’This book will be enjoyed by anyone who is looking for an easy to read novel which integrates nursing with a historical perspective.’
Title: The nurse who found herself in 1916
Author: Sally Lawton
Publisher: Independently published
Reviewer: Jennie Walker, Divisional Lead Nurse for Research and Innovation, Surgery Division, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
What was it like?
This is a delightful novel which is easy to read and will soon have you engrossed in the life of Nurse Robertson who unexpectedly finds herself working in Northern France in 1916.
The story starts off in 2001 where Charlotte Robinson is taking the train to her mother’s home for a period of rest when she somehow ends up at a casualty clearing station as part of the Territorial Nursing Service. The effective and chatty narrative takes the reader on a journey though the challenges of meeting new colleagues, working in unfamiliar settings with new procedures and routines while trying to adjust to a different way of life.
What were the highlights?
The attention to detail will soon have the reader drawn in to the highs and lows of working in the territorial nursing service in world war one and relating to feeling ill-equipped yet needing to care for patients in difficult circumstances. The characters have endearing qualities and quirks and are easy to relate to from the outset. The story of camaraderie and developing relationships shines through and the presence of strong personalitiessuch as the Matron and Consultant Surgeon provide interesting dynamics to the storyline.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The text is well written and an enjoyable escape. Anyone who has worked as a nurse will easily relate to the emotional roller-coaster of caring for patients and the challenges of working in the confines of traditional hierarchy.
Who should read it?
This book will be enjoyed by anyone who is looking for an easy to read novel which integrates nursing with a historical perspective.
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