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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...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published April 7th 2011)
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Flannery
Jun 12, 2011 Flannery rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA historical fiction fans
I am embarrassingly under-informed about the Crimean War . Basically, all I knew about it before reading this book that it was the scene of Florence Nightingale’s nursing innovations and that the Charge of the Light Brigade happened during the conflict. (oh, and I knew the British and the Russians were fighting but I had no clue who else) During the war, Nightingale pioneered many modern nursing practices after seeing the awful living conditions to which wounded and sick soldiers were subjected....more
Monica!
This book had the potential to be incredibly awesome, but I found so many aspects of it to be either confusing or ridiculous that my final rating falls quite a bit shorter than I had originally anticipated.

Molly is, to be fair, an engaging progatonist. Her interactions with the short-tempered and abrasive Florence Nightingale make for a fun read--after all, wouldn't you expect the famous Miss Nightingale to be sweet? And I truly did appreciate the author's descriptions of both the journey by sea...more
Anne Osterlund
Molly has a gift for healing.

But not for reading people. When she loses her job as a maid in an upper-class London home—due to the deception of another servant she thought was a friend—life suddenly has very few prospects.

Florence Nightingale’s call for nurses to serve in the Crimean War seems like fate. And Molly knows this is her calling. If only she wasn’t too young. And from the wrong side of London. And lacking a ticket to get on the boat.

All minor issues, really, if you’re willing to becom...more
Margo Tanenbaum
In the Shadow of the Lamp follows the adventures of 16-year Molly Fraser, as she joins the nurses traveling with Florence Nightingale to the far-off Crimean war. As the novel opens, Molly loses her job as a chambermaid in one of London's aristocratic mansions when she is unjustly accused of stealing. With no letter of reference, there are few respectable options open to her for employment. Although she is too young and inexperienced to gain employment as one of Miss Nightingale's corps of nurses...more
Corinne
In 1854, there aren't a lot of respectable opportunities for young girls in London, so when parlormaid Molly hears that a Miss Nightingale is looking for nurses to join her in the Crimea to tend to the soldiers, she will do whatever it takes to join the group.

Of course, Molly isn't actually a nurse, but she is naturally gentle, with a talent for helping the sick and there is so much to learn. Miss Nightingale runs a seriously tight ship and somehow Molly keeps ending up under her disapproving ey...more
Abigail Yow
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Rebecca
When sixteen-year-old Molly Fraser loses her job as a maid in 1854 London due to being falsely accused of stealing from her employers, she doesn't know what to do. She will not be able to find another job as a maid without a reference, and she is desperate to avoid working in a factory. Then she learns that Florence Nightingale in looking for nurses to care for the soldiers injured fighting in the Crimean War. When she is rejected due to her lack of experience as a nurse, Molly decides that she...more
Stephanie
Sixteen year old Molly Fraser doesn't know what to do when she is sacked from her job as parlour maid in when she is accused of committing a crime she did not do because London in 1864 isn't kind to young girls without work. Ready to do anything to keep from working in the awful conditions of a factory, she grabs the opportunity of going to the Crimea as a nurse with Florence Nightingale when nurses are being recruited. The only problem is, she is dismissed for being too young and inexperienced...more
Jan
For many a girl during 19th century England whose family is poor and can barely feed their family, an oppurtunity to enter the service is something they would seize with alacrity. For sixteen-year-old Molly Fraser, its just one step in life. Here we arrive to meet our energetic, lovable, and brilliant heroine- a parlor maid at the Abington-Smythes. Molly, though finding her life dull, is happy enough with her position. She gets decent wages and there's the handsome Will Parker, a footman, who ha...more
Mara
I was, at first, uncertain whether or not this would be a good story with the "duel romance" element thrown in for good measure. In my experience, such details are only irksome and end up making the Reader hate everyone, and finally attaching themselves to That Guy because said Reader is fed up with everyone else.

The romance isn't as annoying as I was anticipating, but it wasn't my favorite. For once, however, I actually had nothing against the two men Molly Fraser finds herself mixed up with -...more
Books and Literature for Teens
Apr 29, 2011 Books and Literature for Teens rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical fictions fans (though teens who don't normally read h.f. would enjoy it) Ages 14+
Once again Dunlap entices readers with her dramatic historical settings. This time we travel to the war-torn fields of Turkey with Florence Nightingale, “the lady of the lamp”. Dunlap is one of my favorite historical fiction writers because I think teens who don’t normally read this genre will enjoy her books. Dunlap has a flair for the dramatic so expect an ending that will leave you hanging on the final page.

With the setting by far the strongest part of In the Shadow of the Lamp, Dunlap allows...more
Briana
Below is an excerpt form my review. To read my full, in-depth review go to my blog here: http://thebookpixie.blogspot.com/2011...

"Beautiful and sometimes brutal, heart-warming and often heart-breaking, In the Shadow of the Lamp is a vividly painted work of historical fiction, deeply infused with raw emotion..........................................................

In the Shadow of the Lamp is a rich, engrossing, and poignant addition to the historical-fiction genre and easily my favorite of all t...more
Kristen My Bookish Fairy Tale
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 n...more
Kerrie-ann
I did notice a few inconsistencies throughout this ARC such as female's changing from Mrs to Miss and Emma's soldier's name changing from Thomas to Robert in one scene. However, all these mistakes will be corrected in the finished version of the book I'm sure.

This book was the perfect mix of war and romance. The romance throughout the story contained Molly, Emma and their gentlemen. The premise of the story is about a group of nurses being sent to Turkey to help the wounded men from the Crimea W...more
KWinks
Excellent! I have never read about this subject before. I loved the way Dunlap portrayed Nightingale. I was so in the mood for a good historical story. I could have done without the romance *rolls eyes* but overall fantastic. I loved the other touches such as the healing "with hands", the healer on the battlefield, and the reality of the wards.
Melissa Moore
Solid historical fiction based on the life of Florence Nightingale
Bookworm1858
In the Shadow of the Lamp by Susanne Dunlap
Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers, 2011
293 pages
YA; Historical
3.5/5 stars

Source: Library

Light spoilers!

I didn't know much about the plot and the period of this book when I picked it up; quite frankly I wasn't even sure were Crimea was until I just googled it now. But an inside look at Florence Nightingale and her nurses during the Crimean War sounded super promising.

And just like I thought, the historical setting and details were fantastic and fascinat...more
Holly
It was totally time for a historical fiction and what a good one it was. Susanne Dunlap always writes interesting historical fictions that make me feel like I'm actually part of the story. At one point in this one, I got seriously misty-eyed.

Molly was a parlormaid, fired for "stealing" (her jealous roommate stole silver and put it under Molly's bed to get her fired). Looking for another opportunity to make money for her family in poverty, Molly happens to overhear that Florence Nightingale is lo...more
Brittany M.

I was in need of a historical read, and In the Shadow of the Lamp certainly fulfilled those desires and reminded me why I love the genre so much. I'm a big fan of YA historicals based on real-life events and figures and this one focuses on Florence Nightingale, someone I don't know too much about. The book was quick-paced and enjoyable, though I did have a few issues with it which prevented me from really adoring it.

This is my second Susanne Dunlap novel - the first being Anastasia's Secret, w...more
Sarah
Normally, I LOVE Susanne Dunlap's historical fiction books to the point where I read it all in one sitting. While this one started off good, I felt like it fell short half-way through. It seemed rushed and not really complete. I'm not sure what happened here, but I greatly missed the wonderful writing I read in Anastasia's Secret. Molly was a great main character at the beginning but then she became kind of tedious with the whole 'I don't know what to do' act taking place constantly the second h...more
Annette
In case you didn't know, or don't remember, I love me some historical fiction. In the Shadow of the Lamp just hit all the right spots for me.

It's the 1850s and Molly gets fired from her job as a maid when she is accused of stealing. As she's dejectedly walking home, she hears a discussion about Florence Nightingale. The Crimean War is heating up, and Nightingale is looking for nurses to go to Turkey to help nurse the wounded.

Molly decides she will pose as a nurse, even though she can barely read...more
Far
I've been meaning to read this book for a while, and I'm glad I finally got to it!

It tells the story of Molly Fraser, a parlor maid who gets kicked out of her employment, and hops onto the opportunity to become a nurse with Florence Nightingale's crew to Crimea, assisting the war-torn soldiers.

I really liked it mostly because of Molly's character - she's strong and passionate and simply wonderful! I rooted for her and her journey on becoming a nurse - Dunlap effectively captures the yearning an...more
Adele Broadbent
In 1854, there aren't a lot of respectable opportunities for young girls in London, so when 17 yr old parlor maid Molly loses her job she can’t face her family. She soon learns a Miss Nightingale is looking for nurses to join her in the Crimea to tend to the soldiers, and Molly decides to go. Molly has always had a gift – healing hands, and knows that nursing is for her, even if she is too young for Miss Nightingale’s contingent.

Miss Nightingale is very strict – no drinking, flirting or even loo...more
Diana
LOVED this book!!!!!
Sensitivemuse
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 elem...more
Qnpoohbear
In 1854 London, Seventeen-year-old Molly works hard as a parlourmaid in a rich household, but an enemy destroys her chance of ever climbing the ladder higher. Unable to face her family with the shame of her disgrace, she learns of Florence Nightingale's request for nurses to go to Crimea and nurse wounded soldiers. Molly is rejected because she's too young and not a trained nurse but she is determined to find a way. Her tenaciousness pays off and soon she finds herself on a dangerous journey to...more
Pamela Hubbard
Set in 1854, during the Crimean War, this book tells the story of Molly Fraser, a young, poor English girl driven to desperation. After losing her job as a parlor maid, she concocts a scheme to go to Turkey with Florence Nightingale and her nurses. Molly knows that she has what it takes to be a nurse and doesn't shy away from the gore and hard work. When Miss Nightingale gives her a chance, Molly thrives. But circumstances get in the way, and when Molly tries to help a friend, and also finds her...more
Sharon
When I was in high school, late 60's, I inhaled historical fiction of John Michener and Leon Uris--Exodus, Trinity, Mila 18, etc. In comparison, YA historical fiction today is so light on history and long on fiction. Lame is the word, I believe.

Author Susanne Dunlap tells the story of Florence Nightingale through the voice of a young stowaway nurse who sneaks on a ship bound for Turkey to prove herself in a battlefield hospital for British soldiers. Unfortunately, big love interests of the teena...more
Amy
I knew little about Florence Nightingale before reading this book. So, like any history/book nerd, I consulted Wiki about her. She seemed like a pretty cool lady. The way she was portrayed kind of reminded me of how Elizabeth I is always done – nobody is allowed to be in love.

I enjoyed the characters a lot. Molly is a strong young lady who seems to always have a battle raging within her, but does the right thing. Her two lover interests – Will and Dr Maclean – are wonderful. I love ‘love triangl...more
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Susanne Dunlap is the author of six works of historical fiction. Two are for the adult market (Emilie's Voice and Liszt's Kiss, both published by Touchstone books of Simon & Schuster). Three are for the young adult market (The Musician's Daughter, Anastasia's Secret, In the Shadow of the Lamp, and the forthcoming The Academie, published by Bloomsbury). A graduate of Smith College with a PhD in...more
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