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 dreams are over.
But Cathy isn’t willing to give up without a fight, and with the support of old friend – and new love – Gianni, she manages to secure a place as a cadet nurse, learning as she works.
Cathy knows that without her around, her mam must stand up to her violent husband alone – and that with less money coming in, Alice will be in danger of losing everything. What’s more, since nursing students must be unmarried, and Gianni is desperate to settle down, it’s not just her mam who hopes that Cathy will come home…
Can Cathy find a way to have it all, or will becoming a nurse mean leaving her family – and love – behind her?
The Nurses of Lark Lane is a heart-breaking saga about a family’s battle to survive. If you love Nadine Dorries, Diney Costeloe and Donna Douglas, you won’t want to miss Pam Howes!
An earlier version of this book was previously published as Cathy’s Clown. This edition contains significant editorial revisions.
I am so glad I got into reading this series. What an emotional rollercoaster these characters have been on, and I've been there with each and every up or down.
Pam has created an amazing set of characters, characters that you can really relate to, characters that I really feel like I actually know, and at times I've wanted to reach into the pages and give out cuddles, advice or a slap or two.
If a book can make you feel so many emotions, then it shows what an amazing job the author has done in engaging you with the story.
It was fantastic being back in the world of the Lark Lane Crew.
We focus more this time around on Cathy and her life. Cathy has grown into an amazing young lady. Training to become a nurse has been a dream for Cathy, but circumstances at home mean getting a job is the only thing really that Cathy can do to help support her mother and younger sisters. Her Step father Jack is nothing but a horrible drunk and Cathy hates that she is working to support his drinking.
The author does an amazing job taking you back in time. I can not recommend this book or this series highly enough. I have loved each and every one. If you are going to read this one may I just say that a pack of tissues would be advisable. The emotions you go through are crazy.
Loved it. a first class read, taken back in time with fantastic characters.
Readers love Lark Lane!
‘I absolutely loved it!… Alice is an excellent character… This book gave me so many different emotions throughout… All of the characters are so well written… I can't wait to read more from Pam Howes. A must read.’ Booking Good Read
‘I really love this… The author has a definite knack of writing stories which just get you absolutely hooked 100% and tugs at your heartstrings… I found myself gripped… Took in the atmosphere and surroundings… absolutely perfectly!… It does make you reach for the tissues, but it’s a wonderful heart-warming read of love, loss, family and friendships. Fabulous!!!’ Stardust Book Reviews
‘Pam has a wonderful talent and makes these books engaging, emotional, enjoyable and unputdownable… The story is brilliant. Very well written. It flowed beautifully… Captures you from the word go… This really was an emotional book at times, I feel like I have been on a huge life journey with Alice… A first-class page-turner you really want to read.’ I Love Reading
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Pam Howes was born in Cheshire. She is an ex Interior Designer who began writing seriously in the mid nineties. The idea for her first novel, set in the sixties, was inspired by her time as a teenager, working in a local record store and hanging around with musicians who frequented the business. That first novel evolved into a series set in the fictional town of Pickford, based on her home town of Stockport. Three Steps to Heaven; 'Til I Kissed You; Always On My Mind; Not Fade Away, and That'll Be The Day, follow the lives and loves through the decades of fictional Rock'n'Roll band The Raiders. Pam is a big fan of sixties music and it's this love that compelled her to write the series. A stand-alone true-life romance, Fast Movin' Train, set in the nineties, was published in early 2012. Pam is mum to three adult daughters, grandma to seven assorted grandchildren, and roadie to one musician partner.
Pam recently signed a second contract with the award winning publisher Bookouture and the first novel in her new Lark Lane series, The Factory Girls of Lark Lane, will be published in July 2018.
Her first series for Bookouture - The Mersey Trilogy - is available in E book, paperback and as audio books.
The Lost Daughter of Liverpool
The Forgotten Family of Liverpool
The Liverpool Girls
Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pam-Howes-Books/260328010709267
And Twitter @PamHowes1
Thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for an ARC of this book.
A huge welcome to ILRUK Thank you for visiting. I love reading, reading is my escape and here you can find out what I think of the books I'm reading.
Some links on this page are affiliate links. This means I may receive a small percentage of a
sale if you click these links and purchase a product. You are not charged any more for using these links.
I Love Reading
Welcome to my reading blog. Where i will share my book recommendations, and reviews. And just generally keep you updated on my reading.
Best Crime books to read
Book Addict Shaun
Crime book Junkie
Relax and Read
Tracey Book Lover