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Call the Nurse: True Stories of a Country Nurse on a Scottish Isle by [MacLeod, Mary J]
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Being a nurse can be challenging at the best of times, but being a nurse on a remote Scottish island is something else altogether. In this charming memoir, MacLeod recounts her adventures as a nurse in the Hebrides in the 1970s. With MacLeod as a trusty guide, readers are welcomed into the island inhabitants’ crofts with their smoky peat fires. The book feels like a letter from a friend who has an eye for travel writing (despite employing clichéd phrases like “Little did I know” and overusing exclamation points). With a nurse’s no-nonsense manner, MacLeod relays tales of adventure, finding humor and humanity in her experiences but rarely revealing more of herself than necessary. She ably describes the quirks and generosity of the islanders as they face a series of emergencies and celebrate happy occasions. Instead of an overall narrative, this book reads, as the introduction attests, more like looking through a photo album, with a gloss of nostalgia that readers will enjoy. For James Herriot fans, without the animals. --Bridget Thoreson

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“Julia MacLeod shares unique and enchanting experiences as a nurse in rural Scotland. Her stories will ring true with every nurse—or anyone—who has ever cared for a family or a community, whether in Scotland or America. Call the Nurse is a delightful read.”
-- LeAnn Thieman, author Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul

“Cozy and chatty . . . A lovely account of ordinary people thriving in an extraordinary landscape.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The book feels like a letter from a friend who has an eye for travel writing. . . . With a nurse’s no-nonsense manner, MacLeod relays tales of adventure, finding humor and humanity in her experiences. . . . For James Herriot fans, without the animals.”—Booklist

“MacLeod proves to be an engaging narrative writer who uses humor and vernacular to her advantage. Should be of interest not only to medical professionals but to all readers who want to escape to a slower way of life.”—Library Journal

“This lively and heartening memoir evokes both the hardships and the humour of island life.” —The Scotsman

"This charming, bracing reminiscence of life on a remote Hebridean island captures a vanishing world filled with memorable stories and characters. . . . Mary J. MacLeod makes you care, moves you, amuses you, shocks you, teaches you: This is a surprising, satisfying memoir."—Floyd Skloot, author of In the Shadow of Memory and The Wink of the Zenith: The Shaping of a Writer’s Life

Call the Midwife gave [us] . . . the nursing profession in 1950s London. Now, a retired district nurse [gives us] the heartwarming and humorous—yet often shocking—events on a remote Scottish island.”—Sunday Post, UK

"A charming tale, packed full with reminiscences, rather in the manner of the recent hit TV series, Call the Midwife. . . . Her tales of joy, trouble, drama, and comedy are warm and humorous, telling of a bygone era."—Westcountry Life, Western Morning News, UK

“Julia MacLeod has written a book which encapsulates Hebridean life during some decades past . . . with a sensitivity that reflects her nursing career.”—Lady Claire Macdonald of Macdonald, from her foreword

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  • File Size: 772 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing (April 4, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 4, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C7XDYHO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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