The Disgrace of Kitty Grey by Mary Hooper

Cover of Mary Hooper's The Disgrace of Kitty Grey

Official blurb: Kitty is living a happy, carefree life as a dairymaid in the countryside. The grand family she is employed by looks after her well, and she loves her trade, caring for the gentle cows and working in the cool, calm dairy. And then, of course, there is Will, the river man who she thinks is very fond of her, and indeed she is of him. Surely he will ask her to marry him soon?

Review: Mary Hooper is  one of my favourite historical writers (I haven’t read any of her contemporaries, but I really must add them to my list) and I loved this just as much as the others I’ve read (Fallen Grace, At the Sign of the Sugared Plum and At the House of the Magician – all of which I’d recommend).

The Disgrace of Kitty Grey was a rich and involving pleasure to read.  The characters were realistic and I cared that they should get a happy ending.  There were a couple of places where I wanted to shout a warning to Kitty since, with the benefit of a modern viewpoint, I could see what was going to happen.

I did wonder if we were going to get a romantic happy ending because I couldn’t see how that was going to be possible at one point, but Hooper did a great job and I loved the resolution of the novel.

5 out of 5 piranhas

piranha stars turquoise 5

Katy Haye

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