Sunday, August 4, 2019

The Nurses of Lark Lane by Pam Howes

The Nurses of Lark Lane: A heartbreaking Liverpool saga
Happy Sunday!  The following titles release on August 6:  A Bias for Murder by Sally Goldenbaum, A Song of Joy by Lauraine Snelling, A Perfect Silhouette by Judith Miller, Mountains of Grace by Kelly Irvin and Keeping Lucy by T. GreenwoodThe Time for Murder is Meow by T.C. LoTempio releases on August 8.  My TBR list has more books on it then I can read in my lifetime!
Liverpool, 1950s - Aubrey Street, Everton Road
The Nurses of Lark Lane by Pam Howes takes readers to Liverpool, England in 1955.  Alice Dawson is still married to Jack and struggling to take care of the family.  Cathy Lomax has dreamed of becoming a nurse and is hoping her O levels will be good enough to qualify her for nursing school.  But with Jack is spending his pension on alcohol and cigarettes and Alice pregnant once again, Cathy must leave school to begin working at Lewis’s Department Store.  Cathy begins dating Gianni Romano who zips her around town on his motorbike.  Cathy learns about a program at the Royal Hospital where she can get taken on as a cadet nurse.  The program requires Cathy to live in.  She is hoping that without her being in the home, it will cause her mother will finally do something about Jack.  The only fly in the ointment is Gianni who wishes to settle down.  Cathy wants to finish her schooling before marrying because she is afraid of ending up in a situation like her mother’s.  Will Alice ever stand up to Jack?  What is Cathy’s destiny?
Nostalgia: Looking back at the Lewis's Department Store on Ranelagh Street and Renshaw St, Liverpool - Liverpool Echo
Lewis's Department Store
The Nurses of Lark Lane is the third book in Lark Lane series.  This is a series that is best read in order.  It was nice to catch up with Alice, Cathy, Millie, Brian and Granny Lomax.  I enjoyed reading Cathy’s story.  I admire her for having the goal of becoming a nurse that would allow her to have a different life.  Cathy has had a rough time since her father, Terry passed away and Alice (her mother) married Jack Dawson.  Alice made a mistake marrying the cheating louse and everyone in the family is having to pay for bad judgement.  Cathy was lucky to have Granny Lomax living nearby to give her encouragement and provide a safe haven.  The Nurses of Lark Lane is well-written with steady pacing.  Once I started reading it, I stayed up late because I wanted to see how the book would end.  It is a dramatic and emotional story featuring family drama, friendships, work life and romance.  The author captured the era with the clothing, hair styles, make up, movies, slang, and attitudes. The characters are realistic and developed.  There are characters that readers will love and those we will dislike intensely (like Jack).  I hope that this is not the last book in the series (if it is then I wish the author had provided an epilogue). The Nurses of Lark Lane is a compelling novel with the Romeo Gianni, a gentle granny, a sympathetic sibling, the smashed scoundrel, and a motivated young woman.
A day in the life of #nurses gathering medications!
The first two novels in the Lark Lane series are The Factory Girls of Lark Lane and The Shop Girls of Lark Lane.  All three books are available through the Kindle Unlimited program.  Thank you for reading my review today.  I am featuring The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs by Katherine Howe tomorrow as part of the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour.  I hope you have a sparkling day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

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