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 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.