Friday Fiction: Tender Nurse

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Tender Nurse coverTender Nurse
Harlequin Edition 1963

Nurse Andrea Grey has a couple of real problems. Boyfriend Godfrey is totally in love with her and begs her to quit nursing school and marry him. She won’t need to nurse anyone, she can take care of him! At the same time cranky brilliant doctor Martin has shown up at the hospital and is taking every opportunity to humiliate her. Which man? How about her career? Add in an accident and a lot of guilt and we have the makings of a really good story. Regardless, I love the cover art!


Tender Nurse back cover

Tender Nurse exerpt


  1. Ladies: always choose the man who takes pleasure in humiliating you over the one who is kind, warm-hearted, and considerate.

  2. I love the covers of the fifties’ romance novels. There’s a really cool line of notebooks with them as the cover.

  3. I think in this case it’s more a question of how the doctor feels about a career woman. Guy #1 wants her to give up all her dreams and waste her life being just a good little wife. Is Dr. Guy #2 supportive of her wanting to be a nurse? Does he see her as more than someone to cook, clean, and be pregnant all the time? If so, even I would prefer the jerk.

  4. Speaking as a cool independent girl, I have never gone out with a guy that I never gave a second glance. Oddly enough, rudeness fails to make me swoon.

  5. Was this set in Canada or in England? The book certainly uses different terminology and forms of address from what’s customary in the United States, even 55 years ago. But “appendicectomies” — can that be right?

    The heroine seems to be remarkably timid and inexperienced for someone actually working as a nurse, although she is apparently still in classes also. Perhaps she is in a nursing high school? That seems about her maturity level.

  6. Yes, “appendicectomies” is correct in the UK.
    In the 1950s I believe British student nurses started working on the wards after about six weeks of preliminary training (according to my memories of reading “Jean Becomes a Nurse” by Yvonne Trewin, also from the 1950s.).

  7. Hilda Nickson was an English author, so “appendicectomies” makes sense. Harlequin being a Canadian company – “Litho’d in Canada” – the term wouldn’t have seemed so foreign.

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