In the Shadow of the Lamp

In the Shadow of the Lamp

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by Susanne Dunlap
     
 

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When sixteen-year-old Molly meets Florence Nightingale, she jumps at the chance to join the nurses heading to war. The work is grueling, but it soon becomes more than just a mission of mercy. Molly falls 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

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When sixteen-year-old Molly meets Florence Nightingale, she jumps at the chance to join the nurses heading to war. The work is grueling, but it soon becomes more than just a mission of mercy. Molly falls 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 safe from harm? A love story to savor and a fascinating behind-the-scenes imagining of the woman known as "the lady with the lamp."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599907536
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,216,405
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

Susanne Dunlap graduated from Smith College and later earned a PhD in music history from Yale University. She is the author of two historical novels for adults and two novels for teens: The Musician's Daughter and Anastasia's Secret. She divides her time between New York and Massachusetts.www.susannedunlap.com

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In the Shadow of the Lamp 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
murphydoggie More than 1 year ago
Molly was a parlormaid who was unfairly fired. On her way home she haers about Miss Nightengale's nurses. Miss Nightengale is recuiting nurses to nurse the wounded men in Scutari. Molly may not be a trained nurse but she is determined to go with Miss Nightengale. Throughout the novel Molly makes friends as two men fight for her heart. Will it be the solider who reminds her of home or the doctor who makes her feel slightly dangerous. I really liked this book and loved the insight about the lady who modernized nursing. I have never read a book set in this time period, so it was new and different. I thought Susane Dunlap was a great author. Now I want to read her other two books the Musician's Daughter and Anastasia's Secret.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
The historical detail in this book is pretty well done. It’s on a historical subject (Crimean War) that is not really covered by a lot of YA out on shelves. So, to choose a subject like Florence Nightingale, the Crimean War,and nursing is an interesting one. So right then the plot was bound to be interesting for any historical YA reader out there. I myself was a little disappointed. Although I like the historical detail, the book is really just a love story. It did focus a lot on the romance elements and less on Molly and her nursing job which was unfortunate. I don’t have much knowledge about this particular aspect on history and a little more information would have been better than just reading the romance story, nevertheless the romance was all right and readable, but to some historical fiction fanatics this might not be something they want to delve into. I for one, could not really sympathize with Emma, and I actually figured out just by being introduced to her character what was going to happen to her. It just seems to be common that there’s going to be that one stupid character to cause a great upheaval (whether good or bad) in the main character’s storyline. Argh. Someone surprise me with a scenario where the main character slaps the stupid one upside the head and leaves her to her own fate. I’d love to read something like that. What’s even more aggravating? Will just happened to be a character to be conveniently there. Oh goodness. Can I roll my eyes now? This wasn’t really what I was looking for. I was hoping more historical fiction. Less romance. Not really recommended unless romance is more your style.
tudorgeek6 More than 1 year ago
It was really good! I'm a historical fiction lover, and this book certainly did the job i asked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book. I have read her other books also. This one was one of my favorites. Suzanne Dunlap is now one of my favorite authors.
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Looks great
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Gold Star Award Winner! Molly's been unfairly dismissed from her maid's position. She has nowhere to go, until she hears about a nursing opportunity. She doesn't have much experience, though, and thus she's rejected from the girls and women picked for Miss Nightingale's staff. But Molly's determined to make it and sneaks onto the ship with the rest of the group. Most of the women aboard become sea sick due to the rough waters. Molly and another girl help any way they can and attempt to clean up the messes. Due to this, upon arrival, Molly's allowed to join the nursing staff. She soon learns that Miss Nightingale keeps strict rules. Anyone caught breaking those rules will be sent home. Molly tends to the soldiers as best she can - helping to wrap bandages, assisting the doctors, wiping the brows of the injured, and talking to them in an attempt to keep them calm. Although the work is tough and the conditions even harder, she knows that she's making a difference. However, Molly doesn't always follow the rules. Lately, it's getting harder and harder to remain angelic. Will her actions cost her this amazing position? I found the politics of the hospital and the battle for improving the conditions of the wounded fascinating. I loved the in-depth look at both nursing and Miss Nightingale's character. This subject is not found often in YA literature, and it is a great tool for learning more about the time period. IN THE SHADOW OF THE LAMP is a wonderful look at the Crimean War - filled with the horrors of fighting, friendships among the nurses, and even the possibility of romance.
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