It is 1953 and five very different girls are arriving at the nurses’ home in Lovely Lane, Liverpool, to start their training at St Angelus Hospital.
Dana has escaped from her family farm on the west coast of Ireland. Victoria is running away from a debt-ridden aristocratic background. Beth is an army brat and throws her lot in with bitchy Celia Forsyth. And Pammy has come from quite the wrong side of the tracks in Liverpool.
The world in which they now find themselves is complicated and hierarchical, with rules that must be obeyed. Everyone has their place at St Angelus and woe betide anyone who strays from it.
But when an unknown girl is admitted, after a botched late abortion in a backstreet kitchen, a tragedy begins to unfold which will rock the world of St Angelus to its foundations.
I had been lucky enough to be part of the blog tour for part 3 of this series, The Mother’s of Lovely Lane, and I enjoyed it so much that I really wanted to go back and read books 1 and 2, to find out more about these wonderful characters, that I felt I knew personally.
The Angels of Lovely Lane tells the story of the new nurses coming to start their training. It was so interesting to see all their different backgrounds and how they got started in nursing.
The book tells a story of a different era. People were still recovering from the war. Times were still hard, and class distinctions very much defined.
As the girls undertake their training they come across cases that are sometimes shocking, that would not happen today, and they go through their own personal traumas.
Another compelling, hard to put down, drama from Nadine Dorries, with wonderfully real characters. I’ve already started on book 2!
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️