The spring of 1937 sees a new intake of student nurses at the Nightingale hospital in East London. Among them is Effie O’Hara, a fun-loving country girl. She’s looking forward to experiencing the bright lights of London. But with her older sisters watching over her, how can she escape the confines of hospital life?
She finds an unlikely ally in Jess Jago, the new maid at the nurses’ home. Like Effie, Jess is looking for a new start. But it isn’t long before her past catches up with her…
Meanwhile, East End girl Dora Doyle once again finds herself at odds with spoilt fellow student Lucy Lane. But as the girls face dark times, they begin to realise their worst enemy can also be their best friend…
Guest Review Louise Wykes
Having not read any previous books by Donna Douglas, I was not sure what to expect from this book, but am so glad that I found an interesting, well written and enlightening tale of friendship and love.
I didn’t realise until I started this book, that this book was the fourth in a series of books all about the lives of young student nurses at the Nightingale hospital in the mid to late 1930s. I was however, able to pick this book up and read it as a standalone and I was soon immersed in the busy and exciting world of the student nurses.
The book follows the adventures of a group of four very different girls who are based at the student home. There is Lucy who has lived a life of luxury with her parents and is very snobbish and stand-offish to the other girls. Dora is a trainee who has a relationship with a young man that she is unable to reveal to her friends. Effie is so excited to finally be in London after living her whole life in a small Irish village and is determined to enjoy her freedom at every chance she gets. Finally there is Jess who gets a job as a maid at the student home but who secretly dreams of being a nurse herself one day.
This is a fantastically paced story which alternates chapters between the viewpoints of each girl as they navigate their way through the dilemmas faced by being trainee nurses with the strict Sisters and Matron in charge and each of their own complicated domesticated lives. It was fascinating to read about the training of nurses and how they looked after the patients under their care in times before the NHS.
I loved this book and even though it was quite a long book I raced through it desperate to know the fates of these young girls who became like friends as I was transported into their lives. This is a fascinating journey into the past filled with historical detail and a wonderful exploration of the joys and pain of growing up, falling in love and making friends. Highly recommended.
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