First Lines: I was only fifteen when I went into service. Scullery maid first, but the master thought me too pretty to hide away in the kitchen.
It was definitely time for a historical fiction and I quite enjoy Susanne Dunlap’s take on historical events and writing style. This was fun to read (since I knew very little on the subject to begin with) and yet I completely connected with Molly.
Molly was a parlormaid until she was fired for stealing (which she was actually framed for by a jealous friend). In need of work to keep her family out of the poor house, Molly overhears that Florence Nightingale is looking for nurses with experience to go with her to Turkey to aid soldiers in the Crimean War. Molly doesn’t have any experience nursing, but that’s not going to stop her. But what may stop her is that she’s losing her heart to two men she shouldn’t even be seeing.
I got seriously misty-eyed at one point in the book and it stuck with me for a while after that, which was unfortunate because it’s my birthday. Yay me! Ok, on with this. Sorry for the interruption.
Like I said, I know nothing of the Crimean War and very little of Florence Nightingale. So it was really interesting to read about both. It didn’t hurt that Dunlap didn’t skimp on the details when she was describing how soldiers were having limbs removed. Which is odd, coming from me. In all honesty, I’d probably rather see someone getting their leg chopped off 1854 style than watch a modern surgery. But I’m nuts like that.
Anyway, Molly is incredibly well-written. The narrative is completely in her voice. Even when she wasn’t talking, there’d be words like “hotting” instead of “heating”. It bothered me at first, but once I realized that was just how Molly spoke, I was fine with it.
And Molly’s two suitors were great guys. I had my preference, of course (who doesn’t in a love triangle?), but I’m not telling which one I liked best. I liked them both, but I liked one more.
Fun read. Very historical. Lovely characters. Almost made me cry.