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review 2019-01-27 11:17
The Nightingale Girls
The Nightingale Girls - Donna Douglas

I requested The Nightingale Girls because it immediately reminded me of Call The Midwife. Set in London's East End during the 30s it follows three young girls in The Nightingale, a training hospital for nurses.

It wasn't for me, unfortunately. I felt too little history and way to much soap opera. Besides, while it was a very easy read and not unpleasant as such, the multiple characters included felt like clichés to me and the stories were rather predictable.

I have to admit I don't think this genre really fits me, so I will leave the other books in the series as they are.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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text 2018-12-05 21:24
24 Festive Tasks, Door 9 - Thanksgiving UPDATED to include Task 2
Amelia: An Autumn Bride - Hildie McQueen
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 - Adam Hochschild
Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances - Alyssa Cole,Rose Lerner,Courtney Milan
Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story - Kurt Eichenwald
The Lotus Palace - Jeannie Lin
The Jade Temptress - Jeannie Lin
Once Upon a Spine - Kate Carlisle
Bitch Planet Volume 1 - Kelly Sue DeConnick,Robert Wilson IV,Valentine De Landro
Bitch Planet Volume 2: President Bitch - Kelly Sue DeConnick
Nightingales Under the Mistletoe: (Nightingales 7) - Donna Douglas

Thanksgiving

 

Book: Today, I read Amelia: An Autumn Bride (Brides for All Seasons #7) by Hildie McQueen (autumn colors).

 

Task #1

The three books I am most thankful for reading this year are:

 

1. To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild

          This is what I would recommend to anyone, but especially non-history readers, if they wanted to read one book about World War I. 

 

2. Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances by Rose Lerner, Courtney Milan, and Alyssa Cole

              I'm not a fangirl of Hamilton or his musical (although I do listen and enjoy the soundtrack), but getting new material from these authors was enough for me to buy it. Courtney Milan's story was my favorite, but Rose Lerner's and Alyssa Cole's stories were wonderful as well. 

 

3. Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story by Kurt Eichenwald

             This book was a door stopper, but read so much like a novel that it didn't feel over long at all. This is the true story of the rise and fall of Enron.

 

Honorable mention: The Lotus Palace and The Jade Temptress (Pingkang Li Mysteries #1 and 2) by Jeannie Lin.

 

Task #2

My perfect meal, created by a chef and his/her/their team, is inspired by my Italian heritage. It would be time and resource intensive, ergo I would never make it for myself.

1. Starters - Caprese salad and friend calamari

2. Main - Zuppa di Pesce e Frutti de Mare (just a ton of seafood in a clear broth)

3. Sides - Baked Fennel with Parmesan and Mushroom risotto

4. Dessert - Tiramisu

 

Task #3

The book I read this year with the most "stuffing" was Once Upon a Spine (A Bibliophile Mystery #11) by Kate Carlisle. Details about the most mundane things with boring vanilla characters and constant wedding talk - and the murder mystery was an afterthought until the very end. 

 

Task #4

Honestly, I can't remember all the freebies I download in a single month, let alone in a year. So here is what I bought this month:

 

1. Bitch Planet Volume 1 and 2 by Kelly Sue DeConnick et al (from Foyles)

2. A Nightingale Christmas Carol and Nightingales Under the Mistletoe by Donna Douglas (from a charity shop)

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review 2018-01-10 13:48
Lieben und Leiden während des Zweiten Weltkriegs
Die Nightingale Schwestern: Ein Weihnachtsfest der Hoffnung - Donna Douglas

England im Jahr 1941: Seit zwei Jahren herrscht der Zweite Weltkrieg und die Schwestern des Nightingale-Krankenhauses müssen sich auf einen harten Winter gefasst machen. Nach einer schlimmen Bombennacht werden einige von ihnen von der Hauptstadt London in ein kleines Dorfkrankenhaus versetzt. So auch Jess Jago, der der Umzug aufs Land überhaupt nicht passt. Doch als ihre Freundin Effie O’Hara eintrifft, bessert sich ihre Stimmung. Plötzlich kommt auch noch ein attraktiver US-Soldat ins Dorf. Er lässt die Herzen der Krankenschwestern höher schlagen und auf einmal hat die ländliche Ruhe ein Ende…

„Die Nightingale Schwestern – Ein Weihnachtsfest der Hoffnung“ ist bereits der siebte Band aus der Reihe von Donna Douglas um die sympathischen Krankenschwestern.

Meine Meinung:
Nachdem ich schon so viel Gutes über die Reihe gehört habe, habe ich mich nun auch einmal an die Nightingale-Serie gewagt. Zwar kenne ich die Vorgängerbände nicht. Dennoch war es für mich kein Problem, gut in den Roman zu finden.

Erzählt wird die Geschichte in 54 Kapiteln, die jeweils eine angenehme Länge haben. Es gibt mehrere Erzählstränge, die miteinander verknüpft werden. Der Schreibstil ist locker und flüssig, sodass ich schnell durch die Seiten gekommen bin.

Mit den verschiedenen Krankenschwestern lernt der Leser eine Reihe von Charakteren kennen, die mir größtenteils schnell sympathisch waren. Sie werden liebevoll und mit etlichen Details dargestellt.

Die Handlung habe ich gerne verfolgt. Sie ist stimmig und sorgt für Kurzweil. Es ist so einiges los, doch die Lektüre ist nicht nur unterhaltsam, sondern konnte mich auch berühren. Dabei geht es nicht nur um die Liebe, sondern auch um Trauer, Hoffnung und die negativen Folgen, die der Krieg mit sich bringt. Bewegend sind beispielsweise die vielen Schicksale, mit denen es die Nightingale-Schwestern zu tun haben. Auch das historische Setting hat den Roman interessant gemacht.

Die Cover und Titel der Nightingale-Reihe sprechen mich persönlich leider nicht so an, weswegen ich die Bücher bisher gemieden habe. Auch beim siebten Band trifft die Gestaltung nicht meinen Geschmack. Allerdings ist der Inhalt erfreulicherweise tatsächlich weitaus weniger kitschig als die Optik des Buches.

Mein Fazit:
„Die Nightingale Schwestern – Ein Weihnachtsfest der Hoffnung“ von Donna Douglas ist ein unterhaltsamer Roman, der mir kurzweilige Lesestunden bereitet hat.

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review 2017-04-27 22:03
Review: The Nightingale Girls (The Nightingale Girls #1) by Donna Douglas
The Nightingale Girls - Donna Douglas

Although there is a lot of romance in the plotlines of this book, but it is definitely in the women's fiction genre. The books were published in the wake of the popularity of Call The Midwife (book and television show), but there is very little nursing since the main characters are in training.

 

There are a lot of characters to keep track of in this book, but the main characters are Helen, Amelia (Mille), and Dora - these three are student nurses at The Nightingale Hospital, founded to train nurses and doctors while also providing healthcare to the East End of London. It is 1934 and Britain is changing in a lot of ways - and not everyone is happy about that. The book deals many issues regarding class and societal structure - for example, Mille is titled daughter but wants to be a nurse rather than a socialite and Dora is from the East End and can't afford textbooks until months after starting her training.

 

Be ye warned - there is a scene where a child is beaten, there is sexual assault of a teen girl on the page, and multiple references to the sexual assault and other victims of same rapist throughout the book. It was tough reading at times. Still I look forward to book two in the series.

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Read for Booklikes-opoly, Paradise Pier 29 The Monorail

407 pages = $5.00 to the bank

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text 2017-04-23 00:49
Booklikes-opoly (Fourth Turn)
The Nightingale Girls - Donna Douglas

It is after midnight here in England and I just got home from doing the laundry. Figured I get this out of the way before going to bed.

 

Bank: $25.00

Previous Space: New Orleans Square 22

April 23rd Roll: 8 (6+2)

New Space: Paradise Pier 29 - The Monorail (book that has travel by air, an airplane on the cover, or set in a city with a subway system). I picked The Nightingale Girls (The Nightingales #1) by Donna Douglas because I need a good reason to start reading this series (I have five or six of the books on my NOOK). The London Underground started in 1863; the book starts in the 1930s in a London hospital. 407 pages on the NOOK; possible $5.00 added to the bank. I know I am not going to finish this in two days, but I hope to have it done in time for one more turn.

 

Edited to Add: Broken Tune in the comments section corrected me on how much the book is worth. I changed the amount to reflect the correct value. This is why you don't do math after midnight.

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