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Subject: 2012 Life and Times Choice Discussion
Date Posted: 1/1/2012 6:26 AM ET
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Date Posted: 1/22/2012 12:34 PM ET
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Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor by Rosina Harrison

 I was interested in learning about what it was like to be a servant to a woman of power.  Rosina Harrison’s book was interesting but I found it more interesting in the beginning, when it was about her as she began her life in service as a junior lady’s maid to her rise to lady’s maid.  I wanted to hear more about her duties and her travels.  I really did really care about Lady Astor so much but that’s what this book is ultimately about, and it really doesn’t give much insight to Lady Astor either.  She was not a very pleasant person and I didn’t see that she had that many redeeming qualities.  By the end of the book I just wanted to get through with it.  I would have stopped reading about 1/3 through but I had received this copy for review and I didn’t want to leave it unfinished.   

So if you’re interested in Lady Astor then this might be of interest to you, if you are like me and wanted an insight into a servant’s life I would pass.   It wasn’t a waste of time but I am certain there are other books out there that would be more useful.   2 stars