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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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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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text 2016-01-02 23:29
January Reading List
This Wicked Gift (A Carhart Series Novella) (Entangled Edge) - Courtney Milan
The Nightingale Girls - Donna Douglas
Small-Town Fireman (Gordon Falls Book 6) - Allie Pleiter
The Earl's Defiant Wallflower (Dukes of War Book 1) - Erica Ridley
The Spinster and The Earl - Beverly S. Adam
Banshee Charmer - Tiffany Allee
Courting His Countess - C.J. Archer
4000 Years of Uppity Women - Vicki León
From the Ballroom and Beyond, A Limited Edition Nine Book Regency Romance Box Set - Julie Johnstone,Christi Caldwell,Jane Charles,Catherine Gayle,Rose Gordon,Ava Stone,Jerrica Knight-Catania,Deb Marlowe,Claudia Dain

This month is about knocking out some library borrows and taking a stab on bringing down the Great and Powerful TBR pile.

 

Jane Austen Challenge

1. Sense and Sensibility

2. Northanger Abbey

3. Persuasion

 

Courtney Milan Challenge

4. This Wicked Gift (Carhart Series Novella)

 

Women in the Military Challenge

5. Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq by Kirsten Holmstedt

6. When Janey Comes Marching Home by Laura Browder and Sascha Pflaeging

 

Non-fiction Challenge

7. Methland by Nick Reding

8. In-N-Out Burger by Stacy Perman

9. Jane Austen (Literary Lives series) by Marghanita Laski

 

Great and Powerful TBR pile read down

10. The Nightingale Girls (The Nightingales #1) by Donna Douglas

11. The Earl's Defiant Wallflower (Dukes of War #1) by Erica Ridley

12. The Spinster and the Earl by Beverly Adam

13. Banshee Charmer by Tiffany Allee

14. Small-Town Fireman (Gordon Falls #6) by Allie Pleiter

15. Courting his Countess by CJ Archer

 

I am also starting year-long (or however long it takes me) reading of these two books:

1. 4,000 years of Uppity Women by Vicki Leon (10 entries per month)

2. From the Ballroom and Beyond (one book from this series per month)

 

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review 2014-08-31 04:24
If You Liked Call the Midwife
The Nightingale Girls - Donna Douglas

If you loved the PBS series Call the Midwife, these books are perfect for you. The story tells of three girls from vastly different backgrounds training for the honor of being a Nightingale. And make no mistake, back in the 1930’s, it was more about who you were or who your parents knew, that got your foot in the door. While I’ve never thought of nursing as a easy or glamorous job, it was definitely even less so in the 30’s. Nursing students were little more than servants at the beck and call  of the head sisters. They lived in dorms together and under the iron fists of head sisters. (Just saw a parallel to the students in Hogwarts, hummm)

Nurses were not allowed to be married and had very little free time. Their escapades slipping in past curfew and dealing with roommates added a lighter level to these stories.

I read this on my Kindle which was so nice as I could stop and look up words that were unfamiliar to me both from the nursing and English standpoint. It was really fascinating and scary to see how much general medicine has changed in less than 100 years. Vaccinations and knowledge that we so take for granted was totally unknown or on the cutting edge in the 1930’s.

At just over 500 pages, I flew through this book. I couldn’t wait to see what happened in the next two books in this series that I had on my Kindle.

 

Source: lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/2014/08/review-nightingale-girls-by-donna.html
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