Patience and Esther by Sarah Winifred Searle 

Patience & Esther by Sarah Winifred Searle 

Patience is a kindhearted country girl, eking out a living in Edwardian England as tremors of social change rock the world around her. When she starts her employment in formal service on the grounds of an opulent country manor, she has no idea that her own personal revolution is about to begin. Selfless, dutiful, and just a touch naive, she takes to both her place as a parlour maid and to her new roommate, the bookish and progressive lady’s maid, Esther. In another time, the two women would have kept one another’s company forever in their little attic bedroom, living out their days… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Misogyny
  • Death of a baby brother & sister from scarlet fever recounted
  • Death of an employee from illness, off-page
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