Climbing the Rock Within by Jennifer Haig
Excerpt from Chapter 1:
Nurse Maggie Eloise Martin, chestnut curls uncombed,
remembered she was only nineteen. After a long journey
from England to San Francisco via the Panama Canal, she
put her suitcase down on a mossy pier. The ship’s whistle blew
three times, a mere wisp compared to the bombs she had
heard for more than a year. Memories pressed her: hospital
tents filled with men without limbs, their heads wrapped in
gauze, some with blinded eyes. A woman of service, she had
bandaged with wetted washcloths, drawn blood, read letters of
adieu, and bonded with other nurses. She stood in a stupor.
How could she forget it?