At twenty-three, Sue Barton was a high-spirited and courageous young nurse with a temper that matched her red hair. She had graduated from a great metropolitan hospital, served with distinction in the Henry Street Settlement in New York, and incidentally she had fallen in love with Dr. Bill Barry, whom she had first known as an interne [sic].
Sue loved her work in the wards, the discipline and efficiency of the operating room and the friendships she had won among her patients. When Dr. Bill first proposed, Sue felt that she could not give up her professional life. But Bill was persistent and at last she decided to marry him and to help him with his country practice.
But the marriage has to be postponed, Bill becomes an object of hostility, a typhoid epidemic which he cannot control threatens his reputation, and Sue suddenly finds herself fighting tooth and nail with all the courage and training at her command to save the man she loves. Here is a story of the nursing career, with the excitement, the laughter, and the authenticity which have distinguished the earlier Sue Barton books.
Sue Barton, Rural Nurse
by Helen Dore Boylston (1939)