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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

In the Shadow of the Lamp

In the Shadow of the Lamp by Susanne Dunlap. I received this book as a contest prize. I had no expectations but it was a very enjoyable historical fiction. I enjoyed learning about British history I'm not sure I ever learned about in school but in a fictional sense. The only bad thing I had to say about it was that the ending seemed very rushed but I still really liked it.

It's 1854 and sixteen-year-old Molly would give anything to change her circumstances as a lowly servant in a posh London house. So when she hears of an opportunity to join the nurses who will be traveling with Florence Nightingale to the Crimea, she jumps at the chance. The work is grueling, the hospital conditions deplorable, and Miss Nightingale a demanding teacher. Before long, the plight of British soldiers becomes more than just a mission of mercy as Molly finds that she's falling in love with both a dashing young doctor and a soldier who has joined the army to be near her. But with the battle raging ever nearer, can Molly keep the two men she cares for from harm? A love story to savor, and a fascinating behind-the-scenes imagining of the woman who became known as "the lady with the lamp."

4 out of 5 stars