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Mistress of My Fate (The Confessions of Henrietta Lightfoot) [Kindle Edition]

Hallie Rubenhold
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Set during a period of revolution and turmoil, Mistress of My Fate is the first book in a trilogy about Henrietta Lightfoot, a young woman who was abandoned as a baby and raised alongside her cousins, noble children of a lord and lady. At just sixteen years old, circumstance and a passionate love affair tear Henrietta away from everything she knows, leading to a new life fending for herself on the streets of 18th century London as a courtesan, gambler, and spirited intellect of the city.

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Historian Rubenhold exploits her in-depth knowledge of eighteenth-century British society to page-turning advantage in the first installment of a trilogy detailing the often titillating adventures of Henrietta Lightfoot. Although parentless, Henrietta is raised alongside her aristocratic cousins, the social lines that divide them clearly drawn. When Henrietta unexpectedly eclipses her cousin Catherine in the eyes of dashing Lord Allenham, and her true parentage is revealed, she must marry against her will or be cast aside completely. Fleeing into the illicit arms of the handsome lord, who harbors secrets of his own, she begins to unravel the mystery of her own past. When her lover disappears, she is forced, as an unconnected woman of her time and place, to rely on both her guile and her feminine charms to survive in the seamy underbelly of respectable society while she continues to search for her missing paramour. Devilry, debauchery, and desire reign supreme in volume one of this colorful Regency romp. --Margaret Flanagan


Historian Rubenhold exploits her in-depth knowledge of eighteenth-century British society to page-turning advantage in the first installment of a trilogy detailing the often tittilating adventures of Henrietta Lightfoot...Deviltry, debauchery, and desire reign supreme in volume one of this colorful Regency romp.


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  • File Size: 1260 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455511803
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (January 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Telling Confessions January 8, 2013
Mistress of My Fate is written as a confessional memoir by Miss Henrietta (Ingerton) Lightfoot as she tries to set straight the rumors swirling about her and her actions. The book is written in the first person so you almost feel as if you are sitting with Ms. Lightfoot, sipping a cup of tea and listening to her tell you her sometimes sordid story. But what was a young girl to do? It was a time period when women had no rights, they had no way of making a place in the world without the protection of a family name or a husband. Miss Lightfoot was brought up in a noble household but as the child of a second son, long dead she had no prospects for a good marriage and is being groomed to be a lady in waiting to her cousin. Her cousin is a rather spoiled, unpleasant woman and used people only when she thinks they can serve her needs.

While on vacation in Bath both girls meet a young man and unfortunately they both fall in love. He too falls in love but societal demands and the needs of his estate cause him to pursue Henrietta's cousin while making plans to have all three of them live together. They think that this is better than never seeing each other again. But alas, it is not to be and a series of revelations and circumstances cause Henrietta to feel she must flee the only home she has ever known.

But as she writes in her book - there are no instructions for a young girl out on her own. She barely knows how to dress herself let alone how to get along in the world. She soon finds out that nothing is free and it takes her many hard lessons to effectively learn how to survive.

This is the first of three books detailing Ms. Lightfoot's life and loves and I can say that I'll be very much looking forward to the next installments.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs Lightfoot Will Run and Run November 4, 2011
Henrietta is indeed an innocent abroad, as green as grass. However, possessed of a degree of wit, intelligence and native cunning, she soon learns and learns fast how to survive in a hostile environment outside of the cocooned existence of her upbringing. The first third of the book is devoted to a narrative which explains what happened before October 16th 1789, which is headlined on the back cover as the day she felt obliged to flee from her home. This is interesting and eventful, but nothing like as eventful as what befalls her once she makes the momentous decision to leave!

Henrietta very soon comes to realise that, in her own words, nothing goes for nothing in this world and it does not take her long to start to manipulate situations for her own benefit. Initially totally naïve, she quickly learns to be suspicious of motives and to take nothing at face value, although she does come to understand that quite a few of the people she meets are genuine and even if what is being proposed is not very palatable it is sometimes meant kindly with her best interests at heart. Indeed quite a number of her acquaintances recognise her naivety and go out of their way to tutor her in the ways of the world.

This book is written in the first person which is highly effective and seems quite natural in this context with none of the awkwardness which sometimes results when telling a story from this perspective. The whole volume is addressed to an early Victorian audience and defers to their prejudices and prudishness - this gives a period flavour which works really well. From the advanced publicity, the reader might have expected a bawdy historical tale and if this is the case they will not be disappointed.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fated to be a Mistress July 26, 2011
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The title of Hallie Rubenhold's period romance is a little ironic, since it seems that the struggle of the novel's protagonist Henrietta Lightfoot to take control of her life and not suffer the same fate as countless other women who have gone to their ruin, results in her not so much being a Mistress of her Fate, as fated to be a Mistress. Her attempt to control her own destiny is appropriate however, since being set in the later years of the eighteenth century, there is a revolutionary tone to Henrietta's actions and mindset that is rather more modern in outlook. The usual outcome for women in her position is not one that Henrietta has in mind for herself, and the whole drive of the novel consequently is built upon the determination, ingenuity and desire for liberty that takes the young woman on a dangerous path that is very much against the prevailing values of her society.

If this outlook is somewhat ahead of its time, and sets Henrietta apart from all the other characters in the novel, it provides Mistress of her Fate with a rather more accessible view of the times than any authentic writing from this period might. In a way, this is part of the aim of the novel, since its readership could find it difficult to place themselves in the same position as the protagonist, where, although it may seem obvious to say so, there were no instruction manuals on how to live life and certainly no Facebook or internet forums to discuss your problems. Hallie only has Goethe's romanticised Werther to guide her towards understanding the feelings inspired in her by a young gentleman that a girl in her position - taken in as an orphan by a family of good name - has no business associating with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Evocative of the time
Well written as an old-fashioned English novel.
Published 16 days ago by Janis Burenga
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun historical fiction story
Told in a diary-memoir style, this is the beginning of Henrietta’s tale of her rise from a poor orphan cousin living in a noble man’s house to a well-known London courtesan in the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting historical novel. Valid commentary on the limitations...
An interesting historical novel. Valid commentary on the limitations and difficulties of a young unmarried woman in 18th century England. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cathy Bishop
3.0 out of 5 stars It makes you feel sad when you realized what life was like during that...
I did not select this book but my book club did. It makes you feel sad when you realized what life was like during that time period.
Published 10 months ago by Jeannie Margaret
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book in a Long Time
I actually downloaded this book a while back, but the beginning sounded kind of silly to me. I finished another book and looked down the list and discovered I never really read... Read more
Published 19 months ago by sharonl
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Most of the other reviewers have said what I would have said about this book, so I am not going to repeat their praises. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Laurie
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor Henrietta Just A Victim of Circumstances
This is the story of Henrietta Lightfoot. She is a historical fiction character who falls in love with the man who her half- sister is to marry. Read more
Published 21 months ago by patty mccormick
4.0 out of 5 stars A well written novel
This was a delightful novel, the first I have ever read by Hallie Rubenhold. The first in a trilogy.

This story introduces us to our main character Henrietta Ingerton. Read more
Published on May 5, 2013 by BellaChica
4.0 out of 5 stars Mistress of my Fate
The writer of historical fiction faces two tasks (at least): the main characters must be fully rounded and compelling, and the historical setting must be reasonably accurate. Read more
Published on May 2, 2013 by M. Owens
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Writing
Another book of heartfelt survival, triumph, perserverance and prosperity! Rubenhold shows depth and reality in a way that doesn't turn the rader off. Read more
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