Review: The Mistress of Nothing

Why I picked it: This book appears on my goodreads webpage all the time.  Targeted advertising at it's best!  I wonder how long it will stay there once I mark this book as 'read'.

Synopsis:  When Lady Duff Gordon, paragon of London society, departs for the hot, dry climate of Egypt to seek relief from her debilitating tuberculosis, her lady’s maid, Sally, doesn’t hesitate to leave the only world she has known in order to remain at her mistress’s side. As Sally gets farther and farther from home, she experiences freedoms she has never known—forgoing corsets and wearing native dress, learning Arabic, and having her first taste of romance.

But freedom is a luxury that a lady’s maid can ill afford, and when Sally’s newfound passion for life causes her to forget what she is entitled to, she is brutally reminded she is mistress of nothing. Ultimately she must choose her master and a way back home—or a way to an unknown future.

Based on the real lives of Lady Duff Gordon and her maid, The Mistress of Nothing is a lush, erotic, and compelling story about the power of race, class, and love

Type: Historical Fiction

Quick Take: Recommend - I loved this book.  I knew nothing about Lady Duff Gordon or her mistress and wanted to read about living on the Nile in the 1800's.  This is the mistresses story (Sally Naldrett) and it's quite a story, Sally's story is fiction but based on letters and documents from the time.

If your book club is looking for a historical fiction novel to read and discuss, I recommend this  book.  It's fast paced and you want to know how it ends.  Filled with so much to discuss!

Rating: 4/5 stars

Source: Personal Copy (iTunes audio)
Challenge: Historical Fiction Challenge, Audio Book Challenge
Country: England/Egypt

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