The Country Nurse Remembers

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 05 Jan 2020

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Charming memoir offering a personal look at pre- and post-WWll Britain. MacLeod's difficult childhood and eventual path to becoming a nurse are described. Her earlier books about serving as a nurse on a remote island in Scotland are probably a better introduction to this author.
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This is the 2nd book I've read by Mary MacLeod, the 1st was Call the Nurse. This book is about Mary's childhood and growing up during the war. It was interesting to view the war through a child's point of view. Her home life seemed quite different after her mother died and her father remarried. 
The 3rd part of the book is about her leaving home, becoming independent, and training as a nurse. Anyone who likes memoirs of this era will appreciate this book.
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Mary was born in 1932 in England, and tells the story of her life from childhood through nurse’s training.  She is like a reminiscing granny, telling us about growing up during World War II with scrap drives and rationing. Sadly, her mother died when she was 5, and her father remarried soon afterward to a very unkind woman—not quite the fabled “wicked stepmother,” but close.  The book ends rather abruptly with the end of her 3 year training, but it seems to be offered as a prequel to her other books about nursing in Scotland. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.
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