I didn’t realize this book was tied to A Nobleman’s Daughter, which I read awhile ago. I don’t know that it’s necessary to read it first, but you would be more connected to several characters if you do. This takes place ten years after that.
There are quite a few characters in this book, and initially I was a little lost about who the focus of the story was on. I think it could have been stronger to keep the focus on one couple instead of two couples, but they each added to the story in some way. Sometimes the timeline during the switching back and forth between characters didn’t line up.
Those issues aside, the details about the fight for women’s suffrage were interesting. I also really felt for the poor people that were forced to remain in their poverty. Some parts were a little slow and I found myself skimming at times, but there was also some good action that was engaging.
*I received a copy through Netgalley.
Jen Geigle Johnson has a way of not only making history come to life, but making it relevant to the reader.
I loved the juxtaposition this book created against it's predecessor, A Nobleman's Daughter. Where the heroine and hero in that story were bold and fearless these were quite and somewhat reluctant heroes who grew into their roles and purpose. Both kinds of people have a place in this world and I loved that representation.
There was not one, but two relationships developing in this book and both added dimension to the story. It was beautiful to see Molly's struggle with guilt, and the realization that it is possible to love again after loss.
Overall the story kept and held my attention, I felt invested in the characters success and a desire to learn more about this time in history. I officially love Jen Johnson's historical romances and can't wait for more!
Jen Geigle Johnson has done it again! From chapter one until the very end, this book gripped me and did not let go. With themes of women's suffrage and child labor, this book does not shy away from difficult (and timely!) subjects, and I LOVE this about it! Ms. Johnson has given readers a swoon-worthy romance (or two!) AND historical details in one beautiful story. What I loved about this book was that historical details felt well-researched and carefully placed within the story. These women (and men) who fought for women's rights are nothing short of amazing, and I'm so glad Jen Johnson has brought them to life!
While I haven't had the chance to read the first book in this series (The Nobleman's Daughter), I still very much enjoyed this book. I would classify this book as more of a historical novel with romantic subplots than as a straight romance novel, but with such important themes and a beautiful writing style, this did not lessen my enjoyment. I also understand that the third book in this series is set to release next year, which should make readers very happy!
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, regency romance (although this book technically falls outside the regency, there are some commonalities IMO), and for anyone who enjoys a well-written book.
I must say, I love getting books early. This one was sent to be my the publisher. I couldn't put this one down and stayed up to finish even though I had work in the morning and knew better. The author of this book tackled the issue of suffrage beautifully. It gave me new insight into a topic that I have sadly not given the attention it deserves.
I love Regency romances and this definitely deserves that categorization, but it was so much more. There were two separate couples that were highlighted. I loved having the differing points of view from the aristocracy and the serving class. There was a mystery that weaved its way into the story as well that made me stop and pay attention.
The plight of the lower class is often glossed over, but not here, the author faced those stark realities head on and even left some things undone as would be true to life. This book showed the abuses of those who seek unlimited power and use that power and influence to prevent the furthering of things that are just and right.
I never knew social justice could be so captivating in novel form. The characters are strong and invite sympathy. The situations are real enough that it doesn't feel like the couples have a contrived problem that comes between them as sometimes happens when pushing a romantic story line. The romantic story lines are flawlessly integrated with the history and show depth and perspective that is amazing to find in a historic romance.
Jen Geigle Johnson is quickly becoming one of my favorite Regency Era authors.
There is amazing history in this book. The kind that I am so grateful for as a woman and try not to take for granted the sacrifices of those who paved the way for suffrage. I was glad to learn about the historical details that were new to me. Even though this book has a slow beginning as it introduces a bevy of characters, the action and suspense picks up the pace with quite a few dangerous situations- much of it due to Molly's naive recklessness. I had an overall feeling of anxiety and stress as I read, and had a difficult time connecting with the emotions of the main characters. The narrative is split between several characters, and I felt like it divided my focus. I thought the romantic moments between Molly and Thomas were wonderful, but the ones between Chloe and Annesley fell flat. Perhaps if I had read the preceding book, A Nobleman's Daughter, I would have been drawn in more.
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
This is not your typical historical book at least for me. I usually like the romance in them. The romance in this book is very light and secondary to the plot of getting Parliament to sign a women’s suffrage bill. There is some fact mixed into the book and a piece of note after the book ends.
Molly is Lady Amanda’s personal maid. Lady Amanda has been working on getting women the right to vote. And Molly is totally on board with it. Molly acts before she thinks and she gets herself into some major problems. Molly has a huge heart and just wants justice for all!
Chloe is the daughter of a high nobleman. She is also shy. But as she learns more about the movement, she finds her own voice.
Annesley is the son of another high nobleman who is caught in the snares of an evil bossman who is willing to help everyone out of their debts in return for helping him with his side business of brothel and pretty much free child labor in the factories. Most of the children go because their parents are high on opium or the like and are told to go.
Annesley was also a spy once and was now out of the business until he is blackmailed into doing some spywork about the movement. Chloe is someone whom he is very fond of and she is right in the middle of the intel and Annesley is sick about it and left with nothing to do about it.
Molly gets in deep with the evil Theo and learns of all he does. She is determined to right this injustice. There are no indecent scenes but there is a child who gets hurt in the factory. There is a kissing scene or two towards the end.
If you are looking for women’s suffrage, child labor laws, woman who fight for justice, parliament, the start of change in England, orphanges, a well written story, finding freedom and happiness with a little romance sprinkled in then this might be for you!
Jen Geigle Johnson has crafted a beautiful story, bringing to light the early days of women's suffrage and the oppressive conditions in the more poverty stricken areas of England. She built the story around characters I can relate to and root for making it easy to fall into this historical fiction.
The story contains a host of characters with Molly and Lady Amanda being the center of all that is happening. One of those revolving around these two is the shy and reserved Lady Chloe who is just beginning to find the power of her own voice. One of my favorite lines comes from her, "Because my voice is my own. I am a unique and valued person in my own right, and I deserve to have a say in the process of our government and in who represents me."
While the book's main message and theme is the women's suffrage movement, there is also sweet romance, a bit of danger and intrigue. This book reminded me of all the brave women who desired something more and weren't afraid to take a stand and work hard to change the ways of a society of repression. It made me proud to be a woman. It also made me especially grateful for the good men through time who have supported and championed the women in their lives- wives, mothers, sisters and daughters. Many of those men types of men were represented well in this book. The world needs good women and men, working together to bring about better lives for all.
This was a very enjoyable and enlightening read. I appreciate the amount of research and time the author took to represent the time and people accurately. I'm looking forward to the next book, set to release next year!
Content: mild violence, mild peril, kissing, mention of brothels
- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
A Lady's Maid isn't just a regency romance. It's a historical tale revolving around the fight for suffrage, the right to vote, a fight for those whose voices were so often ignored or deliberately set aside. A problem that remains with us today. I found it fascinating though to get a glimpse at the time and place. I like to think that though Lady Amanda, Molly, Thomas, and the others are fictional, that there were those like them, who worked hard in support of their causes. I loved reading about their efforts to help the orphans. Not only does Johnson do an excellent job in creating her setting, but she has also created a compelling plot with several subplots, as well as some fabulous characters.
In her previous book, A Nobleman's Daughter, Lady Amanda and Lord Halloway's story and romance is told. That story revolves around the fight for working people's rights but resulted in a massacre. This new book tells the story of Molly, Lady Amanda's maid, and takes place ten years after the previous book ended. Despite the time having passed, Molly still grieves the loss of her love, Charlie. Still, she is attracted to Thomas, a footman in the Halloway's household, and a partner and friend also involved in the Halloway's work for the poor and for suffrage. In addition to Molly and Thomas's story, which gives the reader a glimpse at the work of the working class, Johnson tells the tale of Lady Chloe and Lord Annesley.
Lady Chloe gets involved in Lady Amanda's work but struggles with shyness as well as her feelings for Lord Annesley. Lord Annesley is a childhood friend of Lady Chloe and the Halloways, who is also part of their cause. Unfortunately, because of his father's poor financial decisions, he soon finds himself caught between a rock and a hard place, when he is blackmailed into spying on the suffrage movement by the prime minister.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the way all the different characters interacted through the various plotlines. If you enjoy regency romances or well-told historical fiction, I highly recommend this one.
Author Jen Geigle Johnson has written a beautiful and powerful story about women who chose to make a difference for those to follow. These women sacrificed greatly to make a better world for women going forward. Making it possible for women to also have rights. It’s obvious that Johnson has done her homework and thoroughly researched her story, enhancing it and bringing it to life and portraying it so that readers can better understand and know what life used to be like for women. This is a wonderful story that not only brings to life the history of women’s suffrage, but also has a romance element as well. Readers who pick up this story will be absolutely delighted with the contents!
Genre: historical, regency, romance
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Publication date: August 1, 2019
Number of pages: 350
A review copy of this book was provided by Covenant Communications. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
A Lady’s Maid by Jen Geigle Johnson is a follow-up to her first book, A Nobleman’s Daughter. Though they are connected, you don’t necessary have to read them in order, but I do advise that you do so the story connects with you better.
I had the lucky opportunity to get copy of this book prior to it’s release at the beginning of this month. The main idea was to finish it before release, but with a hectic last few weeks I have not had much time to devote to this book like I would have liked to, because this book was powerfully good. I believe that I was all the more invested to the story because I was already connected to the characters from A Nobleman’s Daughter.
Both of these books are historical romances taking place in England in the 1800s. The first one dealt with the working class suffrage, and this book focused more on women’s suffrage. I learned a lot about those dealings from these books, and the romance in the books are bonus, especially from this book where you get two going on. It was awesome!
I highly recommend this book to all romance and historical lovers out there.
This historical story is set in England during 1831 and follows the suffrage movement for both women and common folk during this time. Many historical details are skillfully woven into a tapestry that includes a cool setting, action, intrigue, suspense, and romantic elements. The story before this one, The Nobleman’s Daughter, has some of the same characters and covers the Peterloo massacre. I haven’t read that yet, but it didn’t seem necessary (that takes place 10 years later). The characters are Lord and Lady Halloway and their servants Molly and Thomas, and Lord Annesley and Lady Chloe. The story is organized with two separate story arcs going on—one featuring Molly and Thomas and the other Annesley and Chloe. They are all fighting for suffrage, and want to enlighten the ton about the right for every adult person to have a vote in society. There is an evil villain, suffering victims, and of course, our awesome heroes and heroines. It was a fascinating peek at history and the war to get voting rights for everyone, not just those born into wealth and status. The story had high stakes and lots of twists and turns, so I never knew quite what to expect. It was ghastly to realize how some people and children were treated back then, but I appreciated knowing. This was a great piece of historical fiction that taught as well as entertained. Bravo.
I am in awe of the women who worked to give us the rights that we have today. This book centers on characters who fought for women's suffrage.
Molly is a lady's maid to a forward-thinking lady. She is given leave to work on a cause both she and her mistress believe in. Amanda Halloway is the MC in The Nobleman's Daughter. (Another book that I highly recommend.) The Lady and her maid make a formidable team.
The characters are wonderful. I enjoyed all of them and their role in the book, with the exception of a very bad man, but even he had an important place in the story. This book really brings out the fight for women to vote and the work that was done to accomplish this goal many years before it became a reality. Not only does this book deal with sufferage, but it also opened my eyes to the working conditions of children in factories and the plight of the poor in Regency England.
If you love historical fiction and to learn while you are reading a well thought out and researched book, you should definitely pick this one up. The characters and plot are engaging. It is entertaining while informative. There is suspense, political intrigue, danger, and romance all put together nicely in one package.
This book contains non-graphic violence, innuendo, descriptions of women forced into a brothel, child endangerment, and romance.
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
This story has stayed with me for days. I loved the approach Ms Johnson took for such a sensitive topic as women’s suffrage and child labor laws mixing in some romance and of course the perfect amount of drama/action. I appreciated the strong historical references-I’m pretty sure that’s why this story has stuck with me. Fantastic writing!!
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I love reading a good historical romance novel. And Jen Geigle Johnson is one of my favorite authors who writes this type of book. I love the way she writes. Her characters are fantastic and I love the worlds she makes around her characters.
This one features Molly. She’s Lady Amanda’s personal maid. We were introduced to Lady Amanda in The Nobleman’s Daughter. I love the way the book opens with her on her way to do something she knew she would be arrested for, but it was also something she believed in. Molly and Lady Amanda both work hard on the suffrage movement in England, and that’s what Molly was trying to help in the first chapter. It was kind of ironic how she was found and let in on the fact that she was not going to be arrested that day by Thomas.
Thomas…the reader doesn’t see any of the story from Thomas’ point of view. But through Molly’s eyes, it’s obvious that Thomas is a good man. He is always watching out for Molly. And he knows that she isn’t quite ready for a relationship with anyone because she’s still hurting. But he waits. He worries incessantly about her and about the orphanage children they help. Thomas and Molly are two of a kind. They both work hard to make things happen, even when they might be causing danger for themselves.
I loved the way this book is set in the middle of something that really did happen. The author included real events and places in her novel. I loved the way there was danger around nearly every corner and the reader knew who the characters needed to watch out for even though the characters didn’t. There were many times I wanted to yell at the characters to watch out. But…that doesn’t really work.
There are so many good things about this one. I can’t wait for more of Jen Geigle Johnson’s books!
A Lady's Maid was not quite as I had expected it to be. Set in England, the story is about the early days of women's rights and how two women fought for those rights. It deals with the effect that this had on lower class families and orphanages. And, yes, there are two love stories taking place.
The book was very well written, and I barely noticed the subtle overtones of the love stories. But they were indeed there. In addition to these love stories, I also gained a fondness for the main characters. I found myself rooting for them at each turn of the page.
I was provided a copy of the book by the publisher, and this is my honest and unbiased review.
Ten years after the events of "The Nobleman's Daughter," Molly O'Malley is still grieving the loss of the man she loves in the Peterloo Massacre. Desperate to keep his work alive, Molly works with Lady Amanda, and her husband Lord Halloway to improve women's rights.
Set in the rich background of the 1830's sufferage movement, Jen Geigle Johnson, tells the story of love, friendship, and determination. The characters are warm and real, filled with faults and trials that everyone can identify with. Rooting for these characters as they come to know and love each other was a delight and I can only say I wish the story was longer.
I don't know what it is exactly, but when given a straight history book, I'm bored to tears and have a hard time picking it up. But I love a good historical fiction! When I can learn something about history in a story with fictional characters, especially when a sweet romance is thrown into the mix, I'm all over it. A LADY'S MAID delivered just what I was hoping for.
Molly is so passionate about her cause and it was interesting to read about women's suffrage and child labor issues in the 1830s and what some people were willing to do to ease the plight of so many. I love the support Thomas is for Molly.
This story is more than just a romance, which plays a secondary part to the story. I could almost taste the characters fears and adrenaline over their situations. These are some rock solid characters and the risks they took gave me some anxiety. I enjoyed learning more about this time in history through a well-told story.
Content: mild romance; moderate violence/suffering
*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*
Holy moley! What a story!! I read my first book by Jen Geigle Johnson 13 short months ago and she's quickly becoming one of my favorite new authors. I wouldn't classify this strictly as a romance--there are elements of romance in it but I feel they're secondary to the main theme which is women's suffrage. If anyone would've told me I'd love a book about women's suffrage and child labor in England in the 1830's I wouldn't have believed them.
This book takes place about 10 years after the events in The Nobleman's Daughter, where Molly O'Malley loses the man she loves in the Peterloo Massacre. Lady Amanda and her husband Lord Halloway are still working for women to be given the right to vote and Molly, Lady Amanda's maid, and Thomas Flaherty, a footman in the Halloway household, work with them on this important issue.
I learned so much about women's suffrage while reading this book. I had no idea it was an issue in the 1830's. As I read what Molly and the other women went through I felt as if I was there watching it happen. I loved how Thomas was there for Molly, and how patient he'd been for so many years while she healed from losing Charlie, not knowing if she'd ever see him as more than a good friend. I really liked how Lady Amanda, and Lord Halloway cared for those that worked for them, and helped so many children by building orphanages.
I loved the example of Lady Amanda and her husband. They used their position in Society to help others, not use them for their own benefit. One of my favorite parts was when shy Lady Chloe finds her voice and joins the cause. One of the Lords pointed out that "each household gets a vote already. Why clog the voting process by adding additional voices?" Chloe responds "Because my voice is my own."
This book is about serious subjects--child labor, hunger forcing women to do horrible things to provide for their children, and most in the upper classes turning a blind eye to it (at the least), and some who made the situation even worse, but it's also about love, caring for others who are less fortunate, and striving to make a difference for those who come after us.
Thanks to NetGalley and Covenant Communications for my copy to read and review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
A Lady’s Maid features the rich historical research I’ve come to expect from Jen Geigle Johnson’s books. I learned much about the suffrage movement in England in the 1830s and the terrible conditions the poor, especially women and children, endured during this period of time. The relationship between lady’s maid Molly and her employer, Lady Amanda, was interesting and unusual, especially as they were working together to bring about voting for women. The connection between Molly and Thomas as working class characters was intriguing, and the devotion and care that Thomas showed Molly was sweet and tender. Contrasting with that was the relationship between Lady Chloe and Lord Annesley as titled characters, but their romance was just as sweet and tender.
This story has a little of everything—history, suspense, intrigue, romance, plus a big helping of faith, courage, and hope. I enjoyed reading the Author’s Notes at the end explaining more about the history of the suffrage movement in England, some of the historical figures, and the results of the efforts of those involved.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Covenant Communications. All opinions are my own.
This book is SO FASCINATING! As you read you will find yourself in the ton with the noblest of the nobility. Then you will stumble in to the darkest abyss of the place called Angel Meadow. You will read of the children and women who must suffer like none other and the people who are trying to help them gain freedom and personal rights. Molly and Thomas will quickly become your heroes and you will anxiously read to the very last page wanting to know more. It is SO GOOD! I highly recommend this book!