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The Lady's Maid

The Lady's Maid

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From the start, the story regarding two babies born on the same day and delivered by the same woman seemed a bit unlikely. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. until a chance meeting forces them to face the truth of that night nearly twenty years before a truth turning both their worlds upside down and maybe breaking up their friendship for ever.

One of those feel good books that's quite predictable with its twists and turns but a fun read either way.She lived in the rat infested stables with the smell of horses clinging to her hair and clothes, while Josephine Damerell, the spoilt, petted and over-indulged daughter of the house, dwelt in luxury. In this novel, they just seem to happen upon each other, in the wrong part of the country and for no apparent reason other than that it needs to happen to continue the story. One of the men, despite being smitten, leads another girl on for almost the entire book and although there are suggestions that it's to protect her honour, this is suspect and doesn't quite ring true given the circumstances. If you like historical fiction with strong personalities, tangles built out of society’s expectations, a love story, and a touch of mystery, this is one not to miss. Another flaw is that several times when the principle characters are at rock bottom, rescuers suddenly appear out of nowhere.

I especially appreciated the clear presentation of the way different strata of society lived, demonstrated both in description and simple comments about how only the wealthy have the luxury of not knowing how much coin they possess. This is the second historical novel I have read by Dilly Court, and once again, she sunk me into the period with all the prejudice and classism endemic in the 1800s. Other than being Dumbledore's name in the Harry Potter books, I am not sure what the term meant in this book, as it wasn't used as a name, but I laughed when I figured this out.The child of a noblewoman born out of wedlock is also in her care after she found the mother already in labor by the river. Some parts of the book seemed a bit contrived to fit the story and didn't really represent natural occurrences. One major plot flaw is that it is never really clear why either of the men fall in love with their respective women.

Kate, on the other hand, takes charge of every circumstance with her practical hard working personality, overcoming every obstacle except her sense of place. Bottom line, the story is nicely resonant of its historical setting, shedding light on the biases and foul behaviors as much as the strength of bonds even when society would frown on them.You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. She is married with two grown-up children and four grandchildren, and now lives in Dorset on the beautiful Jurassic Coast with her husband.

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