The Lady's Maid

The Lady's Maid

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Elise Finster and her British mistress, Lady Anne, are searching for the new but missing earl of Stoneford. Determined to follow David Stone's somewhat cold trail leading to Oregon, the greenhorns secure livestock and supplies to join a wagon train. Will the ladies succeed in their quest or succumb to the malfeasance of the mysterious man dogging their heels?
Publisher: Uhrichsville, Ohio :, Barbour Publishing,, [2011].
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781616264390
Branch Call Number: LC DLC
Characteristics: 318 pages ;,22 cm.

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TomHoy
Jan 23, 2020

amazon.com Customer reviews 4.6 out of 5 stars

"Well-written, fun story."
Awell-written story that explores themes of forgiveness, first impressions, and second chances. I loved that this book is not about the typical protagonist-the “lady,” but rather about the servant (Elise) who might otherwise be overlooked. I also liked that Elise is in her late 30’s, a mature character whom I am able to relate to. I cannot imagine the difficulties of crossing America in a covered wagon, yet Elise and her employer, Lady Anne had the gumption to try it. Eb and Rob are good men, rough-and-ready as trail leaders, yet sensitive enough to care for the women and children on the trip. The dialogue was realistic, and there were several “hair-raising” incidents that added depth to the journey. Messages of God’s love, acceptance, and salvation are subtly woven throughout the story without being preachy.
"Enjoyed it."
I enjoyed reading about Anne's and Elise' s adventurous journey, but I was disappointed when the book ended. The reader is left hanging. In order to find out how the story ends one must read book 2 in the series. This book does not stand alone. I would have rated it higher were it not for this fact.
"A delightful story and an enjoyable read."
A delightful story with exciting adventures and intrigue and I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series. While this book ends with the mystery of the missing uncle not actualy solved, it doesn't really qualify as a cliff-hanger and is not a prerequisite to starting with the next book in the series. I loved this book for its clean, sweet romance, and at least enough credible mention of our Creator to satisfy my desire to honor YaHoVah in all that I do and am. I really enjoyed reading "The Lady's Maid" and highly recommend it to all who love sweet, clean romance.
"A definite page turner!"
The character development and plot detail in this book are incredible. The extensive research the author did is obvious and she has a way of describing these details without droning on as many an author is known to do. Truly I felt as though I had a better feeling for what life on the Oregon Trail had to have been like than if I had been reading a work of non-fiction. Don't let that detail make you believe that there is less story-line as a result! Although it could be considered a romance novel, this book truly an adventure, history and mystery novel all wrapped into one. I believe I have found my new favorite author and I'm looking forward to many more of her books!
"You won't regret reading it!"
Everything about this story shouts "woman empowerment". Starting out as two dainty ladies on a quest from England to Saint Louis, Missouri, Elise and Anne traverse a wagon trail headed to Oregon. It's a fascinating journey full of human folly; greed; generosity; and of course, love. The historical element is laced with humor.
I'm not perfect but this book has many errors. Still, I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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