Water Horse by Julia Gregson is out in paperback at 9.60 euros
From the author of the popular and well-written novel, East of the Sun. Catherine Carreg has grown up a tomboy, spending her days racing her ponies with Deio, the drover’s son, in a small Welsh village. Catherine is consumed by a longing to escape the monotony of village life and, with Deio’s help, runs away to London.
Alone in the unfamiliar bustle of the city, she finds a position in a rest home for sick governesses in Harley Street, run by Miss Florence Nightingale. Then, as the nation is gripped by reports of the war in the Crimea, Catherine volunteers as a nurse – and her life changes completely.
Arriving in Scutari, she is pitched into a nightmare and, against the passion and heroism of one of the most traumatic wars in history, she is forced to grow up quickly and painfully.