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Lady Rose's Daughter

Mrs. Humphry Ward

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"Julie Le Breton enchants almost everyone around her with her smart, charm, and excellent manners. She almost belongs to the English highest nobility, but just almost… Her parents, 2 aristocrats who ran away from England in order to be together, could never marry - because her mother was married to someone else. Therefore, she is forced to work for the cruel Lady Henry Delafield, who hates her. She has a few good friends, amongst whom are 2 admirers… And that is only the beginning. This is a compelling drama, set mostly in England, among the English aristocracy. By turns smart, funny and moving, it's the story of a strong and good woman- just trying to survive and make the correct choices. But sometimes, doing what is right doesn't make you happy. Only by giving up the man she loves, can Julie get the honorable place she deserves- beside a man who's strong love for her "saved" her.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .What do you mean?"

"Well, I hear a good deal in various quarters of the trouble Mademoiselle Le Breton is taking--on behalf of that young soldier who was here just now--Harry Warkworth."

Lady Henry laughed impatiently.

"I dare say. She is always wanting to patronize or influence somebody. It's in her nature. She's a born intrigante. If you knew her as well as I do, you wouldn't think much of that. Oh no--make your mind easy. It's Jacob she wants--it's Jacob she'll get, very likely. What can an old, blind creature like me do to stop it?"

"And as Jacob's wife--the wife perhaps of the head of the family--you still mean to quarrel with her?"

"Yes, I do mean to quarrel with her!" and Lady Henry lifted herself in her chair, a pale and quivering image of war--"Duchess or no Duchess! Did you see the audacious way in which she behaved this afternoon?--how she absorbs my guests?--how she allows and encourages a man like Montresor to forget him. . . Read More

Community Reviews

It took me forever to get past chapter one; I very nearly deleted the rest of the book at that point, but I picked it up again a couple of times when I was out on a run and ran out of audiobooks I preferred. In fact, I re-listened to the beginning of Paradise Lost a few times instead. (That's not...more

This is vintage fiction from a British writer, Mrs. Humphry Ward. (1851-1920) Her books contain strong religious themes, which may be a turn-off to some. Her deft handling of Christian ideas was what made this book worthwhile for me.

Julie LeBreton grew up in France, the illegitimate child of an...more

I decided to read this book because it was mentioned in an article on page 2 of the Goulburn Herald on 22 May 1903. I blogged about the article, which features my home town of Gunning, in October last year. It was the number one novel in the Publishers Weekly bestseller list in the United States...more

I can't remember how I came across the name of Mrs. Humphry Ward. I think it was in conjunction with something I read about Georgette Heyer. Anyway, I read that Lady Rose's Daughter was the bestselling novel in the U.S. for the year 1903. I thought it was really interesting that I had never even...more

Julie Le Breton is the daughter of Lady Rose. More specifically, she is the illegitimate daughter of an extramarital romance, one which severed her mother's relations with her aristocratic family.

Twenty five years later, Lady Rose and Julie's father both since passed away, Julie comes to London t...more