Thursday, January 21, 2016
All Change For Nurse Millie by Jean Fullerton
Paperback: 403 pages
Genre: Romantic Historical Fiction
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group 2014
Source: From the Author in return for an honest and unbiased review.
First Sentence: Millie Smith, senior sister and midwife at Munroe house, Stepney, picked up her leather nursing bag and set it on the floor under the kitchen table beside her lunchbox.
Review Quote:Plot strands are drawn together and resolved masterfully as she and Alex re-establish their friendship. Millie's admirable, turbulent story is packed with evocative post-war details and is fast-paced, plausible, and highly engaging, though the complexities of the issues covered lend the story a darker, serious tone. Highly recommended. (HISTORICAL NOVELIST SOCIETY)
My Opinion: I first discovered this author in 2011 and have kept up with her writing since then. Her latest novels are an excellent well researched series about nursing in post WWII in London. As well as finding them interesting from a historical point of view, I have found them to contain characters that one is drawn to and a realistic picture of life in the years after the war. Changing times for the country generally and professionally for nurses and the women who worked in the profession. So much more than just a romance and I recommend this series to anyone that enjoys social history in general and nursing stories in particular. Fans of 'Call The Midwife' take note!
Précis: Courtesy of Goodreads:
Nurse Millie Sullivan is now Nurse Millie Smith, having married aspiring MP Jim Smith. The war has ended and the NHS has just come into action, so the nurses are busier than ever as the community realise that they no longer have to pay for the services. Minor ailments need attention, babies need to be helped into the world and some of the larger-than-life characters need keeping in line so Millie has enough drama to deal with without having to deal with more from home...and Alex Nolan, her ex-fiancé, is back in town.
I have also read and reviewed two of Jean Fullerton's previous novels on this blog.
Perhaps Tomorrow Call Nurse Millie
Jean Fullerton was born into a large, East End family early one August she grew up in the overcrowded streets clustered around the Tower of London. She still lives in East London, just five miles from where she was born. After working for the London Metropolitan Police, she retrained as a nurse and worked as a district nurse in the East End for sixteen years. She now teaches healthcare and nursing. Jean feels that it is her background that gives her stories their distinctive authenticity. Passionate about historical accuracy, she enjoys researching the details almost as much as writing the novels.
The biographical information and photo used in this post are with thanks to the following websites, where you can also find more information about the author and her writing.
Jean Fullerton - Books Official Author Website Facebook - Jean Fullerton Author Goodreads Author Profile