The nurses of Lovely Lane – Dana, Victoria, Pammy and Beth – are now in their second year and are about to face some truly harrowing and difficult times on the wards.
St Angelus needs a new assistant matron, but the members of the Liverpool District Hospital Board have overruled Emily Haycock and Dr Gaskell in their choice. Enter the mysterious Miss Van Gilder from somewhere down south.
The life of St Angelus is soon disrupted as her proposals turn the running of the hospital upside down and threaten the jobs of the domestics and porters. But Miss Van Gilder harbours a dark and dishonest secret, and the staff – who are used to looking after their own – set out to uncover it.
Will they do so in time, before her meddling begins to affect the morale of the nurses and put the lives of their patients in danger? For one very sick little boy, especially, it will be touch and go.
The second book in the Lovely Lane series, I was looking forward to continuing the stories of all the characters I’d met before.
The hospital is still very much the central focus of the story. There’s some interesting developments with the appointment of a new Assistant Matron, a woman who brings mystery and intrigue with her.
The nurses are in their second year and there are interesting times for them all.
There is a bit more focus on the people who live in the area around the hospital. Some of their stories are heart-rending. At a time with no welfare system, people were very poor, often going without food or shoes. Every day was a struggle for some of them. The poor air quality in Liverpool caused many health problems.
Another fascinating and very readable book, very enjoyable.
MY RATING: ****