The Secret of Raven Point

The Secret of Raven Point

A Novel

Book - 2014
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Baker & Taylor
"1943: When seventeen-year-old Juliet Dufresne receives a cryptic letter from her enlisted brother and then discovers that he's been reported missing in action, she lies about her age and travels to the front lines as an army nurse, determined to find him. Shy and awkward, Juliet is thrust into the bloody chaos of a field hospital, a sprawling encampment north of Rome where she forges new friendships and is increasingly consumed by the plight of her patients. One in particular, Christopher Barnaby, a deserter awaiting court-martial, may hold the answer to her brother's whereabouts--but the trauma of war has left him catatonic. Racing against the clock, Juliet works with an enigmatic young psychiatrist, Dr. Henry Willard, to break Barnaby's silence beforethe authorities take him away. Plunged into the horrifying depths of one man's memories of combat, Juliet and Willard are forced to plumb the moral nuances of a so-called just war and to face the dangers of their own deepening emotional connection.

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Volunteering as a World War II Army nurse after receiving a cryptic letter from her missing-in-action soldier brother, Juliet finds her search challenged by the violent chaos of field hospital work and the court-martial proceedings of a wounded deserter who may hold answers. By the award-winning author of Easter Island. 35,000 first printing.
Volunteering as a World War II Army nurse after receiving a letter from her missing-in-action soldier brother, Juliet finds her search hindered by field hospital work and the court-martial of a wounded deserter who may hold answers.

Simon and Schuster
From the award-winning writer of Easter Island (hailed by People magazine as a “rich and worldly first novel”), comes a powerful story of love, loss, and redemption amidst the ruins of war-torn Italy.

From the award-winning writer of Easter Island comes a powerful story of love, loss, and redemption amid the ruins of war-torn Italy.

1943: When seventeen-year-old Juliet Dufresne receives a cryptic letter from her enlisted brother and then discovers that he’s been reported missing in action, she lies about her age and travels to the front lines as an army nurse, determined to find him. Shy and awkward, Juliet is thrust into the bloody chaos of a field hospital, a sprawling encampment north of Rome where she forges new friendships and is increasingly consumed by the plight of her patients. One in particular, Christopher Barnaby, a deserter awaiting court-martial, may hold the answer to her brother’s whereabouts—but the trauma of war has left him catatonic. Racing against the clock, Juliet works with an enigmatic young psychiatrist, Dr. Henry Willard, to break Barnaby’s silence before the authorities take him away. Plunged into the horrifying depths of one man’s memories of combat, Juliet and Willard are forced to plumb the moral nuances of a so-called just war and to face the dangers of their own deepening emotional connection.

In luminous prose, Vanderbes tells the story of one girl’s fierce determination to find her brother as she comes of age in a time of unrelenting violence. Haunting, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting, The Secret of Raven Point is an unforgettable war saga that captures the experiences of soldiers long after the battles have ended.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2014
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781439167007
1439167001
Branch Call Number: Fiction Vanderbes
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 24 cm

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AL_KATI Feb 07, 2017

Totally underrated WWII historical fiction. Loved this novel!

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JaniceDeG
Sep 02, 2016

Well written period piece. It was rather a sad story but highly engaging. Not a 'feel good' read but definitely worth reading!

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belalin
Aug 08, 2016

Beautifully written. Juliet Dufresne is an engaging young protagonist. The story drives home the tragedy and insanity of war and draws a vivid picture of its impact on the lives of our parents or grandparents whether they participated directly or suffered the loss of family members.

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jaycrossing
Jun 11, 2016

After prodding through the first few disappointing chapters, so uncharacteristic of this author, once the story starts to unfold it is an unforgettable page-turner to the very end - true to Ms. Vanderbes' proven style. With warmth, compassion, dignity, an incredible amount of research, and down-and-dirty realism, she weaves a story so compelling and irresistible that it leaves the reader wanting more and more.

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calvoer
Jul 29, 2015

Often novels start out well and then go downhill. This book, the opposite. The tension and complexity build steadily as we follow the progress of an army nurse, her medical unit trailing a division chasing the Germans up into the mountains of Italy. The author writes clever, engaging dialogue; the characters ring true. She is at the same time focused and realistic in her depiction of the goriness, gray areas and confusion of war. This is a perfect book for those who love novels set during the WWII period, as well as fiction in a medical setting.

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sunnye1988
Jun 23, 2014

An amazing and awesome book! The descriptions of the army medical units and hospitals were quite accurate. Being stationed in a medical unit in northern Italy, the book invoked memories; yet I was there during peace time and saw no war. I admired the character and also envied her. A great read. Hard to put down.

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colbyl
May 08, 2014

A great read! I could hardly put the book down. Characters are very well developed as well as the description of medic stations/hospitals and their staff during WWII. Exciting, thought provoking and heart warming.

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