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The Nightingale Girls Three very different girls sign up as student nurses in 1936 while England is still mourning the death of George V Dora is a tough East Ender driven by ambition but also desperate to escape her sualid overcrowded home and her abusive stepfather Helen is the uiet one a mystery to her fellow nurses avoiding fun gossip and the limelight In fact she is in the formidable shadow of her overbearing mother who dominates every aspect of her life Can a nursing career free Helen at last The third of our heroines is naughty rebellious Millie an aristocrat on the run from her conventional upper class life She is doomed to clash over and over again with terrifying Sister Hyde and to get into scrape after scrape especially where men are concerned This utterly delightful novel brings a London pre war hospital vividly to life Brilliant Couldn't put the book down I liked this At first I wasn't sure if I would I wanted hospitalpatient stories and less nurse stories but hello look at the title It is a book about three student NURSES in 1930s East End London It is a bit of a soap opera fans of 'Strong Medicine' not a book I know but you get the idea and ' Call The Midwife' will like this I found myself getting uite engrossed in their lives and had a hard time putting the last half of the book down In fact as soon as I turned the last page I grabbed the next book in the series and bookmarked the first chapterThere are love interests in the book but everything is kept clean which I appreciated Bottom line Well worth the read and pretty absorbingCONTENTSEX view spoiler Two characters are sexually abused by their stepfather and while not explicit it's a bit coarse for young readers but brief hide spoiler Donna Douglas is a very successful author of contemporary romance novels written under the name of Donna Hay The Nightingale Girls is her first historical novel the first of a planned trilogy and was published by Arrow Books at Random House on 16 AugustThe Nightingale Girls of the title are the students of the fictional Florence Nightingale Teaching Hospital situated in London's East End the story starts in the 1930s The story centres around three of the students; Dora Helen and Millie Three very different girls with different backgrounds different experiences but brought together by their shared mission to become nursesDora is an East End girl from a poor working class district She is not the usual Nightingale student and is often looked down on by some of the other students She is from tough stock and has battled hard to get away from home and importantly to get away from her step fatherHelen is uiet and studious and known as a tell tale The other girls don't trust her one bit her formidable Mother is a Trustee of the Hospital and governs both the staff and her own daughter with a rod of ironMillie is an aristocrat the much loved daughter of her doting father Carefree and often flippant there are not many people who believe that she will ever ualify as a nurseThrown together during training these three girls form an unlikely alliance slowly opening up to each as they battle through 14 hour days stripping beds and washing out bedpans On their feet all day in heavy uniforms and uncomfortable shoes at the beck and call of the Sister of the ward and treated as the lowest of the lowDonna Douglas has created three captivating characters full of warmth and fun pain and sadness and honesty Her meticulous research into the lives of student nurses in the 1930s shines through into this story making it a compelling read As a small girl I never dreamed of becoming a nurse and as an adult I have spent a fair amount of time as a patient and have the greatest admiration for the nursing profession Times can be hard nowadays but 80 years ago their lives seemed almost unbearable No talking to men no late nights never speak unless you are spoken to and the list goes onDespite the hardship and the drudgery this novel captures the youthful fun side of the students it is packed with stories from the ward mishaps and cover ups impossible patients arrogant doctors and self important managementEach of the students also have their own story and these are what really made me love this novel The three girls and their families and their past are woven into the tales of the hospital wonderfullyThe Nightingale Girls is a joy to read a real treasure I am looking forward to hearing about Dora Helen and Millie in the second book of the series Read all my reviews on I reuested The Nightingale Girls because it immediately reminded me of Call The Midwife Set in London's East End during the 30s it follows three young girls in The Nightingale a training hospital for nurses It wasn't for me unfortunately I felt too little history and way to much soap opera Besides while it was a very easy read and not unpleasant as such the multiple characters included felt like clichés to me and the stories were rather predictable I have to admit I don't think this genre really fits me so I will leave the other books in the series as they are Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  • Kindle Edition
  • 514 pages
  • The Nightingale Girls
  • Donna Douglas
  • English
  • 17 August 2014

About the Author: Donna Douglas

Welcome to my Goodreads page I'm the author of the Nightingale novels a series of stories set in an East End hospital in the 1930s published by Arrow The first in the series The Nightingale Girls follows the lives of three girls from very different backgrounds as they join the Nightingale Hospital as students The second The Nightingale Sisters will be published next spring I'm originally

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