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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Nightingales on Call by Donna Douglas

5.0 out of 5 stars Nursing at the Nightingale Hospital circa 1937 in London's East End.
The series continues in this 4th historical fiction novel and we reconnect with all our favorite characters, Millie, Dora, and Helen as they are finding more challenges in their professional and personal lives. Millie and Dora are finishing up their training while recently widowed Helen has moved to staff nursing. The ward sisters continue to push the students to their limits as the date of Nursing Boards grows near. Millie has set her wedding date but Dora and Nick still have many issues to resolve.

There are new faces at The Nightingale. Jess Jago is working as a maid in the student nurse home but will she have what it takes to keep Sister Sutton satisfied and be able to leave her family's reputation behind and achieve her own hidden dreams?

Kate O'Hara's younger sister, Effie, has entered training and apparently doesn't have the same dedication to learning her skills and theory that the older two O'Hara girls displayed. Can she buckle down in time or will she get the boot?

Lucy Lane is up to all her old tricks with her high and mighty rich girl ways -- but she is hiding a very deep secret that just might end her hopes and dreams.

This series is a true joy for any historical buff who is interested in what nursing was like in this time and place. I love reading about their learning process and shudder when I think of all they were asked to do. Besides actually taking care of the patients doing procedures, they're also expected to clean like servants and prepare the food the patients eat! And study all night with little time off. Definitely the practice and scope of nursing has changed in the ensuing years, and I am glad about it as I don't know if I could have made it through The Nightingale Nursing School program!

I can't wait for the next book due out in November -- A Nightingale Christmas Wish -- and it's definitely best if you read the series in order from the beginning. Highly recommended!

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

Thank you to NetGalley and Christine Melanson at Random House UK, Cornerstone for the ebook ARC to review.

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