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Mistress of My Fate : The Confessions of Henrietta Lightfoot by Hallie Rubenhold

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Set during a period of revolution and turmoil, Mistress of My Fate is the first book in a series called The Confessions of Henrietta Lightfoot. Her candid and eye-brow raising memoirs are filled with real and invented history topped with some extravagent period detail as she seeks to set the record straight about the events that shaped her into the woman she became.

And a message to readers from Henrietta Lightfoot:

October 1789: I shall never forget that day. I shall never forget the decision I made. I was seventeen and so ill prepared for life that I hardly knew how to dress myself, let alone how to board a mail coach or even how to purchase a loaf of bread. When I fled my home at Melmouth Park, I left those who both loved and hated me behind. I threw myself upon the world, dear reader - and see what trouble has come of that. Do read my tale closely, for the warnings of your mamma and your governess were correct; there is much to be learned from a woman of my sort. I fell for every snare and trick of fate, so that you might not. My tale is not for the faint of heart - the prude, the high-minded and moral are likely to take offence. You have heard the lies and slander from others. Prepare now to hear the truth.

If you like Hallie Rubenhold you might also like to read books by Jane Harris, Michel Faber and Gillian Bagwell.

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Mistress of My Fate : The Confessions of Henrietta Lightfoot by Hallie Rubenhold

101 Reasons Why I Love Henrietta Lightfoot…

from a brilliant little site called -

1. For writing the most deliciously ravishing and scandalous confessions ever to be told;
2. For being a true and timeless English heroine;
3. who loves men;
4. but loves women more;
5. For being courageous and beautiful;
6. Though she doesn’t know it (yet);
7. For her sumptuously described dresses;
8. And her playful wit;
9. For helping her new lover cheat at cards to beat her old lover (all for her own long term quest to rejoin her true sweetheart)
10. For her ingenious and dramatic eloping (twice)

100. For having written two further volumes of scandalous confessions to look forward to;
101. which will be similarly filled with real and invented history, love and scandal, topped with extravagant period detail to surpass all.

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About the Author

Hallie Rubenhold

Hallie Rubenhold is an historian and broadcaster and an authority on British 18th-century social history. She has written two works of non-fiction to critical acclaim: The Covent Garden Ladies and Lady Worsley's Whim: An Eighteenth-century Tale of Sex, Scandal and Divorce. Hallie lives in London with her husband.

Author photo © Johnny Ring

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7th July 2011


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