I have been a huge fan of Annie Groves since I was a teenager. When I saw a new book called The District Nurses Of Victory Walk, I knew I had to pick it up. This post is my review of that book but first, here is some information about the author.
Who Is Annie Groves?
Annie Groves is a pseudonym and was the creation of Penny Halsall. What made her stories come alive was the fact that she drew on her own family’s history. She was inspired by her grandmother’s stories, told to Penny when she was just a child. This gave a real feeling to her books and made me connect with them so much more.
To read on the first page that Penny had sadly passed away upset me more than I realised it would. I was surprised to learn that Jenny Shaw had been asked to carry on the legacy, creating books as Annie Groves. There have been a few authors of the years that have done similar. Whilst some have been successful in continuing the writing style, others have not. This made me unsure if I would enjoy this book, but I was determined to give it a good try.
Alice Lake has arrived in London to start her training as a district nurse. She’s glad of the new start, far away from the heartbreak that she’s left back home in Liverpool. For her fellow nurse, Edith, it’s a chance for more freedom. After all, doesn’t every young girl just want a bit of fun?
When the new recruits arrive for work as Queen’s Nurses in East London, they’ve barely got their smart new uniforms on before they’re thrown in at the deep end. They’re working harder than they ever thought possible and trying not to fall foul of the senior staff who don’t like junior nurses breaking the rules.
Hitler’s war in Europe is edging ever closer. With everyone on high alert, the nurses know it’s up to them to keep calm and carry on as they tend to London’s sick and injured… But have they got what it takes?
What I loved about reading The District Nurses Of Victory Walk is that the facts build up slowly. You get an inkling of what is going on, but it isn’t confirmed until later in the story. I like this style of writing because it allows your imagination to go wild. You can think about all the things they could possibly be referring to. Another thing that I really enjoyed is how the each of characters tell their side to the story. I much prefer this than the story being told from the perspective of one character. The outbreak of the second world war affected everyone in different ways. This is shown throughout the story through the various points of view.
If you are looking for a heart warming yet gripping book, then this is the one for you. There is an underlying theme of family love and a tight knit community. It is sure to have you laughing and crying alongside the characters. The end of the book leaves it wide open for the next part in the series, so much so, that you will want to read the next book straight away.