Thursday, 13 June 2019

The Nurses of Lark Lane by Pam Howes - Books On Tour Review

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.

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My Review

I have absolutely loved this series so I couldn't wait to start reading The Nurses of Lark Lane. Once again Pam Howes has written a story that I got totally absorbed in, she has such a great way of setting the scene, and writing characters that make the book come to life. 
Alice is still struggling to keep her family provided for, but with her waste of space husband she is barely scrapping by. I love Alice she has such a hardworking working and the love she has for her children is strong. She just wants them to be happy, standing in the way of their happiness is her husband Jack. I actually can't stand Jack, he is a pig of a man! He has no real feelings for Alice or his family and is only out for what he can get. 
One thing I particularly enjoyed about The Nurses Of Lark Lane was that Cathy, Alice's daughter, featured heavily in the story. She is feisty and not afraid to speak her mind. It has been so nice to read about her growing up throughout the series. She certainly isn't a fan of Jack and has no problem making it known. The relationship she has with Gianni, a friend from childhood, was a joy to read about. After growing up together they are at an age when they are starting to see each other in a new light. Cathy has a dream to become a nurse and she is adament nothing is going to stop her. 
While The Nurses of Lark Lane can be read as a standalone, I think you would enjoy it much more if you read the previous parts. It will make you more invested in the story and give more of the characters histories. 
The War Nurses of Lark Lane is an excellent read and I really enjoy Pam Howes book. I am really hoping there will be more books featuring the characters I have grown very fond of. 


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

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