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Florence Nightingale, a historical drama, a superb love story – from the Richard & Judy bestselling author of EAST OF THE SUN.

Catherine Carreg has grown up a tomboy, spending her days racing her ponies with Deio, the drover’s son, in a small Welsh village. But Catherine is consumed by a longing to escape the monotony of village life and, with Deio’s help, runs away to London.

Alone in the unfamiliar bustle of the city, Catherine finds a position in a rest home for sick governesses in Harley Street, run by Miss Florence Nightingale. Then, as the nation is gripped by reports of the war in the Crimea, Catherine volunteers as a nurse – and her life changes beyond all recognition.

Arriving in Scutari, she is pitched into a living nightmare and, against the passion and heroism of one of the most traumatic wars in history, she is forced to grow up quickly and painfully, and learn the hardest lessons of love and war.

Reviews

A vivid tale of love and war
Fanny Blake, WOMAN & HOME
lively, atmospheric novel...the writing is skillful, vivd and explicit
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Recent biography has debunked teh romance of Florence Nightingale as angelic 'Lady of the Lamp'...Julia Gregson breathes life into this new interpretation
GUARDIAN
a wonderful evocation of the rugged Welsh coastlne and Catherine's home life
HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW
Lively, atmospheric novel ... the writing is skilful, vivid and explicit
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Recent biography has debunked the romance of Florence Nightingale as angelic "Lady of the Lamp" ... Julia Gregson breathes life into this new interpretation
GUARDIAN