It is 1953, and five girls are arriving to start their training at St Angelus Hospital. Dana has escaped from her family farm in Ireland. Victoria is running away from an aristocratic background. Beth is an army brat and throws her lot in with bitchy Celia Forsyth, and Pammy has come from the wrong side of the tracks.
When an unknown girl is admitted after a botched backstreet abortion, a tragedy begins to unfold which will rock the world of St Angelus to its foundations.
©2016 Nadine Dorries (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd
"As heart-warming as it is heart-breaking, this novel is unputdownable." (The Sunday Express)
Although I think I've previously read another by Nadine Dorries, this is the start of a new series, for which I've already bought the next one.
I've always enjoyed stories written from this time period and have read a few based around the Liverpool docks area.
This one in particular will stick with me for a long time, the girls in it are all well written and I enjoyed the individual introductions before they begin their training.
I also enjoyed the narration and felt that the narrator was perfectly suited, managing to change voices, accents and dialects for the various characters.
Now I'm off to start book 2!
I would not use the word enjoyable but it was interesting how the lives and training was so much harder then when I was training. It does open your eyes how females were looked at and treated.
It was good is see a man standing by his girlfriend after what she had gone through!!
My reactions were mixed, anger, sorrow and happiness.
Loved this story and looking forward to the next instalment. Felt it was a bit too graphic at times though.
"Nurses soap opera"
There are several appealing characters, but they are burdened with a truely soap opera-worthy plot. I wish the author had focused on the nurses training and interaction with patients, rather than the romantic entanglements. Narrator was fabulous !
"Lovely Lane is a lovely story"
Narration is wonderful, nice light little story. Brings the personalities of the characters out perfectly.
"GREAT story and good depiction of the time era"
It might lose something in print. The readers were great
I could really identify with characters and era since it was the same year I went off to Nursing School. It really ook me back and the author captured the time and events well.
Things have changed so much since that time it was one of he books you laughed and cried with and for the characters.
The feeling of really being in the time
Donna, she was so honest and forthcoming
I hope to see more of her books soon.
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