No talking to men, no late nights, never speak unless you are spoken to Despite the hardship and the drudgery, this novel captures the youthful fun side of the students, it is packed with stories from the ward, mishaps and cover ups, impossible patients, arrogant doctors and self-important management. Each of the students also have their own story, and these are what really made me love this novel. The three girls and their families, and their past are woven into the tales of the hospital wonderfully. The Nightingale Girls is a joy to read, a real treasure.
I am looking forward to hearing more about Dora, Helen and Millie in the second book of the series. Jun 08, Sam Still Reading rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: It has elements of Call the Midwife the camaraderie, the London East End , but this is hospital based — think doctors, strict Sisters and night duty.
The only thing the three have in common is that they share a cold attic room. Even though the book is the first in a series, the ending is still satisfying. There were still enough cliff-hangers to make me look up the synopsis for the next book though. The plot made up for it though — it moves at a speedy pace, introducing new threads while adding to the current plot.
There are a lot of issues covered in many different forms, such as love and loss. You will keep turning the pages at a rapid rate! Thank you to Random House for the eBook.
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Jun 09, Stephanie Swint rated it liked it. Donna Douglas does a great job at creating likable characters you want to read and follow in 'The Nightingale Girls. Readers follow Amelia Millie Bennedict who is the daughter of an Earl in High Society; Helen Tremayne who comes from a terribly strict upbringing and is a legacy to her mother who was a Nightin Donna Douglas does a great job at creating likable characters you want to read and follow in 'The Nightingale Girls.
Readers follow Amelia Millie Bennedict who is the daughter of an Earl in High Society; Helen Tremayne who comes from a terribly strict upbringing and is a legacy to her mother who was a Nightingale nurse; and Dora Doyle who is from the East End and had to work in factories and go to Night School to earn this opportunity. There are others but these are our primary characters.
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Douglas utilizes them to detail the class structure of the time and the challenges that would be faced by young women during a time of enormous change in England including family expectations, marriage and dating, and entering the workforce. I read that viewers who enjoyed 'Call the Midwife' will enjoy this as well.
I agree, and I fall in that category. I had hoped it would delve deeper into class structure and history but I liked it. I will absolutely pick up the next book. It is something I will read when I'm looking for lighter fare. In the past, I've likened some books to candy - fun, tasty, satisfying but not particularly filling.
This definitely falls in that category. That being said I don't know anyone who doesn't like candy. Sep 15, lebe. Dec 09, Deborah rated it it was amazing. Couldn't put the book down. May 22, Patrizia rated it liked it Shelves: Aug 14, Nikki Bywater rated it it was amazing. Dora comes from a poor background and she is passionate and determined to become a nurse. Dora has always dreamed about being a nurse and it is a career choice that can help her escape from her humble beginnings and save her from her abusive Stepfather.
But with money for new text books to be found, will Dora be able to keep up with her fellow students if she falls behind in her studies due to a lack of books? Helen does not have many friends and she tends to keep herself to herself. But deep down Helen is deeply unhappy; her controlling mother controls all aspects of her life. So when Helen gets the chance to live her own life and break free from her overbearing mother, will she be able to make a stand?
Millie or to give her, her full title Lady Amelia is a carefree girl from an aristocrat family. Millie is a bit of a rebel often arriving back at the hospital late after a night out and avoiding the more senior staff. Millie is already repeating her preliminary training after failing the first time round, she now needs to work hard. Can she become more organised and prove she as what it takes to become a nurse? It is a really wonderful read that I found really touching at times. I really liked all the characters they are really likable. The story does not just concentrate on the characters time in the hospital but on their personal lives too.
Apr 10, Lianne rated it really liked it Shelves: This review in its entirety was originally posted at eclectictales. The reader follows Dora, Millie, and Helen, as they go through their probationary period and first year with classes, become accustomed to what is required of them, learn to deal with patients and staff, and interact with each other. Each main character comes from a different socioecono I was approved an ARC of this book by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Each main character comes from a different socioeconomic background, but they are all similar in that they want to excel as nurses.
Their individual storylines were interesting and I was invested to reading how it all works out for them. Millie also goes through a journey of responsibility and finding herself in a wee bit of a love triangle sort of ; I think I find her the most endearing of the three because she just wants to do her own thing despite coming from an aristocratic family. Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Nightingale Girls. I was wholly invested in their stories and cared for many of the people in their lives. I highly recommend this novel for readers of historical fiction and fans of Call the Midwife and other related medical period dramas.
These three nurses are from contrasting backgrounds and the reader also finds out they are embarking upon a career in nursing for different reasons.
Dora is from a working class background and is hoping nursing will lead her to a better life. Helen is a young woman Missing one of my favourite television series Call the Midwife, made me turn to The Nightingale Girls by Donna Douglas for comfort. Helen is a young woman who is destined for a career in nursing, with her brother being a doctor and her mother on the hospital board, but can she live up to the expectations placed on her? Millie is from an aristocratic background, but her lax attitude towards her training means she is on her last chance to prove she can truly make as a nurse.
The Nightingale Girls is more a coming of age book crossed with romantic fiction. The focus is largely on the love and personal lives of Dora, Helen and Millie. Douglas displays strong character development in her first novel of a continuing series, this book sets up opportunities for storyline progression of Dora, Helen, Millie and other minor characters present in the book. I recommend this book and series to fans of historical fiction, who like an emphasis on nursing. Mar 17, Alexandra rated it it was ok. It seems most reviewers loved this book, so I'm trying to figure out what I'm missing.
I'm a big fan of historical fiction so I thought I would enjoy this as much as everyone else did. But I just found it boring. It seemed nothing really happened at least for the first couple hundred pages. I didn't like any of the characters either. I also felt there were too many characters who I felt didn't need to be introduced as detailed as they were.
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The Nightingale Girls (Nightingales #1) by Donna Douglas
Or, get it for Kobo Super Points! This utterly delightful novel brings a London pre-war hospital vividly to life. In this series View all Book 2. Ratings and Reviews 6 84 star ratings 6 reviews.
Yes No Thanks for your feedback! It kept me reading from begaing to end. It reminded me off what the nursing was liked and the story line is interesting to keep me going. Talking about the defferant walk of life. I was quite disappointed when I came to the end. What a good book. Hope I can find more by this author. It is in London. A new group of nursing students are ready to start at the Nightingale Teaching Hospital very prestigious.
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 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. 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.
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