This is the second book in the series by Sarah Beeson. The first book The New Arrival is available to purchase Here
The book is also available in series form and Part One Kindle edition is currently free to download on Amazon Here
The following review for Our Country Nurse will also be posted to Amazon UK & US and Goodreads
I was fortunate to receive a review copy of Our Country Nurse from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Fans of Call The Midwife are sure to enjoy this book and the series, although these delightfully fascinating books have their own merit and set of fans.
Nurse Susan Hill arrives fresh from the East End to take up her position as a Health Visitor in a rural district in Kent in the 1970’s. Although she’s given the lovely Ivy Cottage to live in and a helpful couple next door to look after her needs, not all the locals are welcoming. Some of the older ladies and local busybodys who have taken on largely self-appointed roles at the weekly clinic in the church hall try to put her in her place and run it the way they think fit. The young newly qualified Health Visitor however, refuses to let them undermine her and soon shows them that she very much has her own ideas about how the clinic should be run effectively and efficiently, allowing her patients more access to her and a much better way of doing things.
The book is full of anecdotes; humerous, poignant and tragic in some cases and Nurse Hill shows compassion and gives help that is outside the usual remit of her position. She often ends up using her own funds and spare time to help those in need. There’s a feckless vicar in the village who trifles with the nurse’s affections but soon gets his comeuppance from the feisty Nurse Hill.
My daughter is a community nurse in Devon and I’m a retired nurse, so can relate to a lot of the situations within the book. The happy, the sad, the extraordinary and the tragic – all part of a nurse’s life
I read this in paperback form during a Switch Off and Read Day when all devices were turned off and no looking at social media allowed. Found it to be a very relaxing and enjoyable read.