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The Nurse’s Secret by Amanda Skenandore
Publication Date: June 28, 2022
Genre: Historical Fiction
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.
“A spellbinding story, a vividly drawn setting, and characters that leap off the pages. This is historical fiction at its finest!” – Sara Ackerman, USA Today bestselling author of The Codebreaker’s Secret
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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.
The Nurse’s Secret by Amanda Skenandore is an immersive historical fiction.
Una Kelly, a plucky young woman who’s survival on the streets of New York, as a pickpocket comes to a halt. When Una is falsely accused of a crime she hasn’t committed, she knows that she needs to get off the streets. Seeing an article about Bellevue’s nursing school, she uses her adaptability skills, to con her way into the program. New York City’s Bellevue Hospital is the first hospital in the U.S. to initiate a nursing school based on the principles of Florence Nightingale. They only accept single women, with good breeding and morale character. Una uses her street smarts and false documents to get excepted. Learning as she goes, without the benefits of a proper upbringing and education. She excels in her hands on approach, to circumstances that would normally make any young woman squeamish.
There is a murder mystery and a budding romance. Una is clever and resilient, a true heroine you can root for. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a wel, written novel. Great for historical fiction readers. Excellent research of 1800’s medical practices. Another phenomenal book by Amanda Skenandore
I received a copy of The Nurse’s Secret from the author via Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. All opinions are my own.
About the Author
Amanda is the author of Between Earth and Sky, winner of the American Library Association’s 2019 Reading List Award for Best Historical Fiction, and The Undertaker’s Assistant, released from Kensington in July 2019.
She grew up in the mountains of Colorado and sang and danced her way through 68 cities on both sides of the Atlantic with the service organization Up with People before starting college. Her love of historical fiction started early with the stories of Kenneth Thomasma, Mark Twain, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.
When she’s not writing, Amanda works as an infection prevention nurse. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their pet turtle Lenore.
Amanda Skenandore is a historical fiction writer and registered nurse. Between Earth and Sky was her first novel. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Readers can visit her website at www.amandaskenandore.com.
Blog Tour Schedule
Wednesday, June 29
Review at MTM Reads
Friday, July 1
Review at Bookworlder
Monday, July 4
Review at Reader_ceygo
Tuesday, July 5
Review at Momma Doc Reads
Wednesday, July 6
Review at The Page for review Ladies
Thursday, July 7
Review at Dive Into a Good Book
Friday, July 8
Review at Girl Who Reads
Saturday, July 9
Review at Reading is My Remedy
Monday, July 11
Review at Book Reviews and More
Tuesday, July 12
Review at Rebecca is ReadingI
Wednesday, July 13
Review at Momfluenster
Friday, July 21
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Monday, July 18
Review at Novels Alive
Tuesday, July 19
Feature at Impressions in Ink
Wednesday, July 20
Review at Passages to the Past
Friday, July 22
Review at Coffee andI Ink
Enter to win a copy of The Nurse’s Secret by Amanda Skenandore!
The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on July 22nd. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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