Saturday, May 10, 2014

#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

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