This was my break book so I read it in bits and pieces over several weeks. I think that's how I managed to finish it. I can't imagine reading about the workhouses for extended periods of time. The book is broken up into three parts, and I enjoyed the second part most. That's where we see the most of the nurses and the Sisters interacting together.
Call the Midwife covered more people's stories, and I think I enjoyed that format better than following three dramas over a longer course of time. However, both books have been enjoyable so far. They're both fascinating accounts of life in London during the early 1900s, and I can't wait to read the third.