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The Wet Nurse's Tale by Erica Eisdorfer
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Aug 04, 2011

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Erica Eisdorfer introduces readers to Susan Rose, an unconventionally engaging heroine who is anything but perfect: she's plump, promiscuous, cunning and most of all -unwilling to accept the simple Victorian life given to her. When Susan ends up in the home of a madwoman, she is forced to find a way to keep her child while finding the means to survive.

After Susan is forced to leave her position as a maid at the nearby "Great House" due to her pregnancy (and the fact that she wasn't married), she falls into the role of a wet nurse, like her mother before her. Susan is sent away to nurse a wealthy woman's children and discovers what life is like on her well as how deep class prejudices in Victorian England run.

Written in an entertaining, light-hearted new voice, The Wet Nurse's Tale is a simple, yet compelling story that draws you completely into the world of an easily lovable heroine. While the plot itself feels flat, predictable and a little bit disjointed, Susan's character development and unconventional ways will pull readers in and leave them looking for more.

While this isn't an amazing book, it's a simple, easy read and provides a fascinating window into the world of motherhood.

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