About A Lady’s Maid
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.
I love reading a good historical romance novel. And Jen Geigle Johnson is one of my favorite authors who writes this type of book. I love the way she writes. Her characters are fantastic and I love the worlds she makes around her characters.
This one features Molly. She’s Lady Amanda’s personal maid. We were introduced to Lady Amanda in The Nobleman’s Daughter. I love the way the book opens with her on her way to do something she knew she would be arrested for, but it was also something she believed in. Molly and Lady Amanda both work hard on the suffrage movement in England, and that’s what Molly was trying to help in the first chapter. It was kind of ironic how she was found and let in on the fact that she was not going to be arrested that day by Thomas.
Thomas…the reader doesn’t see any of the story from Thomas’ point of view. But through Molly’s eyes, it’s obvious that Thomas is a good man. He is always watching out for Molly. And he knows that she isn’t quite ready for a relationship with anyone because she’s still hurting. But he waits. He worries incessantly about her and about the orphanage children they help. Thomas and Molly are two of a kind. They both work hard to make things happen, even when they might be causing danger for themselves.
I loved the way this book is set in the middle of something that really did happen. The author included real events and places in her novel. I loved the way there was danger around nearly every corner and the reader knew who the characters needed to watch out for even though the characters didn’t. There were many times I wanted to yell at the characters to watch out. But…that doesn’t really work.
There are so many good things about this one. I can’t wait for more of Jen Geigle Johnson’s books!
I was sent a copy of A Lady’s Maid as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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About author Jen Geigle Johnson
Jen Geigle Johnson discovered her love for uncovering obscure and fascinating pieces of history while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager. Now an award-winning author and mother of six, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Although she married a man whose substance is the stuff with which heroes are made, thinking up stirring matches for everyone else keeps her riveted to the keyboard–whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America. Her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure. They start with a grand entrance, immediately get pretty bumpy and difficult, are full of hills and and some ravines, but always end happy. You can follow all her news at http://www.jengeiglejohnson.com.
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