Wow October already!
Well I went back on my word reading something with Faeries in it again! I'd ordered this book a while back from the library and it finally arrived. The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope it is a pretty good read although necessarily it won't be one of my all time favourites. It takes place in the Elizabethan Era so fans of literature taking place in that time period will like it.
I then went on to another old passion of mine, 19th century Egypt. It is a fictitious account of the real life person, Lady Gordon Duff’s maid who supposedly married an Egyptian while she was serving her lady in Egypt.
The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger.
<Lady Duff Gordon is the toast of Victorian London. But when her debilitating tuberculosis requires healthier climate, she and her lady's maid, Sally, set sail for Egypt. It is Sally who describes, with a mixture of wonder and trepidation, the odd menage marshalled by the resourceful Omar, which travels down the Nile to a new life in Luxor. When Lady Duff Gordon undoes her stays and takes to native dress, throwing herself into weekly salons, language lessons, excursions to the tombs, Sally too adapts to a new world, affording her heady and heartfelt freedoms never known before. But freedom is a luxury that a maid can ill-afford, and when Sally grasps more than her status entitles her to, she is brutally reminded that she is mistress of nothing.
In 1862, the real Lucie, Lady Duff Gordon, a well known writer and hostess, traveled to Egypt with her maid. Her letters form the basis for this historical novel.>