A must-read for all fans of Downton Abbey, A Girl Called foot is a masterful glimpse into the world below stairs and above. A.E. Walnofer gives readers that the feeling of both rich and poor equally having their own set of triumphs and heartaches.
Young Jonathan Clyde causes mischief for everyone at Whitehall, the stately home of his privileged ancestors. As he matures, however, he comes to despise the vanity and conceit surrounding him.
Misfortune requires Lydia Smythe, an exceptionally clever farmer’s daughter, to seek employment at Whitehall. As a parlor maid, she feels stifled and harried by those over her. Still, she refuses to relinquish her independent mind and spirit.
From the moment Jonathan catches Lydia reading the books she is supposed to be dusting, he is intrigued by this unusual servant. Thus begins a clandestine relationship that is simultaneously amusing, confusing and enlightening. Just as it is evolving into something neither of them expected, an unforeseen truth comes to light, and the two wonder if their unconventional bond will be forever lost.
Set in England in the mid-eighteen hundreds, A Girl Called Foote is the coming-of-age story of two similarly impressive people leading very different lives.
One of my favorite things about this book was the way that it weaved in all walks of life. “Foote” gives us that rare glimpse into not only working in the house, but having been educated and understanding that there can be more to life than good employment. The multi-layers views really made this an exceptional read!
For regular readers of my blog, I will let you know that this is more of a YA story… but do NOT let that deter you from grabbing a copy. I enjoy the break this gave me from my typical historical romance reading. It did still satisfy my love for a great historical fiction read. I hope you read A Girl Named Foote and enjoy it as much as I did.
About the Author
A.E. Walnofer spends weekdays mobilizing the soft tissue and synovial joints of patients, and weekends typing out stories that are incessantly brewing inside her head. There are lots of these tales and she hopes to share many more of them with you in the future.
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Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Thursday, May 7
Feature at Books In Their Natural Habitat
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