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Sorry I was disappointed
on 11 September 2011
I generally love all books of this genre being a nurse myself and an old school one to boot so this should have been just the ticket. I nearly always finish a book once I've started it, although as I get older, I think life's too short to stick with bad writing. Not that this was bad, it just wasn't so good.
I'm sure Evelyn Prentis was a better nurse than she was author which was good for her patients but she must have had some great stories to tell and she tried to in the book, but it just didn't really come across. I kept getting bored, sorry. Then there were moments of great pathos, well written chapters with characters you could relate to, when I'd feel almost guilty for nearly giving up on the book. Fortunately, I took it on holiday with me, so being stuck in an airport I saw it through to the end. Now I realise I've also got her other book, I don't feel in a rush to read it.
When I read through this review again, it sounds terribly negative and I thought I should at least try and say something positive. The book did give a good reflection of how very difficult it must have been to nurse in the months leading up to and at the start of the Second World War.