Judith has been reading The Mistress Of Blackstairs by Catherine Curzon
Although the story has a slow start for me, I thoroughly enjoyed this book once I persevered. Catherine Curzon has obviously researched the era well and I do like her style of writing.
The characters come alive on the page with the excellent, drip-fed descriptions of their appearances. Even minor characters are well rounded and easily envisaged. I especially liked the many layered portrayal of the protagonist, Georgina Radcliffe aka Madam Moineau whose back story is revealed in a steady and interesting style throughout. And her foster daughter, Molly, shown to be a child of the streets, behaves just as I would expect; living where and how she exists. Interestingly she is portrayed with a mixture of pathos and humour. Anthony Lake; an empathetic and charming character, even though shown…