Feb 16, 2020
Call the Nurse: True Stories of a Country Nurse on a Scottish Isle
Posted by Mary J. Macleod Macdonald of Macdonald, Claire

Tired of the pace and noise of life near London and longing for a better place to raise their young children, Mary J MacLeod and her husband encountered their dream while vacationing on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides Enthralled by its windswept beauty, they soon were the proud owners of a near derelict croft house a farmer s stone cottage on a small acre ofTired of the pace and noise of life near London and longing for a better place to raise their young children, Mary J MacLeod and her husband encountered their dream while vacationing on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides Enthralled by its windswept beauty, they soon were the proud owners of a near derelict croft house a farmer s stone cottage on a small acre of land Mary assumed duties as the island s district nurse Call the Nurse is her account of the enchanted years she and her family spent there, coming to know its folk as both patients and friends.In anecdotes that are by turns funny, sad, moving, and tragic, she recalls them all, the crofters and their laird, the boatmen and tradesmen, young lovers and forbidding churchmen Against the old fashioned island culture and the grandeur of mountain and sea unfold indelible stories a young woman carried through snow for airlift to the hospital a rescue by boat the marriage of a gentle giant and the island beauty a ghostly encounter the shocking discovery of a woman in chains the flames of a heather fire at night an unexploded bomb from World War II and the joyful, tipsy celebration of a ceilidh Gaelic fortitude meets a nurse s compassion in these wonderful true stories from rural Scotland.

  • Title: Call the Nurse: True Stories of a Country Nurse on a Scottish Isle
  • Author: Mary J. Macleod Macdonald of Macdonald, Claire
  • ISBN: 9781611459173
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Call the Nurse True Stories of a Country Nurse on a Scottish Isle Tired of the pace and noise of life near London and longing for a better place to raise their young children Mary J MacLeod and her husband encountered their dream while vacationing on a remote islan


    The Hebrides, which are two groups of islands lying just off the west coast of mainland Scotland, provide the setting for this charming collection of anecdotal experiences of a country nurse during the 1970s Throughout the book, MacLeod is so intent on preserving the privacy of the islanders that she refers to the wild, exposed island which she and her family made their home by the name Papavray, so don t try looking it up on any map you definitely won t find it Despite her use of such a pseudon [...]


    A disappointing read for me Given the title, I was hoping for a memoir of a visiting nurse primarily focused on the profession The author has instead written a memoir of the years of her family s life on a small Scottish island, over full of adjective laden weather descriptions with an occasional nursing story There was much left to be desired in the ordering of the vignettes, the lack of transition between them, and the absence of a theme to the tales to draw the reader in and keep the story ce [...]

    Lisa A

    Although categorized as a memoir, this is a truly a book filled with short stories about Mary Macleod s and her family s experiences on a remote Scottish island Although some of the focus is on the author s nursing related house calls, many of the recollections describe the islander s way of life and the challenges faced by living in a remote area There are some bleak and frightening stories, some being medical in nature, but overall this is a feel good type of book Others reviewers mentioned th [...]


    Combine James Herriot, John McPhee, Seamus Heaney s poem Digging with a dash of Call the Midwife Mary J Macleod moved her family from southern England to become a district nurse on an island twenty miles long in the Inner Hebrides She, along with a 70 year old doctor, provided medical care for all the inhabitants in the 1970 s She writes with a clear eyed, unsentimental, but affectionate voice The squat house seemed to hunch its shoulders as gust after pugnacious gust raced in from the sea, whir [...]


    Surprisingly good This was not just happy stories of quaint islanders but a portrayal of the challenges of island life There are sad stories, and horrible stories, but also insight into what life was like in 1970 in the western Hebrides The author changes the name of the island to protect the privacy of those who live there As this book was only recently published, it is likely that many of the people she describes have passed away and the way of life has all but disappeared I had some experienc [...]


    I had never heard of this book, never read a review, had no expectations to meet I picked it out because I was learning to use my e reader and figured it would be no great loss if I lost a page or two of the story or which page I was on while I was struggling to see if I was going to like reading a book I couldn t hold.Was I surprised It was my lucky day when I chose this book to read I needn t have worried about my switch to e book everything went along well and I was so engrossed in the book t [...]

    Mary Etta

    From the beginning a perfect fit Our family also moved to Scotland in 1970, but from the USA We lived midway between my mother s and father s hometowns Our son was born in his grandfather s hometown In times past it was a mining village In 1970 it boasted a regional maternity hospital Our older son came home from school each day with new ways to speak English The children s voices quickly blended in to what they heard around them close, but not quite of the Gaelic Mary J McLeod relates an engagi [...]


    This is a quick read about a home health nurse in the Hebrides Islands during the late 60 s and early 70 s I wanted to like this book, but I found it dull The novel did provide an informative look into the Hebrides Islands during the time period, which I did find interesting However the time frame was vague, I was not sure how long the nurse and her family lived on the island or which years the events were taking place We do not learn what happened to some of the main side charactersdid the narr [...]


    These would have been wonderful, fascinating stories if only I knew these people, but I didn t, and I couldn t visualize them Lots of telling, very little showing It s too bad the author had to protect identities and conceal the location because this book would have benefitted from photography and a map or two.


    In this charming memoir, Mary J MacLeod shares stories of her experiences living on a remote Scottish island as a district nurse in the 1970 s.Coming from London, MacLeod s family certainly had adjustments to make, and the inconvenience of living far away from even shopping makes for interesting stories One such story relates how every trip to get supplies meant bringing back the items on their neighbor s shopping list as well Sometimes they even included large appliances But the biggest impact [...]

    Jean Poulos

    I have always been interested in the Outer Hebrides Islands so when I saw this book I grabbed it Call The Nurse True Stories of a Country Nurse on a Scottish Isle by Mary J MacLeod tells a tale of an English family going to live on a remote Hebrides Island MacLeod gave the island a fictional name to protect the privacy of the Island and its people She called the island Papavray.The author states her husband s grandfather was born and raised on the island but left as a young man to find work They [...]

    Melanie Mole

    This amazing woman tells her story in this brilliant read You see the highs and lows of remote island life, and how Mary dealt with these as an island nurse The Scottish weather is formidable, but so is Mary She describes the struggles of island life so well that you almost believe that you are right there beside her Her trips to the mainland in an emergency, or just to shop for provisions, are an adventure in themselves I am determined to read of Mary s books now as this one was really special [...]


    This is to memoir what cozies are to the mystery crime genre It s about the author s exploits as a nurse on a remote Scottish island in the 1970s The island and surrounding island seems to have had its fair share of drama, despite the small population plane crash Woman imprisoned for years Incest Ghosts Cutting out a window to get a patient out but it s all told in a chatty, low tension style It feels a bit as though the author s just popped round for tea and is regaling you with tales of her yo [...]


    A Breath of Fresh Island AirI turned to this book as a respite from the election and was very glad I did This true story takes place before the world was connected digitally In fact in this little island community with a fictitious name to protect the privacy of the inhabitants there isn t even electricity and little to join them to the outside world The village gossip system is alive and well, however, and the community cares deeply about each of its members The tales come from the memories of [...]


    A nurse and her husband decide to leave the hustle and bustle of London to move to an island in the Hebrides off the western coast of Scotland This is essentially a collection of her memoirs from that time As a nurse in 2016, I was intrigued what being a district nurse in the 1970 s in remote Scotland must have been like It certainly makes me appreciate my modern amenities Some of the scenarios the author encounters are very surprising I feel that she gets carried away with some of her descripti [...]


    Every so often, a 5 star book comes along, and I know it as soon as I start reading I bought this book because of my love of the Hebridean Islands of Scotland I guessed that it would be whimsical it was but it also delighted me with its excellent writing style The author is in her 8o s, and writes of her years as a nurse 50 years back The stories don t seem dated at all She can move us to tears, and I laughed out loud in many spots The personalities of the villagers come alive on her pages MacLe [...]


    Despite the title this is not chick lit by any stretch It is stories told by a nurse who moved with her husband and children from London to a remote Hebrides island She became the district nurse and her husband found there was no lack of nee for his electrical skills.Her stories run the gamut from hilarious to very tragic They are all held together by the same characters throughout the relating of her experiences It was easy to picture all these rugged, and sometimes strange, individuals who liv [...]

    Erin Mahollitz

    A simple memoir of a woman who worked as a nurse in a small community in the Scottish Hebrides The writing is meh, but the tales are precious It s all about the individuals you meet in this tight knit community of crofters Reading Call the Nurse was a lesson in the culture of a remote region of Scotland I hope one day to visit this blustery and charming locale.


    Very pleasant book to read She wrote about the people she served rather than her nursing profession, and painted a lovely picture of her time living in the Hebrides Thank you, Carol, for reviewing it I wouldn t have known about it otherwise.


    I guess I was hoping for something in the line of James Herriot s amusing and engaging stories These were rather dull for the most part.


    Loved the book It let me imagine living in a place I ve only been fortunate enough to visit once Also, reminded me of my beloved James Herriott books.

    B. Jean

    As I ve read a lot of hospice books, I thought this would be similar, that there would be detailed medical explanations and following of patient s lives I don t really know why I thought that, other than that s what I ve read before Instead, this was a little love letter to the Scottish isle where she lived The epilogue left me sad and longing, as someday I will leave my little Hokkaido town and look back the same way she did Neither of us may ever see the place again, but we carry those memorie [...]

    MaryJo Dawson

    Yes, I m a retired nurse myself, so it s possible I m a little prejudiced toward Mary Macleod and her memories But this was such an enjoyable read for me, and I m so glad the lady is going to treat us with another.Except for driving me a little mad with all of her exclamation points, it was a joy to read her memories of being a district nurse in a remote place over 45 years ago another life, another culture It was truly a remarkable look into a lifestyle that no longer exists which is good in so [...]

    Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)

    An interesting look at life as an island nurse in the Scots Hebrides of the 1970s Episodic, which means that you can pick up any chapter and read it, though there is a common thread here and there It s well written, with no grammatical howlers or dead end anecdotes the kind where there s a huge buildup and then nothing The emphasis is on her adventures as a travelling nurse on an island where travelling is often dangerous, not to say life threatening, but we see her interactions with the wider c [...]

    Margie Nash

    I loved this book It s the touching story of a nurse, her husband and two young sons who choose to settle on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides She is the only nurse on the island with only one elderly doctor on the other side of the mountain who assist each other Although there are a very few despicable characters, her loving descriptions of most of people endears them to the reader She is called to handle a myriad of medical emergencies and several physical challenges She is enthralled b [...]


    A very quaint collection of short stories about her time on this very small, remote island I was feeling nostalgic for Scotland and Scottish people, so I found this book to be very comforting and interesting.

    Sadie Ruin

    A great little book about living as a nurse on a remote Scottish isle before the time of cell phones and the internet The chapter on sheep shearing was particularly entertaining A good read for a slow and cozy day.


    This book is a collection of stories about people a nurse on a remote island in the Hebrides treats and interacts with It is structure is similar to James Herriot All Creatures Great and Small but the similarities end there The book reads like a disjoint series of short stories and the writing is on a par with a middle school student s What I Did on Summer Vacation essay I got about half way through before I decided the stories were t worth wading through the lousy writing.


    For me, this book fits into a niche country doctor genre, populated by Herriot and Patrick Taylor Irish country doctor and the like Macleod moves with her family to a small island on the outer Hebrides She does not reveal which one As far as I can tell, the island has a few hundred inhabitants and abysmal weather practically year round Macleod lives there in the 70s, and the islanders have only recently acquired limited access to electricity Many lack indoor plumbing and some lack even an outdoo [...]


    Mary J Macleod writes of how her and her husband, with two children in tow, decide to relocate to the Scottish Hebrides Not knowing the area intimately, but knowing of it, and how beautiful it must be from descriptions Ms Macleod describes wonderfully, the vast, isolated, and primitive islands She s a visiting nurse, and these stories are about people of the islands, some humourous, some tragic, that she knew through her work Some stories made me cry, some made me laugh What a treasure we have i [...]

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