by Chris Davies Curtis
Having been given the pleasure of reviewing Chris Davies-Curtis' first four biographical books about living on Sark after training as a nurse, I eagerly looked forward to reading this romantic novel.
It follows the lives and loves of three young girls thrown together as they start their training to become English Registered Nurses. All have different backgrounds, and as the story unfolds it gives us glimpses into their hopes wishes and dreams.
There is Tina and Sally, both English, one upper class and the other middle class, and Hine, a young Maori girl from New Zealand. All have work, study and romantic interests in common, and the trials and tribulations they meet combine to make a light and readable story.
Being set in the 1950s, it brings to light attitudes of the times. What struck me most strongly is the use of the words "illegitimate child" in relation to a baby born to Hine the New Zealand girl. This was the term used at that time – thankfully such a stigma has since been removed by change of law.
The book ends with one of the newly graduated nurses marrying the handsome Doctor and the other two looking forward to the future, and a plan to travel overseas.
There is a promise at the end of more to come in the lives and loves of these girls who, over the previous three years, have formed a bond of friendship that will be lasting.
Nurses in Training is a light-hearted read that gives good descriptions of the lives of trainee nurses in the 1950s.
[Note: reviews of this Author’s earlier books, referred to above, can be seen in FlaxFlower archives – August 2014, and November 2014.]
Author: Chris Davies Curtis
Publisher: Chris Curtis books
Available: Paperback: NZ Libraries, Paper Plus Orewa, Wheelers books.
E-book: Amazon for Kindle