Rosina Harrison was born into a poor English family, the daughter of a stonemason and a laundress, in 1899. Her dream was to travel, a frivolous dream for a girl of her class in this era. Encouraged by her mother, she gained the education necessary to become a lady’s maid and set out to accomplish her dream, eventually becoming lady’s maid to Lady Astor. This autobiography is written in the common language of a servant, yet it portrays the life of a gracious lady – perhaps the servant was more the “lady” than the woman she served.
Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor takes the reader on a slow-moving yet fascinating journey into the lifestyles and customs of the wealthy in the first half of 20th century England filled with lords and ladies, dukes and duchesses, royalty and commoners, peace and war.
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