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Mistress of My Fate
30 January 2016
This is a delightfully melodramatic historical novel, featuring our – initially – naïve and innocent heroine, and narrator, Henrietta. Henrietta is raised with her cousins and is that favourite of all characters in historical novels, the poor relation. She is the meek little mouse next to her brash, confident and spoilt cousin, Lady Catherine. However, despite Henrietta’s lack of wealth or prospects, she manages to upstage Catherine by her beauty and angelic nature and, when Lady Catherine is about to marry the handsome George William Allenham, 2nd Baron Allenham of Herberton Park, his attraction to the lovely Henrietta unleashes a tragedy which results in Henrietta having to flee her relatives home.
What results is Henrietta’s metamorphosis from a shy and unsure young girl to a mistress and a courtesan. However, this novel is often quite tongue in cheek and there is not really a real sense of danger. Whatever befalls the hapless Henrietta she recounts clearly and she always manages to fall on her feet – despite shedding her scruples quite quickly as events unfold. What emerges is a fun, historical romp. This is the first in a trilogy and I look forward to reading on with Henrietta’s adventures in the next instalment.