In the autumn of 1934, three very different girls sign up as trainee nurses at the Florence Nightingale Teaching Hospital. Tough working class girl Dora is hoping for a better life for herself – if she can escape the clutches of her evil stepfather.
Helen was born to be a nurse – according to her overbearing mother, at least. Little does anyone know the perfect student hides a secret heartache.
Rebellious Millie is desperate to be more than a wealthy aristocratic wife. But she soon finds life as a nurse tougher than she’d ever imagined.
Through bedpans and broken hearts, the girls form an unlikely friendship. But which of them has what it takes to become a Nightingale Girl?
The Nightingale Sisters continues the story of students Dora, Helen and Millie as they pursue their dream of becoming nurses at the Nightingale Hospital in 1930s East End.
It’s January 1936, and as the nation mourns the death of King George V, there are also changes ahead for the Nightingale girls…
Dora’s evil stepfather may have gone, but her family find themselves facing financial hardship with one less wage packet coming in. Dora has the agonising choice – her future or her family? And then there’s her heartache over Nick, the man who got away. A new arrival on the ward promises to put a smile on her face – but can she really forget Nick so easily?
Millie is also torn between the two men in her life, her fiancé Seb and dashing doctor Will Tremayne. But an unexpected friendship with an elderly patient makes her question where her heart – and her future – really lies. There’s also a new face at the Nightingale in the shape of the new Night Sister, Violet Tanner. But who is she and what dark secret is she hiding? As the mystery deepens, Sister Wren is determined to find out the truth.
It’s 1936, and student nurse Helen Tremayne is six months away from her final exams. Her domineering mother Constance is determined that nothing should stand in the way of Helen’s success, least of all her working class boyfriend Charlie. Poor Helen finds herself torn between wanting to please her mother and following her heart. But then a twist of fate changes her life forever…
Her friends Dora and Millie are facing problems of their own. Society girl turned student nurse Millie is blissfully planning her wedding to her fiance Sebastian, a foreign correspondent. But then a fortune teller’s dire prediction makes her fear she might not get the happy ending she expects.
Meanwhile, there’s no prospect of a happy ending for down to earth Dora. She has to stand by and watch as Nick, the love of her life, weds her pregnant best friend Ruby. For her friend’s sake, she knows she must forget Nick and keep her feelings to herself. But little does she know Ruby is hiding a devastating secret of her own.
Nightingales on Call
It’s the spring of 1937, and the student nurses’ home has a new ward maid. But Jess Jago isn’t like the other domestics at the Nightingale Hospital. She has big plans to get away from her notorious East End family and better herself. But with her ne’er-do-well relatives dogging her every step, can she ever escape her past and make a brighter future for herself?
New student nurse Effie O’Hara is also keen to make a new start. She’s looking forward to the bright lights of London after leaving her tiny village in Ireland. But like Jess, her family is never far behind. In Effie’s case, it’s her older sisters, Katie and Bridget. They’re both nurses at the Nightingale and determined to make their wayward younger sister toe the line. But they reckon without Effie’s capacity for mischief…
Third year students Dora Doyle and Lucy Lane have been bitter rivals since the day they started at the Nightingale. But as their final exams approach, they both find themselves harbouring secrets that could end their careers. As they struggle to cope, they find themselves relying on each other for help. Could their worst enemy turn out to be their best friend..?
A Nightingale Christmas Wish
As Christmas 1938 approaches, the staff at the Nightingale Hospital have their own wishes for the festive season.
Ward sister Frannie Wallace is hoping she won’t have to live through another war like the one that claimed her beloved fiance. But with bomb defences going up all around London, it seems as if her hopes are in vain
Staff Nurse Helen Dawson wants to find happiness again after the death of her husband Charlie. A handsome stranger seems to offer the chance she wants. But is she looking for love in the wrong place?Matron Kathleen Fox struggles to keep up morale amongst her nurses as the hospital faces the threat of evacuation. But while everyone else worries about the future of the Nightingale, it’s for her own future that Kathleen truly fears.
As the country prepares itself for war, one thing is for sure – by the time next Christmas comes, nothing at the Nightingale Hospital will be the same again…
Nightingales At War
The Nightingale Nurses are doing their bit for King and country…
Devoted mum Dora thought her nursing days were behind her when she married the love of her life, Nick Riley. But with Nick away fighting in France, Dora finds herself back in uniform, too. How will she cope with life on the wards?
Best friends Cissy and Jen volunteer in the hope of nursing handsome soldiers. But their romantic dreams are shattered as they’re forced to confront the harsh realities of war.
For shy Eve, her work at the hospital is a way of escaping the pressures of her family life. The Nightingale proves a welcome refuge, but she soon finds her troubles aren’t far behind…
As the East End is torn apart by the Blitz, the nurses find their courage and their friendships tested. Can they keep smiling through?