In Falling Snow

Paperback | August 27, 2013

byMary Rose Maccoll

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In Falling Snow opens as Iris Crane, an elderly Australian widow struggling to keep up with daily life, receives a surprise invitation in the mail to a reunion at the ancient abbey of Royaumont, the site of a field hospital north of Paris. In the First World War, Iris served there as a nurse in a hospital run entirely by women, and the invitation opens a flood of memories—about how she came to Europe in 1914 in search of her brother, her work alongside the female doctors and administrators as the wounded soldiers flooded into the hospital, and of the dear friends she made at Royaumont who would change her family’s life forever.

A moving and uplifting novel about the small unsung acts of heroism of which love makes us capable.

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In Falling Snow opens as Iris Crane, an elderly Australian widow struggling to keep up with daily life, receives a surprise invitation in the mail to a reunion at the ancient abbey of Royaumont, the site of a field hospital north of Paris. In the First World War, Iris served there as a nurse in a hospital run entirely by women, and ...

Mary-Rose MacColl's first novel, No Safe Place, was a runner-up for the Australian /Vogel literary award. Her first non-fiction book, The Birth Wars, was a finalist for the Walkley Awards. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, and Banff, Canada, with her husband and young son. In Falling Snow is her North American debut. www.mary-rosemacc...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.27 × 5.28 × 1.3 inPublished:August 27, 2013Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful historical fiction! My boss recommended this book to me and I read it in 3 nights, it was so compelling.  That was a couple weeks ago and I still think about the story often, not only of the characters but of the setting at Royaumont in WWI when it was a hospital run entirely by women. What an amazing story!  This book includes so much to talk about, I can't wait to recommend it to my book club.  I have never before been so taken with a book that I buy multiple copies to give away, until this book!  
Date published: 2014-02-17

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“This is a story of love, ultimately, and a woman whose life has sought to atone for a mistake she hardly knew she made. Caught between the past and her impending mortality, Iris relives her life as a nurse in WWI, when she was too young to understand what her choices would mean not only for her, but for the family she cobbled together out of the rubble. At once perceptive and sympathetic, In Falling Snow beguiles, a tale of selflessness and youthful indiscretion as singular and seductive as one could hope for.” - Robin Oliveira, New York Times bestselling author of My Name Is Mary Sutter "In Falling Snow is a moving story about women's roles and the challenging decisions they face as mothers, nurses, doctors and leaders. MacColl brings to light the forgotten histories of the women of Royaumont hospital with engaging prose. The lives of Iris and Grace are divided by several decades, but their career ambitions and the sacrifices they face are universal." - Suzanne Desrochers, bestselling author of Bride of New France“At once chilling yet strangely beautiful. The book touches on the contributions made by a group of pioneering women who succeed despite society’s bias toward their gender; the strong friendships that develop, particularly between Iris and ambulance driver Violet Heron; Iris' increasing love for medicine and her involvement with a man she meets during the war; the men and boys whose lives are sacrificed for a cause many of them don’t identify with or understand; and the far-reaching effects of the war on the generations that follow… MacColl’s narrative is fortified by impeccable research and her innate ability to create a powerful bond between readers and characters. Well done.” - Kirkus Reviews"In her sweeping North American debut, Mary-Rose MacColl creates a beautifully by the choice to follow her brother across continents into France. An epic tale of love, heartache, and a sisterhood created by nursing in a time of war, In Falling Snow is one of those novels you will want to read again. If you liked The Aviator’s Wife, you will love this book!" - Michelle Moran, bestselling author of Cleopatra’s Daughter“A thoroughly absorbing time-switching tale that gives a fascinating insight into one of the little-known stories of the Great War, that of the Scottish Women’s Hospital at Royaumont Abbey on the Western Front. Mary-Rose MacColl brings the courageous women of Royaumont to vivid life as we follow their joys and sorrows, and discover secrets that will affect their families for generations to come.” - Lucinda Riley, author of The Orchid House "In Falling Snow is expertly researched and written with a keen eye to the complexities of wartime and the mighty role of women therein. From past to present, Australia to France, MacColl guides readers through unknown lands abroad and territories of the heart. For readers, like me, who love to see history’s forgotten heroes given powerful voice, you will delight in this novel." - Sarah McCoy, author of the international bestseller The Baker’s Daughter