The Daughters of Mars
Review by Karen S.
= Read & Recommend
Don't let the title fool you. This is a tale that spans the entire European theater during WWI. Two young women from Australia volunteer to be nurses. They sail from Australia to Egypt up to France and England. Their personal and connected experiences create an epic tale.
The sisters, Sally and Naomi, share a secret. The question becomes, will this secret tear them apart or bring them closer together?
Their experiences teach them lessons about themselves. Even though these are made up characters, the events are real. There is brutal truth about what the men and women went through during WWI. I will say, for the most part the author, Thomas Keneally, gives great descriptions about war, the agony of war, love, and lost loves. Not including the French that is interspersed throughout the novel, Keneally, uses much of the common slang used in Australia such as "cobber" (friend). One can grasp the meaning by how the words are used but have a dictionary near by in case you need better understanding. Mind you, if he had used more of the slang spoken in Australia, most of us would be up a creek without a paddle. As you can tell I enjoyed the book, however, I need to reread the last two chapters gain a better understanding of the ending. Please read, I know you will enjoy it as I did.