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Nightingales on Call

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Soundings Audio Books; Unabridged edition (1 Aug. 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1407945602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407945606
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)

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"a fascinating journey into the past filled with historical detail ... Highly recommended" (Jera’s Jamboree)

"Breathes the life and times of the late 1930's into you" (A Novel Thought) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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From the author of The Nightingale Girls, The Nightingale Sisters and The Nightingale Nurses – perfect for fans of Call the Midwife --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I don't usually like reading a book midway through a series and Nightingales on Call is the fourth book in this series by Donna Douglas. I needn't have worried as soon as I read the first few pages I was hooked and immersed in the lives of the nurses from Nightingale Hospital.
It took a brave girl to train to be a nurse in the 1930's. It was a very strict, like being in the army. The ward sisters were like dragons and the nurses terrified of putting a foot wrong. All day they scrubbed floors and bedpans, made beds so tightly that a coin had to bounce off them. I found it quite sad that after three years of training a nurse had to give it all up if she wanted to be married. All that hard work for nothing, it's a pity the hospital board didn't give a thought about all the effort to train the girls just to let them go.

This book follows the girl's rotation on the children's ward. We follow Dora, Lucy and a few of their friends who only have three months left before they are staff nurses. Effie begins as a probationer following in the footsteps of her successful sisters but doesn't expect the hard work she is faced with.
I really liked the character of Jess who begins a job as a ward maid mainly cleaning the nurse's homes and looking after the home sister's needs. Jess is told she is worth less than the student nurses and she has not to speak to them but she becomes friends with Effie the probationary much to the displeasure of some of the other girls.
We learn more about the home life of the nurses than we do in the TV series Call the Midwife but if you're a fan you will enjoy this book too. Knowing what the nurses have to face at home gives you an understanding of why some of them are not so nice on the wards,everyone has a different story.
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Nightingales on Call written by Donna Douglas was another brilliant read based on the lives of the nurses of the Nightingale Hospital in London. There were nurses from the first three books including Dora and Millie and even Helen appears briefly as she comes to terms from losing her beloved Charlie.
I loved this book as there were new characters which included Jess Jago and Effie who has followed her sisters Katie and Bridget who have appeared in earlier books of the same series. As I followed the very gifted Jess with the heart of gold and the very naive Effie as she arrives in London trusting everyone she meets
Nightingales on Call for me was the best of the series but then I have loved each of the books and with each introduction of nurses their story grabs hold of me and Donna Douglas has a gift of giving her readers characters that it was impossible not to care for each of them. Sister Sutton is shown in a new light and as I got to know the woman behind the uniform I soon realised she had a heart behind that hard exterior which she ruled the Nurses home daily with always accompanied by the ever vigilant Sparky her beloved Jack Russell dog.
Effie brought many laughs into the series and her new life in London is so far away from her village life in Ireland and as she makes friends especially with Jess she soon realises what being a nurse actually entails.
This is a great book and I loved it from page one. Nightingales on Call written by Dna Douglas is a book I am happy to recommend to anyone who loves historical fiction which has characters who fill the book with many laughs and tears throughout.
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By Lincs Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 April 2014
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As with the other books in this series, Nightingales On Call can be read as a stand-alone novel, but having been a fan of these stories from the very first one, I'd urge readers to get hold of the other books too. Donna Douglas gives enough background information within Nightingales On Call to enable new readers to enjoy it just as much as old fans, but doesn't get too bogged down by things that happened earlier in the series.

This story concentrates mainly on Dora and Lucy who are almost at the end of their three year training,and will soon become Staff Nurses. These two girls have always had a tense relationship; Dora comes from the East End whilst Lucy's family are rich and she's been very spoilt by her parents. Their relationship changes dramatically throughout the course of the story as each of them deals with their own hidden secrets and shame. They find that they do have more in common than anyone could have guessed.

New characters are introduced, including ward maid Jess and trainee nurse Effie. Both of these bring a breath of fresh air to the nursing school in their own special way.

Once again, Donna Douglas effortlessly takes the reader into the world of student nursing before the NHS. The attention to detail is excellent and life on the wards for these young women is portrayed so well, from the back-aching scrubbing of the floors to the constant reminders that they should not grow close to their patients. Most of the nursing is playing out on the children's wards and I found this particularly fascinating. Imagine your beloved child is sick and in hospital and you can only visit him once per month?
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