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Remove From Wishlist Cancel. The British Pacific Fleet The Illustrated History of the Nazis My Sweet Valentine The story begins in early summer as Alice and Edith begin their work at the Victory Walk district nurses home in the East End of London. Alice is serious and prefers to stay in at night with a good book to going out My kind of girl while Edith is fun loving and enjoys breaking curfew and flaunting rules. The girls soon settle in and meet fellow nurses Mary a flighty type with her head is the clouds or the sand so who is at times infuriating, Fiona who is in charge, Gwen her deputy who is stern serious and looking for any slip ups from her nurses and Gladys the maid.
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Each of them have their own stories from Alice who is mending a broken heart to Edith eager to escape from a large poor family and Fiona and Gwen who hope to avoid the devastation of the last war as another one looms on the horizon. While on her rounds Alice meets young mother Kathleen, whose husband has gone off to sea and has left his wife and child to fend for themselves. Through her Alice and Edith also meet the Banhams and friendship and romance blooms.
As war is declared new friends depart for the various armed forces, the nurses assist in evacuations, teaching first aid and tending those wounded in blackouts wondering if the war will be over before it really began. But with the spring of the Nazis are on the March and Dunkirk brings the first casualties and tragedy to the home front. This was a promising book and I'm hopeful it will continue to impress. Ending just after the evacuation of Dunkirk before the blitz and reality of war really sets in it'll be interesting to see where this story goes.
Jul 19, Layla Ashby rated it liked it. Enjoyed this book. Having read books when Annie was writing them I can see the differences. The story line is good and is a nice read, just isn't the same for me since Annie Died as was so used to her writing style. View 1 comment.
Feb 10, Lisa Zammit rated it really liked it. This book portrayed a story of a nurse during times of poverty and threats of war, and how real it could be. However, I had moments of laughter and compassion, which truly put me inside the story, as if I was right there with them. And lastly, the characters are ones you fall in love with, with their own unique personalities, and they underwent a mature change throughout the whole novel.
I totally recommend this book if you love some romance, historical fiction, and friendship. A realy great read enjoyed every page. Jun 30, Maggie Kiely rated it liked it. First read by this author apparently taken over by another author following the death of original author Anyway this is an easy read with not a lot going on and without depth of characters in my opinion I would recommend it as a light read or beach read.
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Jun 09, Julie Davis rated it it was amazing. Over the last few years I have rediscovered my teenage passion for books about nurses at the same time as discovering a new love of women's fiction set in the wars. This book ticks both boxes as it tells the story of nurses Alice and Edit as well as the families they help in their role as district nurses.
The story is well written with believable characters and I hope there will soon be more books in the series. Fantastic start to a new series This book was a great start to what I hope is a new series by Annie Groves. Despite the change of author this was still written in true Annie Groves style. It immerses you in a period in time that must really have been filled with so much uncertainty whilst showing you the courage and strength of the people it affected.
I would definitely recommend it. A good read The book made you feel that you were there going through all the problems of nursing patients then the war then losing a person you love cannot wait to read more. Oct 10, Jenny Cooper rated it it was amazing Shelves: book-club. Alice has just arrived in London to start her District Nurse training. She is a serious girl who is recovering from a recent break-up and is determined not to make the same mistake again. She is accompanied by her best friend Edith who likes to work hard and play hard, constantly breaking rules and getting as much fun out of life as she possibly can.
This book chronicles their lives and loves as war breaks out and London becomes a war-torn city. I really enjoyed this book. The characters are well-developed and believable and there is tenderness and compassion as well as a good dose of old-fashioned fun. Many of the storylines concerning the patients are heartbreaking, but there are plenty of heartwarming moments to counter the sadness and despair.
Outside work the nurses know how to enjoy themselves and this provides a welcome break from the appalling situations which they encounter during their working days. There is not really anything to dislike unless you are looking for a book that is going to challenge your intellect. It is a very easy read but none the less enjoyable for that.
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I have not read any Annie Groves before but will certainly keep a look out for more. I hope that this book is the first in a series. Sep 17, Barbara Helen Plumb rated it really liked it Shelves: world-war-ii. This is my first Annie Groves, although she is now no longer with us. This one is written by Jenny Shaw and I hope it is the beginning of a series as so many of Annie's were. It is one of those delightful chatty novels that ambles along relating the lives of the district nurses and the families they come into contact with. Set in the very early days of World War II, it describes the evacuations of children out of London and into the country, and the lives of families living in a working class sub This is my first Annie Groves, although she is now no longer with us.
Set in the very early days of World War II, it describes the evacuations of children out of London and into the country, and the lives of families living in a working class suburb of London.
It's hard to imagine now in these days of indoor plumbing that families had no indoor running water and had to share a toilet with the rest of the tenements. Several of the characters are involved in the remarkable rescue of the BEF from Dunkirk. I'm going to keep an eye on this series hopefully and look forward to more installments. Apr 03, Maureen Caupp rated it liked it.
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I saw this on a shelf and was inspired to read it because I love the show Call the Midwife. Call the Midwife is based on the memoirs of a nurse who worked in the East End of London during the 's. While The District Nurses of Victory Walk didn't feel quite as authentic to me, the setting was definitely familiar from Call the Midwife. I did get attached to the characters in this book and hope to read the next book in the series. Call the Midwife comes to mind and we follow the nurses in their rounds tending to the sick with passion and falling in love with equal passion.
Such is the depth of the author's writing you will find yourself emerged in every page you will even smell Flo s home made stews and hear the cries of despair at Dunkirk. Nov 17, Donna rated it really liked it. England is on the brink of war and it is all about the district nurses their lives and the people they take care of. I just love reading about the joys and sorrows of the individual characters in the book throughout the story. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
Jun 23, Voirrey rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-novels , read As a former community nurse who, when I first began training, worked with nurses of the generation in the book I found this book rang true throughout. Their lives, their patients, and their relationships with each other and others as war loomed were all realistic and made for a really good read.
I loved the Benham family All of their good qualities were juxtaposed against some of people in the story whose hearts were truly black. Apr 20, Astrid Johanne rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-i-read-again-and-again-and-ag , romance , the-world-of-doctors-and-nurses , historical , finding-your-own-way.
A amazing book. It is a really interesting time periode and I really like that it is not only one nurse, but different nurses and families. I can't wait to read the next book in the serie at some point. Brilliant could not put it down superbly written Having been just as war began relived the heartache fleeting joy and courage of the British people thank you annie.
Very interesting and well written. I love stories about nurses. This one is well written. A really good read!! Loved this book, the characters and the fine details written with such care. Cannot wait to read more about the times. Aug 16, Rachel Muumbo rated it it was amazing. Jun 12, Joy rated it liked it. Not as good as Donna Douglas. Jun 16, Jennifer Mawdsley rated it it was amazing Shelves: annie-grove.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I read it because I am training to be a nurse and wanted to read about what nursing was like during ww2. I found it really interesting and able to relate to the characters. I can only compare it to when Elizabeth Elgin died and an author completed a book she was working on.