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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. 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

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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.

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  • 10-04-15

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.

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nightingales on call

loved 4 four will there be any more i do hope so will have to wait and see

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Just as great as the other Nightingale books

Just totally brilliant!
lovely story following the girls at the nightingale hospital. So pleased Dora was still in the story, as I love her character. Along with a few new ones.
wonderfully narrated too. Each character brought to life as it was read.
highly recommended read. especially if you enjoy hospital dramas from a bygone era.
Hard to put down once started.

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Probably an ideal read for East Enders fans

I have read or listened to all the books to date and will stop now as I find them harrowing. In this Covid age I need to find a fun book as these books are more full of problems nastiness and bad feeling than good things - rather like my impression of East Enders on telly. When ever it has appeared briefly on my screen there is always argument or bad feeling.
I did my SRN training in the 1960's and had expected more about the wards than the nurses social lives. Thankfully also our Sisters were less nasty. We had a good time on the whole.
I think this book ends one theme and although some of what we have had already will carry on, I shall give it a miss for the foreseeable future.

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Another great book

This is another great book about the staff of the Nightingale hospital definitely recommend it

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Wonderful

As good as the first three books in this series. I look forward to enjoying more .

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great

we've been listening to the story of the nightingale and have totally loved both books so far. the story is very well written and read with enthusiasm that gets you hooked into the story. you can even imagine your self there with the girls. it's so well written that it's easy to follow and a great way to while away hours and hours of driving on long journeys
we can't wait to start number 3.

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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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  • 14-05-15

The magic is gone....

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.