The Blanket Hornpipe by Fusty Luggs
(Pompey Saga #1)
Genres: Historical, Humour,
May Miller is a hard as bloody nails, ruddy, slum dweller. Well, that’s Emily’s opinion. Emily is a trollop and a thief. That’s not just May’s opinion. Dolly (cook at Fairview House) and Joseph (gardener), agree.
Miss Miller works for Mr and Mrs Spritely. May replaces their previous maid, who found herself in a ‘delicate condition’. Unmarried too! But that’s another story. …
The Blanket Hornpipe, book one in the black comedy, The Pompey Saga series, straddles the ebbing Victorian and incoming Edwardian period.
She was just a docker’s daughter,
Her living earned on The Hard.
But though mud larks are called filthy,
With that brush, she’d not be tarred.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
The Blanket Hornpipe was a cleverly crafted novel which gave both a humorous saucy and sadly realistic portrayal of Victorian life.
All too often there are novels that highlight all the romantic notions we tend to associate with Victorian lifestyles and the inner workings of Victorian households. Maybe forbidden love affairs between master and servant, or arranged marriages that result in undying love. Whilst these are great stories, The Blanket Hornpipe goes a step further giving a unique and realistic story of a number of different characters.
I really enjoyed reading of the struggles that character May had to go through in order to increase her earnings so that she could one day run her own flower business, and despite being saddened that her innocence and vulnerability made her prey to a man who took advantage of her, I really admired how she was determined not to let her circumstances get the better of her and used the men’s desire for her for her own personal gain.
I also liked how this novel showed the more likely aspects of servant life in the Victorian era. Maids were often taken advantage of, and couldn’t do anything without risking their reputation further. It was a clever angle that the author chose to look at this issue, and it was well contrasted with the humour and saucy chapters that gave the novel some light relief from the darker aspects.
I really enjoyed this book and would have given it 5 stars, but there were a number of spelling and grammatical errors that need to be nipped in the bud. Overall it was a well researched, and cleverly written book, an intriguing and saucy read and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for something that looks at Victorian life at a different angle and enjoys some humour and erotica thrown in.
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