Under the Cover of Mercy by Rebecca Connolly

Under the Cover of Mercy
by Rebecca Connolly


November 1914

The Great War has come to Brussels, the Germans have occupied the city, and Edith Cavell, Head Nurse at Berkendael Medical Institute, faces an impossible situation. As matron of a designated Red Cross hospital, Edith has sworn an oath to help any who are wounded, under whatever flag they are found. But Governor von L├╝ttwitz, the ranking German officer, has additional orders for her. She and her nurses must also stand guard over the wounded Allied prisoners of war and prevent them from escaping.

Edith feels that God called her to be a healer, not a jailer. How can she heal these broken boys, only to allow them to be returned to the hands of their oppressors to be beaten again?

So when members of the Belgian resistance, desperate for help, bring two wounded British soldiers to her hospital in secret, she makes a decision that will change everything: she will heal the soldiers, and then attempt to smuggle them out of the hospital to freedom.

With her loyal friend and fellow nurse, Elizabeth, by her side, Edith establishes her hospital as a safe house for the resistance, laboring tirelessly to save as many soldiers as she can. Working under the watchful eyes of the German army, Edith faces challenging odds and charges of treason—which carries the death penalty if she is caught—as she fights alongside the resistance to bring—and keep—hope to her small corner of a war-torn world.

Based on a true story, 
Under the Cover of Mercy is the remarkable account of one woman who defied an entire nation in order to heal those who needed her help the most.

About the author:

Rebecca Connolly is the author of more than two dozen novels. She calls herself a Midwest girl, having lived in Ohio and Indiana. She’s always been a bookworm, and her grandma would send her books almost every month so she would never run out. Book Fairs were her carnival, and libraries are her happy place. She received a master’s degree from West Virginia University.

In my opinion:

Under the Cover of Mercy was based on the true story of one woman named Edith Cavell who risked charges of treason to heal many soldiers. She also was able to help them escape.  This is one of a few books written about Edith, a hero of WWI. I recommend this book to anyone who loves war hero stories. It was an interesting story and anytime a novel is based on a true story, I'm intrigued. Unfortunately, it wasn't the right book for me. I love a good page-turner and this one wasn't able to capture my attention. Although, I loved Connolly's last novel, A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice which was based on the true story of the Carpathia. So I feel one should give this novel a fair chance. You may end up loving it and come to understand the role Edith had in helping soldiers escape.

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