A Pearl for My Mistress

A Pearl for My Mistress

by Annabel Fielding

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ISBN-13: 9780008271169
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/09/2017
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
File size: 621 KB

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A Pearl for My Mistress 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
Insightful, exceptionally researched, and richly descriptive! A Pearl for My Mistress takes us back to the 1930s, the interwar period, and gives an in-depth look into the formation of the British far-right movement and Germany's influence and infiltration of British politics and high society. The prose is fervent and captivating. The main characters include the scarred, loyal, enamored Hester and the bold, independent, resourceful Lucy. And the plot unfolds chronologically with a nice mix of historical events, intriguing fiction, social strife, forbidden love, political manipulation, and heartfelt emotion that keeps the story flowing from start to finish. A Pearl for My Mistress is a well written, fascinating novel that highlights Fielding's incredible knowledge and enormous passion for a period of time that is often forgotten and overlooked.
AliTheDragonSlayer More than 1 year ago
Annabel approached me on Twitter and asked if I would like to read/review A Pearl for My Mistress, one look at the enchanting cover and the era it was set in made me leap at the chance. I expected a fairly sedate, coy romance with a backdrop of impending war but there is so much depth to this novel it will be hard to do it justice. The writing is fluent and extremely informative. I found myself absorbed by so many things ranging from the debutantes, the jazz scene, politics, the aristocracy as well as diversity. There is a lesbian relationship which for this era is ‘forbidden love’. The actual basis of young Hester leaving her northern home to work in London as a ladies maid to Lucy is simply the beginning of the adventure. She is keen to spread her wings and is entranced by Lucy. When it becomes clear Lucy is involved in some shady situations it’s a test on love, loyalty and commonsense. The vast difference in upbringing between the two proves to Hester that it’s the upper class that have the advantage. I liked both of these characters, but it was probably all the historical facts that kept me most entertained. This is a slow, lengthy book that needs to be digested as you progress in order to understand and retain all the information. There is no doubt Annabel has researched thoroughly and produced a story that will be enjoyed by historical and romance fans alike. It is the first book I have read by her and I will be checking out her work in future. Many thanks to the author, publisher and netgalley for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
I love, love, love pretty covers, and Annabel Fielding's A Pearl for My Mistress has one of the prettiest covers I've seen in the last few months. It gives a historical fiction feel, and better yet, it has an eye-catching tagline: "Forbidden passion in the shadow of war..." Intriguing, right?! The result? Lush, romantic, and beautifully written, A Pearl for My Mistress brings to life a part of history that is not often discussed. There's a lot to enjoy about A Pearl for My Mistress. One of the parts I found to be the most interesting was the level of history Annabel Fielding included. A great deal of this book involves Lady Lucy not only investigating and reporting on on the fascist movement in England lead by Oswald Mosley but also becoming involved in the affairs of the British Union of Fascists (BUF). I love history, but this area was surprisingly something I knew very little about. I thought Annabel did a great job of bringing this time to life, and more importantly, I liked how she showed two sides it: Lady Lucy who was in most sense all for the Fascist movement and Hester who was in most ways against it. It evened out the book well, and it also cased for some interesting drama between the two leading characters, especially as Lucy became more and more intertwined within the movement. In addition to history, Annabel Fielding also did a great job of establishing the setting in A Pearl for My Mistress. From the tumbling and sprawling Northern Estate of Lady Lucy's family to mystery and intrigue found in London's streets and houses, each setting was beautifully depicted it. It was easy to feel as if I was right there with Hester and Lady Lucy, and I loved that feeling. Now for the characters....I found Hester and Lady Lucy to be interesting. Hester was very used to having a simple life, and through having Lady Lucy as her mistress, Hester got just that: a place to live, books to read, and a handful of people to call friends. Additionally, Hester was incredibly steadfast to Lucy, to her sister Sophia, and to the people she became friends with as the novel progressed. I admired this loyalty and devoutness Hester possessed, but at the same time, sometimes I wish she would have more feistiness in her, to call out Lucy and her sister when they were being ridiculous. Lady Lucy, on the other hand, was someone who appeared physically weak, but mentally she was anything but that. Lucy was cunning, conniving, and incredibly strong-willed I couldn't always predict her actions, and I liked that about her, because sometimes you just need the unpredictability. Bringing Lucy and Hester together in a romantic sense brought about an interesting dynamic. Often times I had a hard time distinguishing if it was in fact "true love" or nearly a power play on Lucy's part, and that caused for some interesting suspense as well as surprise as the novel progressed. However, I did have one problem with the characters: I just could not connect to them. Don't get me wrong I liked them and I enjoyed getting to know them better. But I never really felt a grand connection, never really came to love them or be able to call them a "favorite," but still to all their own...I'm sure many readers will be able to connect to them easily! In all, A Pearl for My Mistress is an elegant read, prefect for history fanatics who are looking to get lost in another time! I look forward to seeing what Annabel writes about next.