The Kitchen Maid

The Kitchen Maid

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Jenny is determined to make her own way in the world, and she secures a job as the kitchen maid in a grand house in Beverley. She gradually gains the attention of Christy, the young master of the house, and they fall in love.But slowly their hopes and dreams turn to nightmares and culminate in a scandal which will force Jenny to leave Beverley and everything she knows. Cast aside by her own family, and all alone in the world, Jenny has to rely on her ailing aunt Agnes, who was banished from the family many years before.Living with Agnes and her husband Stephen St John Laslett, she learns that Stephen's wealthy family have disowned him and they have to eke out a meagre living on their small farm. Times are hard, and as Agnes grows weaker, she asks Stephen to make her an unusual promise, one that will affect the rest of Jenny's life. Jenny the kitchen maid becomes the mistress of Laslett Hall, and although she tries to fit in with the world that she now inhabits, she never forgets the words that the gypsy told her: that one day she will return to where she was once happy - and there Jenny will find her true love.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 102 x 176 x 44mm | 281.23g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 055215217X
  • 9780552152174
  • 344,653

Review quote

"'A good romance with plenty of twists and turns'" Bradford Telegraph & Argusshow more

About Val Wood

Valerie Wood was born in Yorkshire and now lives in a village near the east coast. She is the author of twelve novels, including The Hungry Tide, winner of the Catherine Cookson Prize for Fiction, Annie, Children of the Tide, The Romany Girl, Emily, Going Home, Rosa's Island, The Doorstep Girls and Far From Home, all of which are available in Corgi paperback. Find out more about Valerie Wood's novels by visiting her website on www.valeriewood.co.uk.show more

Back cover copy

Jenny is determined to make her own way in the world, and she secures a job as the kitchen maid in a grand house in Beverley.She gradually gains the attention of Christy, the young master of the house, and they fall in love.But slowly their hopes and dreams turn to nightmares and culminate in a scandal which will force Jenny to leave Beverley and everything she knows. Cast aside by her own family, and all alone in the world, Jenny has to rely on her ailing aunt Agnes, who was banished from the family many years before.Living with Agnes and her husband Stephen St John Laslett, she learns that Stephen's wealthy family have disowned him and they have to eke out a meagre living on their small farm. Times are hard, and as Agnes grows weaker, she asks Stephen to make her an unusual promise, one that will affect the rest of Jenny's life.Jenny the kitchen maid becomes the mistress of Laslett Hall, and although she tries to fit in with world that she now inhabits, she never forgets the words that the gypsy told her: that one day she will return to where she was once happy - and there Jenny will find her true love. By the ever-popular author of the Catherine Cookson Prize for Fiction.show more

Review Text

"'A good romance with plenty of twists and turns'"show more

Rating details

172 ratings
4.23 out of 5 stars
5 52% (90)
4 26% (45)
3 15% (26)
2 5% (9)
1 1% (2)
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