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The Spirit of Nora

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Stretched across a backdrop of bustling New York, romantic Paris, and rural Russia in the early twentieth century, The Spirit of Nora vividly portrays the emergence of a young Minnesota woman into a fiercely independent spirit. Leaving her home on the farm with her childhood friend Ella for nursing training in New York, Nora enters a changing world. After befriending two d ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 280 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by Tate Publishing
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Nov 29, 2011 Marie rated it really liked it
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This review was originally posted on my blog, Ramblings of a Daydreamer. You can find it, and many more reviews at the blog.

Spanning several decades, as well as several countries, The Spirit of Nora is a well-written, engaging tale about one girl’s incredible emotional, physical, and spiritual journey. I felt like I was there with Nora as she traveled first to New York City, then to France, then on to Russia.

Nora was a multi-faceted character - she started off so innocent and almost naïve, but
Flora Smith
Nov 22, 2011 Flora Smith rated it really liked it
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, and honestly I really liked it. Nora is a strong woman living in a time when woman are fighting for their rights. As a young woman she travels to New York City seeking her place in the world. After the loss of her friend she travels to Eastern Europe seeking penance for failing her friend. We follow her thru life with love and loss and all the ravages of war in Europe. As a strong Christian woman she find her place thru it al ...more
Nov 14, 2011 Iola rated it really liked it
Nora and her best friend, Ella, leave small-town Minnesota to travel to New York City to train as nurses in 1889, where they meet a pair of young and handsome trainee doctors, and a famous artist who paints a telling portrait of the pair. Nora is clearly the stronger personality, the leader of the two, the one who is prepared to act to attain a goal, rather than waiting for someone else to act on her behalf. However, this impetuous independence has catastrophic consequences for both Nora and Ell ...more
Jan 03, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
I so enjoyed this book I read it in one night! Moving and emotional, I just couldn't put it down. I wanted more! More character info, more time with Nora! I would love to have learned more about this thoughtful, inspirational woman. Mr Lee...maybe another book about what happens next in her life...please?

Thank you for a wonderful, heartwarming and beautiful story.

I received this book free through a Goodreads giveaway.
I won this book in First Reads and when I first got it, I flipped it over to see the back cover. At the bottom, it said "Fiction, historical, Christian" so I admit, I was a little worried it would get preachy. However, I read it anyway and I am glad to say that is not the case. Yes, Nora is a religious woman but the story is not proselytizing. It is the story of a young woman who has too much spirit and life in her to remain in her small, Minnesota town. It is the story of her travels all over t ...more
Oct 01, 2011 Krystal rated it really liked it
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One of the best qualities this book has to offer is the connection between the main character and the author. The reader will easily connect to Nora, sympathizing with her, rooting with her, and wanting to shake her.

Nora and Ella are best friends. They decide to take on nursing training and go to New York...where Nora doesn't know what to make of the bustling city. Tristan and Soren offer a momentary diversion, Nora and Ella go out with the two doctors for a while. However, in one mysterious sc
Val Wilkerson
May 26, 2012 Val Wilkerson rated it really liked it
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Its late 1800's. Two young girls, Nora and Ella, leave their families,
and farms in Minnesota and go to New York to go to school to become
nurses. The tale takes Nora to Paris & to Russia before back to Minnesota after being away from her family for over 20 years. It was well written with strong characters. The last character in the book,
Nora, attended Concordia College in Moorhead Minnesota in the early
1900, became a nurse during WW1. I found this interesting as my
grandmother worked at Conco
Mar 16, 2012 Jodi rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, but it was way too unpredictable. While it seemed that the main character, Nora, was a very weak character, looking back she was one of the most strong characters in the book. It appeared that she never really made a decision and just flowed through life as it came at her. However, she was always strong and never faltered in her faith. I still do not understand some of the relationships she had, and there was just too much going on to make the book feel real or possible. Ove ...more
Meredith Miller
Feb 02, 2012 Meredith Miller rated it really liked it
Interesting story. Learned quite a bit about WWI as pertains to Europe esp Russia. Very spiritual book, not preachy, but religious.
Jan 02, 2012 Diana rated it it was amazing
I received this for free through Goodreads First Reads. Review to come. :D
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