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Three very different girls sign up as student nurses in 1936, while England is still mourning the death of George V. Dora is a tough East Ender, driven by ambition, but also desperate to escape her squalid, overcrowded home and her abusive stepfather. Helen is the quiet one, a mystery to her fellow nurses, avoiding fun, gossip and the limelight. In fact she is in the formiThree very different girls sign up as student nurses in 1936, while England is still mourning the death of George V. Dora is a tough East Ender, driven by ambition, but also desperate to escape her squalid, overcrowded home and her abusive stepfather. Helen is the quiet one, a mystery to her fellow nurses, avoiding fun, gossip and the limelight. In fact she is in the formidable shadow of her overbearing mother, who dominates every aspect of her life. Can a nursing career free Helen at last? The third of our heroines is naughty, rebellious Millie an aristocrat on the run from her conventional upper class life. She is doomed to clash over and over again with terrifying Sister Hyde and to get into scrape after scrape especially where men are concerned. This utterly delightful novel brings a London pre-war hospital vividly to life....

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The Nightingale Girls: Reviews

  • Josiemaus85
    2019-01-30 07:21

    Überraschend gut. Hat mir sehr gefallen :)

  • Dorcas
    2019-02-21 05:29

    I liked this. At first I wasn't sure if I would. I wanted more hospital/patient stories and less nurse stories but hello, look at the title. It is a book about three student NURSES in 1930s East End London. It is a bit of a soap opera, fans of 'Strong Medicine' (not a book, I know but you get the idea) and ' Call The Midwife' will like this. I found myself getting quite engrossed in their lives and had a hard time putting the last half of the book down. (In fact, as soon as I turned the last page I grabbed the next book in the series and bookmarked the first chapter).There are love interests in the book but everything is kept clean which I appreciated. Bottom line: Well worth the read and pretty absorbing.CONTENT:SEX: (view spoiler)[ Two characters are sexually abused by their stepfather, and while not explicit it's a bit coarse for young readers (but brief)(hide spoiler)]VIOLENCE: Not an issuePROFANITY : Mild (B, D, H) MY RATING : PG-13*I received a free ebook from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion

  • Anne
    2019-02-13 06:21

    Donna Douglas is a very successful author of contemporary romance novels, written under the name of Donna Hay. The Nightingale Girls is her first historical novel, the first of a planned trilogy and was published by Arrow Books at Random House on 16 August.The Nightingale Girls of the title are the students of the fictional Florence Nightingale Teaching Hospital, situated in London's East End, the story starts in the 1930s. The story centres around three of the students; Dora, Helen and Millie. Three very different girls, with different backgrounds, different experiences but brought together by their shared mission - to become nurses.Dora is an East End girl from a poor, working-class district. She is not the usual Nightingale student and is often looked down on by some of the other students. She is from tough stock and has battled hard to get away from home, and more importantly, to get away from her step-father.Helen is quiet and studious, and known as a tell-tale. The other girls don't trust her one bit - her formidable Mother is a Trustee of the Hospital and governs both the staff and her own daughter with a rod of iron.Millie is an aristocrat, the much-loved daughter of her doting father. Carefree and often flippant, there are not many people who believe that she will ever qualify as a nurse.Thrown together during training, these three girls form an unlikely alliance, slowly opening up to each as they battle through 14 hour days, stripping beds and washing out bedpans. On their feet all day, in heavy uniforms and uncomfortable shoes - at the beck and call of the Sister of the ward, and treated as the lowest of the low.Donna Douglas has created three captivating characters, full of warmth and fun, pain and sadness and honesty. Her meticulous research into the lives of student nurses in the 1930s shines through into this story, making it a compelling read. As a small girl, I never dreamed of becoming a nurse, and as an adult I have spent a fair amount of time as a patient and have the greatest admiration for the nursing profession. Times can be hard nowadays, but 80 years ago their lives seemed almost unbearable. No talking to men, no late nights, never speak unless you are spoken to...... and the list goes on.Despite the hardship and the drudgery, this novel captures the youthful fun side of the students, it is packed with stories from the ward, mishaps and cover ups, impossible patients, arrogant doctors and self-important management.Each of the students also have their own story, and these are what really made me love this novel. The three girls and their families, and their past are woven into the tales of the hospital wonderfully.The Nightingale Girls is a joy to read, a real treasure. I am looking forward to hearing more about Dora, Helen and Millie in the second book of the series.

  • Sam Still Reading
    2019-02-02 08:30

    I’m certain readers of my reviews are heartily sick of the fact that I love the book and television show, Call the Midwife. I love historical nursing fiction – I’m not sure why, as it’s not the most glamorous of jobs but there’s something cosy and inviting about reading about nurses that never gets boring. The Nightingale Girls is the first book in the Nightingale Nurses series (there’s currently four books and an eBook Christmas story), set in the fictional Nightingale Hospital in London. It has elements of Call the Midwife (the camaraderie, the London East End), but this is hospital based – think doctors, strict Sisters and night duty. It’s a wonderfully heart-warming read where there is always something happening.There are three main characters in this book – there’s Dora, a girl from the East End with a secret to cause her to leave her family; Millie, a failed probationer and lady of society and Helen, a more senior student nurse with an overbearing mother. It’s an interesting combination as generally Helen is off working on the wards while Millie and Dora are in class. The only thing the three have in common is that they share a cold attic room. Gradually, we begin to realise that there’s more in common between the trio than at first glance – they’re all running from something and they need each other’s help. But don’t be put off thinking that the book is all serious issues – there’s a lot of humour and a lot of love.Interestingly, we get an insight into some of the more minor characters’ heads. We learn that the new Matron isn’t all that popular and that her deputy has a few tricks up her sleeve – but not all of them achieve the result she wants. We also see that Dora’s nemesis, Lucy, has her own issues that might explain why she’s so catty. I liked this aspect – usually we don’t understand the motives of the secondary characters, but by doing so, I felt more sympathy for some of the characters. I’m hoping to see more of them in the next book or three.Even though the book is the first in a series, the ending is still satisfying. (There were still enough cliff-hangers to make me look up the synopsis for the next book though). The medicine mentioned was accurate (as far as I know – it’s enough to keep up with current advancements, let alone historical treatments!) but there wasn’t quite enough for my liking. The plot made up for it though – it moves at a speedy pace, introducing new threads while adding to the current plot. There are a lot of issues covered in many different forms, such as love and loss. You will keep turning the pages at a rapid rate!I’m looking forward to revisiting the Nightingale Girls soon and seeing what another year of training has in store for them.Thank you to Random House for the eBook.

  • Stephanie Swint
    2019-02-15 03:29

    Donna Douglas does a great job at creating likable characters you want to read and follow in 'The Nightingale Girls.' It is a fun, light read set in 1930's London following a group of young women from vastly different backgrounds studying to become nurses at the prestigious Nightingale teaching hospital.Readers follow Amelia (Millie) Bennedict who is the daughter of an Earl in High Society; Helen Tremayne who comes from a terribly strict upbringing and is a legacy to her mother who was a Nightingale nurse; and Dora Doyle who is from the East End and had to work in factories and go to Night School to earn this opportunity. There are others but these are our primary characters. Douglas utilizes them to detail the class structure of the time and the challenges that would be faced by young women during a time of enormous change in England including family expectations, marriage and dating, and entering the workforce.I read that viewers who enjoyed 'Call the Midwife' will enjoy this as well. I agree, and I fall in that category. I had hoped it would delve deeper into class structure and history but I liked it. I will absolutely pick up the next book. It is something I will read when I'm looking for lighter fare. In the past, I've likened some books to candy - fun, tasty, satisfying but not particularly filling. This definitely falls in that category. That being said I don't know anyone who doesn't like candy. I certainly doI received this from Netgalley and Random House UK - North America in return for an honest review.

  • Patrizia
    2019-01-23 05:15

    Berufsalltag in den 30ern 😂 ganz unterhaltsam

  • Nikki Bywater
    2019-02-12 04:22

    The Nightingale Girls is all about three girls with very different personalities, who have signed up to be trainee nurses at one of the best teaching hospitals in London in the 1930’s.Dora comes from a poor background and she is passionate and determined to become a nurse. Dora has always dreamed about being a nurse and it is a career choice that can help her escape from her humble beginnings and save her from her abusive Stepfather. But with money for new text books to be found, will Dora be able to keep up with her fellow students if she falls behind in her studies due to a lack of books?Helen’s mother is a hospital trustee and her brother is a doctor. Helen does not have many friends and she tends to keep herself to herself. But deep down Helen is deeply unhappy; her controlling mother controls all aspects of her life. So when Helen gets the chance to live her own life and break free from her overbearing mother, will she be able to make a stand?Millie or to give her, her full title Lady Amelia is a carefree girl from an aristocrat family. Millie is a bit of a rebel often arriving back at the hospital late after a night out and avoiding the more senior staff. Millie is already repeating her preliminary training after failing the first time round, she now needs to work hard. Can she become more organised and prove she as what it takes to become a nurse?This is the first in a series of novels following the lives and loves of three trainee nurses in the 1930’s. It is a really wonderful read that I found really touching at times. I really liked all the characters they are really likable. The story does not just concentrate on the characters time in the hospital but on their personal lives too. I really want to find out what is going to happen to the characters in the next book, so it is a book that leaves the reader wanting more and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

  • Lianne
    2019-02-08 05:41

    I was approved an ARC of this book by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This review in its entirety was originally posted at reader follows Dora, Millie, and Helen, as they go through their probationary period and first year with classes, become accustomed to what is required of them, learn to deal with patients and staff, and interact with each other. Each main character comes from a different socioeconomic background, but they are all similar in that they want to excel as nurses. They have their ups and downs with the profession, whether it be failing a practicum or getting in trouble and having to go before the Matron, but I love how their friendship with each other grows that they’re able to support each other by the end of the novel.Their individual storylines were interesting and I was invested to reading how it all works out for them. Helen undergoes quite a major character journey from being under her mother’s formidable persona with a very quiet, compliant persona to becoming a woman who makes her own decisions regardless of her mother’s opinion and finding happiness along the way. Millie also goes through a journey of responsibility and finding herself in a wee bit of a love triangle (sort of); I think I find her the most endearing of the three because she just wants to do her own thing despite coming from an aristocratic family. Dora’s story was the darkest, not because of her working class background and her difficulties fitting in, but because of her stepfather and his presence in her life.Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Nightingale Girls. I was wholly invested in their stories and cared for many of the people in their lives. I highly recommend this novel for readers of historical fiction and fans of Call the Midwife and other related medical period dramas.

  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    2019-01-27 01:33

    Missing one of my favourite television series Call the Midwife, made me turn to The Nightingale Girls by Donna Douglas for comfort. This book was a nice and easy, mostly predictable read, about three trainee nurses during the 1930’s. These three nurses are from contrasting backgrounds and the reader also finds out they are embarking upon a career in nursing for different reasons. Dora is from a working class background and is hoping nursing will lead her to a better life. Helen is a young woman who is destined for a career in nursing, with her brother being a doctor and her mother on the hospital board, but can she live up to the expectations placed on her? Millie is from an aristocratic background, but her lax attitude towards her training means she is on her last chance to prove she can truly make as a nurse. These three young women’s lives intertwine as they embark upon a rigorous training program in a prestigious London hospital. The Nightingale Girls is more a coming of age book crossed with romantic fiction. The focus is largely on the love and personal lives of Dora, Helen and Millie. Douglas displays strong character development in her first novel of a continuing series, this book sets up opportunities for storyline progression of Dora, Helen, Millie and other minor characters present in the book. There are glimpses of what nursing life was like in the 1930’s era, the training of the nurses is by far the strongest point of the novel for me. An enjoyable start to a series, The Nightingale Girls is followed by The Nightingale Sisters, The Nightingale Nurses, Nightingales on Call, A Nightingale Christmas Wish and May 2015 release, Nightingales at War. I recommend this book and series to fans of historical fiction, who like an emphasis on nursing.

  • Alexandra
    2019-02-22 08:17

    It seems most reviewers loved this book, so I'm trying to figure out what I'm missing. I'm a big fan of historical fiction so I thought I would enjoy this as much as everyone else did. But I just found it boring. It seemed nothing really happened at least for the first couple hundred pages. I didn't like any of the characters either. I also felt there were too many characters who I felt didn't need to be introduced as detailed as they were. I just didn't find anything to like about this book, and I really tried.

  • Carrie Stewart
    2019-02-17 03:39

    Not a book I would normally pick up but it was sent to me by the publisher so I thought I'd give it a go. It was fine, and some nice moments, but rather predictable. I suppose 'nice' sums it up best, so if that's what you're after then this delivers. I thought the end was quite abrupt, but looking at other reviews on here it seems this is the first in a trilogy, so that makes more sense. I liked the three main characters, but not enough to read the next books. Just not for me.

  • Jackie Leitson
    2019-02-18 06:21

    I really wanted to like this book, but I just didn't. As a huge fan of "Call the Midwife", It was disappointing. I didn't care about the characters except one and it just bored me. I read halfway through and didn't finish it as I feel there is a ton of engaging literature out there waiting for me to devour it!!

  • CLM
    2019-02-02 06:31

    An entertaining new series about three aspiring young English nurses, which has some formulaic elements but is still enjoyable. Here is a link to my review:

  • LaBibliodeCaro
    2019-01-24 06:22

    Avec comme bandeau promotionnel « best-seller du Sunday Times », Les filles du Nightingale se présentait comme un roman prometteur, d’autant que les critiques élogieuses pleuvent sur les réseaux sociaux et les autres blogs littéraires. Pratiquement un an après avoir acheté la version poche (oui ! j’ai pris mon temps !!), je me suis enfin plongée dans ce pavé de 676 pages. Après avoir tourné le toute dernière page, je peux dire que ce premier tome de la série Nightingale me laisse un sentiment plutôt positif.L’histoire est une sorte de version austère de Grey’s Anatomy dans l’Angleterre des années 30. Dans l’hôpital d’enseignement Nightingale se croisent plusieurs destins de jeunes filles aux parcours différents mais à l’ambition commune : devenir infirmière. Qu’elles proviennent d’un milieu privilégié comme Millie ou d’une famille défavorisée de l’East End londonien comme Dora, les aspirantes infirmières découvrent l’exigence de la formation Nightingale tout en devant faire face à une multitude de problèmes personnels. Entre les romances contrariées, les difficultés relationnelles avec d’autres personnages forts comme la peste Lucy, ou la menace des remontrances de leurs supérieurs, Dora, Helen et Millie apprennent à s’affirmer au fil des chapitres et des nombreux rebondissements.D’une écriture dense et dynamique, ce roman se lit facilement et entraîne aisément la lectrice dans un univers rythmé par des exigences morales incroyablement restrictives. L’auteure a réussi à planter un décor riche et crédible. Certes long, ce livre ne présente pas spécialement de longueurs, ce qui mérite d’être souligné. J’ai trouvé les trois héroïnes attachantes et leurs histoires respectives prenantes, mais sans pour autant me sentir emballée outre mesure. Curieusement, j’ai beaucoup aimé ce récit mais ce n’était pas un coup de cœur comparativement à d’autres romans qui m’ont passionnée ces dernières semaines. Peut-être est-ce dû au milieu hospitalier ou à l’époque rigide ? Je pense qu’il me manquait quelques moments de légèreté à la Downton Abbey pour être plus éprise du roman. Quoi qu’il en soit, je le recommande tout de même pour toutes les qualités précitées.

  • Kat
    2019-01-25 08:21

    So, this was a bit disappointing.It took 200 pages until I had a feeling of Drama and intrigues. Before that, nothing really happened.(view spoiler)[Even the rape Scene wasn´t good. At the beginning it just felt like: The author needed something to fill the book out and this just sounded dramatic enough. (hide spoiler)]And then... the Problems started and got solved in only a few pages. I mean... there´s the thrill? Why 200 pages with nothing, for just another 200 too fast-paced ones?Also I didn´t expect romance. And a love triangle.I thought it´s about Dramas, intrigues and friendship. The nursing sisters aren´t even allowed to be in a relationship. And... each of them has a love interest at the end. Oh, one character has two. I don´t have a Problem with romance. But I didn´t expected it and to be honest I think this series wouldn´t need one, if the author would Focus on the Story she wanted to tell: The work and living in the Nightingale hopital. And a love triangle? Come on. (Ok it´s not totally a love triangle. It´s only two guys interested in one woman, but I have the Feeling this will get complicated.)So, I think I will read the next book and see if it gets better, because I like the Setting of the series and I´m curious about one of the relationships. (view spoiler)[I like Dora and Nick (hide spoiler)]

  • Rebecca
    2019-02-18 03:27

    I kind of enjoyed this book, but it was a little too juvenile for me, and there were way too many story lines to keep track of. I was hoping it would have been more focused on the nursing aspects of the nursing students' training, but it was more about the three main characters' lives, which was ok, but it didn't keep my interest like other books. I realized it is only the first book of a multi-book series, and the series may get better as it goes on, but I don't see myself investing in the rest of the books.

  • Thiery
    2019-01-26 03:26

    j'ai beaucoup aimé ce roman d'étudiantes-infirmières issues de différentes classes sociales, avec les infirmières en chef, certaines pas très sympas, plus la mère d'une des élèves infirmières qui fait partie du conseil d'administration et qui régente la vie de sa fille. Je vais essayer de continuer la série, comme j'ai vu que les trois suivants étaient traduits en français. Un bémol toutefois : trop de fautes de grammaire et d'orthographe. La traductrice est pas top, là !

  • Andy Simmons
    2019-02-18 09:37

    This an excellent novel. It's not what I would normally read but a friend left it with me by accident and I ended up reading the first couple of chapters. I was soon hooked. Donna Douglas has a very easy writing style and her characters/dialogue are excellent. The plot doesn't completely wrap up, but I see that the book is the first of a series so I assume that some of the storylines will continue in part two. All in all, well worth a read.

  • Ann Witherspoon
    2019-02-16 04:37

    Loved this book and can't wait to dive into the next one is this series. I found one of these books in a small bookshop in Woodstock, UK and thought it looked good so I gave the first one a try. It has the feel of the Call the Midwife series even though it is set much earlier. Excited to start book 2.

  • Jeffrey
    2019-02-08 09:33

    Wonderful book - can't wait to read the next one!

  • Sarah
    2019-02-14 04:28

    looking forward to book 2 😀

  • Kim M
    2019-02-01 04:15

    For adults who liked Cherry Ames and Sue Barton.

  • Jessica
    2019-01-26 08:26

    I enjoyed reading this however I felt the author verged far too close to plagiarizing parts of Jennifer Craig's book for my liking.

  • Blančitos
    2019-02-17 08:13

    Výborná oddechovka, ve které se sice objevují jistá klišé, ale v případě sestřiček z nemocnice Nightingdale jsem to autorce velkoryse odpustila. Mohu jenom doporučit. ;)

  • Binchen
    2019-01-29 02:37

    Wer schreibt - Susanne Barden - in etwas anders - hat absolut Recht - Wie damals, als ich es aus der Bücherei holte - Hach

  • Karen
    2019-02-21 05:20

    Great characters. I love the nursing students. I felt the story captures the time it is set in.

  • Andrea Arnold
    2019-01-22 05:33

    Easy and very addictive.

  • Barb
    2019-02-21 06:27

    I really enjoyed this book 📚 and hated to see it end. But, I look forward to reading the rest of the Nightingale Girls books.

  • Emeline
    2019-02-21 06:25


  • Kate
    2019-01-27 04:33

    I loved every cheesy, predictable word.