Saturday, November 18, 2017

Book Review - Christmas Angels by Nadine Dorries

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Review by Suze

It's the 1950s and Aileen loves being a nurse at St Angelus Hospital in Liverpool. She especially likes working with children and becoming a Staff Nurse is an unexpected and very welcome gift. Aileen learned everything about her profession from sister Tapps, who is the hero of all the children who stay on her ward. Aileen is struggling at home. Her mother is making constant demands and even though Aileen sympathizes with her and tries to do everything she can to make her comfortable she never seems to be or do enough. Will her new position give her even more problems at home?

Sister Tapps has been having health issues. She's lost weight and she hasn't been feeling as well as she used to. Matron thinks she's overworked and insists she'll spend Christmas with her family, but the children of St Angelus are sister Tapps's family and she doesn't want to leave them. Especially since there's an unusual patient on her ward, a tiny baby boy, so neglected nobody thinks he'll make it. Will the nurses of St Angelus be able to save his life? And where will sister Tapps go for Christmas?

Beth and Pammy are doing their best to win the national decorating competition. They of course have the help of staff members, friends and family. Will they succeed? Meanwhile Emily is happily in love. For the first time in her life she feels like she can do whatever she wants. However, her days are never carefree as a hospital is a place filled with drama. Will the nurses find a way to deal with everything that's going on?

Christmas Angels is another wonderful book about the sisters of St Angelus Hospital. It was fun to read about the treasured main characters from the previous Lovely Lane books again. I also liked the main focus on the children's ward. It's an interesting department and my favorite to read about, a lot happens there and I enjoyed reading about both the children and the staff. Aileen is a sweetheart. Her kind and caring nature are a joy to read about. I hoped she'd eventually find her happily ever after as she deserves a lot more than a life filled with manipulation, being under her mother's thumb. I loved witnessing her growth, which was one of the most amazing parts of the story. Just like Aileen sister Tapps has a stunning special personality and I kept hoping her Christmas would be a magical one. She does so much for the children that it's the least she deserves and I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out what would happen to her.

Nadine Dorries writes about life and death in a beautiful honest way. In a hospital there are both sad and happy stories, which makes it a place full of highs and lows. I love how Nadine Dorries manages to capture the exact right atmosphere time and time again. It's so easy to picture the hospital, the staff and the main characters because of her detailed and lively descriptions. The Lovely Lane books are true gems and Christmas Angels is another gorgeous story with an ending that moved me to tears. Nadine Dorries keeps surprising me with her heartwarming novels and I highly recommend this series.

Advice

The Lovely Lane series is perfect for readers who love historical fiction with strong female main characters and plenty of action and drama. I'd advise you to read the books in their correct order as a lot of the main characters come back in every story.

8 comments:

  1. Oh, this sounds wonderful. I love this time period and I can see this book being one you can't put down.

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  2. I really enjoyed the previous books about the Angels and am looking forward to reading this one. X

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  3. you sure made me want to discover this series and even more after this reviewbut i haven't found the book yet (perhaps the bookstore vitit today will bring surprise) thank you for so many good discoveries

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  4. I love reading books like this at this time of year.

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  5. I haven't yet read a story like this one. Sounds really unique.

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  6. It sounds lovely, if a little bittersweet...

    --Trix

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  7. I think my aunt would love this book.

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