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Wonderful characters, beautifully written,
This review is from: Polly's Story (Swallowcliffe Hall Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
I have just finished reading Polly's Story for the second time.
Polly is a lovely, warm character who is so full of life she almost jumps off the page. Her story starts as she arrives at Swallowcliffe Hall to be the new under housemaid for Lord Vye and his family. At first she struggles to fit in but then she learns the rhythms and rules of the house and eventually falls in love with her new home.
Woven in with Polly's story are the joys and sorrows of the other residents of Swallowcliffe Hall - in spite of the conventions and rules of the time the lives of the Vyes are observed, commented upon and sometimes intertwined with those of the servants. But what this book does best is to give an amazing insight into the world of the servant - life was hard for them and, if you lost your position, life was even harder in the outside world. This book is well researched and not afraid to address the social problems and upheaval of the time.
This book is something of a family favourite at our house. My partner enjoyed reading it and I read some of it to my young daughter at bedtime one night (you have to grab reading time where you can!) and the next day she requested it again.