A Lady's Maid by Jen Geigle Johnson
Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published August 1st 2019 by Covenant Communications
Molly O’Malley, lady’s maid to the progressive Lady Amanda Halloway, is determined to continue the life’s work of her lost love, killed in the Peterloo Massacre. But when her efforts and a trip to Lady Halloway’s charitable orphanage culminate in her own abduction, Molly’s eyes are opened to the horrifying crimes transpiring in the city’s slums. Despite the risks, she broadens her mission and is drawn ever closer to the peril all around them.
Thomas Flaherty, a footman in the Halloway household, has been with Molly from the beginning, but he fears she will never trust him with her heart. Even though her cause and happiness are of foremost importance to him, his loyal patience is tested by the fears that keep her at a distance. But with their safety on the line, Thomas is resolved to sacrifice everything for the woman he loves.
Risking their lives and their love, Molly and Thomas and a team of nobles on their side will stop at nothing to empower the powerless, no matter the personal cost.
Review by LAWonder10:
In this book, the setting begins in 1831 in England. It was a little known time when the women and the "working class" began a suffrage movement.
Molly was more than a mere maid to her mistress, Lady Amanda. In fact, it was Lady Amanda who first got Molly involved. Lady Amanda and her husband, Lord Halloway, were both very fond of Moly... However, Molly was taking the movement to the extreme. They had to "reel her in" so Society would not find her unacceptable or worse.
Thomas was Lord Halloway's Footman and was also more like family than servant. Thanks to Thomas's close watch, the Halloways were spared some serious faux pas.
This is a delightful, yet disturbing, story of a time of poverty for those who were not a part of the "ton". It further addresses, suffrage, child labor, orphans, charity and unconditional love.
The author has created an, in most part, endearing cast of characters. The scenes are vividly portrayed. One feels he/she is a part of the individual scenes.
Along with occasional humor, there is plenty of action and suspense.
The Title was chosen well and the Book Cover is simple, yet eye-catching, and depicts the theme of this tale.
I offer a Five Stars rating for this novel.
*This book was gifted me with no instruction to post a positive review. This is my honest review.
About Jen Geigle Johnson:
An award winning author, including the GOLD in Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards, Jen Geigle Johnson discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager.
She once greeted an ancient turtle under the water by grabbing her fin. She knows all about the sound a water-ski makes on glassy water and how to fall down steep moguls with grace. During a study break date in college, she sat on top of a jeep's roll bars up in the mountains and fell in love.
Now, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure. She is a member of the RWA, the SCBWI, and LDStorymakers. She is also the chair of the Lonestar.Ink writing conference.
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