Mistress of My Fate
By Hallie Rubenhold
I recently finished this book and I have to say that I chose it based on the cover. I think that this is a beautiful cover. I purchased this as a hardback used from Amazon.com for only $4.24. That included shipping and handling!! Amazon has good deals on used books. This book was published in 2013 and it is book one of a trilogy.
This is the story of Henrietta Lightfoot. She is a historical fiction character who falls in love with the man who her half- sister is to marry. She has been led to believe that Lady Catherine was her cousin, but actually finds out that she is her half-sister. Your right this is definitely going to cause some problems! When her half-sister, Lady Catherine dies, Henrietta is haunted by her ghost. Henrietta is unable to give up her love for Lord Allenham. This is a tale of lies, deception and debauchery. The book takes place in 18th century England. I felt like I was right there with her through her experiences. This is a sad tale of Henrietta and her unfortunate adventures as she becomes a victim of fate. The book gives us beautiful descriptions of the gowns and jewels and settings. It is an interesting look at the shady, less desirable characters of London. The prostitutes, the gamblers, the thieves that take advantage of women and the people of the stage are presented to us as Henrietta encounters them. Henrietta is at first naïve, but along the way learns how to wise up and work things to her advantage and becomes a manipulative woman. Through out her struggles, Henrietta remains in love with Lord Allenham and despite her marriages of convenience remains true to him in her heart.
My favorite part:
Mrs. Jordan speaking to Henrietta before she goes on stage says “The world has kept a great secret from you madam, when a lady loses her respectability, she gains all the liberty she might wish for. She is free to do as she pleases to follow whatever mode of life amuses her. She may go upon the stage, travel abroad, or chose a lover to suit her heart.” pg. 409.
I thought that this book was a little long, but I enjoyed it. It is hefty at 452 pages. It was well written and the historical background of the book was great. It reminded me of Charles Dickenson’s descriptions of London and it’s characters. I will definitely look for the second book of the series. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. There were well-developed distinctive characters and a great sense of both the time period and background of London.
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