The Angel of Waterloo Book Review

The Angel of Waterloo is by Jackie French. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from Harper Collins Australia. It is the story of one woman’s journey from the hell of Waterloo to colonial Australia, where she can forge her own dreams in a land of many nations.


The soldiers she saved called her the Angel of Waterloo.

The husband she loved and lost called her Hen.

The patients she treated in secret called her Auntie Love.

She was Henrietta Bartlett, a surgeon’s daughter, a survivor of the Napoleonic Wars. But now the battlefield is just a blood-soaked memory, and Hen dreams of peace, a home, and a society that allows women to practise medicine. 

On the other side of the world, the newly founded colony of New South Wales seems a paradise. But Europe’s wars cast long shadows …


This book was different from my normal reads. I typically read YA fantasy but I am starting to read other genres and more adult fiction.

French has written an epic story that captivated me with its placement in history at the Battle of Waterloo as well as at the new colony in Sydney, Australia.

I enjoyed the character development of Henrietta as well as the two different halves of the book.

I would recommend this for lovers of history.

3 stars

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