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In the Shadow of the Lamp

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  1,202 Ratings  ·  186 Reviews
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. Befo ...more
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published April 7th 2011)
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Kate There is kissing and her friend does get pregnant. The is violence seeing as it is in a hospital. I would say it is fine; but you could have a…moreThere is kissing and her friend does get pregnant. The is violence seeing as it is in a hospital. I would say it is fine; but you could have a different opinion. ;) I really really liked it and would definitely recommend it, though!(less)

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Mar 13, 2011 Flannery rated it really liked it
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
Anne Osterlund
Jul 05, 2012 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it
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
Aug 24, 2010 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Nov 06, 2011 Mara rated it really liked it
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 -
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
Abigail Yow
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Brittany (Nice Girls Read Books)

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,
Apr 05, 2011 Jan rated it really liked it
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
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
Books and Literature for Teens
Apr 03, 2011 Books and Literature for Teens rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 25, 2010 Bookworm1858 rated it really liked it
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
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
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"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
Apr 19, 2011 KWinks rated it really liked it
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
Mar 03, 2017 Megan rated it really liked it
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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
Aug 10, 2015 Brandi rated it liked it
3.5 stars
This is the second time I've read this book. The first was years ago and I hadn't remembered much. I believe I liked it a bit less this time, not because of the story but because of a few things I hadn't noticed before.
I really enjoyed the story. It was sweet and soul-stirring. The action and romance all combined in a tale that will hold you tight. The characters will very realistically portrayed and I enjoyed each of their places in the story.
The first reason I did not like the story w
Amy Barker
Apr 15, 2015 Amy Barker rated it really liked it
Molly Fraser wants to become more than just a maidservant. She hears of an opportunity to join Florence Nightingale's corps of nurses, but she is too young. Molly sneaks aboard, forces her way into being accepted and trained, eager to do something spectacular. She is forced to endure hard work and horrible working conditions. However, proves to have a drive for excellence and making a difference.
We see a coming of age and self-discovery take place, as she decides between the love of two men. She
May 14, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: enjoyable-read
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
MaryannC.Book Fiend
This was a good read. I enjoyed the story of Molly and her efforts to join Florence Nightingale's nurses in the Crimean War. I kept wanting to find out what happened next. A very satisfying read.
May 10, 2011 Diana rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book!!!!!
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Oct 08, 2016 Ann rated it it was ok
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Calie Giranda
Calie Giranda

The book I read was "In the Shadow of the Lamp" by Susanne Dunlap. It is set in the 1850's. The main character is Molly, she is 16 years old and is working as a Servant. She is hardworking, kind, and helpful to all of the people around her. She is helpful because she works as a servant and she is helping out the family that she is working for. Also, she is kind because when she was trying out for the job to go to the Crimean War to help Florence Nightingale, she was kind to the peo
Jun 28, 2011 Skedatt rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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Apr 16, 2012 kris rated it it was ok
In the Shadow of the Lamp focuses on a teen-aged nurse who travels with Florence Nightingale during the Crimea War. While I'm very interested in this time period and will be seeking it out in literature more often, I had a few problems with In the Shadow of the Lamp.

A) First person POV - This probably stood out so much due to recent conversations about the prevalence of first person POV in young adult fiction and how often that POV doesn't work. First person POV doesn't work so well in this book
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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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