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The Nurse's Secret
The Nurse's Secret: A Thrilling Historical Novel of the Dark Side of Gilded Age New York City | Amanda Skenandore
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From acclaimed author and registered nurse Amanda Skenandore, The Alienist meets The Light of Luna Park in a fascinating historical novel based on the little-known story of America's first nursing school, as a young female grifter in 1880s New York evades the police by conning her way into Bellevue Hospital's training school for nurses... In the slums of 1880s New York, Una Kelly has grown up to be a rough-and-tumble grifter, able to filch a pocketbook in five seconds flat. But when another con-woman pins her for a murder she didn't commit, Una is forced to flee. Running from the police, Una lies her way into an unlikely refuge: the nursing school at Bellevue Hospital. Based on Florence Nightingale's nursing principles, Bellevue is the first school of its kind in the country. Where once nurses were assumed to be ignorant and unskilled, Bellevue prizes discipline, intellect, and moral character, and only young women of good breeding need apply. At first, Una balks at her prim classmates and the doctors' endless commands. Yet life on the streets has prepared her for the horrors of injury and disease found on the wards, and she slowly gains friendship and self-respect. Just as she finds her footing, Una's suspicions about a patient's death put her at risk of exposure, and will force her to choose between her instinct for self-preservation, and exposing her identity in order to save others. Amanda Skenandore brings her medical expertise to a page-turning story that explores the evolution of modern nursing--including the grisly realities of nineteenth-century medicine--as seen through the eyes of an intriguing and dynamic heroine.
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Cathyloves2read
Mehso-so

I read this book because its the OCT selection for a book club I belong to.We usually read historical fiction books that contain strong female protagonists.This book read more like a murder mystery The main female character was definitely strong,but not always very likable.Im usually able to pick out the real person that the historical novels that I read are based on.I wasnt able to do that with this book.Perhaps its just the setting thats real

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Read_By_Red
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Pickpick

I greatly enjoyed this novel. It contains an intriguing mystery, strong female characters, and many wonderful themes such as redemption, good vs. evil, friendship, courage, and perseverance. I really liked the protagonist Una. Plus, New York City in the 1880s makes for a great setting for this historical fiction novel.⁣ The audiobook is well done. I enjoyed Johansson‘s accents for the characters, as well as the tone and inflection throughout.

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McCombsonMain
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I didn‘t want to like Una. She is a thief, after all [...] And we find ourselves cheering for Una and hoping she becomes the woman we know she can be.

https://mccombsonmain.com/2022/07/14/review-nurses-secret-skenandore/

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