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Mistress of My Fate by Hallie Rubenhold
  

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September 2012 Book of the Month.

The journal of Henrietta Lightfoot so first person, easy reading, entertaining stuff which begins with why this naive and very innocent young lady is running away on 22 October 1789. Then we get her adventures - indeed confessions, as she falls foul of one disastrous situation after another. Set around the West End of London with some great characters, bawdy brothels, elegant drawing rooms and filthy streets, we are hurtled along the road by an infectious voice in a delightful romp. With lots of period detail and more adventures to come, this is the most enormous fun.

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 Jo Baker, Jane Harris and Philippa Gregory.

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Mistress of My Fate by Hallie Rubenhold

Georgian England, 1789. Under a cloud of scandal, Henrietta Lightfoot flees her home at Melmouth Park. She has little money and no worthwhile talents, for what use is a neat stitch and a pretty voice outside the drawing room? Without family support, her only hope of survival lies with the dashing but elusive Lord Allenham...In a desperate quest to find him, Henrietta embarks on a journey through London's debauched and glittering underworld, where she discovers more about her own mysterious past than she could have imagined. With the aid of new-found skills at the card table and on the stage, will Henrietta be able to turn her life around to become mistress of her fate?


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Rollicking good read...A remarkable picture of a fascinating age which combined extraordinary bawdiness with silky sophistication (think Hogarth and Gainsborough) Daily Express A full-blooded historical romp - two parts Lizzie Bennett and Tom Jones's Sophia Western to one part Moll Flanders - with a splash of Fanny Hill Independent A vibrant coming of age story...ricochets with bawdy energy, witty observation and rollicking pace between brothels, theatres and the corridors of political power. Lots of fun Easy Living The first instalment in Hallie Rubenhold's sparking 18th-century fictional memoir series, This enticing novel, written with charm and originality, is full of period detail and historical insight The Good Book Guide


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.

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Publication date

13th September 2012

Author

Hallie Rubenhold

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Publisher

Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
512 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
NewGen - YA Fiction
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ISBN

9780552162517

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