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In the Shadow of the Lamp by Susanne Dunlap
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Aug 09, 2011

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bookshelves: adventure-ya, historical
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Set in 1854. Molly, a young maid, is falsely accused of stealing, and loses her job in a grand London house. Desperate for employment, she applies to be a nurse with Florence Nightingale, who is about to embark for Turkey to establish a war hospital for wounded soldiers fighting in the Crimean War. Initially refused, she takes her courage in her hands and goes anyway--and proves herself to be a valuable asset to the nursing crew, with a natural talent for healing. Dunlap never develops this interesting sideline, though she hints at Molly's ability to bring some relief with healing hands. Romance and adventure keep the book moving, while there is enough historical detail about medical practices of the time and the harrowing realities of war injuries to satisfy. Not a bad book and fills a gap. Junior high, high school.

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