The Second Husband by Kate White
What could have caused the police to re-open the cold murder case of Emma's
husband? She was cleared as a suspect back then.
Did she marry again too soo...
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Sunday, November 21, 2021
The Secrets of Elloughton Park by Stephen Taylor
This was a fascinating read. Set over two timelines a present day historian who gets more and more enchanted by
a woman of two centuries ago and is enthralled by her.
James Postlethwaite is fascinated by social history and is very excited to come across the journals of Lord and Lady
Carlisle of the 18th century. What was hidden amongst the papers was the quite very well known writings of a cinder maid
Ginny Farmer whose account of her life of so very humble beginnings abandoned in a foundlings hospital, then her appointment
as a maid in the kitchen and her rise to the ranks of a lady's maid. This position sadly brought her to the attention of
the drunken master of the house, she was raped and then fell pregnant and was kicked out. This was the norm.
Ginny's meteroric rise from being penniless and destitute to become a prostitute was not a surprise. For a young woman,
with no references, no training and no family or money there was no other choice but here too she landed on her feet and
slowly developed an aura of being someone who came from a very good family but had fallen on hard times (or been kicked out
by her family) and had to make her way in the world. Becoming the sole mistress of one Lord was something Virginia as she
was now known, was not something she favoured but she took the step until that too was terminated by her protector.
Going solo again Lady Virginia was befriended by unusual men - men who did not look on her just as a prostitue but as a
friend and someone whom they mentored, and encouraged to learn more and more.
This was what the journals depicted and this was what was so unusual. James relationship with his student protegee and
his feelings towards her and his inability to express them was just a secondary story.
The real story was Ginny alias Lady Virginia and what a fascinating story. Lots of history, and a lot of details of society
and how it evolved at the time - very descriptive. Very detailed of Georgian times.
Sent by Sapere Books for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.