West Yorkshire, 1926
After completing her training in Steeple Street, Agnes Sheridan is looking forward to making her mark as Bowden's first district nurse, confident she can make a difference in the locals’ lives.
But when Agnes arrives, she’s treated with suspicion, labelled just another servant of the wealthy mine owners. The locals would much rather place their trust in the resident healer – Hannah Arkwright.
And when the General Strike throws the village into turmoil, the miners and their families face hunger and hardship, and Agnes finds her loyalties tested.
Now it’s time to prove whose side she is really on and to fight for her place in the village...
If Agnes thought the residents of Quarry Hill were a challenge then she has no idea what's in store for her when she's completed her training and assigned her own district, the mining village of Bowden. Not only are they not welcoming to an outsider coming into their community but she's arriving at a time of unrest when the miners are fighting for their rights for better working conditions and more pay. Will she be able to win them over to let her support and treat their families or will local 'healer' Heather win out with her lotions and potions?
Once again through her wonderful storytelling, we're drawn into a world that many of us will know little about especially as so many mining communities have now been lost forever. You could feel the pride of the men fighting for what they believe in, and see how their families were suffering as they dealt with the consequences and struggled to exist on next to nothing.
I'm seriously hoping that this is not the last that we hear of Agnes and the Bowden locals especially as when we reach the end someone from her past has just re-entered her life so you're left with that feeling of wanting to know more. My only minor grumble with both books in this series is that I struggled a bit reading the local dialect but on the whole I was able to skip past these bits and continue on with what is another fantastic read from Donna Douglas.
I'd like to thank Jasmine at Arrow Publishing for inviting me to be part of this blog tour and for my review copy of the book via NetGalley. If you're a saga fan like me then thanks to the lovely Jasmine you're in luck as I have 5 copies of District Nurse on Call to give away (sorry restricted to UK and Ireland residents only). The winners will be selected at random when the giveaway ends and contacted for their postal address to enable me to pass onto Jasmine to post the books to them. NB. Please do not add details of this giveaway to other sites without my permission.
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