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Gemma's Journey

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  4 reviews
En route to a West End audition, young Gemma Goodeve is involved in a railway disaster which she survives - but with the loss of a leg. She finds she has to contend not only with her ambitious mother's disappointment at the ending of her stage career, but also with a media circus.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 2nd 1998 by Arrow Books Ltd (first published August 7th 1997)
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Lynn Heiden
Kingston, Beryl Gemma's Journey Book Gemma Goodeve, a young actress with a promising career, is involved in a terrible train crash. Gemma herself has to have her lower leg amputated before she can be freed from the wreckage. Beryl Kingston sets the romantic plot against the difficult issues of recovering from a life changing accident and with her characteristic interest in social problems she also explores the breakup of the rail network and gaps in the NHS system. BRILLIANT BOOK !!
Sue
This book starts in a dramatic way with a train crash. The novel is parly about the main character coming to terms with this, and it's done in a sensitive and interesting way. The author either has personal experience, or did some excellent research on the topic.

It's also a low-key romance, but I was less impressed with the way this plot-line was handled. It was too clichéd for my liking, and there were too many internal thought-processes described, without much reason given. Conflicts came acro
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 Northern Light
I enjoyed this book although it was a bit Mills and Boon at times!!

Gemma's life is changed for ever when she is involved in a trian crash leaving her with one leg amputated. the doctor who is treating her takes more than a professional interest in her care.

In many ways this book could have been written now rather than a few years ago as nothing seems to have changed. It deals with the break-up of the rail network and also problems in the NHS which are very topical.

Had a big problem with how qui
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Toni
In general a good book, occasionally wanders with too much detail but mostly good. As a nurse I felt it gave a good description of life in hospital and the health professionals who spend so much time hiding true feelings to those they care about while they show huge compassion to patients and families. I thought an excellent telling of Gemma's feelings and frustrations, all up I do recommend this book - makes you think about how you have reacted to others with a disabity! Good book.
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