There’s so much great WWI fiction out there, it’s hard to find a book about a topic I haven’t read before. But Windswept brought me to a new front of the war, in Palestine where the British are fighting the Turks. I learned so much about the impact of the war and British colonialism in this region.
In this story, we follow a nurse who is so dedicated to saving lives that she doesn’t care what side of the war the injured are on. When she saves a man who has an intriguing claim about his identity and mission, her pluckiness gets the best of her and she is drawn into a much more complex world than she anticipated. Ginger struggles with just who she can trust and who is working for the war cause and who is working against it. She certainly gets into a lot of dangerous scrapes in this one!
I found the plot around spies and the politics of the time intriguing, it was fun to figure it all out with Ginger. The role of the media in influencing the populace is still a relevant theme today. There were a lot of characters to get to know it first, but stick with it as it will all become clear in the end. I was frustrated at times by the way men around Ginger dictated her decisions but I’m sure it’s accurate to the time, in fact I doubt she would have had as much leeway as she did. I also felt that Ginger, despite her modern attitude, often fell back into the spoiled rich princess role, especially when it came to the romantic aspects of the story. I think I would have enjoyed the story more without those theatrics. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
This is the first time I read a book half in print and half on audio, I enjoyed the multi-media experience. Thanks to Kate Rock Book Tours and Netgalley for access to this novel. All opinions above are my own.