The Nightingale Girls: (Nightingales 1)

The Nightingale Girls: (Nightingales 1)

by Donna Douglas
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The Nightingale Girls: (Nightingales 1) by Donna Douglas

Three very different girls sign up as student nurses in 1936, while England is still mourning the death of George V. Dora is a tough East Ender, driven by ambition, but also desperate to escape her squalid, overcrowded home and her abusive stepfather. Helen is the quiet one, a mystery to her fellow nurses, avoiding fun, gossip and the limelight. In fact she is in the formidable shadow of her overbearing mother, who dominates every aspect of her life. Can a nursing career free Helen at last? The third of our heroines is naughty, rebellious Millie an aristocrat on the run from her conventional upper class life. She is doomed to clash over and over again with terrifying Sister Hyde and to get into scrape after scrape especially where men are concerned.

This utterly delightful novel brings a London pre-war hospital vividly to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781446493991
Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 08/16/2012
Series: Nightingales Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 52,433
File size: 928 KB

About the Author

Donna Douglas lives in York with her husband and two cats. They have a grown-up daughter. When she is not busy writing, she is generally reading, watching Netflix or drinking cocktails. Sometimes all at the same time.

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fuzzmom More than 1 year ago
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.
alterlisa More than 1 year ago
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.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
claire333 More than 1 year ago
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.
crazymilo More than 1 year ago
I read this book thinking it would be as interesting and engaging as the Call The Midwife series. I didn't like it nearly as much. I also recognized at least two different incidents in the book that exactly mirrored one I read in Call the Midwife and one I read in the Irish Country Doctor Series. I just didn't get into the characters like I wanted to.
bookgirl_2134 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read with accurate historical details. I will have to get the next one in the series.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Nightingale Girls by Donna Douglas is the first book in The Nightingale series. It is 1934 in London. A new group of nursing students are ready to start at the Nightingale Teaching Hospital (very prestigious). Matron Kathleen Fox is new to the position and she is what they call a “modern” nurse. Veronica Hanley is a little resentful. Hanley is the assistant matron and thought she would get the matron position when it became available. Dora Doyle is one of the new students. Dora is from the East End (a working class section of London) which is unusual for a student of the Nightingale (most of their students are from upper class families). Dora wishes to have a better life and to escape her step-father, Alf. Lady Amelia Charlotte Benedict or Millie is going to be redoing her initial twelve-week training period (just because she spilled a solution on a judge during the final test). Millie’s grandmother wants her to get married and provide an heir for the family estate. Millie wants to do something useful and her father supports her decision. Millie, though, also believes in living life to the fullest and loves to sneak out at night (which gets her in trouble). Helen Tremayne is also a student at the school. She is the daughter of Constance Tremayne who is on the Board of Trustees. Mrs. Tremayne expects her daughter to become a nurse (even though this is not what she wanted) and to behave in a certain way. Nursing is not an easy profession. It involves quite a bit of studying and a lot of hard, dirty work. Will these girls have what it takes to make it? The Nightingale Girls takes us back to a different time. My interest was captured immediately and was held throughout the whole book. I did not want the book to end (and was glad to find out that there are more books in the series). The Nightingale Girls has interesting characters from different walks of life. I give The Nightingale Girls 5 out of 5 stars. It is written in a nice, easy to read style. I am looking forward to reading the other books in this series. This is a British novel so there is some British words (slang) and phrases that you may not be used to, but they can usually be understood within the context of the sentence (or paragraph). I did not feel it took away from the story in any way (actually enhanced it). I received a complimentary copy of The Nightingale Girls from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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If you are a fan of the PBS series "Call the Midwife" you will love this book. A very enjoyable read.
NettAL More than 1 year ago
Love this author!! Well written.
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kept my inteterest till finished
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2togo More than 1 year ago
Good read. Interesting character descriptions. Highly recommend.
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