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  • Posted August 25, 2012

    The Lady's Maid, great historical fiction

    This book was a little bit slow starting for me, but after a while I started thoroughly enjoying the story. This is Oregon Trail/Wagon Train story with a twist. In this one, The Earl of Stoneford’s daughter, Lady Anne Stone and her Lady’s Maid Elise Finster is on the trail. Both ladies know nothing about cooking, or taking care of themselves for that matter. Scout Eb Bentley sees that right off, and does everything he can to try and stop them from joining the Wagon Train. After all, everyone needed to take care of themselves, and no one had the time to take care of two prissy ladies on the long Oregon Trail. But Anne was determined to find her uncle because he was next in line to be the Earl of Stoneford, and Anne wasn’t about to give up her inheritance without trying with all her might to find the next Earl.

    This was an interesting story to say the least. Just reading about these two ladies was a hoot at times. Susan Page Davis creates two quirky characters that you will grow to love, and sets them in a historical setting totally different than anything they have ever know, and probably totally different than anything you’ve ever read. And the outcome is very interesting and enjoyable. And I love the history throughout the story, giving readers like myself an enjoyable history lesson to go along with the interesting story.

    I highly recommend this book for your reading enjoyment, and especially if you are a history buff. The Lady’s Maid is truly a good, clean, fun, funny, witty read that will not disappoint.

    Thanks to Barbour Publishing for providing a copy of this book for me to read and review. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

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    Amazing Historical Detail!

    Lady's Maid, Elise Finster, is finding her mistress, Lady Anne Stone, in an unfortunate predicament. Unless Lady Anne is able to locate her Uncle David to inform him that he is the new Earl of the Stoneford estate, the property will fall into the hands of the crown. The last time the Stone family heard from her uncle was ten years ago, when he resided in the Missouri territory in America. Determined to find her uncle, Lady Anne and Elise set out for America. Their journey continues to send them farther west . . until they finally join a wagon train heading to the Oregon territory. Will these two refined ladies be able to handle the harsh trail, or will the rest of the company's skepticism prove true. . .that these women are just too refined for the trail west?
    Scout Eb Bentley isn't in favor of bringing the two high-class women into his wagon company. Yet . . . as these women begin to prove their worth, he can't deny the attraction he feels one of them.

    The Lady's Maid is impressive with its historical accuracy as it explores how refined women may have dealt with the harsh trail. As one who has studied the Oregon Trail, I found Susan Paige Davis's historical detail to be stunning.

    This story is definitely enjoyable, but it does seem bogged down with too much historical detail, that at times isn't used to the enhance the story. While each detail shows readers how difficult the Oregon Trail was for pioneers, it does little besides that. I feel like some of the details could have been used to create humor or raise the stakes, but they seemed to only remain stagnate.

    While Elise seemed to be a very well developed character, Lady Anne was not so much developed. I believe part of this is because Elise is always speaking for Anne. I understand Elise is older than Anne, but I think it made Anne come across as slightly unintelligent.

    I'm certain it wasn't an easy character-development balance for the writer, since the initial plot centers around Lady Anne, yet we stay in Elise's point of view through-out the entire novel. I think a few scenes in Lady Anne's point of view could have easily balanced out this story so that it continued to remain focused on the starting plot and helped to develop Lady Anne's character, while also keeping us engaged with Elise as the main character.

    Though I don't believe any of these things made for an un-enjoyable story, I do feel like they hindered it from what it could have been. That said, I truly did enjoy this story, and definitely recommend The Lady's Maid.

    I'm excited to read the next book in this series, especially since it focuses on Lady Anne as the main character!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Barbour Publishers, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

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    What a page-turner this novel proved to be! A proper lady from E

    What a page-turner this novel proved to be! A proper lady from England, along with her maid become part of a wagon train traveling across America as they search for a missing uncle. The vivid details pulled me into the story. Although delicate, the ladies decide that they will transform themselves into strong, capable pioneer women. They learn to drive a wagon with a team of mules, make edible biscuits over an outdoor fire, and sleep on the lumpy ground.

    I enjoyed watching the relationship between Lady Anne and Elise develop into friendship. I look forward to the next book in this series.

    Thank you to Barbour Books for my copy.

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  • Posted October 29, 2011


    THE LADY'S MAID (PRAIRIE DREAMS) by Susan Page Davis is an exciting beginning to a new series "Prairie Dreams" set in 1855 London and Oregon.This is the story of Lady Anne Stone(British mistress),her Lady's maid,Elise Finster,Scout Eb Bentley's,a wagon train,a search for Lady Anne's missing uncle the new Earl of Stoneford and their many adventures. It has love,faith,adventures,danger,romance,family, misunderstandings,friendships,hardships,secrets,and the desire to find a loved one. This is a fast paced story that will leave you wanting more and turning pages. A must read,while this is an inspirational romance story,it is not "preachy" but full of live's irony,faith and hardships. A great start to a new beginning not only in the lives of the characters but also in a new series. Received for review from the publisher. Details can be found at Barbour Books and My Book Addiction and More.

    **Coming in April 2012 Book 2 of Lady Anne's Quest (Prairie Dreams) Historical Romance**

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

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    From Pampered & Proper to Practical

    The Lady's Maid by Susan Page Davis Prairie Dreams Book 1 Lady Anne Stone has just lost her father, the Earl of Stoneford. Her cousin Randolph was ready to take the title and the fortune with it but they can do nothing until they know if her Uncle David is dead or alive. He was in America last they heard but that was ten years ago. Elise Finster is Anne's maid. She has worked for the family since she was sixteen. She now fears she will be looking for new employment. Lady Anne has a different plan though, to go to America and find Uncle David, who unbeknownst to Anne, has always held a special place in Elise's heart. The story is focused on Elise. Her struggles to treat Anne as a friend and not use her proper titles so they do not look wealthy and become targets and to keep her mistress safe in this rough and strange country. When they run into dead ends in St. Louis they head to Independence. The only bit of information they can find sends them on the Oregon Trail with a wagon train. They hire a man to help them, unknown to them that Thomas had been hired to follow them and find out about David. Ed Bentley, called Eb, is dead set against these high bred English women going with but his partner, Rob, disagrees. As they head down the trail both Anne and Elise learn the basics of cooking, cleaning and taking care of mules, even driving them. Susan writes in such ways that you are traveling along the Oregon trail with them, feeling the fears and frustrations as well as the joys. Seeing the beauty along the way as well. **Received through NetGalley for Review

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    Good clean read

    Review:The lady's Maid by Susan Page Davis
    4 STARS
    The Lady's Maid is well worth the time to read. It is adventours, western and romance in one. I hope their is a follow up book to see what happens next.
    Lady Anne Stone's father died and her mother years ago. She is left a small income but cannot keep the house and servants on it. She had two Uncles that would be in line for her fathers fortune and title. One uncle died last year and the youngest one David went to America 20 years ago. David would inherit but no one has heard from him in the past decade.
    Lady Anne decided her and her maid Elsie Finster would travel to America and find him.
    Elsie has been with the family for years and agrees to travel with her. Elsie has been her maid for years. Elsie at 40 years old and never been married. Anne is 20 and a very sheltered. She suffered from sea sickness the whole voyage. So when they heard her uncle might have gone to Oregon she did not want to take a boat their. So they decided not to let on that Anne came from money and title. They would travel with wagon train as friends.
    Someone had followed them from New York to St. Louis. The man they hired to drive the wagon train was spying on them.
    Elsie and Anne had no idea how to cook on fire or drive the wagons but they were learning and willing to learn to be more independant on the trip.
    Lot of young men on the wagon train were interested in Anne but she tried to treat them all the same.
    The scoutt E.B. did not want to ladies on the train especially those two greenhorns but he
    got close to Elsie.
    I really enjoyed watching Elsie and Anne to see how they grew and changed on the way west. Would like to know more about end of the journey. Was not ready to see them go.
    I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley.

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    British ladies head west

    When Lady Anne Stone's father dies, her uncle David Stone is in line to inherit the estate. The problem is he's gone missing. Last word from him came from St. Louis, Missouri. Anne is determined to find her uncle so she won't be left penniless. Anne and her lady's maid, Elise Finster, leave England and set off for America. Once there, they hear he set out west for Oregon to open a store. Elise and Anne secure a position in the next wagon train. Eb Bentley is a scout for the wagon train and doesn't think these two high-society ladies are going to be able to cut it on the trail. They begin to prove him wrong as they handle whatever needs come up and his doubt turns to admiration for these ladies...most especially one of the ladies. The trail west is a difficult journey and dangers lurk around every corner or perhaps in your own train. This was an interesting story. It certainly painted a picture of how difficult traveling the Oregon Trail would have been. The author does well with describing the journey. I definitely tasted the dust and felt the heat on my skin. I enjoyed getting to know all the characters. There is also a secondary story going on with Anne and several potential suitors. I enjoyed the whole mystery surrounding David Stone. Although it wasn't a page turner, overall I enjoyed the story. The Lady's Maid is book one in the Prairie Dreams Series. A thank you goes to Barbour for this complimentary copy for my review through Netgalley. Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Barbour Books (October 1, 2011) ISBN-10: 161626439X ISBN-13: 978-1616264390

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    Posted September 1, 2011

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