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Jessie's Promise

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  929 ratings  ·  24 reviews

From the bestselling author of LIZZIE'S SECRET and LIZZIE'S WAR, a story about a resilient, strong woman surviving adversity post World War 1.

DEVON 1918. When Jessie Hale loses her nursing job at the end of the First World War, she leaves London to become the nurse maid to the Kendle family in Devon.

On arrival she finds the family in disarray. Captain Kendle is a loving

Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published February 1st 2017 by Aria
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Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on Diary of an Eccentric

Rosie Clarke’s latest novel, Jessie’s Promise, is set in England after World War I and follows Jessie Hale, a 26-year-old nurse navigating the depths of grief, social upheaval, and her place in the world. Jessie was a VAD during the war, and when the novel opens she has lost her job at a London hospital for speaking out on behalf of a fellow nurse. Still grieving the loss of her fiancé during the war, she cannot marry the kind bookstore owner Arch
Emma Crowley
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Jessie's Promise is the first book I have read by Rosie Clarke although I have had me eye on her others yet just have never gotten round to reading them. This read proved to be much more than just a family saga set around the time of war and it surprised me with the depth of the storylines and the feelings and emotions it inspired in me towards certain characters. Set in 1918 after the conclusion of World War One, Jessie Hale is 26 and working as a nurse in a London hospital having returned home ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jessie’s Promise by Rosie Clarke is a historical novel set in Devon in 1918. Jessie Hale is dismissed from her position as a nurse at St. Joseph’s after reporting Doctor Acrington for accosting a fellow nurse (he was handsy). After being unable to find a job locally, Jessie applies for a position in Devon at Kendlebury Hall. She would be taking care of two young children and Lady Kendle. Jessie feels fortunate when she gets the position working for Captain Harry Kendle and his wife, Mary. Jessie ...more
Jane Kilby
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lovely author

This book is a page Turner, as are all Rosie Clarke's other books, can't wait for the next one out.
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have to admit this is the first book I have read by Rosie, her books seem to crop up on my radar regularly and I mean to get around to them because they always look so appealing, after reading this one I will make a disconcerted effort to explore them.

Set just after the 1st War, this is a poignant tale about Jessie .. a nurse by profession she was ousted from her job because she dared to complain about a doctor making unwanted advances! In those days the likes of her were never believed or cla
Virginia Tican
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
People's sufferings and ordeals were sometimes the result of their own willful actions like what happened to Jack... and those left behind were riddled with guilt and with the usual Entitled 'good person/s' wrong mind~set that they deserved an easy life from the Almighty when in fact "the rain falls on both the wicked and the good" and at the same time like Job, "the Lord gives and the Lord takes away" Bible verses that are equally real and true. Actions will always have consequences and a pleth ...more
Ann Ramsey
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must read

Jessie is working in a hospital as a nurse until she is dismissed for speaking up on an incident she is witness to.
Jessie leaves her beloved aunt to go to work in Devon as a nurse maid to two children.
Jessie loves her new job but problem's start when she starts to have feelings for her employer. Soon tragedy strikes and Jessie has to leave, will she ever return to Devon or will she stay with her aunt.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I think three stars is generous, but I did continue to read the book to the end and that counts for something. The characters lacked depth and were quite unrealistic. The book would have benefitted greatly if a professional editor had been engaged. Point of view jumped within paragraphs which was very confusing as were all the typo errors and missing words.
rona harvey
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read

Brilliant read full of emotion ,with an I might to post was strife of the everyday woman . What strong women we had in those days of male dominance and how clever of them to work it to their advantage
Diane Klarenberg
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can't go wrong with this book

Really nice easy read and a surprise storyline as well
All positive thoughts. Will be reading more from this author. Not sort of book I usually read, but on occasion I do like a change to an easy reader
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tragedy to Treasure

Life is never defined by one day or one year but as the book states many tomorrows. Each tomorrow lived full and passionately. Finding and knowing we are in the right place. Enjoyed this read and look forward to more from Rosie Clarke.
Janet East
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book.

I loved this book. I really enjoy family sagas and this was certainly very interesting. Some sad losses for Jessie but she is strong.
hilary wilkins
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jessie's Promise

Heart warming story loved it I'm going to read more of Rosie Clarke's books first one of hers I've read
Jill Reeves
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the book very much, it's what I would call an easy read ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book by Rosie Clarke. Her books are so well worth reading and I found it difficult to put this one down. Sad in parts but had a nice ending. Not giving anything away!
janet dyer
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great Book

I enjoyed this book we’re much it certainly was a page turner well donee Rosie. I look forward to reading your a lot more of your books Janet
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nina wood
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written

This is a wonderful book , I couldn't put it down. Such a heart warming story, I cried when I read about Jack's accident. Can't wait to read her next book.
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Set in 1918, lifestyles were incredibly different in terms of finding employment, amongst other things. If you were deemed a ‘well-respected’ member of the work force and irreplaceable, your word was pretty much ‘it’. However, if you were at the lower end of the work force, for example a nurse (deemed replaceable), it would be lucky if anything you said was believed by those higher up. After all, who would you believe;
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
loved it couldnt put it down

i liked the storyline and how jessie helped the family through the tramas they had, jessie been a positive character.
Kathleen Gray
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is good old fashioned story telling with a good old fashioned plot. Nicely atmospheric of the post WWI era with a good heroine in Jessie, it's an entertaining low key read. Liked the children (how different it was for kids then! ) Captain Kendle was more or less a stock character to me but that was okay. This is well written- thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. You will like this if you enjoy historical novels where a woman finds love and hope after loss. ...more
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jessie loses her job in a hospital and moves to Devon to become the nursemaid to the Kendle family. She falls in love with the children quickly and also the Nanny and the elderly mother. She isn't so keen on the children's mother wh0 is extremely offhand with everyone.

I quickly got drawn into this book and loved the setting and the house and staff. It makes you realise how tough life in service was.

Jessie is keen to get Captain Kendle more involved with his children and this has unexpected conse
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