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Connie Sanders makes the brave decision to embark on an adventure to the Arctic, where she will work as a nurse. When Connie reaches her destination, she is surprised by the different types of people found in the area and their way of living. Connie finds herself on opposing ends with Mrs. Brooks, the reverend's wife, and Paul, the government administrator. Fortunately, she makes good friendships with Elizabeth, whom she refers to as Arctic mother, and Daisy, a woman she instantly connects with. The Inuit people are skeptical of western medicines and fear being sent to their deaths when told to go to the hospital, but Connie manages to win them over and becomes a legend in the community. Sadly, all her hard work is put to the test when rumors about her personal life spread in the community, leading to mistrust. Find out how Connie evolves from a timid adventurer to a confident woman and skilled nurse in From Manchester to the Arctic by Sheena Billett.
Go on a journey to the Arctic with Connie in this novel. From Manchester to the Arctic is a well-written story depicting the lives and challenges of members of a small community in the Arctic. I loved the characters and their diverse personalities. Sheena Billett brought each character to life. I liked how Connie interacted with and respected the Inuit people and their culture. She immersed herself perfectly into the Arctic lifestyle and found positive ways to overcome her homesickness. It was clear that the characters were running from something, and I was curious about what brought each of them to this cold land. Connie's reason is told in little bits and pieces throughout the plot, adding intrigue to the story.