Let me start out by saying this book is not what it says it is. The story of Rose, the family maid who marries the rich son, plays only a bit part. We see glimpses of her misfortunate life but the true story lies with the author, Margaret, as she journeys from one employment to the next, introducing us to many rich and humorous characters. I loved every butler protrayed, the way they spoke longingly of the old days, when formality resticted all conversation between upstairs and downstairs, and the butler was the essential ingredient to the house. I found myself chuckling quite often and got caught up in the life of below stairs and the endless search for a husband to rescue Margaret and her friend from employment.
My only problem with this book was the sudden and lackluster ending, but aside from that, the perfect read!