All ladies of the Regency, if they could at all afford one, had a ladyâ€™s maid, a
personal servant who attended her every day. Characteristics of a good ladyâ€™s
maid included â€śgreat neatness, skill, and taste, as well as discretion and
cleverness.â€ť Many such maids â€śreceived special training so as to enable them to
acquire a certain level of knowledge before entering the unique field of caring
for a mistress.â€ť Her main duties were to see to her mistressâ€™s clothes, help her
choose outfits, fix her hair, keep all clothing laundered, shoes cleaned and all
items in good repair, know how to sew and mend, and bring her mistress early
breakfast in her bedroom if she desired. Her focus was always on her mistress to
assure that when she went out into Society, she presented a flawless appearance.
Other important duties of the ladyâ€™s maid, according to Geri Walton, were
â€śmedical tasks, hair brushing, and money matters.â€ť She might be called upon to
change bandages or apply leeches. In addition to creating her mistressesâ€™
coiffures, she was in charge of brushing her hair each night to keep it healthy
and in good order. A ladyâ€™s maid also made sure that bills form tradesmen were
paid in good order, but that was the only instance of money matters in which she
At the top of the servant pyramid, a ladyâ€™s maid often received compensation
beyond her quarterly salary. She would have traveled whenever her mistress did,
this being one of the perks of the position, as was her bed and board. The
status of the position was an inducement as well. When visiting other
households, the ladyâ€™s maid would take the status of her mistress. At home, she
was considered above the other servants, with the highest status save only the
butler and the gentlemanâ€™s gentleman.
French maids were highly prized, as were French dressmakers, for their fashion
sense. In HEART OF
DELIGHT, Gabriella has been hired by an English countess and traveled back
to England with her. She had a very desirable skill set, having been a modiste
in France. Therefore, she is able to not only attend to her mistressesâ€™ outfits,
but is able to create them as well. Of course, Gabriella takes the position of
ladyâ€™s maid for purposes other than employment. She wants to travel to England
to seek out the powerful Duke of Rother, for reasons of her own.
Jenna Jaxon is a best-selling, multi-published author of historical romance
in periods ranging from medieval to Victorian. She has been reading and writing
historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, she has always
loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise. She tries to
incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She lives in Virginia
with her family and two rambunctious cats, Marmalade and Suger. When not reading
or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local
theatres as a director. She often feels she is directing her characters on their
own private stage.
Jenna is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America and is very active in
Chesapeake Romance Writers, her local chapter of RWA.
She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts
she just canâ€™t stop.
Handful of Hearts
Heâ€™ll do anything to be her heartâ€™s delightâ€”except tell the truth.
Gabriella dâ€™Adventure is on a mission. She has come to England as a ladyâ€™s maid
in pursuit of the Duke of Rother. When she meets Horace Carpenter, valet to a
marquess, she is delighted to enlist his aid in gaining her heartâ€™s desire: a
meeting with the duke. But will her growing feelings for the handsome valet
interfere with her plans for the duke?
The eccentric Marquess of Halford, Hal to his friends, is tired of the demands
of Society, especially his fatherâ€™s decree that he marry this Season. When a
breathtaking young woman intrudes on his solitude, he is captivated and
introduces himself as his valet in hopes of learning more about her. Despite his
fear about the true motive behind Gabriellaâ€™s quest to meet the Duke of Rother,
Hal agrees to help her gain an audience with him, all the while praying his
deception wonâ€™t ruin his chances of winning her love.
[Author Self-Published, On Sale: September 20,
2016, e-Book, / ]
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