Review: ARC In The Shadow of The Lamp by Susanne Dunlap

In The Shadow of the Lamp

Goodreads Blurb:
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."

My Thoughts:
Molly a young parlor maid in 1854 is dismissed from her duties at the house of the Abington-Smythes where she had been working for since she was 15. A young girl with no education and no hopes of working as a parlor maid again, she overhears a news boy yelling out the days headlines about the war and how the lady Florence Nightingale was calling for 100 experienced nurses to travel with her to Turkey to take care of all the soldiers over there. 

Molly did not have any knowledge or experience in nursing but went for the interview anyways. Upon learning that she was not qualified to go, Molly takes it upon herself to find a way. Afraid of being disgraced by her parents and needing to send money home to help care for her family, 17 year old Molly sets out on the journey of a lifetime.

The amazing story of the real Florence Nightingale and her amazing tale of how she improved the nursing conditions for the entire world and modern medicine. With a strict thinking process on how things should be done ended up leaving Nightingale with a reputation for her abrasiveness, single-minded to the point of obsession and self-sacrificing practices. Florence Nightingale was the greatest heroine of her time.

Upon meeting Molly, Nightingale decides to give her a chance. A stickler for the rules as Nightingale was she was something in Molly. Molly turned out to be an extraordinary nurse but had a difficult time following Nightingale's rules. One of her most important was no flirting with the men at all. Neither doctors or soldiers.

Molly finds herself struggling with her own heart between Will her friend from back home who has followed her all the way to Turkey and Dr Mclean.

In The Shadow of The Lamp is a wonderful tale of heart, fate, courage and survival. An amazing love story and a great eye opener for the lives of women back in the 1850's. Suzanne has written an emotional masterpiece that will transcend across all age gaps. Gripping story line and a wonderful mix of fact and fiction.

I give this 5/5 Hearts! 

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