The Nurse’s Secret

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Pub Date 23 Jun 2022 | Archive Date Not set

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A richly-detailed and compelling historical saga for fans of Dilly Court, Sheila Newberry and Rosie Goodwin!

Una Kelly has grown up to be a rough-and-tumble grifter, able to filch a pocketbook in five seconds flat. But when another con-woman pins her for a murder she didn’t commit, Una is forced to flee. Running from the police, Una lies her way into an unlikely refuge: the nursing school at Bellevue Hospital.

Based on Florence Nightingale’s nursing principles, Bellevue is the first school of its kind in the country. Where once nurses were assumed to be ignorant and unskilled, Bellevue prizes discipline, intellect, and moral character, and only young women of good breeding need apply. At first, Una balks at her prim classmates and the doctors’ endless commands. Yet life on the streets has prepared her for the horrors of injury and disease found on the wards, and she slowly gains friendship and self-respect.

Just as she finds her footing, Una’s suspicions about a patient’s death put her at risk of exposure, and will force her to choose between her instinct for self-preservation, and exposing her identity in order to save others…

Readers love this book:

Definitely a book worth reading…I loved the plot and got caught up in it’ Mary

‘Different to anything I've read recently…Great characters and a gripping story, this book had it all’ Wendy

So much more than your usual historical saga…Great storyline and I really enjoyed the character of Una and her fight to better herself from humble beginnings’ Angela

‘The cover says that lovers of Dilly Court would enjoy this book…I for one did…as well as enjoyable I also found myself learning a lot too!!!’ Liza

A richly-detailed and compelling historical saga for fans of Dilly Court, Sheila Newberry and Rosie Goodwin!

Una Kelly has grown up to be a rough-and-tumble grifter, able to filch a pocketbook in five...


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Well, that wasn't what I was expecting. What a great read, it different to anything I've read recently. Great characters and a gripping story, this book had it all

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Una's life turns around for the better when she is accepted to Bellevue's School of Nursing. She's been living on the margins- grifting- and she's not really prepared for academia. She is. however, prepared to deal with the dirty and difficult parts of the job. She's making a different sort of friend and a different sort of life and then she realizes one of the patients has been murdered. This turns from a journey of self discovery and empowerment to a mystery- not a bad thing but I didn't need it to find this a rewarding read. No spoilers from me. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. For fans of historical fiction.

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This was a great read, I learnt a lot that I didn’t know before. This was a rich and interesting story, something different to what I’m used to. My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for an honest review.

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