Hello everyone! I feel like I have been away for so long, when it’s actually only been around two weeks. I had my mocks, so I thought it best to take a break from blogging to focus on that. But they’re over, and I’m back. Yay!
A story of class, scandal and forbidden passions in the shadow of war. Perfect for fans of Iona Grey, Gill Paul and Downtown Abbey.
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…
I am lucky enough to be a participant in the blog tour for A Pearl For My Mistress, and I’m going to start off by saying that I haven’t read a historical romance in absolutely ages. I really can’t even remember what the last one was, and A Pearl For My Mistress was the perfect book to get me back into them. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The plot, the characters, the writing, and the relationships were all amazing!
The main character, Hester, was brilliant. She was loyal, and kind, which are both lovely qualities to have. There were definitely a few flaws to her, but if you’ve read my reviews in the past, you’ll know that I enjoy a flawed character. It makes them much more interesting and realistic. I felt that she was a little unambitious. However, I understand that this wouldn’t have been uncommon of a woman in her position at the time period in which this book is set in.
With Lucy, there were things I loved, and things that really bugged me. She’s a grey area for me. She’s Hester’s mistress, but there were clear instances where I felt that she was manipulative toward Hester. This definitely showed the class differences between them, despite the close relationship that had developed between them. What I loved, though, was how ahead of her time she seemed, in my opinion. She was ambitious, power-hungry, and very interesting.
Now, the relationship between Hester and Lucy. I loved that a romantic relationship formed between them, and whilst I did like it, I didn’t like that there was one of them who was clearly ‘superior’ to the other, as I don’t believe that that is healthy in a relationship.
I won’t go into the plot, but I’ll just say that I did enjoy it. It is obvious that a lot of research went into it due to the history included, and I did expect a little more romance, but I was pleasantly surprised with what I got! Fielding’s writing is enjoyable to read, and has a unique style to it that I liked.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I did judge it by it’s cover a bit before reading it, and it wasn’t what I expected at all, but instead it was even better! I give it four out of five stars.
I’d like to thank Annabel Fielding for providing me with a copy ofA Pearl For My Mistress in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.