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The Lady's Maid

The Lady's Maid

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Another enjoyable read from Dilly Court set in the mid 19th century, however, I found it full of unbelievable occurrences. One of those feel good books that's quite predictable with its twists and turns but a fun read either way. A lot of drama and twists of fate before the happy ending coupled with an unexpected turn-around in circumstances.

The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged.

While some might protest the love story for Kate and Harry (a man whose wealth comes from trade), including Kate, there are enough historical accounts to show that love did defeat the class and wealth barriers, especially among those who earned their wealth. 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. I also feel these books should have a glossary to show the meaning of some words as I always have to refer to a dictionary for a number of words.

The Romany grandmother finds a safe home for this girl as well, both children growing up believing themselves legitimate. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. 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. It begins in the night on a hill where a Romany woman awaits the birth of her daughter’s illegitimate child for whom she has arranged a home. Still, rather than being bitter toward her childhood friend, Kate does her best to help Josie come safely through whatever wild plan she’s dragged Kate into.

Kate hurried homeward as fast as the iron-clad pattens would allow, wrapping her thin shawl a little tighter around her head and shoulders. Normally a protagonist of hers falls on hard times, and is destitute in London for most of the novel. Some parts of the book seemed a bit contrived to fit the story and didn't really represent natural occurrences. There is no relationship development or apparent getting to know each other before they are suddenly smitten.

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. One major plot flaw is that it is never really clear why either of the men fall in love with their respective women. She is married with two grown-up children and four grandchildren, and now lives in Dorset on the beautiful Jurassic Coast with her husband. 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.Kate, on the other hand, takes charge of every circumstance with her practical hard working personality, overcoming every obstacle except her sense of place. Whilst Kate grows up knowing only poverty and servitude, Josie's world is one of privilege and luxury. Dilly Court grew up in North-east London and began her career in television, writing scripts for commercials. 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. 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.



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