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No Place For A Lady

4.1  ·  Rating details ·  2,824 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
All’s fair in love and war …
1854. England is in the grip of a gruesome war.

Lucy Harvington, ill-educated beyond how to be a wife, has travelled to the Crimea with her handsome and impetuous officer husband Charlie. As the day of battle dawns she can only pray her husband survives. If he doesn’t, what will become of her?

Dorothea Gray, volunteer nurse at the Westminster Hosp
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 2nd 2015 by Avon (first published June 4th 2015)
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Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-borrowed
A historical fiction that takes readers from England to the front lines of the Crimean War and features two sisters Dorothea and Lucy. A bit predictable in nature, but I still found myself turning the pages to see what would happen next.
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: victorian
Nothing prepared me for how the book would impact me! Looking at the lovely cover, reading the book description, seeing its publisher (Avon), I expected the usual - somewhat fluffy wartime romance. Instead, the story turned out to be a very powerful read from which I still can’t get over three days later.

This is a beautifully written story of love, duty, obligations and choices. I think what is most compelling to me in the story is the emphasis on women during wartime- how brave and courageous m
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have a couple of Gill’s previous books hidden on my Kindle (The Affair and Women and Children First) and I now feel quite ashamed that I haven’t yet read them (for no other reason other than having too many books and not enough time) although after reading this, I shall now be keen to bump them up the reading list. No Place for a Lady was a wonderful read and I‘m sure that fans of historical fiction will enjoy it too.

I’ve read many books over the last year or so about WW1 but have never read a
Emma Crowley
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You may be forgiven for looking at the cover of this book and thinking you are going to read a light, fluffy wartime romance. But No Place for a Lady is far from that description and I was pleasantly surprised to read such an excellent jam packed story. This was the first book I had read from this author and from looking at her previous two releases it's obvious Gill has a passion for history and a real way with words. All her books have had totally different settings and themes. From the traged ...more
Jayne Catherine pinkett
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr-books-i-own
I think this book has to go on my top 10 for 2017 so far. I really enjoyed it. Set in the Crimean war, two sisters end up in the war zone for very different reasons. Lucy goes to support her husband who is a Captain in the British army and her sister Dorothea goes to be a nurse under the tutorship of THE Florence Nightingale. Well thought out plot, well researched historical perspective of the Crimean conflict, and a great insight into nursing of the time, especially interesting for me. I loved ...more
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Lately I am really lucky to be able to read some really good historical fiction book, and I am slowly becoming a fan of this genre, so when I was asked if I'm interested in taking part in Blog Tour for "No Place for a Lady", and when I read a blurb, I was sure it's going to be a real corker of a book and agreed without hesitation. and it was one of the best decisions I could make - it is a great book! It was also my first book by Gill Paul, which made the reading even more interesting, and now I ...more
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't bad but I didn't particularly like it either. The first about 250 pages were just meh I skimmed alot and kind of wanted it to be over, than It got a little better more interesting. And i was not a fan of the ending.
Nov 05, 2015 rated it liked it
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Before I get too far ahead of myself, I'd like to note that most readers enjoyed Gill Paul's No Place for a Lady far more than I did. I respect that tastes vary, but I want to acknowledge myself among the minority just the same and caution prospective readers to take my commentary, such as it is, with a grain of salt.

Still with me? That's good. I appreciate those who keep an open mind. Nothing against those who bailed on re
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Most definitive statement for the historical research that went into this book: Holy carp!! There is a ton of information that serves as a background for this story of two sisters and their relationship during one of the Crimean War. Everything from horrifying details on battle and carnage to everyday life in hospitals and military camps to the glittering world of Constantinople and the seedy underbelly of that same city find their way into this book. I literally was learning as I read,
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Really enjoyed this historical novel, lots of historical facts and adventures.
Would recommend to everyone who enjoys historical novels.

Won this book in Goodreads First-read giveaway.
4.5 stars...mainly because I felt it needed an epilogue and I enjoyed the second half of the book more than the first. That being said, this was a powerful book that felt very real, very authentic. There were times when it almost felt like I was reading a diary and I don't say that as a criticism, only that was how real it felt to me. Although I am by no means an expert on the Crimea War, I feel quite confident that the author certainly did her homework and her attention to detail was outstandin ...more
Loren Johnson
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adults
I found this to be a genuinely enjoyable work of historical fiction. And to think that I almost chose another book to read in its place! Gill Paul has written an addictive tale that constantly left me wanting more. It was a pleasure to read and I will definitely be delving into more of this authors books. I recommend this to all historical fiction lovers! I love how much accuracy there is in this story and I also love how many true historical figures were mentioned - including Mary Seacole whom ...more
Peggy Morley
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
a great read lost it
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. I really enjoy history, however I am not a huge fan of the romance novel. So often when reading historical fiction these tow genres are entwined. I find often that in such novels the romance is primary and the history is secondary. No Place for a Lady does an excellent job of balancing the historical story and the lives of it's characters. I dropped my rating to three stars only because I found that the author tied everything up in a perfect little happy ...more
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No Place for a Lady was exactly what I needed, a super easy and enjoyable historical fiction focusing on the Crimean war of 1854-55, of which I knew nothing about. The story is about two sisters who are thirteen years apart. Dorothea is the elder, never married and very sensible, whilst Lucy is fickle and passionate. It switches between their perspectives and I enjoyed reading it for the most part.

I really liked the writing style, it was really easy to fly through and the
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading this by an unknown author, I was thoroughly engaged with the characters. You felt so much for how one's point of view can change people. Like how at the beginning, Lucy Harvington was a very innocent woman who wanted her own way in things. She was in love with her handsome suitor Charlie. He is an Officer with the horse guards and wants Lucy for his wife. But Lucy's sister Dorothea Gray forbids her to do this because she's so young. Wait til the war is over in the Cr ...more
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
I must be missing something here. So many people have rated this four or five stars.. and I just didn't connect with it at all. To be fair, I read it "on the rebound" from an amazing book set in India (Zemindar) so maybe my expectations were set too high. But I read a lot of historical fiction and this one just seemed really flat. The historical research was there, but the characters weren't that interesting and we ended up being told how they felt and what they were going through rather than le ...more
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, net-galley, 2015, n
Set in the Crimean War- a wonderfully written historical story. There are two main female characters and the story is told from both of their points of view. Lucy Harvington is married to an army captain preparing to go into battle. Her sister is a nurse at the Westminster hospital but was opposed to her sister marrying early. She volunteers to join Florence Nightingales ‘crew’ in the Crimea.
Gill Paul adds great historical detail and the characters are brilliantly drawn. The real horror of the
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Human but unsatisfying

This is the second book I have read by the author, but was not as much of a fan of this one. Ms. Paul has a gift for detailed and vibrant storytelling, but she is such a good writer that the character of Lucy was very lifelike, and truly annoying to me. Since half the book is in her point of view, I have to say that I only enjoyed the parts told by the character of Dorothea. Overall the story is a very moving one about trials and perseverance, but to me it was tainted by ha
It was...actually I don't even know what this was. Lucy was an airhead. There was really no depth to the book or any of the characters at all. I honestly don't understand why Lucy wanted to go to the war with her husband so badly. Maybe because the whole book was just a sketch. Ugh. At least it was an easy read.
I received this book via goodreads first reads.
I really enjoyed this book it flowed along nicely making you care about the characters. I loved Lucy I felt so much for her. Not a book I would normally pick up but I had a very pleasant surprise because I loved it and kept picking it up when and where ever I could, it keeps you reading. Loved it
Bloss ♡

WHY does this have such high ratings!!?

Books with airhead characters are very difficult for me to enjoy. Historical fiction is no exception.
The first 100 pages of this book of full of two morons simperingly in love and as thick as the day is long. I quickly tired of Lucy and her selfish, self-righteous nonsense and her dough-head husband fawning over her. It was like being back in high school where new couples fawn over each other in a melodramatic and completely theatrical way that turns
Jeff Underwood
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Rousing Good Read...Mostly

This is an admirable undertaking by Gill Paul. This book has breadth as it sweeps through the British, French and Turkish cultures of the 1850s, the heavy clash of religions - Muslim and Christian- and their grim biases towards one another, the devestation and lunacy of the Crimean War in particular and the rousing name of Florence Nightingale. This sets the historical stage for this novel. The fictional aspect played upon this historical backdrop revolves around two
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pur avendo già letto 'The Secret wife' della stessa autrice, che mi era piaciuto moltissimo, non sapevo bene cosa aspettarmi da questo: immaginavo un polpettone stile romance, anche perché la guerra in Crimea mi pare sia uno dei luoghi 'preferiti' per il genere 'ufficiale e gentildonna'. Poi, trascinata anche dalla recente visione del film 'The ottoman lieutenant' (in lingua originale, non è ancora stato distribuito in Italia e questo si che si è rivelato davvero un romance, ahimé!) ho pensato d ...more
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Truly fascinating account of the Crimean War from a women's perspective.  I loved the copious detail on medical practices, the diversity of characters (varied ethnicities like Turks and the English merging together, different languages and customs and prejudices clashing). Jamaican Mrs Secole character is novel and fascinating, I had no idea such thing was even possible, a single black woman from the islands able and willing to transplant herself to the foreign lands and command such respect and ...more
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great novel by Gill Paul.
Lucy marries cavalier Charlie Harrington at great speed in order that she can accompany him to the battlefield. She has not known Charlie for long but is head over heels in love with him. Charlie and Lucy travel with his regiment to the Crimea and nothing could have prepared Lucy for what lay ahead.
Lucy's sister Dorothea is a nurse and desperately worried for Lucy who is miles away, so when an opportunity arises for her to go and nurse the wounded on the front li
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this story about 2 English sisters who initially follow very different paths in the Crimean War. Lucy, the youngest, impetuously marries a dashing young Army man and follows him to the front. Her older sister Dorothea is a more sensible and intellectual type frustrated by her own sidelining as she nurses her dying mother and a father who seems to be descending into dementia. Lucy, resentful of Dorothea, quarrels with her before setting overseas. The two women's regret over this qu ...more
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Having just finished The Secret Wife, which I rated as 5 stars, I had high expectations of this book, also by Gill Paul. It was very good, just not as superlative for me as The Secret Wife.
It took me awhile to get into the story of women following their men to war during the Crimean War, but when I did, I found it fascinating, both because of the well-researched historical aspects, and because of the characters. The story had depth, without the typical "happily ever after" aspect, with people s
Heide Katros
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No Place for a Lady is yet another wonderful concoction of history made palatable by the interlacing of fantasy and romance. There are parts that definitely make you cry, but many parts that will elicit smiles. Ms. Paul in an author set apart from the ordinary. I am happy to recommend her novel, because you come away with renewed knowledge that life may hand you lemons, but that a positive attitude will render them into lemonade. Reviewed by Heide Katros, Winter Haven News, FL
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lucy falls in love with Charles an officer in the British army. Dorothea, her older sister is against the marriage and urges her to wait. This causes a rift between them and Lucy marries and follows Charles into the Crimean war. Dorothea with their invalid father continues with her nursing at the local hospital.
This story was my first about the Crimean war and I found the characters interesting and believable. I cannot imagine the conditions the nurses worked in there.
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