Nightingale Girls

12 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 567 ratings

The Nightingale Girls Summary

Three very different girls sign up as trainee nurses at a big London teaching hospital in 1934. Dora leaves her overcrowded, squalid working-class home for a better life. But has she got what it takes to keep up with other, better-educated girls? And will her hated stepfather ever let her go? Helen is born for the job; her brother is a doctor, her all-powerful mother a hospital trustee. But will Helen’s secret misery be her downfall? An aristocratic rebel, Millie’s carefree attitude will find her up in front of Matron again and again. Will she ever care enough to make a nurse? Or will she go back to the glamorous life she was born to? What have they let themselves in for?

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  • Book 1

    • The Nightingale Girls

    • By: Donna Douglas
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97

    Three very different girls sign up as trainee nurses at a big London teaching hospital in 1934. Dora leaves her overcrowded, squalid working-class home for a better life. But has she got what it takes to keep up with other, better-educated girls? And will her hated stepfather ever let her go? Helen is born for the job; her brother is a doctor, her all-powerful mother a hospital trustee. But will Helen’s secret misery be her downfall? An aristocratic rebel, Millie’s carefree attitude will find her up in front of Matron again and again. Will she ever care enough to make a nurse? Or will she go back to the glamorous life she was born to?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a surprise!

    • By Enquiring Mind on 03-04-15

    Regular price: £17.19

  • Book 2

    • The Nightingale Sisters

    • By: Donna Douglas
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 54

    To the student nurses at The Nightingale hospital, the ward sisters are heartless and frightening, with impossibly high standards. But the sisters have troubles of their own...Dora, the student nurse is struggling with her heartbreak over Nick, the man who got away. A new arrival on the ward brings the chance to put a smile back on her face. But can she really get over Nick so easily? Dora's fellow student Millie is also torn between the two men in her life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great story by Donna Douglas

    • By Adele on 11-05-15

    Regular price: £15.79

  • Book 3

    • The Nightingale Nurses

    • By: Donna Douglas
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 59

    It's the final year of training for three young nurses at The Nightingale Hospital. Helen is at a crossroads in her life as she battles with her domineering mother over both her love life and her future career. Dora can't stop loving Nick, who is married to her best friend, Ruby. Millie is anxious about her fiancé, sent to Spain to cover the Civil War, and things only get worse when she encounters a fortune teller who gives her a sinister warning.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a totally wonderful listen..

    • By Petra 🤗📚📓🖋📮 on 01-10-16

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  • Book 3.5

    • A Child Is Born

    • By: Donna Douglas
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Christmas Eve, 1936. On a foggy December night, a pregnant woman walks out in front of a trolley bus and is knocked unconscious. She is rushed to the Nightingale hospital, and a healthy baby is delivered. But the mother claims to have lost her memory, and cannot believe that the child is hers. It seems that the Nightingale nurses may need to perform a Christmas miracle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very enjoyable

    • By Elizabeth Dowling on 09-04-18

    Regular price: £8.79

  • Book 4

    • Nightingales on Call

    • By: Donna Douglas
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 50

    Dora and her old enemy Lucy are paired up on the children's ward for the final three months of their training. The two nurses couldn't seem more different, but they may have more in common than they think, as each hides a secret heartache. And there are new faces. Jess is the feisty eldest daughter of a notorious East End family and determined to prove herself as a ward maid. New trainee nurse Effie can't wait to escape her small Irish village, and make her way as a nurse in London.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story & excellent narration

    • By Adele on 11-05-15

    Regular price: £22.09

  • Book 5

    • A Nightingale Christmas Wish

    • By: Donna Douglas
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 48

    As Christmas 1938 approaches, the staff at the Nightingale Hospital have their own wishes for the festive season. Ward sister Frannie Wallace is hoping she won't have to live through another war like the one that claimed her fiance. Staff Nurse Helen Dawson wants to find happiness again after the death of her husband Charlie. But is she looking for love in the wrong place? Matron Kathleen Fox struggles to keep up morale.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant

    • By Amazon Customer on 13-05-18

    Regular price: £21.39

  • Book 6

    • Nightingales at War

    • By: Donna Douglas
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 50

    As the war takes its toll, the Nightingale nurses must do their bit for king and country... Dora is the devoted mother of twin babies, but, determined to help the war effort, she goes back to work at the Nightingale Hospital. More used to nights out in the West End, Jennifer and Cissy volunteer in the hope of tending to handsome soldiers. They soon find out that nursing isn’t quite what they were expecting.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Nightengales at war

    • By great game. was so engrossed. awesome on 09-08-17

    Regular price: £22.09

  • Book 6.5

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  • Book 7

    • Nightingales Under the Mistletoe

    • By: Donna Douglas
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 47

    It's Christmas 1941, and the nurses at the Nightingale are facing their toughest winter yet. With shortages everywhere and every news bulletin announcing more losses, the British people are weary and demoralised, and The Nightingale Hospital is suffering too. Millie is recently widowed and dealing with the demands of her family's estate. It's not long before her old world of the Nightingale begins to beckon, along with a long-lost love.... Jess is struggling with her move from East London to the countryside.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good listening

    • By bernard on 08-10-18

    Regular price: £22.09

  • Book 8

    • A Nightingale Christmas Carol

    • Nightingale Girls, Book 8
    • By: Donna Douglas
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 37

    With her husband, Nick, away fighting, Dora struggles to keep the home fires burning but finds herself in a difficult position when she is put in charge of a ward of injured German POWs. Can she find it in her heart to care for her enemies? Fellow nurse Kitty faces a similar struggle looking after the men who killed her beloved brother. But her life becomes even more complicated when she falls for one of the prisoners. And Helen Denton returns from nursing in Europe with a secret. She has her own reasons for hating the Germans.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • brilliance

    • By Sue on 08-06-18

    Regular price: £22.09

  • Book 9

    • The Nightingale Christmas Show

    • By: Donna Douglas
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 29

    Matron Kathleen Fox has the job of putting the hospital back together but wonders if she is up to the task. In an attempt to bring some festive cheer, she decides to put on a Christmas show. The idea is greeted with mixed feelings by the nurses, who all have their own problems, and also by the new Assistant Matron and ward sister, who find themselves rivals for the role of organiser. But as rehearsals begin, the performers begin to find the show is not just a tonic for the patients.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • sad

    • By Sue on 25-06-18

    Regular price: £20.69

  • Book 10

    • A Nightingale Christmas Promise

    • By: Donna Douglas
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    London, 1914. While young men enlist up and down the country, the Nightingale Hospital has its own set of new recruits.... Anna Beck is the daughter of the best baker in Bethnal Green. Her German father built the business out of nothing, but as the shadow of war descends, his fate is at the mercy of their neighbours. Meanwhile Katie Carlyle has always wanted to become a doctor. She fought hard to get into medical school, and even now she faces prejudice from her fellow students as well as the tutors. Can she prove them wrong?

    Regular price: £22.79