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Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Nightingale Nurses by Donna Douglas

4.0 out of 5 stars The third book in this engaging series is another winner!

As Millie, Dora, and Helen enter their final year of training at The Nightingale Hospital in London's east end in the mid 1930s, they will be facing critical decisions about their future.

Will Helen ever be able to escape the demands of her domineering mother to make her own choices? Will Dora manage to overcome her girlhood trauma and do the right thing in the face of heartbreak? Can Millie get her act together and figure out where her heart lies in both love and career? In the midst of all this personal turmoil, the training goes on with long busy shifts at the hospital, late night studies, and difficult ward sisters.

Meanwhile, there is menace in the streets as the blackshirts embrace fascism,threaten the Jews in the East End and the war in Europe comes closer to their doorsteps. A very challenging 6 months is ahead - and loyalties and friendships will be tested.

The reader can't but help falling in love with these characters. Though there is a lot of focus on love, the details of the hospital and the nurses training are very absorbing and interesting as well! I was laughing to myself as I sort of felt their stress as the nurses approached State Registered Nurse exams! I just found out there is to be a 4th book in this series and I can't wait to read it. Highly recommended to fans of romantic historical fiction with an interest in nursing or prewar London.

The series -- and yes, it's best to read them in order.

The Nightingale Girls (Nightingales)
The Nightingale Sisters (Nightingales)
The Nightingale Nurses (Nightingales)
Nightingales on Call

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK - North America for the e-book copy to review.

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