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No Place for a Woman

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  971 ratings  ·  32 reviews
When Lucy’s parents are killed in a train crash, her kindly uncle steps in to look after the little girl – to the initial apprehension of his wife and her son. However, Lucy’s sweet, spirited charm slowly wins over her new family, and as she overcomes the trauma of her childhood, she grows up inspired to become a doctor, just like her father.

But studying medicine in London
Paperback, 480 pages
Published January 12th 2017 by Corgi
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Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
In a train crash Lucy was nearly four years old and was left unconscious and a broken arm but tragically her parents are killed in the train crash. Lucy went to live with her Uncle William, he was determined to do his duty by the child. William had been appointed in Joseph's will as Lucy's legal guardian and he will make sure that Lucy will be his main priority. As Lucy grows up she wants to become a doctor, just like her dad was. It is very clear while reading No Place For a Woman that the auth ...more
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It started off slowly but when it got going it was fine. The first part of it was a bit mundane to be honest and could have been shorter I thought.
Lucy wanted to be a doctor in a time when women were expected to stay at home and rear the children and look after her husband. It was a tough decision for any woman to make and I would have like to have seen more of her struggle achieving this. We were told how difficult it was but not really shown.
When she went to the front, which is the part I was
May 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
The first chapter of this book had me absorbed. It begins with a four year old girl, Lucy who survives a train crash that kills her parents, after first going to live with her Uncle and aunt in London, they all move to the house Lucy shared with her parents in Hull. Her kindly uncle has a step son called Oswald, who at first dislikes Lucy. The housekeeper introduces Lucy to her family and strong friendships are forged. This is when I thought this story was just my cup of tea and I looked forward ...more
Brenda Anderson
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Really found this book a fantastic read.highly recommend.
Jocelet Collins
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Are inspiring

When I first opened up this book it did take me a while to get in to it, but after a chapter or so I couldn't out it down, I felt I was in the story from nursing/ doctor/military trading to the front line, had me crying tears of sadness to tears of joy to tears of sadness again & it was so inspirational with what our first female doctors had to go through to get noticed & be accepted in this crazy world, it got me thinking if it wasn't for them & the fight for acceptance that they p
Julie Davis
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book as am fascinated by the role of women in the war. The first section deals with Lucy's life after she is orphaned and she goes to live with her uncle. This part introduces us to all the main characters but it dragged a bit and I would preferred it to be shorter with more time spent on Lucy training to be a doctor.
The second part was much more interesting and gives a good insight into the struggle women had to become a doctor, as well as the role of nurses in the first world war.
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As with all Val Wood books I immediately engaged with the main character. I thought the mixing of real historical figures into the plot was sheer genius and somehow helped to place the characters ambitions into context.

The only reason it took time to read this book was a lack of time. This is a perfect book to read sitting on a lounger in the sun on holiday.
c m bolton
Great read

As always Val knows what we want and need. This tells the reader about different families and them coming together. It would be even better if we find out in another book how they all get on. How many babies they have and there careers. Thank you Val I loved it xxxx
michelle reilly
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book

Great storyline and characters in this book, as well as factual moments from World War 1. Really enjoyed the whole story. Great research by Val Wood.
Kinsey Crosby
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing story. The determination that women had to be able to do what they wanted is incredible
Roz Radmore
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Lucy was very small she and her parents were in a train accident hwre her mother and father were killed . On recovering from her injuries Lucy finds that her Uncle and Aunt have come to take her home. She soon bounces back and grows to love her new family .
Lucy decides from a young age that she will become a doctor like her late father. As she grows up she finds that she must fight to become a female doctor in a man's world . Her years of hard work pay off and finally she is qualified .
Wendy Jakob
This isn't a genre of book I'd usually read but a book club challenge was to read a book set during WW1. This starts before that but it does cover the period during the war too.

It's an easy read and although I'm sure some of the facts are correct, the blurb suggests it's about the battle for a woman to become a doctor during those times and I felt the training period was glossed over. There was a great deal written about the interview process but very little about the actual training. And then s
Jan Morris
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful story.

Another wonderful story from this great author. After reading her very first book I was hooked; now I am working my way through every book she has written and each one is just as exciting as the previous one. I just love the way she brings her characters to life, and you feel as though you know each one of them, and live through their experiences. I cannot wait to start the next one!
Earl Marie
May 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm rating this book with 3.5 stars but I'll just round it off. Lucy is such an inspiring character and I love Edie's enthusiasm! There are a lot of deaths involved in this book which was distressing and there are characters popping up here and there and I tend to forget their names and get so confused whenever this or that character pops up 😅(I'm bad at remembering names). Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the book and the ending surprised me. ...more
Narelle Patton
This book was a light and interesting read. Some interesting and likeable characters combined with the story of a young woman who studied medicine and then travelled to French battle fields in WWI to treat injured soldiers. I found that the narrative skimmed the surface of the struggles to study medicine at the turn of the century as well as the true horrors or war.
mrs ruth mason
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A superb read.

I really enjoyed reading this book it was well written and a lot of history of the war years , what each character has to physically go through in their professions.,and of course a love story also.

Feb 01, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice easy read. I enjoy Val Wood books because of local interest but like Catherine Cookson books, they are definitely more romance than historical. I'm not saying they're not well researched but they are formulaic, the poor girl always marrying way above her class, which just isn't realistic. ...more
Suganya D
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, girls
Recommended to Suganya by: Title
Shelves: favorites
So much inspiring, lively, romantic and patriotic.

Women's in the story will live forever in your heart Lucy, Edie, Nora, Dolly, Rose, Milly, Mary, Ada, Eleanore, Alice, Elizabeth etc.,
pauline bennett
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyable

Nice book interesting and keeps you thinking about it have read other books by the author and all very good
jackie thomas
Not for me very slow all about war no depth to it
Mrs Janet M Archer
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Daphne Ginger
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Very interesting reading the struggle of women doctors before and during world war 1. They were then regarded as equal to men in their profession.
De Beresford
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really good read

Enjoyed reading this fact couldn't put it down! Such a lot of interesting facts and not always obvious outcomes.
Ann Walsh
Enjoyable story.
amy hartley
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A constant challenge to be seen as good as her Male colleagues.
A great read of determination, heart break and success
Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great relationships between women, friends, family, colleagues, always positive and supportive. Interesting historical references to WWI and the female medical staff. A good read.
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written with interesting historical facts throughout
Sandra Preston
Jan 19, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely read of true love, family
Debra Reedy
Started out strong and interesting, but there seem to be no real plot other than the challenges of WWI.
Hilary Browning
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed it when it got going..worth a read..
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Valerie Wood

Since winning the Catherine Cookson Prize for Fiction for her first novel, The Hungry Tide, Val Wood has become one of the most popular authors in the UK. Born in the mining town of Castleford, Val came to East Yorkshire as a child and has lived in Hull and rural Holderness where many of her novels are set. She now lives in the market town of Beverley. When she is not writing, Val is

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