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by Fiona McIntosh

Reviewed by Merridy on December 3, 2014

Fiona McIntosh’s latest book is another great story and history lesson rolled together. I like this format, as many do; its always good to learn something new when we read and to extend our understanding about a particular subject or event in history. Albeit the author’s personal take on it, we know that McIntosh does her research and envelops it well into a solid story line with interesting characters and settings. Nightingale is set amongst the debris of WWI.  Claire Nightingale is an army nurse on a troop hospital ship off the shore of Gallipoli. The description really evokes a chaotic and tragic scene. The sheer numbers of casualties to help, the urgency and the desperation..its all there. Claire moves through the war hopeful that Jamie has survived, trying not to give up and waiting to fulfill her promise. We must bear the usual suspense and anxiety of not knowing their fate until the very end…. a good sideline plot gives us an insight to Turkish culture and what actually happens in a Turkish Hammam!

Publisher: Penguin
Year published: 2014
Merridy‘s rating: 8 out of 10

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