Home Recommended Reading Workshops About RSS

THE LADY’S MAID: A Novel ~Dilly Court

THE LADY’S MAID is a lovely story.  I can just visualize so many of the people I know curling up on a Winter’s evening and just enjoying this old English tale.   How to escape into history and the days of Castles, Manors, Home farms, London society, upstairs/downstairs, horses with elegant carriages and flowing gowns.  In this novel, they even included the mud and the rain, so it got down to the nitty gritty of rural life in the late 1870s.

The grammar was quite correct and the wording expressive.  The problems that had to be solved were rather real life dilemmas of the time period that young women would have to face.  Marry for love, or money or from duty to save the family status and future? Poverty?  What if you fell in love?  Who could get the job done and keep the food coming to the table?

Two babies are born on the same night, assisted into this world by a Gypsy midwife.  Both are girls and both of these babies must be given away.  One can go to the loving arms of a family which is part of her genetics and is wealthy and the other, they do not know who she belongs to as her mother dies sharing only the father’s name and a ring.  The girls become best friends, one of wealth and one of hard labor until she becomes THE LADY’S MAID.  They both receive a good education which sets them apart, and yet they are quite dependent upon each other.

There are a number of love interests, some suitable and some unsavory.  There is the predicament of what is a young lady to do to make her way into the world, find a place to sleep and food to eat?   There are the lies and missed communications which reveals the problem of incest.  What was a woman to do in that time period and how does that translate into what we know about today about what young women need to do and how to give them a future?

Dilly Court has written 15 books under this name and done more writing as Lily Baxter.  She began her writing career writing scripts for television and commercials.  She is a grandmother and now lives in Dorset with a yellow lab named Archie.

tlc logoTLC on line book tours and Random House Group UK sent me a completed copy of the book to my Kindle.  It was a very pleasant read and I am sure many other readers will enjoy this book too.  I would have loved escaping into this read when I was a young woman myself. A good read – THE LADY’S MAID.

If you purchase anything from Amazon or Powell’s from this site, we will receive a few blossoms in our bouquet.  Thank you.  Donations also welcomed.

Related Reading:
Our Love Could Light the World 
In the Garden of Stone
The Brevity of Roses

Tags: , , , , , ,

13 Responses to “THE LADY’S MAID: A Novel ~Dilly Court”

  1. Talon Says:

    Sounds like an intriguing and interesting read, Patricia.

    Patricia Reply:

    It is a good one and this writer is being introduced to USA readers now

    She has written lots of books and I am reviewing the next one in this series on Sept 2nd. I liked it better

    Giveaways are up in the air right now – literally, I think from UK they will only be e-reader available
    Patricia recently posted..THE LADY’S MAID: A Novel ~Dilly CourtMy Profile

  2. Sara Says:


    Wow. You hit the mark with me about this book. I’m going to put on my Amazon wishlist. I absolutely love historical romances/stories. My elder daughter got me started on them and I’ve enjoyed them ever since. I love the history, if it’s well done. From your review, it sounds like this author takes the time to get her facts right.

    Thanks for telling me about this book:~)
    Sara recently posted..Fun Photo ChallengeMy Profile

    Patricia Reply:

    It was a good read and I think you would like my next review too – another Dilly Court history lesson in fictional story telling mode.

  3. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    I’m not typically a historical romance book person. HOWEVER, you’ve painted a very engaging word picture here in your review.
    Laurie Buchanan recently posted..Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns GrowMy Profile

    Patricia Reply:

    I had a bit of hard time with this one as it was gentle and slow- still a good read. I liked the next one better which will be up on Sept 2nd because it is about the suffragette movement in UK. and more contemporary a theme – faster paced

  4. Deborah Barker Says:

    This book would suit my mood at the moment I think Patricia—gentle and slow. I always look forward to your reviews and recently read and enjoyed, Our Love Could Light the World by Anne Leigh Parrish on your recommendation. (It was a very good read) so thank you :-)
    Deborah Barker recently posted..Life in the slow laneMy Profile

    Patricia Reply:

    This is a good read and my one for Sept 2 by Dilly Court too is also…
    I think there is a deal for UK readers on her work as they introduce the GoodBritishReads….page and availability on e-readers here in the states.

    It did very much OUR LOVE COULD LIGHT THE WORLD…what a great read!
    Thanks for coming by – your post is impressive too as always good story telling
    Patricia recently posted..THE LADY’S MAID: A Novel ~Dilly CourtMy Profile

  5. Alien Ghost Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    I’m always amazed at how it used to be in society relations in the past and how different it was from the present, especially for women. For youngsters nowadays it can easily sound like fiction!

    Alien Ghost recently posted..EnclosureMy Profile

    Patricia Reply:

    Yes for women the changes have been very dramatic up until recently and now there seems to be almost an International backlash

    This was a good fictional reminder

  6. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    I didn’t realize how many books this author had written – I’ll definitely be checking some of the out!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

    Patricia Reply:

    Heather J
    Court apparently is a prolific writer and has done quite of bit of TV work. It is interesting escape reading. I know a number of folks will enjoy discovering her work

  7. Dilly Court, author of The Best of Daughters and The Lady’s Maid, on tour August/September 2013 | TLC Book Tours Says:

    […] August 26th:  Patricia’s Wisdom  (The Lady’s […]