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  • The Nightingale Girls | Donna Douglas

    The Nightingale Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Donna Douglas
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    Three very different girls sign up as trainee nurses at a big London teaching hospital in 1934. Dora leaves her overcrowded, squalid working-class home for a better life. But has she got what it takes to keep up with other, better-educated girls? And will her hated stepfather ever let her go? Helen is born for the job; her brother is a doctor, her all-powerful mother a hospital trustee. But will Helen’s secret misery be her downfall? An aristocratic rebel, Millie’s carefree attitude will find her up in front of Matron again and again. Will she ever care enough to make a nurse? Or will she go back to the glamorous life she was born to?

    deborah jernigan says: "For young girls"
  • Ambulance Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Deborah Burrows
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    As death and destruction fall from the skies day after day in the London Blitz, Australian ambulance driver Lily Brennan confronts the horror with bravery, intelligence, common sense and humour. Although she must rely upon her colleagues to carry out her dangerous duties, Lily begins to suspect that someone at her ambulance station may be giving assistance to the enemy by disclosing secret information.

  • Nightingales at War | Donna Douglas

    Nightingales at War

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Donna Douglas
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    As the war takes its toll, the Nightingale nurses must do their bit for king and country... Dora is the devoted mother of twin babies, but, determined to help the war effort, she goes back to work at the Nightingale Hospital. More used to nights out in the West End, Jennifer and Cissy volunteer in the hope of tending to handsome soldiers. They soon find out that nursing isn’t quite what they were expecting.

    SHARON PETRUZZI says: "Loved it."
  • The Nightingale Sisters | Donna Douglas

    The Nightingale Sisters

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Donna Douglas
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    To the student nurses at The Nightingale hospital, the ward sisters are heartless and frightening, with impossibly high standards. But the sisters have troubles of their own...Dora, the student nurse is struggling with her heartbreak over Nick, the man who got away. A new arrival on the ward brings the chance to put a smile back on her face. But can she really get over Nick so easily? Dora's fellow student Millie is also torn between the two men in her life.

    dlynne says: "Throughly enjoyed the second book in this series."
  • A Nightingale Christmas Carol: Nightingale Girls, Book 8 | Donna Douglas

    A Nightingale Christmas Carol: Nightingale Girls, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Donna Douglas
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    With her husband, Nick, away fighting, Dora struggles to keep the home fires burning but finds herself in a difficult position when she is put in charge of a ward of injured German POWs. Can she find it in her heart to care for her enemies? Fellow nurse Kitty faces a similar struggle looking after the men who killed her beloved brother. But her life becomes even more complicated when she falls for one of the prisoners. And Helen Denton returns from nursing in Europe with a secret. She has her own reasons for hating the Germans.

    susan says: "Nice ending to a wonderful series."
  • Nightingales on Call | Donna Douglas

    Nightingales on Call

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Donna Douglas
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    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.

    susan says: "The magic is gone...."
  • The Downstairs Maid | Rosie Clarke

    The Downstairs Maid

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Rosie Clarke
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    She is a servant girl... When her father becomes ill, Emily Carter finds herself sent into service at Priorsfield Manor in order to provide the family with an income. He will be the Lord of the Manor... Emily strikes up an unlikely friendship with the daughters of the house, as well as Nicolas, son of the Earl. But as the threat of war comes ever closer, she becomes even more aware of the vast differences between upstairs and downstairs, servant and master...If you like Downton Abbey you’ll love this!

    Susan says: "Some Good, Lots of Bad- Details too 'adult' for me"
  • Nightingales Under the Mistletoe | Donna Douglas

    Nightingales Under the Mistletoe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Donna Douglas
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    It's Christmas 1941, and the nurses at the Nightingale are facing their toughest winter yet. With shortages everywhere and every news bulletin announcing more losses, the British people are weary and demoralised, and The Nightingale Hospital is suffering too. Millie is recently widowed and dealing with the demands of her family's estate. It's not long before her old world of the Nightingale begins to beckon, along with a long-lost love.... Jess is struggling with her move from East London to the countryside.

    Gleefully says: "I love this series. "
  • The Nightingale Nurses | Donna Douglas

    The Nightingale Nurses

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Donna Douglas
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    It's the final year of training for three young nurses at The Nightingale Hospital. Helen is at a crossroads in her life as she battles with her domineering mother over both her love life and her future career. Dora can't stop loving Nick, who is married to her best friend, Ruby. Millie is anxious about her fiancé, sent to Spain to cover the Civil War, and things only get worse when she encounters a fortune teller who gives her a sinister warning.

    susan says: "Still interested, but a bit disappointed"
  • The Nurses of Steeple Street | Donna Douglas

    The Nurses of Steeple Street

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Donna Douglas
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    Welcome to the district nurses' home on Steeple Street, where everyone has a secret.... Ambitious young nurse Agnes Sheridan had a promising future ahead of her until a tragic mistake cost her the love and respect of everyone around her. Now she has come to Leeds for a fresh start as a trainee district nurse. But Agnes finds herself facing unexpected challenges as she is assigned to Quarry Hill, one of the city's most notorious slums.

    Bethany Schweitzer says: "Another great book."
  • A Nightingale Christmas Wish | Donna Douglas

    A Nightingale Christmas Wish

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Donna Douglas
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    As Christmas 1938 approaches, the staff at the Nightingale Hospital have their own wishes for the festive season. Ward sister Frannie Wallace is hoping she won't have to live through another war like the one that claimed her fiance. Staff Nurse Helen Dawson wants to find happiness again after the death of her husband Charlie. But is she looking for love in the wrong place? Matron Kathleen Fox struggles to keep up morale.

    mammaw marla says: "I loved it"
  • Goodbye Piccadilly: War at Home, 2014 | Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

    Goodbye Piccadilly: War at Home, 2014

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    In 1914, Britain faces a new kind of war. For Edward and Beatrice Hunter, their children, servants and neighbours, life will never be the same again. For David, the eldest, war means a chance to do something noble; but enlisting will break his mother's heart. His sister Diana, nineteen and beautiful, longs for marriage. She has her heart set on Charles Wroughton, son of Earl Wroughton, but Charles will never be allowed to marry a banker's daughter.

    Sara says: "Prissy and Slow In One Grand Sweeping Motion"
  • Summer Half | Angela Thirkell

    Summer Half

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Angela Thirkell
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    A captivating comic novel from Angela Thirkell's much-loved 1930s Barsetshire series: trainee barrister Colin Keith makes an ill-advised foray into teaching at Southbridge School. To his parents' dismay, Colin Keith - out of the noble but misplaced sense of duty peculiar to high-minded young university graduates - chooses to quit his training for the Bar and take a teaching job at Southbridge School.

    Douglas says: "I Have Taught College English..."
  • Maid of Oaklands Manor | Terri Nixon

    Maid of Oaklands Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terri Nixon
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    England, 1912, is a place of rigid rules. A chance meeting between scullery maid Lizzy Parker and heiress Evie Creswell is about to break them all.... Their meeting leads to more than an enduring friendship and a new job for Lizzy - it draws her into a world of privilege and intrigue and delivers her into the loving arms of a killer. Meeting the handsome but mysterious Jack Carlisle, Lizzy begins to fall for him despite rumours he had been involved in the death of Evie's father.

  • All Change for Nurse Millie | Jean Fullerton

    All Change for Nurse Millie

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jean Fullerton
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    Nurse Millie Sullivan is now Nurse Millie Smith, having married aspiring MP Jim Smith. The war has ended and the NHS has just come into action, so the nurses are busier than ever as the community realise that they no longer have to pay for the services. Minor ailments need attention, babies need to be helped into the world and some of the larger-than-life characters need keeping in line so Millie has enough drama to deal with without having to deal with more from home.

  • Hester Roon | Norah Lofts

    Hester Roon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Norah Lofts
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    The Fleece Inn stood where the three roads joined - the roads to London, to Norwich, and to the sea. Its trade was prosperous, its hospitality famous, and the host was jolly and generous. To his servants he was cruel and menacing, and to Ellie Roon, the most menial servant at the Fleece, he was a figure of terror. Ellie was used to being bullied, but when her illegitimate daughter was born - in a rat-ridden attic of the Fleece - she decided that Hester must have a different kind of life.

    A User says: "Hester Roon"
  • Solo | Jill Mansell

    Solo

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jill Mansell
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    Solo is a delightful romantic novel from best-selling author Jill Mansell, not to be missed by readers of Lucy Diamond and Cathy Kelly. Mad about a man who's dangerous to know? Surely it's better to go solo.... When Tessa Duvall, a struggling artist, reluctantly agreed to accompany her best friend, Holly, to a party at the elegant Charrington Grange Hotel, she had every intention of sneaking off early.

  • A Child Is Born | Donna Douglas

    A Child Is Born

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By Donna Douglas
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    Christmas Eve, 1936. On a foggy December night, a pregnant woman walks out in front of a trolley bus and is knocked unconscious. She is rushed to the Nightingale hospital, and a healthy baby is delivered. But the mother claims to have lost her memory, and cannot believe that the child is hers. It seems that the Nightingale nurses may need to perform a Christmas miracle.

  • Brighton Belle | Sara Sheridan

    Brighton Belle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Sheridan
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    1951, Brighton. With the excitement of the war over and the Nazis brought to justice, Mirabelle Bevan, ex-Secret Service, moves to the seaside to put the past behind her. She takes a job as a secretary at a debt collection agency run by Big Ben McGuigan, but when confronted by the case of Romana Laszlo, a pregnant Hungarian refugee, Mirabelle discovers that her specialist knowledge is vital. With enthusiastic assistance from the pretty insurance clerk down the corridor

  • The Land of My Dreams | Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

    The Land of My Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    In 1916, the people are settling down to the business of war. As conscription reaches into every household, Britain turns out men and shells in industrial numbers from army camps and munitions factories up and down the land. Bobby Hunter gains his wings and joins his brother in France. Ethel, the under housemaid, embarks on a quest, and Laura sets out on her biggest adventure yet.

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