Three very different girls sign up as trainee nurses at a big London teaching hospital in 1934. Dora leaves her overcrowded, squalid working-class 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 is 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? An aristocratic rebel, Millie’s 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? What have they let themselves in for?
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I absolutely adored this. I really loved how Donna created such varied and rich backstories to each of the three main characters in Dora, Millie and Helen. I also really enjoyed the ensemble characters too.
Penelope Freeman does a marvellous job switching between each character.
I found this series purely by chance and I'm so glad I did! I was so hooked I immediately went to listen to Nightingale Sisters upon conclusion of this opening tale!
Thank you Donna for providing such a magnificent series set in London in the 1930's; I love reading stories from this period! And thanks Audible for having it in your vast collection!
Enjoyable story, it had all the right things needed, I gound myself laughing at times but overall very enjoyable
"For young girls"
This book may appeal to you, if you are 12 and under I'm a grown woman of 54 and there's no way I could even get through the first hour
"Very enjoyable read..."
I really enjoyed this book. I would've given it five stars except for the voices of some of the nurses. But don't let that deter you. All the characters seem very real and down to earth.
I didn't want the book to end.
"I guess I'm buying three more books..."
Enjoyable book, nice narration. I like this narrator; she really makes annoying characters grate on my nerves. Listened to it in three days (one long car trip)
"What a surprise!"
This is not my usual kind of book - I am more a horror, crime and sci-fi fan. I bought this because of the length (I had a long train journey coming up) and wanting something easy on the ear. And what a surprise! I got hooked and drawn into the story very quickly, and absorbed in the lives of the characters. I've bought the next two in the series and can't wait to hear them. Only one tiny weeny little thing, the narrator is excellent, but her delivery gets a little high-pitched and nasal when speaking the parts of the "posh folk", but it's not enough to spoil anything or put me off buying the rest of the series.
"Excellent First In Saga of Nightingale Nurses"
Excellent book giving an a near true account of what life was like for our
nurses since the days of Florence Nightingale. These books can become quite addictive. Daily gossip of life in the stringent run hospitals is intriguing and will appeal to anyone with a humane spirit and for those who enjoy living or learning about nursing; especially in the Florence Nightingale Club.
The narrator Penelope Freeman brings alive all of her characters adding to the enjoyment of these books. Her imitation of the males is fun. She has a way of sounding like a couple of the male actors on screen. When she is 'male' it is quite astonishing to think a female is doing the voice. Freeman is endearing and truly relaxes into her job.
I have already purchased the 2nd in the saga with a view to go on to purchasing the whole set. I will take one book at a time as I do not normally buy sagas that go on into 7 or 8 books due to repetitiveness sneaking into the 3rd round. But who knows, these are so enjoyable.
"Training and life of the original nightingale nurs"
The story had me gripped from posh to poor then all had their places to fill.
Each nurse had their own background story to tell which made interesting listening.
All that glitters is not gold springs to mind.
a long time ago I read a book about young mothers being sent away to convents to have with babies because they were unmarried, this made me think of the hard times they had.
Dora Doyle isn't so lucky as she wasn't from a wealthy background but she was so good with other people and always ready to help others even when they wasn't nice to her.
When Helen stood up to her mother.
A good listen it leaves you wanting most the follow on book is called Nightingale Sisters,
"Lovely light read"
I picked this book up on a whim as part of a 2 for 1 sale, but I'm really glad I did. I found the story thoroughly engaging (even if it was quite predictable). I highly recommend for anyone looking for a bit of light, chick lit, historical fiction.
"Delightful, enjoyed every minute"
I found The Nightingale Girls by accident, and read several reviews which applauded the author and the elegantly written novels, I loved the social nuances around the girls and their individual stories, as well as the thoughtfully depiction of nursing in 1935.
I am a crime fiction, turned supernatural lover, however I needed a rest from all the dark stuff, so I will now buy the next I'm the series of The Nightingale Girls, to listen to as an antidote to my otherwise murky world of listening.
I thought the story was very good but it seemed that at the end of the book
"Great story & excellent narration"
I've listened to all the nightingale stories and can't fault any of them. I really love the narrator's voice and her ability to change her tone and accents to suit different characters.
It was just a glorified love story under the banner of a hospital setting
Made it more about the experiences of nursing and hospital life
None really - it was just that she did the accents well and her voice was the only thing that kept me listening
No - worst book I have had from audible
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