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To Have and to Hold

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Carmel Duffy is the eldest child of a brutal and abusive marriage, and she can't wait to leave home. She's equally determined to have no husband or family of her own - what she wants more than anything is to be a nurse. As soon as she turns 18, she heads for Birmingham and begins her training.
Paperback, 538 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by HarperTorch (first published January 1st 2006)
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Lorraine
May 31, 2011 Lorraine rated it liked it
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This was an enjoyable read. It told the story of Carmel, a girl from Belfast from a poor family, with a father who beat his wife and children and drank excessively. In order to get away from home, Carmel travels to Birmingham to take nurse training, and vows she will never marry. But she meets a handsome young intern from a wealthy family and eventually agrees to marry him, to his mother's disgust. Carmel finds out she is pregnant just as WWII starts, and Paul goes off to work in the Medical ...more
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Jun 28, 2012 Maria rated it it was ok
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This was an interesting novel that spanned at least… seven years? It starts with Carmel, she's about sixteen, wants to be a nurse to get out of the hell-hole that is her home. She becomes a nurse, eventually falls in love with Dr. Paul, they get married, and he goes off to war.

A great deal of things happen, a great deal of tragedy and 'comedy,' happy endings (for a while), and not-so-happy endings. It wasn't fantastic, but it was
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