A Pearl for My Mistress written by Annabel Fielding, publisher HQ Digital, is available NOW in ebook format.
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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…
This debut novel by Annabel Fielding is loosely based on a pivotal moment in Britain’s political history. To a time in the early 1930’s were a political uprising was brewing bringing with it fear, unease and danger. I didn’t know a great deal about this part of history and this is the beauty of historical fiction it does give the opportunity for the author to bring history to life to a new audience that otherwise wouldn’t have known about it.
The story starts with young Hester Blake leaving home and starting her job in service as a Ladies Maid. She was to aid the Earl of Hereford’s daughter, Lady Lucy Fitzmartin, to care for her needs and play chaperone during her first appearances in society. Hester’s first impression of Lady Lucy was of a delicate, porcelain-esque young lady that held an almost ethereal beauty.
Underneath this delicate cloak Lady Lucy held a strong attitude especially towards her beliefs in politics and this was clearly evident in her writing with her articles in the press. When her writings take on an almost obsessive indulgence to this new regime her life together with those around her becomes in danger. I felt that this fear almost drove her on and Lucy became blinkered to the whole picture of what was really going on in the country and Europe.
This was a story of a political uprising filled with secrets and espionage and a fear bringing danger. Amongst all this upheaval the author has woven a love within the storyline. A love that had to be kept hidden, a love that the lovers greedily sought comfort with each other. Two women from very different backgrounds, both with a harrowing and heart breaking past, brought together at a time when women were glamorous but also finding that they had a useful place in society and their efforts could make a difference. An interesting story that had me gripped wanting to know where the author would take me next.
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