"The secret password is yorc," the princess whispered. Edith longed for her girlhood in England, when her secrets had been kept safe by her dog Reddie. But now in God's timing, Edith is director of a nursing school in Belgium. Caught in the turmoil of World War I, Edith finds herself surrounded by enemy spies. As a nurse protected by the Red Cross, will Edith turn her back on the allied soldiers who desperately need her help? Recommended for ages 8 to 12.
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Review 1 for A Cup of Cold Water: The Compassion of Nurse Edith Cavell
A Book That Inspires and Entertains
Date:October 14, 2010
This book is about a woman who does what’s right, in a loving manner, whether her friends, or enemies, approve or not. When told that she’ll get in trouble, her reply is “We must do what God would want.”
During her later activities she realized some of the things she felt she was wasting her time with in her youth had actually helped her to do her job later. Remembering that can help us all to have good attitudes in everything we do even when it seems mundane.
The author wrote in an entertaining way causing much laughter and good feelings as I read through this book. Of the three books from the Chosen Daughter series that I’ve read it is by far my favorite!
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Review 2 for A Cup of Cold Water: The Compassion of Nurse Edith Cavell
A Cup of Cold Water, written by Christine Farenhorst, is the biography of Edith Louisa Cavell, a remarkable woman from London who served as a nurse during WWI. Although she was born in England, and she received her nurses training at London Hospital, she lived most of her adult life in Brussels, Belgium. There, she ran a hospital which was essentially a school where she trained future nurses. During her stay in Brussels, WWI broke out. Brussels was under German occupation. Edith and her nursing students cared for many soldiers in their hospital. After a soldier was released from the hospital, he was supposed to report to the German police. But, Edith and her nurses helped smuggle many of the Allied troops out of the country so they could avoid capture by the Germans. It was illegal to do this, but they continued to do so even though they knew they were being watched by the German police. Edith was eventually caught by the Germans and admitted to harboring these fugitives. Her punishment was death by firing squad.Edith was a very popular nurse. People called her Edith Nightingale, after the well-known American nurse, Florence Nightingale. The Germans hoped such a harsh punishment for a well-known nurse would send a warning to the Allies that the Germans meant business; but, instead, Ediths death only served to increase the morale of the Allied troops. They made Edith into their heroine and the number of Allied volunteers actually increased.What I Like: As Ive said before, I like historical fiction. Its a good way to learn about people and places from the past. What I Dislike: Nothing.Overall Rating: Excellent.Christian Children's Book Review