Freddy steps out of the train station in the Spring of 1920 with fresh eyes and a fresh name. It is six years since she has been in London, six years that has been hard on both of them.
Freddy may have the title of a Lady but neither, the position, or financial standing to support her inherited level in society. But Freddy does not want to be a victim, or to live off of her “Ladyship” status, so she has made a decision to take on a new identity to survive in this new world that is opening up around her after the ‘war to end all wars’.
She manages to procure work for herself as a Lady’s companion, and through meeting and helping the households she enters, she slowly begins to find a way to survive within it.
That is until her old friend Caddy arrives on the scene.
A Class Act takes us from the leafy suburbs of Kent to the more industrial streets of Glasgow. From Mrs Mumsey and her obsession with ‘colour therapy’ and her long suffering brother Elfie and his very special amphibious companion. To Aunt Plea, the once feisty suffragette, now bedridden and reliant on the whisky bottle.
And it is a certain Miss Mary Jane Cherry that Freddy invokes to deal with them and to provide the remuneration to help Lady Frederica’s private heartache have the merest glimmer of hope that her secrets may not have to be kept hidden forever.