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The Nurses of Lark Lane: A heartbreaking Liverpool saga

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Can she follow her dreams – against all the odds?
Liverpool, 1955. With her abusive husband drinking all her wages, Alice faces a daily struggle to provide for her family. Her eldest daughter Cathy has always longed to be a nurse, but when the family’s poverty means she’s forced to leave school and get a job – without the qualifications she needs – it looks like her
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Kindle Edition, 335 pages
Published June 13th 2019 by Bookouture
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Jean
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
What I read is Lark Lane 3 not what Goodreads lists for the book. Was unable to add this book to Goodreads for some reason.
This is a story of District Nurses of Lark Lane in 1955 Liverpool. We follow two cadet nurses: Cathy who is worried about her mother who is abused by her alcoholic husband and Gianni who wants to get married, but nursing students of the 1950 were not allowed to be married.

The book is well written and is a fast-easy read. We follow the lives of the nurses. Howes does a good
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Robin Loves Reading
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Readers of the Lark Lane series, set in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool, have had the touching experience of following Alice through the years. Alice is now the mother of teen-aged Cathy and two younger girls. She is married to Jack now and has recently returned home due to being injured. Jack, was trouble through and through. Either it was womanizing or alcohol. What is worse was his abuse towards Alice, and that fact presented danger to Cathy. All of this played a role in his not
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Elaine
This is a family drama starting in July 1955 and featuring teenager Cathy, her family, friends and neighbours. Cathy’s father died when she was young and her Mum, Alice, remarried Jack who is an abusive, adulterer as well as the father to Cathy’s two half-siblings. It is a story which explores attitudes and expectations from the era, when nursing students had to be unmarried and husbands expected to be masters in their own home whilst their wives were expected to smile and put up with their lot ...more
Sarah
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
The Nurses of Lark Lane catches up with the characters that are in The Shop Girls of Lark Lane. This book focuses more on Cathy though, Alice’s daughter, and reads well as a stand alone.

It was great to catch up with the characters again and I loved the young lady that Cathy has become. I loved her strength and determination in not giving up on her dreams. She has an old head on young shoulders and she doesn’t take fools gladly.

The author really brings to life the era the book is set in with
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booklover BEV
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ANOTHER SMASHER I love reading this trilogy and as soon as I started nurses of lark lane the third book I did not want it to end. The year is 1955 in Liverpool, Cathy Dawson's dreams of been a nurse, but due to her families lack of money and her brutal step father she is forced to leave school and get a job leaving her with no qualifications. Cathy joins the nurse cadets, she and Gianni Romano are still a couple. I loved Cathys story and following her dreams for the future. Amazing book that ...more
Sandra
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have loved reading this book as i feel as though i am alongside the characters,Alice has had a hard life but her daughter Cathy has a dream to be a nurse.and has been working hard at school.The shadow of Jack is still lingering but life goes on.i don't want to spoil the book for readers but will say i loved it and didn't want it to end 5* well done to Pam Howes.
Kristina
The Nurses of Lark Lane is the third book in Lark Lane series. This is a series that is best read in order. It was nice to catch up with Alice, Cathy, Millie, Brian and Granny Lomax. I enjoyed reading Cathy’s story. I admire her for having the goal of becoming a nurse that would allow her to have a different life. Cathy has had a rough time since her father, Terry passed away and Alice (her mother) married Jack Dawson. Alice made a mistake marrying the cheating louse and everyone in the family ...more
Annette
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love this series and this book is no exception, a great insight into the post-war years where money was still scarce for Alice as her no good husband has managed to wheedle his way back into the family. Cathy, Alice's oldest daughter has no intention of falling into the same trap as her mother and she is determined to train as a nurse but her stepfather has different ideas. He wants her to leave school at fifteen and start earning a wage to give him a bit more beer money. She hates ...more
Leona
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This author is one of my favourite authors and I just love when she has a new book out . This one like all her previous ones was brilliant . An easy reading book but with an excellent storyline . We catch up with characters we met before in the series . From the first page right up until the final page I was glued to this book . Whilst it can be read as a stand-alone I would recommend reading the other books in the series to get familiar with the characters and the background for this book . A ...more
Emma Crowley
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Nurses of Lark Lane is the concluding part in The Lark Lane trilogy by Pam Howes and as with the previous two books I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. It was a deeply satisfying finale to what has been a brilliant series. I was very pleased with the eventual outcome as I feel I have become so invested in what happens to the characters given I have been with them on an incredible journey right from the very beginning. As with most books that form part of a series The Nurses of Lark Lane ...more
Kim
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely book, i so much enjoyed Pam's other books leading up to this one, the last one being the shop girls of Lark Lane.

Here we meet Alice a mum of 3 children 2 little ones from her current husband Jack and Cathy from her 1st husband who was killed in a motorbike accident. Jack hates Cathy and likewise, he's violent, cruel keeps money from Alice and doesn't work. He is also showing an interest in Cathy.

Cathy dreams of going to college to train to become a nurse when she leaves school
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Sharon
This is the third book in the Lark Lane series. It can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend read the other books to understand the story fully. This latest instalment focuses on Cathy, the daughter of Alice who was the main character in the previous two books. Cathy is now growing up into a young woman and wants to follow her heart and train to be a nurse. Forced with the choice of helping her mother with her young siblings or begin her training, Cathy has help from her new love and ...more
Kimberly
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Nurses of Lark Lane: A heartbreaking Liverpool saga by [Howes, Pam]I was given this book by Bookouture and NetGalley. The review and opinions are my honest words.

This book is part of a series by Pam Howes. I had not read the previous ones but I still enjoyed this book.

This book is set in 1955 in Liverpool, England. Alice has an abusive alcoholic for a husband who uses all of her wages to drink. Cathy is her eldest daughter. Cathy's desire is to be a nurse but the family budget does not
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Kathleen Gray
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ah, we're back in Lark Lane but this time it's Cathy's story. Don't worry if you haven't read the earlier installments in this family saga- the issues will be well apparent from the start. Things are not going well in the post War period for Alice, Cathy's mom, as she's still being abused by her husband Jack. She's determined to help Cathy fulfill her dream of being a nurse. Cathy's a hard worker and she finds a way - and she's got a love in Gianni. There are ups and downs but mostly this is a ...more
Miriam
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the type of book that my mum read and I now and again read too when I miss her the most. It's the third in the series and I do hope that there is more to follow. It's a story of no matter what life throws at you if you are determined to succeed then you will. I would definitely recommend reading all the Lark Lane books.
Vicki - I Love Reading
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Loved it, emotional at times and a truly fantastic read.
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Rachel
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Nurses of Lark Lane by Pam Howes is a delightful historical fiction novel set post-war and follows several characters: Alice (mom to Other main character Cathy), friend to Millie and Sadie, and wife to alcoholic and somewhat loser Jack. Cathy is Alice’s eldest from her first marriage and is trying to realize her dream to become a nurse.

Adversities abound as Cathy has to overcome a lot at home to follow through with her dreams.
There are moments of happiness, however still moments of
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Elaine Binder
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd book in the Lark Lane series, and continues the story of Alice and her hard life, but also tells the story of her daughter Cathy. Although I enjoyed the story I was a bit let down by the ending as it is more like the end of the chapter, rather than the end of the book. (I have a feeling the other books also end this way) Of course this leaves it open for another book, which I shall look forward to reading
Gaele
A story that still is mostly focused on Cathy and her mum Alice: it’s been quiet in their little house with Alice’s husband in hospital after his foot injury during the war resulted in amputation. They aren’t quite living in clover, but without Jack and his abusive behavior and slovenly ways, things are ‘settled’ and everyone is happy. Cathy is getting ready to enter her O Level year – a critical step on her way to becoming a nurse. But, as things happen, Jack is released from the hospital and ...more
Monica Mac
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The focus of this, the third book in the series, is mostly Cathy although Alice is still featured throughout as well.

Cathy has always wanted to be a nurse, but because of her stepfather's drinking, she has to leave school and start work instead. Things are not all bad though, Gianni is a friend from when they were small children, but is he starting to feel more for her than just a friend would?

This was a heck of a rollercoaster of a book, in many ways. Jack is an appalling human being and I
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Maggie
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I hadn't read any of the previous books in the series, but this worked well as a standalone. It is 1955. Cathy is a bright teenager who has always wanted to be a nurse. She lives with her mum, two stepsisters & her vile stepfather Jack. After a blissful while of Jack being away he returns. He mother is once again being abused & Cathy is having to escape his advances. WHen Jack insists she gets a job, she thinks her nursing dreams are gone but chance shows her another way she can reach ...more
Diane
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the Lark Lane series. It’s like catching up with old friends. The way Pam writes draws you into the book so you feel part of it. Cathy is growing up fast, Alice wants a nicer life for her them to be tied down with young children in a loveless marriage like her. Her friend Sadie is the same about her son Gianni. Bringing him up on her own she dreads the fair’s arrival each year in case he bumps into his Dad. Cathy wants to be a nurse, but falls for Gianni. Gianni finally ...more
Sally Hanan
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
If you enjoy the writing style that tells more than shows, this is the book (and series) for you. You're invited into the story as a watcher rather than a feeler, so you get to watch a woman being abused, her eldest daughter's break for freedom, and relationships that develop and fail around that.

Quite a lot happens in the book, so you won't feel any lags anywhere. I did feel as if I could never stop and let my senses roll with smells, colors, noises, etc., but overall it was a decent read.

This
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Kathy  E
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the Lark Lane series, I found this one more enjoyable than the other two. Don't get me wrong but the the first two were also very good reads and I recommend that you read them in the order that there written in so that you can keep up with the characters Alice, Maisie, Sadie, Mrs. Lomax, Cathy, Gianni and not to forget the villain Jack. I have given all three five stars amd recommend them.
Mrs J Warwick
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Engrossed as always

I always get engrossed in these family sagas, and was relieved all came good in the end. The language seemed to be modern not 1958 ish , the physical descriptions especially., compared to the previous books . I also felt the hospital rules were very lax , but obviously this was necessary to the book . I look forward to more in the series.
gaynor rawlings
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant

I have enjoyed reading about Alice and her family the terrible life they had when Alice married Jack, then Alice's eldest daughter got together with the love of her life. If you like Pam Weaver then you will enjoy Pam Howes
Debbie Trammell
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sweet story

This series has been suberb. I had read this one out of order. Enjoyed them all. Very sweet story and all the different families involved. If you like W W 2 and post war England this is the series for you!
Karen Kepner
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alice and Cathy’s story continues

Hope, despair, love, have, jealousy and evil all combine to form a well developed story with great characters and an accurate history of the mid to late 1950’s. Wish there was a follow up!
Sue McQuaide Kitt
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic read in this wonderful series. I don’t need to read a synopsis of this authors books, as I know I will thoroughly enjoy whatever she writes.
Once again these characters come to life and I love following the saga.
Highly recommended.
Carly Davies
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing

If you love stories from this era you will be booked I read this amazing book in two days and also going to be reading the others too. Kept me so interested I found it hard to put my kindle fire down! Loved this book.
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