The Fire by Night: A Novel

The Fire by Night: A Novel

Kobo ebook | January 17, 2017

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A powerful and evocative debut novel about two American military nurses during World War II that illuminates the unsung heroism of women who risked their lives in the fight—a riveting saga of friendship, valor, sacrifice, and survival combining the grit and selflessness of Band of Brothers with the emotional resonance of The Nightingale.

In war-torn France, Jo McMahon, an Italian-Irish girl from the tenements of Brooklyn, tends to six seriously wounded soldiers in a makeshift medical unit. Enemy bombs have destroyed her hospital convoy, and now Jo singlehandedly struggles to keep her patients and herself alive in a cramped and freezing tent close to German troops. There is a growing tenderness between her and one of her patients, a Scottish officer, but Jo’s heart is seared by the pain of all she has lost and seen. Nearing her breaking point, she fights to hold on to joyful memories of the past, to the times she shared with her best friend, Kay, whom she met in nursing school.

Half a world away in the Pacific, Kay is trapped in a squalid Japanese POW camp in Manila, one of thousands of Allied men, women, and children whose fates rest in the hands of a sadistic enemy. Far from the familiar safety of the small Pennsylvania coal town of her childhood, Kay clings to memories of her happy days posted in Hawaii, and the handsome flyer who swept her off her feet in the weeks before Pearl Harbor. Surrounded by cruelty and death, Kay battles to maintain her sanity and save lives as best she can . . . and live to see her beloved friend Jo once more.

When the conflict at last comes to an end, Jo and Kay discover that to achieve their own peace, they must find their place—and the hope of love—in a world that’s forever changed. With rich, superbly researched detail, Teresa Messineo’s thrilling novel brings to life the pain and uncertainty of war and the sustaining power of love and friendship, and illuminates the lives of the women who risked everything to save others during a horrifying time.

Title:The Fire by Night: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 17, 2017Publisher:William MorrowLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062459120

ISBN - 13:9780062459121


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good historical fiction A great read. I don't typically read a lot of historical type books but this want was a home run for me. Took a bit to get into, but then I was hooked. Great research made this book a winner.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A well researched historical fiction. Teresa Messineo’s impressive debut novel The Fire by the Night follows two nurses serving their country on two different fronts during World War II. I have previously read quite a bit of historical fiction set in Europe, however this was the first time I’ve read about those on the Pacific front. The immense amount of research that went into writing this novel, is evident in the details. This is especially prominent in the use of medical terminology, which was included much more than is typical for this genre. I didn’t realise how little is known about the horrors female nurses faced during this time and the conditions they were forced to live in as prisoners of war. Jo and Kay’s separate stories interested me for different reasons. While I felt Jo’s perspective offered more from a psychological point of view, Kay’s kept my attention from a geographical standpoint. Unfortunately I did have some trouble with the graphic descriptions, which still haunt me even after I completed the novel. For this reason I would advise caution to those who are interested in reading The Fire by Night. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy detailed historical fiction.
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An incredible novel! An incredibly well researched and written novel! Two nurses in what seems like to completely different worlds. A story of the hardships of being a war nurse in such terrible times and conditions, stitched together by love and loss.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it - wonderful historical fiction I have a weakness for books that take place during WWII. This part of history touches me deeply. Having said that, I don’t love every book written in this time frame. But I did love this one. The author was incredibly well prepared and the story flowed very well. Seven years of research, my goodness. You would almost expect it to be a bit on the technical side with that much research, but that simply isn’t true. Jo and Kay are the heroines of this book. They are friends who are also nurses serving in WWII but they have been deployed to different areas of the world. Jo has been all over Europe and Northern Africa doing her best to patch up soldiers fighting against the Germans. Kay is in the Pacific, in the unfortunate situation of being held hostage by the Japanese. Both are subjected to unimaginable hardships, and each develops a different method to hold on to their sanity. At times it was sad, happy, frustrating, gruesome, joyful - real. If you are a fan of historical fiction, then I cannot recommend this book highly enough. 5 Stars
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful An excellent book to read- highly recommended
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great storyline! Very interesting and full of adventure
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a story! A great addition to your library.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from love this cool read, interesting, :D
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful & Incredibly Moving! Incredibly moving, hauntingly realistic and exceptionally captivating! This is an impactful story that is told from two different perspectives. Jo, an American nurse whose compassion and strength are tested near the front lines of the western front. And Kay, Jo’s friend and fellow nurse who must endure horrific conditions and extreme brutality after being taken as a POW by the Japanese in the Pacific. This is story about war, strength, bravery, hope, loss, injustice, love, and survival. The prose is poetic. The imagery is remarkably descriptive. The characters are young, dedicated, damaged and disheartened. And the plot uses alternating points-of-view, and a back-and-forth style to give depth and understanding to all the personalities, relationships, and situations within it. Overall, I would have to say I found this story to be profound and heartbreaking and a real reminder of just how indomitable the human spirit can truly be.
Date published: 2017-01-18