Mary J. Macleod and her husband left the London area for an idyllic place to raise their young children in the late '60s, and they found the island of Papavray in the Scottish Hebrides. There they bought a croft house on a "small acre" of land, and Mary J. (also known as Julia) became the district nurse. At the age of 80, she first recounted her family's adventures in her debut, Call the Nurse, where she introduced listeners to the austere beauties of the island and the hardy charm and warmth of the islanders. The anecdotes in this new volume take us to the end of her stay on Papavray, after which the MacLeod family left for California.
Once again we meet the crofters Archie, Mary, and Fergie, and other friends. There are stories of troubles, joy, and tragedy, of children lost and found, the cow that wandered into the kitchen, a distraught young mother who strides into the icy surf with her infant child, and the ghostly apparition that returns after death to reveal the will in a sewing box. There are accidents and broken bones, twisters that come in from the sea, and acts of simple courage and uncommon generosity. Here again a nurse's compassion meets Gaelic fortitude in these true tales of a bygone era.
©2014 Mary J. MacLeod; First North American Edition 2015 (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
A book addict just listening my way through work and graduate school.
I was thrilled to see that Mary J had a second book! I love listening to her tell her tales of the people on the islands. As usual, she did not disappoint.
Interesting Scottish Anecdotes
The descriptions of people and interesting incidents.
When they related Sunshine's mysterious adventure and the school trip
Isolated island, an interwoven people.
I accidentally downloaded this book after seeing other reviews saying it was mostly about California. I meant to buy only the author's first book, but bought this one by mistake. But there were nine hours of Scotland and two hours of California in an eleven hour book, so I think the other people were mistaken and it is interesting. If you think nine hours of Scotland anecdotes are worth a credit and liked the first one, buy it.
I liked the narrator of the first book better. Also, the last chapters were about the writer's life outside of Scotland, which I became bored with quickly. I chose the book because of it being set in Scotland. I loved the first book!
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