Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James
Kitty Weekes flees her life in London for a job as a nurse at Portis House, a country manor turned hospital. Two problems. Kitty is not a nurse and Portis House is not a typical nursing facility. It is a madhouse for shell shocked veterans of World War I. Oh, and there is another issue to add to the mix. It seems that Portis House is haunted, and whatever presence is there, it is not pleasant at all.
This is a great haunted house tale mixed with light romance. It is also a wonderful period piece detailing the stigma men faced if they returned shell shocked from World War I. There is a cross section of acceptance at Portis House – families that visit every week, men abandoned by fiancées, and those whose families are terribly ashamed of their returning soldiers whose minds were damaged by what they experienced.
I really liked how the author had Kitty see the men as hurt individuals in her care, not just as madmen to be discounted, and how a purpose, coming together to face crises, brought out the best in the men and made them truly feel useful and like men again.