Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Book Review & A Giveaway!
I am so excited to be part of the blog tour for Jen Geigle Johnson's new historical romance, A Lady's Maid.
The book starts out with lady's maid, Molly O'Malley trespassing and throwing rocks at the Prime Minister's house in order to call attention to the plight of women's suffrage. Luckily, she isn't arrested and Thomas, a footman, brings her home. Molly wants to help the cause that Lady Amanda Halloway has introduced her to, but has to rein in her enthusiasm a bit. Turning her attention to an orphanage and the children, Molly is pulled into a web of criminals and conspiracy that could cost her everything. Thomas who has been waiting patiently to act on his feelings for Molly is now in a race against time to find her. Both Molly and Thomas were well-drawn characters that represent the servant class well and how they were also affected by the suffrage movement. There were definitely some laugh out loud moments with these two as well as some very serious ones as Molly's heart tries to heal from past love.
A Lady's Maid also has a second romantic arc featuring Lady Chloe, a friend of Lady Amanda's, and Lord Annesley, who is given a mission to spy on the women's suffrage movement. I really enjoyed the intrigue and growing relationship between these two. Lord Annesley is in between a rock and a hard place as he's required to report on the activities of his friends, and yet he agrees with many of the things Lady Chloe, Lady Amanda, and Molly are fighting for in regards to women's rights.
I thought the author did a wonderful job in weaving the history of the women's suffrage movement into the story and creating three-dimensional characters to witness and let us see this slice of history through their eyes. The romances had plenty of twists and turns, and combined with a side of danger and intrigue, make this book one for your keeper shelf!
Here's the back copy:
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.
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