The Nightingale Girls

The Nightingale Girls Three very different girls sign up as student nurses in January while England is still mourning the death of George V Dora is a tough East Ender driven by ambition but also desperate to escape

  • Title: The Nightingale Girls
  • Author: DonnaDouglas
  • ISBN: 9780099569350
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Paperback
  • Three very different girls sign up as student nurses in January 1936, while England is still mourning the death of George V Dora is a tough East Ender, driven by ambition, but also desperate to escape her squalid, overcrowded home and her abusive stepfather Helen is the quiet one, a mystery to her fellow nurses, avoiding fun, gossip and the limelight In fact she is in tThree very different girls sign up as student nurses in January 1936, while England is still mourning the death of George V Dora is a tough East Ender, driven by ambition, but also desperate to escape her squalid, overcrowded home and her abusive stepfather Helen is the quiet one, a mystery to her fellow nurses, avoiding fun, gossip and the limelight In fact she is in the formidable shadow of her overbearing mother, who dominates every aspect of her life Can a nursing career free Helen at last The third of our heroines is naughty, rebellious Millie aka Lady Camilla an aristocrat on the run from her conventional upper class life She is doomed to clash over and over again with terrifying Sister Hyde and to get into scrape after scrape especially where men are concerned This utterly delightful novel brings a London pre war hospital vividly to life.

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    • DonnaDouglas

      Welcome to my page I m the author of the Nightingale novels, a series of stories set in an East End hospital in the 1930s, published by Arrow The first in the series, The Nightingale Girls, follows the lives of three girls from very different backgrounds as they join the Nightingale Hospital as students The second, The Nightingale Sisters, will be published next spring I m originally from London, but I now live in the beautiful city of York.



    697 thoughts on “The Nightingale Girls


    • I liked this. At first I wasn't sure if I would. I wanted more hospital/patient stories and less nurse stories but hello, look at the title. It is a book about three student NURSES in 1930s East End London. It is a bit of a soap opera, fans of 'Strong Medicine' (not a book, I know but you get the idea) and ' Call The Midwife' will like this. I found myself getting quite engrossed in their lives and had a hard time putting the last half of the book down. (In fact, as soon as I turned the last pag [...]


    • Donna Douglas is a very successful author of contemporary romance novels, written under the name of Donna Hay. The Nightingale Girls is her first historical novel, the first of a planned trilogy and was published by Arrow Books at Random House on 16 August.The Nightingale Girls of the title are the students of the fictional Florence Nightingale Teaching Hospital, situated in London's East End, the story starts in the 1930s. The story centres around three of the students; Dora, Helen and Millie. [...]


    • I’m certain readers of my reviews are heartily sick of the fact that I love the book and television show, Call the Midwife. I love historical nursing fiction – I’m not sure why, as it’s not the most glamorous of jobs but there’s something cosy and inviting about reading about nurses that never gets boring. The Nightingale Girls is the first book in the Nightingale Nurses series (there’s currently four books and an eBook Christmas story), set in the fictional Nightingale Hospital in L [...]


    • Donna Douglas does a great job at creating likable characters you want to read and follow in 'The Nightingale Girls.' It is a fun, light read set in 1930's London following a group of young women from vastly different backgrounds studying to become nurses at the prestigious Nightingale teaching hospital.Readers follow Amelia (Millie) Bennedict who is the daughter of an Earl in High Society; Helen Tremayne who comes from a terribly strict upbringing and is a legacy to her mother who was a Nightin [...]



    • The Nightingale Girls is all about three girls with very different personalities, who have signed up to be trainee nurses at one of the best teaching hospitals in London in the 1930’s.Dora comes from a poor background and she is passionate and determined to become a nurse. Dora has always dreamed about being a nurse and it is a career choice that can help her escape from her humble beginnings and save her from her abusive Stepfather. But with money for new text books to be found, will Dora be [...]


    • I was approved an ARC of this book by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This review in its entirety was originally posted at eclectictales: eclectictales/blog/201The reader follows Dora, Millie, and Helen, as they go through their probationary period and first year with classes, become accustomed to what is required of them, learn to deal with patients and staff, and interact with each other. Each main character comes from a different socioeconomic background, but th [...]


    • Missing one of my favourite television series Call the Midwife, made me turn to The Nightingale Girls by Donna Douglas for comfort. This book was a nice and easy, mostly predictable read, about three trainee nurses during the 1930’s. These three nurses are from contrasting backgrounds and the reader also finds out they are embarking upon a career in nursing for different reasons. Dora is from a working class background and is hoping nursing will lead her to a better life. Helen is a young woma [...]


    • It seems most reviewers loved this book, so I'm trying to figure out what I'm missing. I'm a big fan of historical fiction so I thought I would enjoy this as much as everyone else did. But I just found it boring. It seemed nothing really happened at least for the first couple hundred pages. I didn't like any of the characters either. I also felt there were too many characters who I felt didn't need to be introduced as detailed as they were. I just didn't find anything to like about this book, an [...]


    • Not a book I would normally pick up but it was sent to me by the publisher so I thought I'd give it a go. It was fine, and some nice moments, but rather predictable. I suppose 'nice' sums it up best, so if that's what you're after then this delivers. I thought the end was quite abrupt, but looking at other reviews on here it seems this is the first in a trilogy, so that makes more sense. I liked the three main characters, but not enough to read the next books. Just not for me.


    • I really wanted to like this book, but I just didn't. As a huge fan of "Call the Midwife", It was disappointing. I didn't care about the characters except one and it just bored me. I read halfway through and didn't finish it as I feel there is a ton of engaging literature out there waiting for me to devour it!!


    • An entertaining new series about three aspiring young English nurses, which has some formulaic elements but is still enjoyable. Here is a link to my review:perfectretort/201


    • Avec comme bandeau promotionnel « best-seller du Sunday Times », Les filles du Nightingale se présentait comme un roman prometteur, d’autant que les critiques élogieuses pleuvent sur les réseaux sociaux et les autres blogs littéraires. Pratiquement un an après avoir acheté la version poche (oui ! j’ai pris mon temps !!), je me suis enfin plongée dans ce pavé de 676 pages. Après avoir tourné le toute dernière page, je peux dire que ce premier tome de la série Nightingale me lais [...]


    • So, this was a bit disappointing.It took 200 pages until I had a feeling of Drama and intrigues. Before that, nothing really happened.(view spoiler)[Even the rape Scene wasn´t good. At the beginning it just felt like: The author needed something to fill the book out and this just sounded dramatic enough. (hide spoiler)]And then the Problems started and got solved in only a few pages. I mean there´s the thrill? Why 200 pages with nothing, for just another 200 too fast-paced ones?Also I didn´t [...]


    • I kind of enjoyed this book, but it was a little too juvenile for me, and there were way too many story lines to keep track of. I was hoping it would have been more focused on the nursing aspects of the nursing students' training, but it was more about the three main characters' lives, which was ok, but it didn't keep my interest like other books. I realized it is only the first book of a multi-book series, and the series may get better as it goes on, but I don't see myself investing in the rest [...]


    • j'ai beaucoup aimé ce roman d'étudiantes-infirmières issues de différentes classes sociales, avec les infirmières en chef, certaines pas très sympas, plus la mère d'une des élèves infirmières qui fait partie du conseil d'administration et qui régente la vie de sa fille. Je vais essayer de continuer la série, comme j'ai vu que les trois suivants étaient traduits en français. Un bémol toutefois : trop de fautes de grammaire et d'orthographe. La traductrice est pas top, là !


    • This an excellent novel. It's not what I would normally read but a friend left it with me by accident and I ended up reading the first couple of chapters. I was soon hooked. Donna Douglas has a very easy writing style and her characters/dialogue are excellent. The plot doesn't completely wrap up, but I see that the book is the first of a series so I assume that some of the storylines will continue in part two. All in all, well worth a read.


    • Loved this book and can't wait to dive into the next one is this series. I found one of these books in a small bookshop in Woodstock, UK and thought it looked good so I gave the first one a try. It has the feel of the Call the Midwife series even though it is set much earlier. Excited to start book 2.





    • I enjoyed reading this however I felt the author verged far too close to plagiarizing parts of Jennifer Craig's book for my liking.


    • Výborná oddechovka, ve které se sice objevují jistá klišé, ale v případě sestřiček z nemocnice Nightingdale jsem to autorce velkoryse odpustila. Mohu jenom doporučit. ;)


    • Wer schreibt - Susanne Barden - in etwas anders - hat absolut Recht - Wie damals, als ich es aus der Bücherei holte - Hach




    • I really enjoyed this book 📚 and hated to see it end. But, I look forward to reading the rest of the Nightingale Girls books.




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