- File Size: 580 KB
- Print Length: 312 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Sefkhat-Awbi Books (July 18, 2012)
- Publication Date: July 18, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008MU9I0S
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- Lending: Enabled
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I really liked the beginning of the book, especially the part when Phillipa disguised as a maid in the boy's school. It was so sad, so touching, and so believably portrayed which gave a bit of Dicken's Oliver Twist feeling. I also admire the heroine's loyalty, strong determination, and execution, it was not for the faintest female at that era. Although, it was rather risky and non-practical for not having a back-up supporter or rescuer in case of emergency. I was thankful that she did not get sick, or worse, loose her virtue.
Contrary to other reviewer, I found the plot took a downward turn from page 140 when Geraint discovered Maggie(disguised name) was gone after been rescued from the fire and jumped to the conclusion that Meggie had ran away with Seth (one of the villains), such hasty decision-making was so inconsistent for a supposed seasoned campaigner and source of intelligence--he lost a layer of appeals from my eye from there. Afterwards, it was mainly a lot of misunderstanding, misinterpreting, some wishy-washy and idiotic notions of characters guessing, even until the very end when Geraint rescued Phillipa the second time from the abduction (but this time it was Phillipa who made the ridiculous and non-sensible assumption on her secret love). I wouldn't call this a strong love when two parties had no trust in one another, and it was tedious besides. I also did not like how Phillipa's parents and cousin were portrayed: they were either too weak or too silly. All in all, this book did not quite do it for me.
I did not find it as philosophically deep as the previous reviewer, but I agree that this book is very good and very fast-paced in it's plot development. It is an entertaining read, with likeable, intelligent main characters and satisfyingly evil villains.
Phillipa's younger brother dies mysteriously while at a boys' school, and while grief-striken and drunk, her father mumbles indiscreetly about what his friend had written to him about suspicious goings-on there. When Phillipa is unexpectedly supplied with a convenient alibi, she determines to go there to investigate herself.
The transition from lady to maid is difficult, to say the least--the hard labor, abuse, and occasional persecution from the bullying masters shocks her and tests her mettle, but Phillipa is made of stern stuff. In the midst of her bewildering and exhausting first days, she meets and falls in love with the history master, who protects her from a dangerous master and seems to care for her, as well.
But Phillipa is NOT a maid, and she is anguished that the woman he falls in love with is NOT her true self. But what she doesn't know is that her tall, dark history master is not himself, either. She KNOWS he is playing a deep game...the problem is that she just doesn't know what it is...
After the episode at the boys' school (with a dramatic ending to that in itself), Phillipa is off to London for her third Season...but she meets too many familiar characters there...
The description of Phillippa's time as a scullery maid is gratifyingly more realistic than I had expected, with emphasis on the hardships involved. I had expected a more unrealistic situation where a high-born lady masquerades as a proud, outspoken scullery maid and no one notices or remarks on the maid's very unservile behavior...but the author surprised me, and the plot moved well and believeably.
The ending especially is rife with misunderstandings and near-misses and coincidences. The book moves well in the midst of all these twists, and is not too frustrating for the reader, with an easily followed storyline. I think it is a more extensive and complicated plot than many more recently published Regencies I've read--there are more supporting characters than on the average--but I tend to like that better. Too few characters can sometimes make the storyline dry and the plot scenes too predictable.
Characters are consistent throughout the book, which is something I personally appreciate. It was also very nice to have intelligent main characters to follow, rather than characters who ignore the more obvious clues and muddle in ignorance while the reader writhes in frustration!
A pleasant read for a rainy day. It's a keeper for my shelves, at least. I'm looking forward to any more of this author's books that I happen to come across.