Book Review

‘Mistress of My Fate’ by Hallie Rubenhold

momf hrSTORY: Set during a period of revolution and turmoil, Mistress of My Fate is the first book in a trilogy about Henrietta Lightfoot, a young woman who was abandoned as a baby and raised alongside her cousins, noble children of a lord and lady.

At just sixteen years old, circumstance and a passionate love affair tear Henrietta away from everything she knows, leading to a new life fending for herself on the streets of 18th century London as a courtesan, gambler, and spirited intellect of the city.

REVIEW: This was one of those books that I’d start reading and after a dozen pages I’d start dozing off. That went on for a very long time. I just couldn’t get into it. It took me forever (years) to finish this story. Clocking at 464 pages I’d say it is unnecessarily this long.

The story is told well but the slow pace made it tedious and uneventful. That said, I believe that some of my friends might like it, especially the setting and the over dramatic plot.

I did appreciate the heroine’s character growth. It was satisfying to watch her grow from an innocent, naïve girl into a woman that realizes and accepts herself for what she is, a courtesan in high demand.

Again, I believe I would have enjoyed it more if the pace was faster and if it wasn’t written in a first person narrative.

Melanie for b2b

Gift copy provided by the publisher


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