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God's Handmaiden by Gilbert Morris
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God's Handmaiden

by Gilbert Morris

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After her mother dies, teenage Gervase moves to a grand estate where her aunt works as a cook. Gervase finds a place as a maid, but can't help falling in love with Davis, the oldest son of the owner of the estate. When he marries a gentlewoman, Gervase feels that she must leave. She goes to work for the Nightingale family, and eventually follows Florence Nightingale to the Crimea, where she nurses wounded soldiers. But little does Gervase know that her path and Davis's will cross again...

This story bears some (intentional, I think) resemblance to Jane Eyre. I found it a fair read, ultimately forgettable. It felt like it was just glossing over events; I never felt fully engaged. I'd also like to have seen an author's note about the historical elements used in the story. Recommended only to readers who can't get enough inspirational historical fiction. ( )
  foggidawn | Jul 8, 2017 |
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A historical and romantic adventure woven around the story of Florence Nightingale. Gervase Howard is in her mid-teens when her working-class mother dies and she must go to live with relatives in service to a wealthy, noble family, outside of London. While learning various jobs, she is drawn to the eldest son, Davis. Her fascination with him grows deeper, but more hopeless, since the two are separated not just by class, but also by Davis's love for Roberta. When Davis announces his engagement, he asks Gervase to join them as Roberta's maid. But instead Gervase becomes a companion to Florence Nightingale and accompanies her when the Crimean War breaks out and she is asked to create a corps of nurses. On the field, Gervase crosses paths with Davis, who has become disillusioned in his marriage and is drawn to her warmth and care. Both know, however, there is nothing more for them than friendship. Upon her return to England, Gervase receives word that Davis has been seriously injured in a fall and is asked to nurse him back to health. As he regains consciousness, he reveals shocking news that plunges them both into danger.

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A historical and romantic adventure woven around the story of Florence Nightingale. Gervase Howard is in her mid-teens when her working-class mother dies and she must go to live with relatives in service to a wealthy, noble family, outside of London. While learning various jobs, she is drawn to the eldest son, Davis. Her fascination with him grows deeper, but more hopeless, since the two are separated not just by class, but also by Davis's love for Roberta. When Davis announces his engagement, he asks Gervase to join them as Roberta's maid. But instead Gervase becomes a companion to Florence Nightingale and accompanies her when the Crimean War breaks out and she is asked to create a corps of nurses. On the field, Gervase crosses paths with Davis, who has become disillusioned in his marriage and is drawn to her warmth and care. Both know, however, there is nothing more for them than friendship. Upon her return to England, Gervase receives word that Davis has been seriously injured in a fall and is asked to nurse him back to health. As he regains consciousness, he reveals shocking news that plunges them both into danger.… (more)

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