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Summary

The compelling new best seller from the author of The Mersey Daughter and Winter on the Mersey.

Alice Lake has arrived in London from Liverpool to start her training as a District Nurse, but her journey has been far from easy. Her parents think that she should settle down and get married, but she has already had her heart broken once and isn’t about to make the same mistake again.

Alice and her best friend, Edith, are based in the East End, but before they’ve even got their smart new uniforms on, war breaks out, and Hitler’s bombs are raining down on London.

Alice must learn to keep calm and carry on as she tends to London’s sick and injured, all the time facing her own heartache and misfortune while keeping up the Spirit of the Blitz....

©2018 Annie Groves (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"An engrossing story." (My Weekly)

"A stirring and heartrending family saga... Against a backdrop of change when the suffragette movement was coming to the fore, the choices and dreams of a generation of women combine to create this passionate story." (Liverpool Daily Post)

"Written from the heart." (My Weekly)

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great listen

this was a good book is there any more in this series? I hope so I'll have to go find out

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Excellent Book

Loved it from start to finish. I’m guessing there is a second book I sincerely hope so if not it would be a poor ending.

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Brilliant

If you enjoyed the Donna Douglas books about the nurses in Steeple Street then you will definitely enjoy this book definitely recommend it.

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  • DHackney
  • 20-06-18

Love And Friendship At The Start Of War

I really enjoyed this story about district nurses at the start of WW2. Enjoyable! Heartwarming!

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  • Kathy
  • 21-08-18

Interesting slice of London at the beginning of WW

I've always been interested in the homefront both here and in other places (most of the world) affected by the 2nd World War. I also find the work of women at the time interesting. The author brought these girls to life. The story focuses mainly on three young women as nurses in a poor part of London just before and during the first 9 months or so of the war. I'm hoping there will be more in the series. Young women were first making their own way and were quite daring in the eyes of some. Yet most people had great respect for the nurses. If only there was the level of caring in health care today.

The narrator was absolutely lovely and it was easy to keep the characters straight as the girl from Liverpool sounded much different than the Scottish nursing supervisor or the working class people. Was it trememdously deep? No, but it was obvious that the author knew much of what happened in the early days of the war in Britain. It was a delightful weekend read.