Dora and her old enemy Lucy are paired up on the children's ward for the final three months of their training. The two nurses couldn't seem more different, but they may have more in common than they think, as each hides a secret heartache. And there are new faces. Jess is the feisty eldest daughter of a notorious East End family and determined to prove herself as a ward maid. New trainee nurse Effie can't wait to escape her small Irish village, and make her way as a nurse in London. But Effie's sister Katie soon begins to worry that Effie's behaviour is out of control. Nightingales on call and in crisis: have they got what it takes?
©2014 Donna Douglas (P)2014 Soundings
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the others-I'm not sure if it is because I accidentally read the next book before this one or if I've just reached a saturation point with these books.
Cons first: it is frustrating to read about misplaced loyalties (Effie taking the blame, Dora protecting her stepfather, Jess taking the blame) and silly characters. I can't think of anyone more infuriatingly silly and ignorant than Effie. I loved the first books about Dora, Helen and Millie and I had rather read about them than all these characters that pop up and take up so much time! I wanted some answered questions-what ever happened to the thug who practically stalked and attempted to rape Dora AND broke Nick's pelvis? Where is William, Helen's brother? And what was the great secret between Wliiam and one of the first year nurses? How did Helen's mother become so powerful when she is just the wife of a vicar?
Pros: great narration-I particularly like Dora and Nick's accent. I really liked these characters and would have loved to hear more about them. This narrator does a wonderful American accent and many more different accents all well done.
This isn't a bad book, I just want to hear more of the original three or four girls and less about temporary characters who are introduced at the beginning of the book and not again-what ever happened to the little boys from the ward? Did they ever see each other again?
It sounds like there may be more of these books in the future. Maybe by then I'll be ready for more.
"Great story & excellent narration"
I've listened to all the nightingale stories and found each one to be just as great as the last. I can't wait for the next release.
I love listening to Penelope Freeman. She's so versatile in adapting her accent and tone to present different characters.
"enjoyable. well read"
really enjoyed the book, very easy reading/ listening.
its a shame some of the previous characters were only mentioned a few times in this one rather than finishing their own stories off. with several new charactes taking center stage alot and some previous sub characters getting more storylines. I am glad at least doras story was still a main focus even if helen and millie almost disappeared.
"nightingales on call"
loved 4 four will there be any more i do hope so will have to wait and see
I love the Nightingale Books. I've just finished the fourth book. I really like how they follow on. Some characters going and others returning. I think they are read very well also. Have recommended them to my friends. Thank you Donna, keep at it.
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