Snow Angels by Nadine Dorries takes us to Liverpool, England in the 1950s at St. Angelus Hospital. Emily Horton and her husband, Dessie cannot wait to finalize the adoption of Louis. Emily is busy teaching the student nurses during the day and gets assistance from the staff at St. Angelus in the care of Louis. Someone, though, does not like how Louis is being raised and decides to take action. Emily told a lie that could have devastating consequences. Mrs. Duffy loves her job as housekeeper to the ladies who live in the Lovely Lane nurses’ home. It is getting harder for her to get up each day and her memory is not as sharp as it once was, but she has no intentions of retiring. Matron hires Gracie Botherwaite as Mrs. Duffy’s assistant and Mrs. Duffy is not happy. Victoria is pregnant and her due date is close to Christmas. She is determined, though, to attend the Christmas festivities at St. Angelus with her friends. The snow starts falling heavily as they make their way to Liverpool and Victoria starts feeling uncomfortable. A woman turns up one night at the Seaman’s Stop asking for a room. Malcolm Coffey reluctantly allows her to stay. She says she needs to be close to St. Angelus and people see her outside the gates frequently. It looks like it will be an eventful Christmas for the staff at St. Angelus.
Snow Angels by Nadine Dorries is the fifth novel in The Lovely Lane Series. I like the authors engaging writing style (like having a conversation with a friend) which drew me into the story. I suggest reading The Lovely Lane series in order. It will allow you to get to know the characters and their storylines since each book in the series builds upon the previous. There is a great cast of characters. I find them realistic and relatable. Most of them are friendly, but there is one or two squeaky wheels. The story concentrates on Sister Emily Horton and her husband, Dessie. They have loved Baby Louis since he came to the hospital and his adoption is very close. I like how the story unfolded and how it all came together at the end. We do get to catch up with the rest of the nurses. I liked getting to know Gracie Botherwaite. She is only fourteen years old, but she is very mature for her age. I like that she did not take any guff from her father. Gracie has great potential and I am sure that the staff at St. Angelus will help her achieve it. Teddy regrets his actions and misses Dana. He wants a chance to explain and see if they can find a way to move forward. Snow Angels is such a sweet story. It has its ups and downs just like real life. The ending is bittersweet. Snow Angels is a gratifying story that will delight fans of The Lovely Lane series.
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