Georgian England, 1789. Under a cloud of scandal, Henrietta Lightfoot flees her home at Melmouth Park. She has little money and no worthwhile talents, for what use is a neat stitch and a pretty voice outside the drawing room? Without family support, her only hope of survival lies with the dashing but elusive Lord Allenham...
In a desperate quest to find him, Henrietta embarks on a journey through London’s debauched and glittering underworld, where she discovers more about her own mysterious past than she could have imagined. With the aid of new-found skills at the card table and on the stage, will Henrietta be able to turn her life around to become mistress of her fate?
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Rollicking good read...A remarkable picture of a fascinating age which combined extraordinary bawdiness with silky sophistication (think Hogarth and Gainsborough) - Daily Express
A full-blooded historical romp - two parts Lizzie Bennett and Tom Jones's Sophia Western to one part Moll Flanders - with a splash of Fanny Hill - Independent
A vibrant coming of age story...ricochets with bawdy energy, witty observation and rollicking pace between brothels, theatres and the corridors of political power. Lots of fun - Easy Living
The first instalment in Hallie Rubenhold’s sparking 18th-century fictional memoir series, This enticing novel, written with charm and originality, is full of period detail and historical insight - The Good Book Guide
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Hallie Rubenhold is an historian and expert on ordinary women's lives in the 18th century. She is the author of COVENT GARDEN LADIES, which tells the true story of 18th century London's prostitutes. Rubenhold has also selected from and introduced HARRIS'S LIST, the original bestselling directory in which Georgian London's ladies of the night were listed. Find out more about MISTRESS OF MY FATE, COVENT GARDEN LADIES and HARRIS'S LIST at www.henriettalightfoot.co.uk and www.hallierubenhold.com