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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.

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Great book!

The narrator was spot on! The stories weren't quite as good as the first book but I still loved listening to Mary J's stories about life on Papavray. I could have done without the stories from their move to the USA.
Will probably end up listening to both books more than once!

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enjoyable!

I really enjoyed l it! the stories were interesting and the characters delightful.

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Love the Adventure in the Islands

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.

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Mostly Scotland, some California

If you could sum up Nurse, Come You Here! in three words, what would they be?

Interesting Scottish Anecdotes

What did you like best about this story?

The descriptions of people and interesting incidents.

Which scene was your favorite?

When they related Sunshine's mysterious adventure and the school trip

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Isolated island, an interwoven people.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Not as described!

Much of this second book is not about the nurse, but about living in California! The parts about nursing on the islands was fascinating.

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not bad

This performance was MUCH better than the 1st, but the story for this was not as compelling.

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  • Tina
  • NEENAH, WI, United States
  • 09-25-15

Good...but not as good as the first book.

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!