I am a huge fan of Mary Hooper and couldn’t wait to read her latest novel ‘The Disgrace of Kitty Grey’.
The story begins in Devon where Kitty works as a dairy maid at Bridgeford Hall. She clearly loves her job and speaks affectionately of her cows and dairy. She looks up to the young ladies of the household and is eager to please them. She is also in love with Will the local river keeper and is sure that he will propose to her. However, one day Will disappears and Kitty is certain that he has gone to London to try and earn more money. She is shocked and upset that he would desert her and jumps at the chance to go to London on behalf of her mistress to fetch a new book from a publishing house, in the hope that she can also track Will down. London, however, is not at all what Kitty imagined and she soon finds herself trapped in a ruthless city with little money. Will she find Will and manage to make it back to Devon?
Kitty is a wonderful heroine and tries her best in every situation, I felt so sorry for her at times as everything seems to go wrong. Mary Hooper is brilliant writer and the descriptions of early nineteenth century London are vividly brought to life complete with all of the sights, sounds and smells. There are also a number of issues covered which were prominent at the time, such as the justice system and prisons. I found this book addictive to read and finished it in one sitting.
I loved this novel and would recommend it for fans of historical fiction. I also thought that the cover is beautiful.
Thank you to Bloomsbury for sending me a copy to review.