Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Nightingale Nurses

The Nightingale Nurses by Donna Douglas is the third book in the Nightingales series.  It picks up not long after the second book ended.  Helen Tremayne is in her final year and studying diligently for her exams.  Helen, though, does find time to out with her beau, Charlie Dawson (despite Mrs. Tremayne’s objections).  Helen is looking forward to a future with Charlie after she graduates, but then Charlie becomes ill.  Dora Doyle is stepping out with Officer Joe Armstrong.  Dora is trying to get over Nick Riley (Ruby, her best friend, stole Nick from Dora).  But is Joe the one for Dora or is his nice persona hiding something more sinister.  Dora is also worried about her brother who has gotten involved with the wrong group.  He is supporting the Blackshirts (Fascists).  Millie is worried about her fianc√©, Seb who is in Spain covering their civil war.  However, classes and ward work are definitely keeping them busy.  They are learning more advanced procedures and experiencing new wards (and new patients).  Life is never dull at The Nightingale. 

The Nightingale Nurses is another delightful installment of life in 1930s London and the training it took to become a nurse (involved a lot of cleaning).  The characters are like old friends and it was nice to visit them again.  The Nightingale Nurses is an engaging, fast paced novel that I did not want it to end (thankfully there are more books in the series).  I give The Nightingale Nurses 5 out of 5 stars.  The book is well-written, and I was instantly drawn into the novel.  I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

Check out the other books in the Nightingale series on Amazon. Donna Douglas is coming out with a new book titled The Nurses of Steeple Street.  It will be out in late April (according to Amazon).  I received a complimentary copy of The Nightingale Nurses from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of the novel.

I hope everyone had an excellent Easter (everyone stuffed from their ham and candy).  I am off to watch Call the Midwife (they are showing the episodes from the last season before the season begins), Mr. Selfridge, and Once Upon a Time!  I am also reading Reining in Murder by Leigh Hearon. Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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