The Mothers Of Lovely Lane is book #3 of the Lovely Lane series of historical fiction set in Liverpool, in 1954.
The St. Angelus hospital is the link for all the characters in this book; doctors, nurses and the St. Angelus mafia, who work behind the scenes, show a huge community spirit in this entertaining tale. The hospital is set to embrace a post-war world under the NHS, but not without a fight, for both operating theatres and a new maternity unit.
The Irish community of the novel look out for each other; Noleen works hard to look after her family, while everyone knows about J.T. Ryan and his thieving ways.
This book is about the strength of the mothers. When Finn Delaney is the first lad in the street to pass his eleven plus, a plan is formed so he can be sent to school. An horrific attack on Mrs Ryan has the people of the community rallying round.
There is a large quantity of characters in this book, and if it is your introduction to the series it may take a while to remember them all. The story is sprinkled with enough nostalgia to make it feel genuine and informative. I had several favourite characters; Biddy, Dessie and Matron. The post-war Liverpool setting shows how badly much of the area was bombed and how the families still suffered, even nine years after the ending of the war. Overall a good, well written piece of historical fiction.
I would recommend this to all those who enjoy post-war British family sagas.
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The Mothers of Lovely Lane
PUBLICATION DATE: 15th June 2017
“As heart-warming as it is heartbreaking, this novel is unputdownable.” – THE SUNDAY EXPRESS
“A funny and sometimes shocking saga. I couldn’t put it down.” CRISTINA ODONE
Bestselling author, Nadine Dorries draws on her Liverpool roots and her early experiences as a student nurse in the third novel starring the Angels of Lovely Lane.
Noleen Delaney is one of an army of night cleaners at St Angelus Hospital. Son Bryan has a good job as one of the hospital’s porters’ boys, but Finn has done something unheard-of and passed his Eleven Plus exam. How on earth will they pay for his books, his grammar school uniform and shoes?
Bronia Ryan has battled depression since her husband died. Even in that poor neighbourhood her house is a byword for chaotic squalor. And now one son is in prison. Her youngest, Lorcan, wants no part of a life of crime, but how can he ever escape? Or protect his mother from her vicious eldest son?
As usual, St Angelus is at the heart of things. Life and death, love and loss, jealousies, rivalries and betrayals are woven into a rich tapestry – the latest instalment in Nadine’s great series about poverty, sacrifice and community spirit in post-war Liverpool and the early days of the NHS.
Nadine Dorries grew up in a working-class family in Liverpool and spent a great deal of time in Mayo with her Irish grandmother. She trained as a nurse and has been the MP for Mid-Bedfordshire since 2005. She has three daughters.
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