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Friday Fiction

Most Fridays we feature a fiction title that is usually anything pulp, odd covers, odd titles and anything else worth discussing! These are NOT necessarily awful.

Paging Dr. Obnoxious!

hospital across the bridge cover

Hospital Across The Bridge
Cooper
1982

We have a romance with a nurse trying to shape up a surgery department.  Rosemary, our featured nurse, is appalled at the lack of standards and procedures. The autoclave is broken and sterilization is haphazard at best. (My inner germaphobe was screaming!) Naturally, there is a dynamic with an obnoxious doctor that doesn’t appreciate a bossy nurse talking to him about safe procedures.

However, just like every other romance of the time, Rosemary falls for Nicaise, our obnoxious surgeon. She has even seen him with a girlfriend. Spoiler alert! In the last chapter, Nicaise comes to appreciate Rosemary and stands up with other surgeons to endorse her procedures. Nicaise makes the moves on her and she hesitates because of the girlfriend issue, but come to find out the “girlfriend” is really his sister! So, instead of being a two-timing asshat, he is just an asshat. Ain’t love grand!

Mary

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Friday Fiction – Decision for a Nurse

Decision for a Nurse coverDecision for a Nurse
Hospital Nurse Picture Romances
[Year Unknown]

Submitter: As part of our Women’s Studies material, we have a great collection of British women’s periodicals. These include illustrated nurse romances, almost like comic books. Bonus, on the back, they profile 1960s music stars including the Four Seasons, Cliff Richard, Dusty Springfield, Herman of Herman and the Hermits, the Mindbenders, etc. The tragic thing is, as you can see, a big, fat sticker was slapped on the cover of EVERY single one, blocking some text as well as portions of the amazing illustrations.

I’ve included one cover and the back page that profiles a very young Mick Jagger. Despite his hair is described as “mousy”, I’m digging turtleneck and checked jacket!

I’m thankful that “…no reference or likeness to any living person is intended.” [See cataloging info image below]

Holly: That label looks like it was ripped by hand from a roll. It has no clean edges. There is absolutely no reason for such a monstrosity of a label. That text could have fit in one small line in a strip of a label or even on the inside cover. Side note: Since neither I nor Submitter could find citation information for this book, I’m including a scanned image of the publication info included in the book itself.

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My Dream is Yours – Friday Fiction

Cover of My dream is yours

My Dream is Yours
Asquith
1973

Another romantic tale for your Friday Fiction. Flip (yes, that is her name-short for “Phillipa”) grew up as an orphan and doesn’t seem to have a pedigree that one would call “impressive.” Michael, Flip’s intended, wants to make a good impression. From the text, Michael seems to be more worried about impressing his mother than his girlfriend. (Flip, honey, this is a giant red flag!)

Michael takes Flip home to meet the family. Naturally, the matriarch seems less than impressed with Flip’s humble background and her career as a fashion model. A family friend is also in attendance, and of course he absolutely dislikes her career choice. Robert, a doctor, dismisses her lifestyle and career as  frivolous. You guessed it, he ends up as “the one.” Poor Flip.

Mary

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