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Coming Home to Liverpool

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This is the last, I believe, in a series of 3 books though it could easily be read as a standalone - I started the series at book #2 and don't feel like I missed out but then again if I was starting out again,  I would probably start from book #1, just for the sake of my little completist heart!

This book is based in 1872 and follows Maud's story as she returns home to Liverpool from New York and reunites with her two best friends, Eddy and Alice.  She also starts working at Liverpool Royal Infirmary again, having to keep a major secret - that she is a married woman now.  It's little nuggets like this, that make this an interesting story, hard to imagine now that nurses at that time could not be married!  Also, the attention to detail in nursing techniques and surgery is fascinating, but thankfully without going into too much gruesome detail - but just enough to be mughtily glad of all the advances in medicine since 1872!

If you are looking for a lightweight, pleasant, easy read to lose yourself in for a while, this is a great choice, particularly if you are interested in history, nursing or Liverpool, or all of the above.
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Just finished. The story of three friend Maud, Alice and Eddy and how they battle their way through illness, disease and the hardships of the 19th century.  Not my usual type of read so found it a little hard to keep going at times. I kept with it and enjoyed. I didn’t expect it to end how it did.
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Kate Eastham has got it right again. Coming home to Liverpool draws you in from the first page. The characters are instantly recognisable.
Maud, Eddy and Alice all have different trials to battle through but Maud gets more than her fair share. I found the hospital where most of the story is played out really interesting from the factual side. The way hospital was run and different nursing styles with the insight from Florence Nightingale. Loved it. Worthy of 5 stars. Must read.
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I have enjoyed the previous books featuring Maud, Alice & Eddy so it was good to catch up with them as Maud & Albert return from America. The books are set when nursing is still almost in its infancy & it was interesting to read of some of the methods used. However, this is basically a story about the characters & it is very easy to become involved in their lives. It was an enjoyable read. Thanks to Netgalley & the publisher for letting me read & review this book
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19th Century Liverpool and poverty is rife. Maud Linklater has just returned from New York with her adopted son. Maud is a trained surgical nurse and she wants to get back into the profession. She gets a job at the Liverpool Infirmary. She brings some of the  kre modern work experiences with her. But Maud had to hide that she is married as  nurses weren't allowed to marry in 1872.

I did not know that this was the third  book in this series. It does read well as a standalone. Thenstory revolves around Maud and Harry. Harry could not travel home at the same time as his wife. This is an intriguing insight into nursing in the 19th Century The author has researched the practices used back then. An enjoyable read.

I would like to thank NetGalley  Penguin UK -  Michael Joseph and the author Kate Eastham for my ARC in exchange for an honest review
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Coming home to Liverpool- Kate Eastham Absolutely loved this book loved the era it was set in. Although it is part of a series of books you can easily read this as a stand alone book. I will definitely read the other books now though as I just loved the characters and the storyline. Loved how old aspects of nursing were weaved into the storyline and the hardships & stigma was faced by families . I read this book in the day as I couldn’t put it down (didn’t want to). I would highly recommend this book and will tell family and friends what a superb read it is. 
Many thanks to both the author and netgalley for   allowing me to read this book.
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Another great book following on in the nursing career. Love how you see how friends can fall apart through jealousy keep them coming
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Kate's novel is a lovely tale of life back in the 1870's.... The characters are mainly nurses at the Liverpool infirmary; Maud trained there before heading to America with her husband and adopted son.  She decided to return to Liverpool as one of her elderly friends had taken a turn for the worse.  She stayed at a friends and pretend she wasn't married as nurses were supposed to be single back then.   Harry couldn't travel at the same time so it was agreed he'd come 4 weeks later, which he did, but no spoilers, you'll have to read to find out what happens!!!! A delightful book giving a little insight to nurses life in Victorian times.
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A great read.
Having read the previous novels it was wonderful to be able to read the next installment.
It didn't disappoint.
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Another enjoyable book in the series. Have learnt more historic medical techniques and treatments (and have even found myself Googling them for further information!) Disappointed that more was not said about Maud's time in the hospital in New York; they seemed to go, be forgotten and then were coming back! Would have preferred more pages about their time there than details of seasickness on the way home.  It would also have been nice to have found out how Sue's Mum took her daughter's wishes to not wear the veiled hat; she seemed to disappear when Flora became ill. Hope there will be another book soon to fill in all the missing bits! Enjoyed it though and would recommend to others.
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Matron Maudie linklateris coming  home  from New York  across  the  Atlantic  on the Abyssinia. Eddy and Alice nurses at the Liverpool  royal hospital  cannot  wait  to  see  her and life can get back  to  normal.  A moving  story.  This author  always delivers her best to you in every  possible  way.  I loved  this book  and  well worth  the  stars.
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Another well written story about nurses in Liverpool in the 19th century. Kate Eastham has researched the history of medicine and the role of women in hospitals at that time.
I adore the characters in the series and their personalities have been beautifully developed over the books.
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I really enjoyed this book so much.  It has a really great plot, superb main characters and I read it in one sitting.  I would highly recommend this book.
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A warm and touching story set around midwifery in the late 1800’s in Liverpool. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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Thank you for letting me read this book it was fantastic read loved the first two books and this one was better was engrossed from start to finish ,
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Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for allowing me to read this Arc. A beautiful story written by the ever talented Kate Eastham.
A story of love, laughter and many years. Also a story about the lives and work of some fantastic nurses. I would highly recommend it.
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Thanks Netgalley and the Publisher.  This was a really lovely story, great characters and wish I had read the first 2 books.
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This delightful book describes how a young but experienced nurse, Maud, returns to Liverpool after having worked in New York. She arrives with her adopted son Alfred, and her husband Harry will follow soon. Maud has a history here in Liverpool and although she learned a lot in New York about modern medicine, she is happy to return.
Of course Maud will be staying with a couple of her oldest friends, while Alfred will stay in a good boarding school. As soon as Harry arrives, they will find a home for themselves. The slight complication is that Maud has to hide that she is married. In 1872, nurses were not allowed to marry - because a married woman is supposed to take care of her husband and not for sick strangers.

The whole story revolves around Maud and Harry, but there are lots of interesting bits of information to give the reader an insight in the daily life of a nurse. Maud and her friends always have to dress in their uniforms to walk from home to the hospital, for instance. The police will otherwise pick up any woman that is walking the streets without a companion on suspicion of being a prostitute.

However, the things we learn about the medical practices are the most interesting. Maud washes her hand profusely with carbol, and cleans all things needed for an operation with it too. For some, this is still unheard of. What brought a big grin to my face was the fact that the leading surgeon washed his hands, and then goes off to a corner of the operating room to have a smoke first...

The story flows easily and there are numerous interesting characters. I hope there will be a fourth book in this series soon.

Thank you Netgalley and Penguin UK for this digital review copy.
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The third story in the series but easily readable without having read the others, which I had not. Maud, a surgical nurse, returns to her home town of Liverpool with her adopted son and the expectation that her husband will join her in a few weeks. She's met by her old nursing friends, Alice and Eddie, after a seasick ridden voyage  and taken to their home. She manages to get a job at the Liverpool Infirmary, in spite of being married - that's kept quiet -  and immerses herself in caring for the sick. She brings with her the experience of work under more modern medicine practice in New York and at least some of the Liverpool surgeons are supportive - the use of chloroform is becoming the norm, Pasteur has developed the smallpox vaccination and carbolic acid/cleanliness is becoming accepted. practice. Interspersed with this is Nancy and her pregnancy, the return of Harry, the husband, his trials and hers before they can become another couple again. The squalour and deprivation of industrial Liverpool at this time, 1872, the robust and supportive communities in spite of this are exceedingly well drawn. The characters likeable (or not in the case of the baddies), the sense of hope for medicine and improvements flourish throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed Ms Eastham's "Miss Nightinglae's Nurses" set mostly against the backdrop of the Crimean War where, again, her descriptions of medicine under fire were very well written. "Coming Home to Liverpool" is in the same vein and well worth the read. Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin UK -  Michael Joseph for an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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Kate Eastham writes such lovely stories that draw you into the book,the charactors are brilliant and i look forward to the next book from this fabulous author 5*
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