England, 1934. Hester Blake, an ambitious girl from an industrial Northern town, finds a job as a lady’s maid in a small aristocratic household.
Despite their impressive title and glorious past, the Fitzmartins are crumbling under the pressures of the new century. And in the cold isolation of these new surroundings, Hester ends up hopelessly besotted with her young mistress, Lady Lucy.
Accompanying Lucy on her London Season, Hester is plunged into a heady and decadent world. But hushed whispers of another war swirl beneath the capital… and soon, Hester finds herself the keeper of some of society’s most dangerous secrets…
Packed full of details .. a wonderful read!
Set in England in 1934 in a time of social change, this novel is a testimony to what good solid research and a flair for writing can produce.
Hester Blake, hailing from the grey north of the country has always wanted to travel and, with that in mind, has set her heart on being a lady’s maid. Young and inexperienced, her first position is caring for the daughter of the Fitzmartin family, Lady Lucy. The days of families of social standing running large houses with a plethora of staff are gone due the the sheer economic situation, but this provides Hester with her opening into the world she wishes to be a part of. But she didn’t count on becoming Lucy’s friend, confidants and so much more . . .
This is not a quick and easy read. It is a thrilling novel, packed between the covers with so much information – not all of which I was aware of. I feel I have learned such a lot without even realising it! This is a book you will immerse yourself in, ponder over when it’s out of your hands and a fabulous story which will stay with you for a long time to come. If you enjoy a historical read and are looking for one with a bit more than romance, then this is a novel – and an author – which I highly recommend.
My thanks to NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: historical, romance, social history
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1099 KB
Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 9 August 2017