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  • District Nurse on Call | Donna Douglas

    District Nurse on Call

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Donna Douglas
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    West Yorkshire, 1926. After completing her training in Steeple Street, Agnes is looking forward to making her mark as the village's first district nurse, confident she can make a difference in the locals' lives. But when she arrives, she's treated with suspicion, labelled just another servant of the wealthy mine owners. The locals would much rather place their trust in the resident healer, Nella Black.

    Annie says: "Made me appreciate coal miners and their families!"
  • 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."
  • 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?

    Buffy says: "Very enjoyable read..."
  • Don't Forget to Write: The True Story of an Evacuee and her Family | Pam Hobbs

    Don't Forget to Write: The True Story of an Evacuee and her Family

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Pam Hobbs
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    In June 1940, 10-year-old Pam Hobbs and her sister Iris took the long journey from their council home in Leigh-on-Sea to faraway rural Derbyshire. Living away from Mum and Dad for two long years, Pam was moved between four foster homes. In some she and Iris found a second family, with babies to look after, car rides and picnics, and even a pet pig. But other billets took a more sinister turn, as the adults found it easy to exploit the children in their care.

  • The Long, Long Trail: War at Home, 1917 | Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

    The Long, Long Trail: War at Home, 1917

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    The fourth book in the War at Home series by the author of The Morland Dynasty novels. Set against the evocative backdrop of World War I, this is an epic family drama featuring the Hunters and their servants.

  • 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."
  • Ambulance Girls | Deborah Burrows

    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.

  • 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..."
  • 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.

    Laurie Burks says: "Story and Narration"
  • 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"
  • 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 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."
  • Moving On | Anna Jacobs

    Moving On

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Anna Jacobs
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    Molly Peel has been downtrodden for years, but everyone has their sticking point. At her daughter’s wedding she’s side-lined in favour of her ex-husband’s new wife. Her son, who lives with her, isn’t paying his share of expenses. It’s time to move on and make a better life for her. Molly leaves London, looking for a job, and finds more than she bargained for, including a new chance of love – if she can pluck up the courage to seize the moment.

    anne says: "A doormat who turned her life around"
  • 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"
  • The Firebird's Feather | Marjorie Eccles

    The Firebird's Feather

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Marjorie Eccles
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    London, May 1911. The new king, George V, is preparing for his coronation. The suffragettes are campaigning for women to get the vote. The East End seethes with unrest. And 18-year-old Kitty Challoner is looking forward to 'coming out' in London society. But Kitty's secure, sheltered world is about to be torn apart. Lydia Challoner is shot dead while out riding in Hyde Park, and during the ensuing murder investigation Kitty discovers that there was so much she didn't know about her mother.

    Julie says: "View of the Russian Revolution from England."
  • Off the Tiles | Ianthe Jerrold

    Off the Tiles

    • UNABRIDGED (23 mins)
    • By Ianthe Jerrold
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    November gloom had descended on London when, at 1752 hours (5:52 p.m. on unofficial clocks), a telephone call was received at the Pine Road, Chelsea, police station....

  • 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.

  • 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"
  • 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"
  • While We're Apart | Ellie Dean

    While We're Apart

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ellie Dean
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
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    The compelling new Second World War novel from Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author of Some Lucky Day. It is1942, and England is at war. Mary Jones has just celebrated her eighteenth birthday and said good-bye to her childhood sweetheart, Jack, when she learns her house has taken a direct hit during a tip-and-run raid. With both her parents dead and her home destroyed, a distraught Mary moves in with Jack’s parents.

    Robyn Ray says: "Left in the Dark"
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