The Lady’s Maid is a great story of friendship and of romance.
The story starts with two unwed young mothers in the 19th century. Both are forced to give up their babies due to circumstances. One of the babies born to a Gypsy mother and aristocratic father becomes Josephine (Josie), the daughter of a Baronet. The other, Kate, the daughter of an aristocratic mother and soldier father, becomes the daughter of a servant. The two grow up as fast friends. As young women, they both discover they are in love with men unsuitable for their station in life and that life isn’t easy for a single woman.
I love how very different the two women were and how it was very hard at that time to make a living without marriage. I loved their friendship, although Josie’s unfeeling treatment of her friend often made me want to reach into the pages and smack her. The story was interesting and kept me wondering what was going to happen next. It was the perfect book for the start of fall and left me wanting to read more Dilly Court novels.
This novel is available as an e-book in the United States