I received this book free to review as being a part of the Blogger Connection bookclub. All thoughts are, however, my own & I am no way swayed by receiving this book for free.
We were first asked if Mistress of My Fate by Hallie Rubenhold sounded good to us to read as our book of the month for April. I went to look it up at Amazon, and it sounded fantastic to me, so I said so. Shortly after we received it in the mail. It took me a tiny bit to get to it because I was finishing up the book I was reading first.
The book is by Hallie Rubenhold who is a historian and broadcaster and an authority on eighteenth-century British social history. So as you reading the book that is set in the 18th century, you feel like you are actually there and seeing things as they were then. Which to me is an amazing thing and shows she knows what she is talking about during that time period.
The book itself is about Henrietta Lightfoot, who believes she is living with her Uncle and Aunt and cousin after her parents died while she was young. She was the quiet ignored niece who seemed to live in the shadows more than the light. Henrietta just wanted to be the best friend to Lady Catherine and prayed and wished it would come true, when it did, it didn’t turn out quite like she thought it would.
Read as Henrietta’s life gets turned upside down, and she is forced to fend for herself as a courtesan, a gambler, and a spirited intellect of the city. You are left wondering what Henrietta will have to endure next, what other hardships will she have to face at only seventeen?
Loved this book and am looking forward to the next in the series. I felt like I was actually in the 18th century as I read this and could envision everything Hallie was writing about. You all must read look into this book, I swear you are going to love it like I did.