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A Girl Called Foote

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Young Jonathan Clyde causes mischief for everyone at Whitehall, the stately home of his privileged ancestors. As he matures, however, he comes to despise the vanity and conceit surrounding him.

Misfortune requires Lydia Smythe, an exceptionally clever farmers daughter, to seek employment at Whitehall. As a parlor maid, she feels stifled and harried by those over her.
Paperback, 390 pages
Published May 7th 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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John Smeby
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As an educator, my reading "season" is during the summer. This season, I began with "Foote". Due in part with my fascination with the story I was done in 5 days, and am now looking forward to either the sequel, the movie, or simply the next offering from this up and coming author, A.E. Walnofer. An engrossing tale of family, identity and love, it reminded me of both Titanic and Romeo and Juliet, but with a decidedly more human element. The story, more than anything is a microcosm of life, where ...more
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub-reads
I really enjoyed this book. Every time I put it down to get some work done, it left me with a pressing feeling to go and pick it back up. To me that is a sign of a good book. I felt like I was a fly on the wall watching these people live their lives, it really drew me in. I like how I was able to listen to the thoughts of everyone, and it was a great reminder about how we just don't fully know the lives and feelings of others. So much gets misinterpreted when we always assume we know what ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can't help but grow to love the two protagonists in this surprising story. Jonathan Clyde starts out as a mischievous entitled brat, but we watch him mature into an admirable British gentleman. Lydia Smythe impresses from the beginning as a precocious and perceptive seven-year-old. She becomes even more so as she grows into a witty, hard-working young woman. Both must deal with family tragedies at a young age, and both face their hardships head on.

Jonathan's family estate, Whitehall, has two
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was reccomended to me by Rachelle.....thank you. I found this story to my liking, as the characters were not portrayed as "beautiful", but as real as they could be. I knew going into the story what the possible outcome was going to be, but yet I enjoyed the saga of Lydia and her knowing who she was and remaining true to herself. A fun read, and a good romance story without "all that other stuff" thrown in. Thanks to the author for writing a moral romance story.
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel is both beautifully written and entertaining. Refreshingly earthy and human, yet fittingly sophisticated and real to the setting. I appreciate the originality of the story, the realness of the characters, and the entertaining-yet-thought-provoking plot line. I would highly recommend this novel, it is a wonderful read and a good edition to any library.
wanda kay
i started your book, 'a girl called foote', on a saturday afternoon and literally didn't put it down unless i had to eat.
absolutely loooooved it!!
Lona Manning
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like romantic literary fiction
The title of this book piqued my interest so I checked out the free sample and was immediately struck by the verve and power of Walnofer's prose. This is a fresh treatment of the familiar Upstairs/Downstairs romance which avoids the cliches of the genre. The heroine does not have unruly curls forever escaping the confines of her mob cap, or eyes spaced a little too widely for true beauty. Her problem is she knows she looks terrible in her mob cap and she has trouble keeping it on! She is in fact ...more
Nina DuBois
I received a copy of this book as part of a goodreads giveaway.

A Girl Called Foote was a refreshing historical tale of a girl renamed Foote having to enter a life of servitude once the upkeep of her family farm dwindled. There she a servant to the Clyde family.

I really liked Lydia/Foote. She is a farmers daughter and is very smart, having been able to read sophisticated books at such a young age. She always carries herself in a confident manner and is quite clever. Despite having to go into
Margaret Watkins
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A gentle, heart-warming story of two young people from different backgrounds, but with an appreciation of the absurdities of life. Lydia, a farmer's daughter, finds herself in service to a family that is struggling to maintain a facade of respectability in spite of their dwindling resources. Jonathan, on the other hand, is full of mischief but at the first hurdle he has to cross as the new baron, he takes a stand and refuses to bow down to the demands made by his pretentious mother. Although the ...more
Jean Holtof
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent first book for A E Walnofer, well done. This story was a refreshing depiction of 19th Century English life. The writing style is clear and engaging using the different characters' perspectives. I enjoyed the witty dialogue and the use of drawings and poems to communicate between Jonathon and Foote. I also loved the colourful characters, the Lady was classic. There was a lot of depth displayed in the writing of various scenes, a very poignant one of the elderly servant dying. A very ...more
Rebecca L.
A Girl Called Foote was such an excellent book that I couldnt put it down. The main plot line of the story deals with an upstairs/ downstairs romance - but there is so much more to it than that. The prose is finely crafted and the characters seem to jump off the page and come to life. The author doesnt shy away from the harsh reality of Victorian life. I was fascinated by the lives of the servants and found myself weeping at one particularly poignant death. If you enjoy well- written, clean, ...more
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unique story from several different POVs. It was refreshing to read about the less-than-perfect lives of the aristocracy. Each character is dealing with something different and sorting out how to manage or even just survive. The most stark issues around the power of money and societal rank and expectations dictated the roles of many characters. As the story progressed, themes of empathy and being true to yourself while contributing to the greater good also emerged. It was the novels title that ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. The reasons I downloaded 'The Girl Called Foote' is its intriguing title and cover.
And then I really enjoy reading the book, since the story and characters are very interesting. The way you write astonishing me. I rarely found book with words, phrases, and sentences like 'The Girl Called Foote'.
Even if (yet I really hope not) Jonathan didn't marry Lidya, the story line is still awesome.
The author is an excellent writer, keep writing dear.
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I really enjoyed this. I liked the way each chapter was from the perspective of a different character. Most of the characters were quite likeable. Perhaps a little too idealistic at the end and some characters (like Jonathan's mother) seemed to disappear a little too easily/conveniently from the main plot. Still a good read, I thought.
Anne Marie
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
*Disclaimer - I received a free copy of "A Girl Called Foote" through the GoodReads First Reads Giveaway program.*

I was pleasantly surprised to win a copy of A.E. Walnofer's "A Girl Called Foote" through GoodReads, and was delighted to discover that it is an excellent book. The hero (Sir Jonathan) and heroine (Lydia, renamed "Foote" by her employer) are well-developed, likable characters. As a bit of a bookworm myself, I adored Lydia from the start - she is intelligent, spirited, and quite
Christine Fortier
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway-s
I am a Goodreads winner of:
A Girl Called Foote
Historical Fiction
By A E Walnofer

This is a coming of age story about a girl who goes into service to assist in her families financial needs after her father passes away. The oldest son of the privileged family into which Lydia went into service; Jonathan, takes notice of Lydia's ability to read and her cleverness in writing and they begin a unique clandestine relationship.

I really enjoyed this delightful story. Quite a change from my usual
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it

Full review at the link above.

I bought this book for just $.99 on Kindle one day because I saw it on a list of underrated Indie Books somewhere online. I was in need of something vastly different because Id read Queen of Shadows and The Beginning of Everything which blew all fantasy and contemporaries out of the water. Thus the reason I picked up this cute little historical fiction. Im so very glad I did because it was a great book! I havent read much YA
Tony Parsons
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
1640-1697, England. Lydia Smythe (18, aka Foote) left her family behind to become a parlor maid at Whitehall (Plimridge, Bevelshire, England).
She reports to Dorothea Smith (housekeeper)
Lydia later meets Samuel Glaser (Grounds man), Pryor (Valet/Butler), & Cook (the head cook).
Johnathan Clyde (19) catches Lydia reading exclusive books of that time era.

What will become of those 2?

I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books
Blake Farron
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Historical fiction is definitely not my cup of tea, but sometimes I find a good one that I actually quite like, and A Girl Called Foote is one of those examples. The beginning was rather slow, and I admit I thought I wouldn't like it. But I was proved wrong. Lydia and Jonathon were both excellent characters, well written and very easy to like. At first I wasn't so keen on Jonathon and only cared for Lydia, but Jonathon definitely grew on me over time. I loved the iteractions between the two of ...more
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2015 Reading Challenge

- A book published this year
- A book by a female author
- A book set in a different country
- A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit
- A book by an author you've never read before

I found this on my Nook for free. Due to other free books that I have read I kept my expectation low, but this was a nice surprise.

A period romance that didn't feel too forced and wasn't cloying. I like the characters and enjoyed the story. A young girl is forced into service for a wealthy
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free in return for my honest opinion.

I would like to say how much I enjoyed this book. The characters were instantly likeable, even the ones that weren't likeable were easily "unlikeable". Lydia's story was well told and I would like to add that one of the things I liked most was when the author let us in on the characters private thoughts. I could almost see the drawings in my mind that Johnathan drew them. I loved the ending and giggled aloud when reading it.

I will
Cheryl Unger
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
We chose this book for our book club and I was glad we did. It was not a book I would normally choose first, but I became completely engrossed in the the characters and their lives. I really enjoyed the story and how it wove history with a touching love story. The characters were believable and the details brought the story to life. If you enjoy historical fiction, I would highly recommend this book!
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways-won
I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

I absolutely LOVED it! I couldn't put it down. It is a great coming of age story that both young adults and adults would enjoy. I felt liked I jumped back in time while reading this book. It's a very clever, witty book that was very well written. I'd definitely recommend it and I am looking forward to more of the authors novels in the future. I'm hoping for a sequel to this story! :)
Tammy Buchli
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A really charming historical romance. I loved the protagonists as well as most of the secondary characters (plus a few I loved to hate, which is always fun, too), and really enjoyed the structure of the novel which used multiple perspectives to follow the characters from childhood to early adulthood. And I absolutely adored the ending, which set the usual historical romance happy-ever-after on its head. Highly recommended!
Debora Baird
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fast, engaging read, but by the end, I realized the author didn't quite know what to do with it and I was disappointed by the somewhat abrupt ending. Still, I enjoyed reading it and was drawn into the characters through the short glimpses into their thoughts in the various vignettes. Reminiscent of Downton Abby and totally clean!
Brandon Barr
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful prose! A.E Walnofer's characters are witty and real, and they come to life in a rich 18th century English setting fraught with the mundane dilemma's of both the wealthy and the servant class. Highly recommended for readers who love a good historical novel that sweeps you back to that place and time and puts you into the lives of characters you wish you could meet.
A.E. Walnofer
Dec 28, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
" will find writing that is clever and witty, with a polish that is unusual in self-published works. The characters inspire empathy, the romance feels pure and true, and the story itself is perfectly paced." --Portland Book Review, four out of five stars
Nancy Scannell
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story captures the everyday life of a variety of characters in England centuries ago. This novel is both beautifully written and entertaining. I'd definitely recommend it and I am looking forward to more of the authors novels in the future. I'm hoping for a sequel to this story!
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was populated by characters that I will miss now that I have finished the book.
Abby Leboff
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! A wonderfully written story that takes you back into the era of Jane Eyre. I was captivated with the young woman's journey filled with obstacles, romance and self-awareness.
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