The Nightingale Girls - Donna Douglas

Although there is a lot of romance in the plotlines of this book, but it is definitely in the women's fiction genre. The books were published in the wake of the popularity of Call The Midwife (book and television show), but there is very little nursing since the main characters are in training.

 

There are a lot of characters to keep track of in this book, but the main characters are Helen, Amelia (Mille), and Dora - these three are student nurses at The Nightingale Hospital, founded to train nurses and doctors while also providing healthcare to the East End of London. It is 1934 and Britain is changing in a lot of ways - and not everyone is happy about that. The book deals many issues regarding class and societal structure - for example, Mille is titled daughter but wants to be a nurse rather than a socialite and Dora is from the East End and can't afford textbooks until months after starting her training.

 

Be ye warned - there is a scene where a child is beaten, there is sexual assault of a teen girl on the page, and multiple references to the sexual assault and other victims of same rapist throughout the book. It was tough reading at times. Still I look forward to book two in the series.

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