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Book IV in the Rose Series

Rose From the Ashes

Shell shock, battle fatigue, post traumatic stress disorder―it all means the same thing to veterans who have served their country by putting themselves in harm’s way. But for women veterans of WWII like Rose Krantz, it also meant coming back to a country that, even during the war, hadn’t given them the rights that the lowest-ranking male soldier enjoyed, barely acknowledged the sacrifices they had all made, and, in some cases, chastised them for even participating.

So in 1945, when Rose came home to bury her husband only to find out she was pregnant with his child, her nightmares, her daily anxieties, and the two men who wanted to protect her, had to be put aside until Rose was finally forced to come to terms with it all.

Rose From the Ashes is the third and fitting end to the Rose series.

Behind the Story

Rose, like the real nurses of WWII, came home and were expected to return to the kitchen, or a least weren't recognized for the many sacrifices they had made.

Macy, like many nurses, continued to work as a nurse, but in the civilian world. In fact Marcy came home a bit early from the war. She married Mr. Korda, a surgeon in the 95th, while they were in Germany. She was sent to Paris after they found out she was pregnant. Marcy said, they wanted to make sure she was really expecting before they sent her all the way back home. 

She and her husband set up a clinic in Pelican Rapids and practice there for many years before he died.

Nurses and female pilots did not receive army benefits because they held no rank and weren't considered Army personnel. So if a woman died in service of her country like the chief nurse in Marcy's unit did on the beach of Ansio (the woman on the far right on the cover of A Burnished Rose), and like a few pilots did fairing planes around in the states, their families never received any compensation for their personal loss. It it was why Rose was not allowed in to her local VFW.

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