South Carolina, 1908:
Scullery maid Lucy Forman has been serving at Worthington House since the day she turned 16. Now, at 19, she is asked to take over the duties of gathering chicken eggs out by the stables. It doesn't take Lucy long to notice there's more to see at the chicken house than just chickens.
When stable boy James Parker notices the young redhead in place of Bossy Betty, he suddenly takes a deep interest in repairing loose boards down at the coop. Falling through the wall of the hen-house was not his intention, but when he sees the cute maiden on the other side, he can't help but fall for Lucy.
Downton Abbey fans who are intrigued by what goes on below the stairs, will love following the antics of Lucy and the fun, feisty kitchen maid, Lizzy. Who, but Lizzy, could talk Lucy into sneaking down a six-story fire escape to go to a dance?
Mischief and young love are in store....
Listeners will get to decide who really lives life to its fullest; the well-to-do Gentry, or those who serve them.
This is book 2 in the series but I haven't read book 1 and that didn't seem to matter.
The book focuses on Lucy a scullery Maid and James a stable boy. The romance between them is sweet and builds slowly over the course of the book. The story includes and interesting glimpse into the life of the servants below the stairs and the work that went into keeping a house like this running. I really enjoyed listening to it.
The narrator did a good job, the character voices are believable and the delivery has a nice flow to it.
I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.
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I loved this story. It’s short and sweet and beautifully written. This is the 3rd book I’ve listened to by Renee Riva and all 3 have been very well written and absolutely lovely historical romances. I will definitely listen to anything from this author. I love her work! Cait Frizzell did a good job with the narration. I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.
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Lucy is a maidservant in South Carolina, circa 1900. Her life is pretty dreary until she is assigned the task of collecting eggs from the chickens. Stableboy, James Parker hears a girl speaking kindly to the chickens, an obvious change from the boisterous, confrontational Betty.
The mutual attraction is instantaneous and Renée Riva takes us on a wonderful excursion, with all of the wholesome innocence enjoyed by so many. This was an absolute pleasure to listen to and I look forward to other books by this author.
Cait Frizzle is a great voice performer, perfect for this book.
Credit worthy? I would buy this book outright, as it is less than $5.
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This is a short story in the style of Upstairs/Downstairs and Downton Abbey. It is about a American scullery maid who works in a southern mansion during the early 1900s. It is delightful story about her life in the house and interactions with the other servants in the day to day goings on and the budding romance with the stable boy. I see from other reviews that it is the 2nd book in the series but it stands on its own. I enjoyed the story so much that I would like to listen to the first book. I hope Renee Riva continues this series.
the story is lovely for a short historical book I liked it quite much the storyline was interesting and the narrator did a great job
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Renee Riva had given us a short sweet period piece. I loved Lucy's optimism and her outlook on life. It warms my heart when someone like that has a chance at a happily ever after.
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This was a quick listen and very entertaining. Although it is part of a series, it can easily be enjoyed as a standalone. Scullery maids were the lowest ranked servants and I enjoyed this short glimpse into the life of Lucy. Her romance with James the stable boy was sweet and I loved how she took pleasure in the smallest of freedoms. The story was beautifully written and the narration was excellent. I would recommend this.
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The Scullery Maid's Day Off: Below the Stairs by Renee Riva was a sweet, quick listen and is the story of the scullery maid, Lucy Forman, who works at Worthington House. Lucy is a kind, optimistic woman who throughout the course of the story ends up falling in love, sneaking out in the evening with a friend, dealing with a crabby boss who is threatened by her, and more. If you're in the mood for a quick story that takes place below the stairs of a grand house back at the turn of the 20th century, then you'll enjoy this book. Cait Frizzell did a good job with the narration and I enjoyed her various voices for the characters throughout the book.
This is book 2 in a series, though it can be read as a standalone without feeling like you missed anything if you haven't previously read the first book. Oh, and for those of you that love you HEA, no worries. You'll get it! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.
What about Cait Frizzell’s performance did you like?
Cait Frizzell was enthusiastic and clear in her reading. She did an excellent job distinguishing between the different characters.
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The description of the book is completely accurate. If this is a genre you're interested in and the premise sounds like something you'd like to hear about then you will most likely enjoy this title. It was an enjoyable read and worth the time. Recommended.
*This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.