Monday, July 25, 2011

In the Shadow of the Lamp by Susan Dunlap

Reviewed from Uncorrected Advance Proof. Final book published 4/12/11.

I'm a sucker for historical fiction, and this one kinda worked for me. Molly is a parlormaid who ends up going to the Crimea with Florence Nightingale to become a nurse. With no experience, Molly discovers that she has healing hands (the supernatural stuff irritated me--no need for it to be included in the novel) and learns quickly. She's tough, but weak when it comes to determining if she loves Dr. Maclean or Will, a boy from back home who followed her to the war. The descriptions of the surgeries are downright gross and totally awesome--all those amputations!

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