Christmas is the most harrowing time of year for the nurses of St Angelus Hospital.
A brilliant nurse secretly battling a fatal illness over Christmas… A starving baby boy abandoned in the freezing cold… A cruel, controlling mother, determined to block her daughter’s nursing career at all costs…
In the run up to Christmas, nurses Pammy and Beth are aiming to win the coveted national decorating competition for the St Angelus children’s ward, but drama after drama threatens to upset their plans.
Amid the hardship and poverty of 1950s Liverpool, only the humour and community spirit of nurses and patients will get the Angels through their toughest Christmas yet.
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This is a truly beautiful read which authentically demonstrates how high a hospital is held in esteem by the staff, patients and local residents.
Although this is the fourth in series, it is a great stand-alone read (I haven’t read the first three – yet). The characters come from all walks of life and cover all levels of hierarchy within the hospital and the surrounding area. From the maids to the Matron and including the woman in charge of the home where some of the nurses live, it is an all encompassing novel. The poverty of the area surrounding the docks comes across and the hardships of the mothers and wives who struggle against dirt and grime each day of their lives to try and keep their children clean, well-fed and cared for .. and at the heart of it all is the staff of St. Angelus who tend to the sick.
Immersed in the lives of the hospital nurses and the newly promoted Sister Paige, this is a happy and joyous read but there are bittersweet moments too and I don’t think it’s possible to reach the final page without brushing a tear from your eye at least once! Having said that, it’s a lovely complete read with all the ends nicely finished off. Would I recommend this? Yes, definitely and especially if you enjoy post war novels set in areas of poverty and need.
My thanks to Melanie Price of Head of Zeus for alerting me to this one, and NG for providing my copy. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: Christmas, historical, families, nursing
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 5222.0 KB
Print Length: 419 pages
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication Date: 16 November 2017
Also by Nadine Dorries