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The end of the Crimean War brings Victoria Thorne home to face a society that frowns on women with brains, education and experience, especially one who could be a physician. Though she proves herself a skilled nurse, Victoria finds she is no where near as revered as her namesake. And worse, she is falling for her patient’s betrothed brother, the Earl of Cheriton.


Buckling to the pressure of his position, Robb Merrick, Earl of Cheriton, becomes engaged to a darling of society. Yet, to his great consternation, he finds himself captivated by his brother’s nurse. She makes Robb feel alive, instead of choked by his title and position. He craves the freedom to pledge his love and loyalty, but ending his betrothal means entangling them all in a horrendous scandal. He is an honorable gentleman; Robb can’t break his vow. Yet if he doesn’t, all hope of happiness is lost.


Nightingales – Book One

Sheri Humphreys

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To the Emergency Department nurses, past and present, of Saint Agnes Medical Center.


My sincere thanks:

A huge amount of love and thanks to author and writing teacher Elnora King. You supported and encouraged, demanded and expected. Robb and Victoria came to be under your direction: “Be Victoria! Be Robb!”

To the other writers at Elnora’s table for your support and advice and many wonderful memories: Susie Bessinger, C.A. Sharp, Judy Dickey, Kay Sermon, and Howard Hurtt.

To my awesome critique partner, JoAnn Sky. Your critique skills are always admired and appreciated, but I’m also grateful for the reassurance you lend via email and phone.

To my dear Dreamweavers, the 2014 class of Golden Heart® finalists. You are the best cheerleaders on the planet. Thank you for having my back.

To the Rough Writers of Cambria for their collegial critiques on the final revision: John Lamb, Patricia Heineman, Diane Tappey, Ken Renshaw, Sherry Eiselen, D. Arthur Gusner, Donna Kean, Anne Bennett, Robbin Miller, Barbara Snyder, Ted Siegler, Mike Broadhurst, Susan Chase, and Jennifer Smith.

To Steve Soldo M.D. and Blake Schug M.D. for your help brainstorming historical medical care, and to equestrian Brian Isbell, my source for all things equine.

To editor Chris Keeslar for steering this story where it needed to go. And to editor Carly Hayward for unfurling the sails and assuring me she had life vests aboard.


Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen

Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fifteen

Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Seventeen

Chapter Eighteen

Chapter Nineteen

Chapter Twenty

Chapter Twenty-One

Chapter Twenty-Two

Chapter Twenty-Three

Chapter Twenty-Four

Chapter Twenty-Five

Chapter Twenty-Six

Chapter Twenty-Seven

Chapter Twenty-Eight

Chapter Twenty-Nine

Chapter Thirty

Chapter Thirty-One

Chapter Thirty-Two

Chapter Thirty-Three

Chapter Thirty-Four

Chapter Thirty-Five

Chapter Thirty-Six

Chapter Thirty-Seven


Author’s Note

About the Author

Also by Sheri Humphreys

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