Our Duty

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
320 Pages
Reviewed on 06/28/2019
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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite

In Our Duty by Gerri Hilger set in the midst of WWII, two women, Polly and Aggie, meet during nursing school. At a time when all Americans are called upon to help Uncle Sam overseas, we follow along with these two nursing students who are heading towards two different lives. While Polly finds herself settling down and marrying a farm boy named Johnny, Aggie sets her sights on the Pacific and helping America’s boys overseas. Our Duty by Gerri Hilger shows the story of an amazing friendship between two women during one of the most memorable eras in history.

I found Our Duty a very easy and light read. The fact that Hilger wrote this story about her mother's life is just inspirational. I thought it flowed well though, initially, I felt as if the writing lacked what felt like a climax of some sort. Of course, my opinion changed once I realized that this was based on real nurses. I myself work in the nursing field, but I cannot imagine how hard it must have been to serve during the Second World War, let alone aiding seriously injured and dying troops overseas. I couldn’t help but smile when I read that the author's mother returned to nursing to care for the elderly. I currently work at a nursing home taking care of sixty amazing residents. I think Gerri Hilger did a wonderful job and I’d like to read more of what she has to write. I know a few older nurses, in fact, that might just love this novel!