nurse - written within the reticulum of an upper-class Ontario family. Delany's military nurse, Moira, now in her eighties, engages a professional journalist to write her memoirs, and tells the journalist, "I want this to be a story of
the life of one Canadian woman," adding, "it's hard to get women's stories told and once told, heard...."Not only is this a fascinating mystery, but to use Noah Richter's phrase, Delany gives the reader a real "sense of Canadian place..."But in this historical fiction, there is another "sense of place" given: the feeling of being a Canadian military nurse in the UK and some parts of Europe during WW II. Chapters about those experiences and two years of post-war nursing in England are interwoven with those of decades of
life at the cottage...the mystery of the "burden" carried by this WW II nurse makes for utterly fascinating reading.
--Shirley Stinson, Canadian Association for the History of Nursing Newsletter (Fall 2006)