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Mistress of My Fate (The Confessions of Henrietta Lightfoot) Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This is a delightfully melodramatic historical novel, featuring our – initially – naïve and innocent heroine, and narrator, Henrietta. Read morePublished 14 days ago by S Riaz
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 morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
The tale of a myriad of problems and difficulties for a young unmarried woman in 18th century England. Read morePublished 12 months ago by betweenthecovers
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 19 months ago by Jeannie Margaret
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 morePublished on October 14, 2013 by sharonl
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 morePublished on September 2, 2013 by Laurie
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 morePublished on August 28, 2013 by patty mccormick
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
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