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The Lady's Maid

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She is married with two grown-up children and four grandchildren, and now lives in Dorset on the beautiful Jurassic Coast with her husband. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Normally a protagonist of hers falls on hard times, and is destitute in London for most of the novel.

Two desperate young mothers give up their babies on the same day, and while Kate grows up in poverty, Josie lives a privileged life.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. I know this happens in fiction, but usually it's because they are seeking the person they suddenly find. 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. 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. The first portrayal was enough to make me worry the author shared the views of that period, but then as the story unfolds, a much more nuanced view comes into play.

The story begins with an awkward friendship between a spoiled, manipulative lady and her lifelong friend who begins the book as a beleaguered housemaid. This fit the bill: a princess and the pauper fairytale, as it were, with evil uncles and stepmother, two foundlings, honorable men (and a few dishonorable ones), and a story that rockets between country estates and London's East End, and a happy ending, of course.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. Kate hurried homeward as fast as the iron-clad pattens would allow, wrapping her thin shawl a little tighter around her head and shoulders. Dilly Court grew up in North-east London and began her career in television, writing scripts for commercials. Some parts of the book seemed a bit contrived to fit the story and didn't really represent natural occurrences. 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.

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