by Judith Kinghorn
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Goodreads: As I watched him—his long legs striding the narrow path through the heather, his golden hair catching the sun—I had a hideous feeling in the pit of my stomach. For it seemed as though he was already marching away from me.
In 1914, despite the clouds of war threatening Europe, Pearl Gibson’s future is bright. She has secured a position as a lady’s maid to a wealthy Northumberland aristocrat, a job that will win her not only respect but an opportunity to travel and live in luxury. Her new life at Lady Ottoline Campbell’s Scottish summer estate is a whirlwind of intrigue and glamour, scandals and confidences—and surprisingly, a strange but intimate friendship with her employer.
But when violence erupts in Europe, Pearl and Ottoline’s world is irrevocably changed. As the men in their lives are called to the front lines, leaving them behind to anxiously brace for bad news, Pearl realizes she must share one final secret with her mistress—a secret that will bind them together forever...
Kritters Thoughts: First let me say, I read a lot of historical fiction and it is probably my most read genre, so suffice it to say I can be a little critical of my reads in the genre, so let me say I loved this one. What an interesting way to experience the effects of war without too much real battling in the book. I loved reading through the eyes of a woman who has had to fight each step of the way for the things that she has and takes a job not knowing how much it would impact the rest of her life.
Pearl Gibson is an orphan from the moment she was born, but due to the open heart of a great Aunt she is raised beyond what she could have imagined and her Aunt instilled in her a sense of drive to better her life from how it began. From the moment she entered Ottoline's home I was glued to my seat to read how this relationship would work and where it would go. I was surprised where it went and loved it!
I am thankful for the liberties I have being a lady in the modern world, but I can't help to enjoy how living as a woman at a different time would be so limiting and hard. At the end of this book, I wanted a sequel so I could continue down Pearl's path and maybe even see where her offspring end up.
This was my second Judith Kinghorn read and she has two more in the backlist that I will have to pick up soon.
Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel
Ebook Challenge 2017: 1 out of 50
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.