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WW1 & Brussels

After being inspired by another post, I thought that I would make this book recommendation. Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell World War I Nurse by Terri Arthur. This is a historical novel about the real-life British nurse who established a formal nursing school in Brussels and during WWI aided the escape of Allied soldiers via the Belgian Underground. Her subsequent capture and execution was a contributing factor in the US entering the war.

I found the writing to be on par with a first-time novelist, but the author's research was thorough. I occasionally found the portrayal of Miss Cavell to be a little too principled and naive, although that is most likely an accurate depiction. This naivety caused me great annoyance at times.

Terri Arthur is a nurse and Red Cross volunteer was inspired to write this story after learning that even fellow nurses knew very little about Edith Cavell. Ultimately this book served Ms. Arthur's purpose to share the story of this almost forgotten hero.

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Thank you for citing this book about Edith Cavell. I imagine that many people who walk her by statue near London's St. Martin's in the Fields/National Portrait Gallery/Trafalgar Square have no idea who she was.