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Sue Barton, Rural Nurse (Sue Barton #4)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  229 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Sue Barton, Rural Nurse. At twenty-three, high-spirited and courageous young Sue Barton goes to practice in the White Mountains - working with Dr. Bill Barry. Bill had proposed persistently and at last, gladly, Sue decides to marry him and help him with his country practice. But fate, in the form of personal tragedy, a typhoid epidemic, and the hostility of the town to Bil ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 2nd 1984 by Signet (first published January 1939)
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As was the case with the book immediately preceding this one in the series, I had some mixed feelings about this installment in the Sue Barton series. On the plus side, I was, to an extent venturing out on very sketchily charted waters with this book, because in contrast to the earlier books which I read to pieces, this one I'd read just once in my youth. It was fun reading a Sue Barton book which I didn't know nearly by heart. I also found the rural New Hampshire setting interesting, and Sue's ...more
The wedding is postponed when Bill's father dies and he has to make arrangements to take care of his brother who was crippled by polio. Bill faces hostility from the locals for failing to solve an outbreak of typhoid in his town and Sue seeks outside funding to become a rural nurse in the town to support Bill.

This book is quite grim for our main characters. Bill is stressed and losing patients. Some of them fear that Bill is the carrier of the disease and others think he is a quack because he ca
Nov 21, 2007 Annie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: nursing enthusiasts, those who enjoy old-timey prose, typhoid sufferers
Oh, man! I love Sue Barton. In this book, our plucky (yeah, the book took it there), redheaded nurse is in New Hampshire, her home state, where people talk in accents I sometimes have to read aloud to understand. There's a mysterious outbreak of typhoid, with some heavy foreshadowing, and her fiance, Dr. Barry, has to postpone their nuptials to attend to his invalid brother when his parents die suddenly. Based on my experience with Sue Barton Visiting Nurse , I expect that these storylines will ...more
Too melodramatic, too much Bill, not enough Sue rocking her awesomeness.
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Sue Barton is a Nancy-Drewlike series about a young nurse (ala Cherry Ames) as a student and in her work life. The 30s & 40s shine clearly as things are pretty sexist, and the informational parts of the books (like what it was like in poor rural communities and how badly they needed nurses and doctors) are generally out of date, but don't feel too tacked on. Presumably these were written to encourage young girls (no boys need apply!) to undertake careers in nursing or at least encourage them ...more
Nov 19, 2014 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Possibly my favourite - there is a lot going on, and HDB conveys beautifully her landscape and its occupants, and what it's like to be young and in love. Her description of the flood waters rising is superb and the ending always brings a lump to my throat.

And perhaps I'm on my own here, but I like Bill!
Jan 29, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-read-2015
I adored this book! I remembered very little after having read it so long ago, as a young teenager. The plot is sweet, the writing descriptively wonderful and the characters slightly too perfect!
Feb 14, 2009 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Another transitional book in the series, this one getting Sue up to New Hampshire, where the remaining three books in the series will take place. We get to meet our new characters, ones that we'll get to know very well in the coming books. Although eventually got the typhoid epidemic did get to the all right already stage eventually, I think part of that stems from our perceptions of how medicine works now as opposed to how it worked then, and the relative ease of knowing where everyone is at al ...more
Maria Elmvang
Jan 13, 2008 Maria Elmvang rated it liked it
Better than I remembered it, but because it doesn't have the same nostalgic pull on me, I can't rate it higher than 3 stars.

I wonder if something got lost in the translation concerning Bill's brother. We haven't heard about him at all in the earlier books, and suddenly he's in Europe and has to get electronic treatments - with no explanation as to why! Not that it's important for the book, I just found it odd.

Very much a transitional book, and I'm looking forward to seeing what the next will bri
Anne Federwisch
These are Shelly's books, so I only have until July 15 to read them!

This one bogs down a little in the middle as Sue becomes Nancy Drew in an attempt (which we know will be successful!) to discover the source of the typhoid outbreak which threatens not only the health of the rural folk, but her future husband's practice as well. Oh, the drama!

No one today would be convinced to go into nursing reading this book, but I imagine at the time, quite a few were.

Again, a pleasant peek into the past.
Astrid Johanne
Sue ta'r affære er ligeså god som dens tre foregængere, men har endnu mere spænding i sig. Den er umulig at ligge fra sig, og jeg havde et smil på læben, da jeg var færdig med at læse bogen. Det er første gang jeg har læst dem, men helt sikkert ikke den sidste.
May 15, 2008 Vass rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult, medical
I didn't like it as much as Visiting Nurse. Like Marianna, I don't like the country. And the typhoid mystery was a bit broadly drawn.
Juli Evans
Apr 11, 2008 Juli Evans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always knew I'd be a nurse, and enjoyed books about nurses/nursing.
Oct 02, 2011 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j, history
Classic Jfic trash series reviewed on Ms. Wolicki Librarian account.
Marissa Patterson
Ohhh crazy gender norms of the 30's!
May 19, 2013 Mo rated it really liked it
Read the series.
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