Friday Fiction: Nurse Kate

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nurse kate at fallowfield

Nurse Kate at Fallowfield
Ferrari
1966

This book was made for me. First, it is a nurse romance.  Second, we have floating heads on the cover. This phenomena seems to be something that just kind of creeps me out. (I think I am going to add a “floating heads” tag for our site) Check the examples: Floating baby heads  or how about this cover where the little girl is floating on the green background.

The story is pretty basic. Our nurse is engaged to Ashley, a rather pretentious guy.  Denholm, who had a crush on Kate back when they were students at university, shows up. Denholm has a chip on his shoulder because Kate didn’t exactly return his feelings. Denholm and Ashley also have a past over some family estate drama. Throw in a sick and cranky mother, and poor Kate is surrounded by drama. Fun times for everyone.

Mary

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10 comments

  1. When I wrote these, to pay for college, you had very strict formulas, as well as rules. The girl was always good, the man could be bad if there was a good man who she could lean on and ultimatly end up with. If not, the bad man had to be hiding something, that once revealed, would turn him into the man that she knew lurked within. Speaking of lurking, women were not to lurk. Only bad men lurked.

    1. “Fallow” means resting in agriculture. “Fallowfield” is a the name of a few actual places, and people. It’s not a field that you fall in… An 1950s BBC radio show that still gets repeats, “Beyond Our Ken” I think – starring Kenneth Horne and later becoming “Round the Horne” – featured a farmer character named Arthur Fallowfield.

      Ashley Brunton and Denholm Stafford probably are two small villages in England, at least one of which had its character ruined by a large modern housing development for commuters, and the other – probably Ashley Brunton – no development whatsoever, and due to decimated agricultural employment, no public services either. But still classier than Denholm Stafford.

      1. I thought fallow fields were abandoned, hence a questionable name for a medical facility. “Resting” I suppose is more comforting. However, your characterizations of the pseudononymous persona-villages is excellent.

  2. Denholm? Seriously, Denholm? As a first name? That’s…certainly unique. I can honestly say I have never met or even heard of a person with that name.

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