Saturday, May 10, 2014

#87 The Nightingale Nurses by Donna Douglas

Book Three in the Nightingales series. The final year in the Nurses training.
Helen finally stands up to her what? Marriage?, but maybe not happily ever after.
Dora can't seem to get over Nick, who is married to her best friend.
Millie finally commits to Seb, but will he come back from the war? A visit to a fortune telling patient gives a dire warning.
Dora's brother is in deep with the anti semitic "Blackshirts".
All the Nurses are looking forward to finishing school, and wondering who will win the Nightingale Medal, and with it, a job at the Hospital.
Dora tries dating Joe, but her heart is just not in it. Helen finally  connects with her mother after learning the secret she had so long tried to hide.
I would love to see more stories from the Nightingales!

#86 The Nightingale Sisters by Donna Douglas

Book two in the Nightingales series.  We meet Violet, the new Night Sister, mysterious, secretive, she has something, or someone, to hide.
Dora continues her studies, She really misses a special guy, but that seems to be a lost cause.
Millie is searching for what her future should be. A new friend, an elderly patient, makes her even more unsure.
All of this while the whole country mourns  King George the V.
Sister Wren rules with an iron hand, and the students suffer for it!
Millie feels horrible when an abrasive patient ends her own life.  Comfort comes from an unexpected source. Another fascinating peek into the lives of the Nightingales in 1930's England.

#85 The Nightingale Girls by Donna Douglas

Dora Doyle was tough, she had to be. Growing up in Bethnal Green meant you had to fight for what you wanted. You had to earn the respect of the others in your life by being tough. 
But she had a dream, to be a Nightingale Nurse. So her she was, sitting in  front of the Matron at the Nightingale Teaching Hospital trying to explain why she felt she had earned a place there.
Lady Amelia Charlotte Benedict was supposed to be engaged following her Grandmothers plan. Instead, here she was, at the Nightingale Teaching Hospital, standing in the Matrons office, again, this time being told she had failed her preliminary training. Millie tried, but she tended to be clumsy, distracted and not at all like the proper lady she was supposed to be.
Helen Tremayne was quiet, kept to herself and did what she was told.
They were unlikely roommates. 
It is fascinating to look inside the training and society of 1930's England as we follow the trials and tribulations of their time at the Nightingale.
If you love PBS's Call the Midwife, you will love this series.
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099569350

Friday, May 9, 2014

#84 The Hollows Limited Edition Boxed Set, Skeleton Song and Skeleton Lake, by Angela Kulig

Raiden and Conrad are Skeletons. So is Cassie. Their world is strange, foreign, confusing. Don't worry and keep reading. The farther you descend into their world, the more you will understand.
It all has to do with the Lake. 
At first you are repelled, but then you begin to empathise, and later even to understand Cassie. When she dies for the last ache a little. 
When Marlow dies for the first time, you realise, slowly, that she will struggle to not make the same mistakes Cassie did. Cassie is there helping a way.
These books, Skeleton Song is the prequel to Skeleton Lake, are disturbing but fascinating. 
I have never read anything quite like them. I hope you find your way to them and through them. 
I can't wait to continue the story.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

#83 A country Doctor's Casebook by Roger A. MacDonald, M.D.

A Country Doctor's Casebook (Midwest Reflections)

Wonderful tales, told with the wit, wisdom and common sense of a true Country Doctor. Having spent time in the medical field myself I could immediately connect with the truth in his stories. He is not afraid to shine a light on the failures of the system, and sometimes just the failure of medicine itself. Sometimes, the patient steers the boat, no matter how hard we try to bring it to shore! These are the stories of a Doctor from a more principled, more open time. A simpler time maybe, but certainly no easier than now. He did what needed to be done, simply because there was no one else to do it. 
  • ASIN: B002J05HBG

#82 Woman of Courage by Wanda E. Brunsetter
Amanda Person thought she knew what her future would be, it was the night before her wedding and she was so happy. But an unexpected visit from her fiance changed everything. No wedding, no happily ever after, no future in the Quaker congregation where her father preached.
So Amanda and her father set out toward the West to Join a couple in their Mission to bring Christ to the Nez Perce  Indians in the Oregon Territory.
She was worried about her father who looked so tired. He finally was forced to tell her that his heart was failing, he was not long for this world and secured her promise she would continue on without him. She could have never guessed at the trials, dangers and the strengths she never knew she had as she struggles to fulfill that promise!
A wonderful story of a brave woman and her Journey with God toward true happiness.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

#81 Tumbleweed Weddings by Donna Reimel Robinson

Callie loves the library where she works, an old manor house, it is steeped in history, both it's own before becoming a library, and the history of a town full of children who learned to love books in it's comforting embrace. The head librarian, Lucille, keeps getting more cantankerous and tough to deal with every day! Not to mention the town council gunning to close the library and tear down the old building! Lane Hutchens comes to town, a stranger who seems to love books as much as Callie. Can they conspire to save the library and find love themselves?

Tonya speeds to work almost every day. Murry the local highway patrolman gives her a ticket..more than once!! Boy he gets under her skin! She's known him almost all her life and has not forgiven him for that snake he threw at her that got tangled in her hair as a kid...and she has no plans to! Beautiful, and used to using her beauty to get what she wants, she still feels empty, as if something is missing in her life. Murray finds himself with more feelings for her than he thinks he should. After all, he's not someone as beautiful as Tonya would ever fall in love with. Can they work out their differences and trust the Lord to work things out?

Cheyenne inherits 4 million dollars...BUT...only if she is married and has a child before she's 30. Big boned Cheyenne thinks that's not likely to happen. There's no men knocking down her door to propose, heck not even to ask for a date! She has always thought she would end up married to her best friend since they were kids, Derek Brandt. Unfortunately, Derek didn't want to get married until he was over 40. He had it in his head that God wanted him to stay single to focus on ministry. Then Rex Pierson moves into a ranch near town. He's a bit older, a widower and looking for a wife. He thinks Cheyenne is just what he is looking for and sets his sights firmly on her.  Cheyenne is flattered, but she just doesn't feel that "spark" with him that she does for Derek. Since Derek is moving off in other directions entirely, Cheyenne tries to resolve to marry Rex. Will she end up a Cowboys bride? Will Derek ever realize what he is missing?

A trio of interconnected stories, with a few more side romances thrown in, these are warm, inspirational romances that will warm your heart. enjoyable alone they are even better together!
  • ISBN-13: 978-1628361773