The Nurse's Secret

by Amanda Skenandore
Readers will love this story's many layers and intriguing characters. Una, lacking in social skills and education, was clever, determined, and a seasoned pick-pocket. And, when accused of murder, she finds a unique way to hide from the police. It's an atmospheric and entertaining book. The author does an excellent job of transporting you to the 1880s and the slums of New York. She also gives us some fantastic insight into the beginning of the first nursing school.The Nurse's Secret by Amanda Skenandore #historicalfiction,  #reading, #BooksToRead,  #reading, #books,#booksforwomen,#nursing,#bookreview, #thenursesSecret, #amandaskenandore

Book Review

(by- Linda )

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and its captivating characters. I loved Una and her street-smart ways. She lost her mother at a young age and was basically left to fend for herself. So, unfortunately, pick-pocketing became a way to survive. I thought her transformation was real and fantastic. I guess because the change was gradual, starting with caring for her roommate - it was really the first time she had a "best friend." So sad, but it was heartwarming to witness. Then, she gradually came to care for her patients and nursing - nursing was no longer a way to escape the police.

I also loved learning about Bellevue's first nursing program. There was also a mystery element, and although not my favorite thread- it did add another layer of intrigue to the story.

Book clubs will love this one -mine did. The discussion was varied and lively.

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