I received a copy of this short story from the author to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own, are honest, and are based on my observations while reading this novel.
The Invisible Nurse is a short story that takes place in the land of Alfadia where there is a healing practice that has been around for thousands of years. A nurse that can’t be seen is summoned by people hanging onions in the window at night. People wake up the next morning, miraculously healed.
No one knows its origin or how it works and no one questions it, save for a child named Alicia. Alicia asks many questions. In fact, she asks so many that she is known for this. As the story unfolds, it is her questions and curiosity that get her and all of Alfadia into trouble. In order to get them out of trouble, the most important question becomes how to fix what she started.
Alicia is a young girl who seems to be the only one in her village to wonder about the world. Everyone else just accepts things for the way they are with no desire to understand or change the world. This is evidently frustrating for Alicia as she is the exact opposite. I found myself asking some of the same questions she did. While reading the story she reminded me a lot of the Disney character, Moana. She is naive, innocent, and inherently curious. All I wanted to tell her was the saying, “curiosity killed the cat”. While she does get herself into trouble, I will say she is also a quick thinker.
A Quick Read With A Powerful Meaning
The short story starts off slow to set the scene and the characters, but once this is done the story takes off. One issue I had was that there were a couple of spelling and grammatical errors. While this was distracting at first, it did not take away from the story. The Invisible Nurse brought a new aspect to the forefront that I have yet to see in other stories.
There was a complete swap of gender norms and roles, which I found very intriguing. The boys and men had what our society would deem as feminine characteristics, and the girls and women had what we see as male characteristics. This was rather refreshing as it very clearly pointed out the stark differences between men and women.
The Invisible Nurse is a simple read and it reminded me of the stories I would read in my English class in high school. There is a clear theme to it of gratitude and appreciation. We often take what we have for granted. I was pleased to see that the author, David Gwyther, had no qualms about pointing this out.
While this story would be great for the Young Adult genre, I believe any age group could find meaning in this story. Now more than ever the world needs their nurses and doctors. The Covid-19 pandemic has made people aware of the importance of our nurses and doctors. The Invisible Nurse gave me a newfound appreciation for nurses and showed just how much this world would be affected if we did not have them.
Star Rating Of The Invisible Nurse Short Story
The Invisible Nurse is a heartfelt story that started out slow. However, it was ultimately able to get its message out because the story got more and more interesting. For this, I would give the short story a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I want to say thank you to all the nurses of this world and to any person who takes care of others. To any nurse, friend of a nurse, or family member of a nurse, I encourage you to read and share this story so that more people and understand and appreciate those that give and heal and save lives.
If you would like to read The Invisible Nurse, you can get it here. David Gwyther is a fantasy and Sci-fi author with two short stories currently out. If you would like to know more about the author, you can find him on Facebook here.
Let’s Talk About It!
This story The Invisible Nurse, was very touching, and so I want to hear your stories. Are you a nurse or do you know a nurse? If a nurse helped you, tell the story in the comments below. Lastly, don’t forget to say thank you to those who have helped you in your time of need!
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