Rose: My Life In Service
In 1928, Rosina Harrison arrived at the illustrious household of the Astor family to take up her new position as personal maid to the infamously temperamental Lady Nancy Astor, who sat in Parliament, entertained royalty, and traveled the world. "She's not a lady as you would understand a lady" was the butler's ominous warning. But what no one expected was that the iron-wil...more
While it was a given that a person of her class would go into service, her dream was to travel. With the guidance of her mother she studied and trained so that she would be suited to the job of lady's maid in...more
It reads like something your grandmother would say, full of wise words, bizarre admonishments and fascinating insights into a time long p...more
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 i...more
This account by Lady Astor's maid painted an interesting picture of life in service, as well as an intimate look at the Astor family from her unique perspective. I enjoyed reading and learning more about this period of time in England. I had read Five Si...more
As the author points out, not many people have a desire to "go into service" these days. Once upon a time, being in service (as a lady's maid, butler, footman, or even a "lower" servant) was a desirable position. Having secure employment, with room, bo...more
I found this book and interesting book about Rose a lady's maid for 35 years to Lady Astor. I think I especially found it interesting because of my interest in the TV show, "Downton Abbey."
Rose recalls many memories of the Ast...more
This book piqued my interest because of my recent obsession with Downton Abbey. It is the memoir of Rose, lady's maid for 35 years to Lady Nancy Astor. This book reads as if you were sitting down for a conversation with Rose - she is frank and open about her opinions and feelings. Because of her honesty, she is able to portray a very realistic image of what life was like for the serving class in the early twentieth century.
I'm not sure wh...more
In 1928, Rosina Harrison arrived at the illustrious household of the Astor family to take up her new position as personal maid to the infamously temperamental Lady Nancy Astor, who sat in Parliament, entertained royalty, and traveled the world. "She's not a lady as you would understand a lady" was the butler's ominous warning. But what no one expected was that the iron-willed Lady Astor was about to meet her match in the no-nonsense, whip-smart girl from the country.
For 35 y...more
It is an intriguing book but I wish Rose had used a ghost writer as the stories are good but there is never enough meat in them. Nancy Astor was a fascinating character (she seems to have had a personal...more
She has since purchased many books based on: Downton Abbey.
I have four of them sitting at my house right now.
Some of them I couldn't even get through the first paragraph.
This was the least daunting.
It did have some parallels to Downton Abbey: the home being used during WWII, the flower show, class systems, etc.
It wasn't at all like a soap opera.
Which, let's face it, is kind of one of the reasons it's so popular and I'm counting...more
It is really worth a read if you enjoy Downton Abbey types of settings - I'm glad I picked it up at t...more
A colourful narrative charting not only the life of Lady Astor but also Rosina (her maid's) background history and also important key events of British history and the war.
Most of the book is about Rose describing her life as the lady's maid to Lady Astor, starting in 1928 and ending with Astor’s death in 1964. The beginning chapter presents the...more
I think the most interesting bits were not the discussion of the war or the talk of famous p...more
I love reading about the history of private lives and also read...more
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