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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Book Review - Look For Me by Janet K. Shawgo

About The Book:

A reporter, a healer, and a spy.

In this gripping tale of Civil War-era romance and espionage, these three lives are brought together, with consequences none of them can foresee.Samuel, a New York-based reporter, leaves the comfort of home to report on the war, where his focus changes from the men who fight to the women who heal.

Sarah, a Southern healer, leaves the safety of her home to travel with nurses and use nature to heal. Meanwhile, Mack, a teenage girl, disguises herself as a boy to infiltrate Union camps. Mack befriends Sarah, and the two women begin a friendship-and deception-that will be carried throughout the war.

When Samuel encounters Sarah on the battlefield, he realizes she is the childhood friend he has known for years. But when love blossoms, the war becomes a wedge between them, and they're forced to make a promise, for now and forever.

I have always been fascinating with nurses - probably stems back from all the years I spent in hospitals as a little girl. Nurses were always there to be my playmates, my friends, as well as my caretakers. (God bless Air Force nurses!)

So I was thrilled to be asked to review author Janet Shawgo's book, "Look For Me," a wonderful story of Civil War era nurses and their bravery.  This is a beautiful book that encompasses a love story, a story of bravery and courage, and a story of family loyalty.  Shawgo incorporates the history of the time into her tale, and through her words, the battles and the work of the nurses comes alive for the reader.

I especially was entralled by the alternative medicines, herbs and such, that the nurses used in their healing methods, and thought it was especially interesting to find out that the battlefield doctors really didn't want the nurses using these special skills,  no matter how successful they were. These ladies saved many, many lives, and I think it is wonderful how Janet Shawgo highlights this in her book.

Janet has plans for future books in this series on nurses in history, and I can't wait for the next one!

About The Author:

Janet K. Shawgo has worked as a traveling nurse for over fifteen years, specializing in high-risk labor and delivery. She has traveled across the United States, working in numerous hospitals. Shawgo's first novel, Look for Me, combines her passion for nursing with her interest in women's roles on the battlefield. She currently resides in Galveston, Texas.

Check out her website at www.janetshawgo.com for more information on her book and upcoming projects.

The author kindly sent me a copy of her book for review. I was not compensated for my opinion.


Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

I'm adding this one to my list straightaway. I love books that take place during war. Call me crazy. Thanks for the review.

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

This was a real winner, Alexis and her second book is set during WWII - so it should be really good as well!