In this compelling WWI historical fiction novel, The Old World, book one, of the, By The Hands of Men Series, Roy Griffis proves himself to be a great storyteller and talented writer. I found this book to be captivating, engaging, perfectly paced, and impossible to put down. I loved every minute of it and finished the book in one day.
I was quickly drawn into the story and cared about the characters right from the start, especially, Charlotte Braninov, a Russian nurse, stationed in France, and Lieutenant Robert Fitzgerald, a perfect gentleman, and respected English soldier. Base Hospital 12 and CCS, would be the only homes Charlotte would know for three years. It would be there, where she would witness unspeakable horrors, work long hours nursing the wounded, and fall in love with a man who would break her heart.
Roy Griffis weaves intricate riveting subplots of friendship, betrayal, compassion, and love throughout the book. I hated to come to the end of the story. I didn’t just read this novel; I experienced it; the blood, the gore, the compassion, and the intoxicating heart-warming embrace of romantic love. I highly recommend reading this well-written historical fiction novel.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover