No Place For A Lady Paperback – Illustrated, April 3, 2018
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PRAISE FOR GILL PAUL:
‘Meticulously researched and evocatively written, this sweeping story will keep a tight hold on your heartstrings until the final page’ Iona Grey
‘A cleverly crafted novel and an enthralling story: the heartbreak genuine, the research brilliant. I love the way the present narrative throws light on the past story so that the transitions are smooth. A triumph.’ Dinah Jefferies
‘A warm-hearted and engaging novel that breathes fresh life into the well-known tragedy of the Titanic’ Amanda Brookfield.
‘A marvellous story: gripping, romantic and evocative of a turbulent and fascinating time’ Lulu Taylor
‘This was just magical. At the last line, tears rolled down my cheeks. Highly recommended.’ Louise Beech
'A heart-warming affirmation of the tenacity of human love' Liz Trenow
'Gill Paul has crafted a beautiful book. The passages set in Russia in 1914 are so richly described and researched that I felt as if I was living in the pages myself. I adored it.' Amanda Jennings
‘This is an intriguing and involving book that explores a really fascinating period in time in a clever and highly enjoyable way. I was hooked into both timelines from the start.’
Joanna Courtney, author of The Chosen Queen and The Constant Queen
‘A beautiful and moving story, beautifully and movingly told. I read it in just two sittings . . . I enjoyed every page’ John Julius Norwich
‘Gill Paul has clearly done her research in this absorbing story that cleverly blends imagination with historical fact. Tragic, touching and authentic-feeling.’ Kate Riordan
‘A marvellous moving adventure, full of vivid colour and atmospheric detail. If you loved POLDARK you’ll love this!’ Lulu Taylor
‘A terrific adventure story, full of romance and atmospheric detail – a great escapist read’ Liz Trenow
About the Author
Gill Paul is an author of historical fiction, specialising in the twentieth century and often writing about the lives of real women. Her novels have topped bestseller lists in the US and Canada as well as the UK and have been translated into twenty languages. The Secret Wife has sold over half a million copies and is a book-club favourite worldwide.
She is also the author of several non-fiction books on historical subjects. She lives in London and swims year-round in a wild pond.
- Publisher : Avon; Illustrated edition (April 3, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0008271496
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008271497
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 1.2 x 5.1 x 16.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #419,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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Lucy is the younger sister who marries an army Captain known only briefly and sets out with him to war in the Crimea.
Dorothea, the older sister, desperate to find Lucy after months of no word, applies to be a nurse with Florence Nightingale.
The stories are filled with vivid detail of life during the Crimean War. Especially interesting are the details of the nurses under Florence Nightingale.
Top reviews from other countries
In this novel two sisters, Lucy and Dorothea are introduced to the reader, in their London society milieu, at the time of the Crimean War. The younger of the two, Lucy, is shown as being head over heels in love with Charlie, an officer, whom she marries AND joins in the murky hardships of the front line. Her true grit is shown as she continues to remain by his side.
In the meantime Dorothea is determined to do her bit for nursing and joins a group of nurses allotted to the hospital which Florence Nightingale runs.
However, by 31st March 1856, when a peace treaty is finally signed, the marital status of the two sisters changes. I'm not giving away any clues.
I love the switches from society in London to the horrors of the battlefield, and then again to the peaceful dacha belonging to Russians that heals Lucy.
I felt the history of the period was authentically presented. I highly recommend this book.
The story follows Lucy and Dorothea who are sisters living in London (at the start) with their widowed father. Lucy, the much younger sister, marries an army officer having known him for just a few weeks then goes with him to Crimea in support while he takes part in the campaign. We flip between Dorothea and Lucy, hoping that their disagreements will be resolved and, at the same time, expecting this conflict to be a huge part of the plot. There is a complex chronology as the narrative often stays with one sister for several months before flipping back to the other - this is quite interesting as it shows a metaphor to emphasise the amount of time that communication across continents took in these days.
Parts of the plot are comfortably predictable but there is plenty of surprises which go against the social expectations of the time. Gill Paul gives plenty of details about battles and the suffering of those taking part. She has done her research and this book filled some gaps in my knowledge. As well as the war, GP isn't afraid to tackle a huge scope of other issues, including observes differences in class, religion, politics and many other areas. I wondered if she could have narrowed the broad coverage to focus more closely on some areas but that would make this a very different book and I enjoyed the light touch to serious issues that she employs effectively.
Whilst there is a strong historical background there is also a great romance story running through the book. This softens the plot and makes it more of an easy read which is very accessible.
This is a quick book to read and won't suit everyone. It deals with some tough topics but handles them very carefully. I enjoyed it very much and will recommend to female readers who will enjoy the emotion whilst picking up some historical knowledge along the way.
I was very impressed with the ending - not the predictable "happy ever after" but with the characters all having clear resolutions and hope for the future. As often with this author, there is a very good historical note at the end which confirms all the factual information that was used along and shows the depth of research. I particularly liked the use of real people in the novel and the note makes is clear who they were. I find it fascinating that so many women in this conflict wrote memoirs so spreading the knowledge of their experiences - this might explain why the commanding men come out so badly and some of their decisions were derided. For the first time in history, women were at the battles who were educated enough to write down what they saw.
pain and blacking out !! Altogether very unbelievable and predictable, could’t finish it.