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The Nightingale Girls: (Nightingales 1) [NOOK Book]

The Nightingale Girls: (Nightingales 1)

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Overview

In at the deep end





Three very different girls sign up as trainee nurses at a big London teaching hospital in 1934.





DORA





Leaves her overcrowded, squalid East End home for a better life. But has she got what it takes to keep up with other, better educated girls? And will her hated stepfather ever let her go?





HELEN





Born for the job, her brother is a doctor, her all-powerful mother a hospital trustee. But will Helen's secret misery be her downfall?





MILLIE





An aristocratic rebel, her carefree attitude will find her up in front of Matron again and again. Will she ever care enough to make a nurse? Or will she go back to the glamorous life she was born to?





THE NIGHTINGALE GIRLS





What have they let themselves in for?



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781446493991
  • Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/16/2012
  • Series: Nightingales , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 26,665
  • File size: 907 KB

Meet the Author

Donna Douglas is a freelance journalist and - as Donna Hay - had a number of successful romantic novels published by Orion.

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  • Posted May 10, 2014

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    Dora Doyle was tough, she had to be. Growing up in Bethnal Green

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2014

    Nightingale Girls is a good read. it took me about a quarter of

    Nightingale Girls is a good read. it took me about a quarter of the way through before it caught my interest. From there it got really good. I look forward to the rest of the series. 
    4 stars

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2014

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    If you loved the PBS series Call the Midwife, these books are pe

    If you loved the PBS series Call the Midwife, these books are perfect for you. The story tells of three girls from vastly different backgrounds training for the honor of being a Nightingale. And make no mistake, back in the 1930’s, it was more about who you were or who your parents knew, that got your foot in the door. While I’ve never thought of nursing as a easy or glamorous job, it was definitely even less so in the 30’s. Nursing students were little more than servants at the beck and call  of the head sisters. They lived in dorms together and under the iron fists of head sisters. (Just saw a parallel to the students in Hogwarts, hummm) 
    Nurses were not allowed to be married and had very little free time. Their escapades slipping in past curfew and dealing with roommates added a lighter level to these stories.
    I read this on my Kindle which was so nice as I could stop and look up words that were unfamiliar to me both from the nursing and English standpoint. It was really fascinating and scary to see how much general medicine has changed in less than 100 years. Vaccinations and knowledge that we so take for granted was totally unknown or on the cutting edge in the 1930’s. 
    At just over 500 pages, I flew through this book. I couldn’t wait to see what happened in the next two books in this series that I had on my Kindle.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2014

    Great read! Engaging characters set in a well researched environ

    Great read! Engaging characters set in a well researched environment.
    Just finished this book and I've already ordered books 2 & 3 from B&N.
    Like the PBS show "Call the Midwife"? You'll LOVE this series!!!!

    I was provided a digital copy for review from NetGalley, but my words are mine alone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2014

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It follows three young women, D

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It follows three young women, Dora, Helen and Millie, who are training to
    become nurses at the Nightingale Teaching Hospital in the East End of London, post World War I.

    It was a well written story with well-developed primary and secondary characters. The three unlikely roommates
    are each sympathetic and likable characters.  Each one is working through her own difficult situation.  This book
    provides an interesting look inside society of 1930’s England as we follow the trials and tribulations of the girls
     the training at the Nightingale Teaching Hospital.  The plot is well paced, and the story is charming.

    If you love PBS’s Call the Midwife, you will love this series.  I look forward to the remainder of this trilogy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2014

    A light read.

    Being a nurse, I totally enjoyed this book. I could recognize things in it from my own training back in the 1960's that had not changed.
    Glad women of today are in better positions in the work place and with human rights. I'd like to hope few are under the thumb of others in this way. It was amusing too, it flowed well telling their stories.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014

    nursing as it was/is

    kept my inteterest till finished

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Difficult beginning trying to remember all the different charact

    Difficult beginning trying to remember all the different characters, but once you figure it out you won't put it down.  I'm now on the third book in the series and have already purchased the fourth book!

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  • Posted June 11, 2014

    New understanding of nursing students.

    Good read. Interesting character descriptions. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    Big surprise!

    I ordered this as a quick read while my husband was in the hospital. It will never win a literary prize, but I found it very enjoyable. The characters were quite stereotypical, but engaging. The author did not settle the future for each character - the reader's imagination must fill in the blanks, or read the next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Enjoyed this historical novel.

    Good read with accurate historical details. I will have to get the next one in the series.

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