The Nurse’s War

Written by Merryn Allingham
Review by Lisa Redmond

The Nurse’s War is the second book in Merryn Allingham’s World War Two series ‘Daisy’s War’, which began with The Girl from Cobb Street and will continue with Daisy’s Long Road Home. Although this book is mid-series, it is relatively easy to pick up the thread. Allingham gives us enough of the story so far to save confusion but not so much that the first book is re-hashed.

Daisy is now back from India, having trained as a nurse, and has settled into working at St Bart’s and living at the nurse’s home. She has begun to rebuild her life, having found a friend in fellow nurse Connie and a vocation in looking after the Londoners injured in the bombing of spring 1941. However, Gerald, Daisy’s husband whom she had believed dead, turns up demanding her help. Gerald has deserted and wants Daisy to get him false papers so that he can begin again in America. Daisy does her best to help, relying once again on her old friend Grayson Harte.

Allingham writes an engaging story with plenty of action and some interesting characters. Daisy’s determination to be self-sacrificing can become quite irritating at times, although she usually redeems herself. If you like your villains dastardly and your heroes dashing, then this is the book for you: romantic, atmospheric, and full of great period detail.