Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Lady's Maid, by Dilly Court

Sometimes a woman is forced to make a heartbreaking choice, to give up her child.  Who knows what type of life that child will go on to lead, whether it is one of privilege or one of want.  Katie and Josie have been friends since their youth, despite the fact that they have very different lives.  But the secret of their shared pasts may change the nature of their friendship forever.

What a wonderful book for anyone who is a fan of historical fiction.  I absolutely loved the setting, and the juxtaposition of the wealthy lifestyle and the average everyday lifestyle.  I felt like the scene was set incredibly well, with a high degree of accuracy regarding style, manner of speech, and typical dilemmas faced during that time period.  It felt as though I had walked directly onto the grounds of an old English manor.

This books seems as though it would appeal to fans of Jane Austen, and there certainly are a lot of similarities to Austen and the themes in her writing.  The thing that most caught my attention was the similar emphasis this book places on class differences and the importance of social standing upon the making of life's choices.  The biggest difference between the two authors was where Austen was ground breaking, this author is just the slightest bit predictable.  And predictability is not necessarily a bad thing; it helps deliver what the reader wants, and keeps the reader happy.  Despite the fact that the book was a tiny bit predictable, it was still highly engaging, and an overall pleasant read.

I received a review copy courtesy of TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.  See the rest of the tour here.

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