Jude & Bliss

In the Victorian era, for many young women, going into domestic service was a significant source of employment where they found suitable work but with extended hours for a reasonable salary, receiving free accommodation as well as enjoying the perks and prestige of working for the aristocracy or other members of the upper or middle-classes.

As a matter of course, employers had a moral obligation, but one without a legal requirement to ensure their servants were kept clean, healthy and well-nourished. However, for one poor girl, that, unfortunately, was not the case.

In 1896, Jude Rogers, a wide-eyed but vulnerable sixteen-year-old from Woking, Surrey, secures a position as a domestic servant at a large terraced house in Half Moon Street, near London's Piccadilly. Following a brief settling-in period, she quickly realises everything is not quite as it seems. As time moves ruthlessly forward, what happens next is almost beyond comprehension. Jude finds herself in the most impossible of situations and finally succumbs to the pure evil dealt out by her employer.

This story is NOT for the faint-hearted!  

 

Notes:

The Bliss part of the title will be explained as you read further into the book!

I am nearing the end of the writing stage, and if the current social situation allows, I'm now hoping for a publication date in October/November this year.

Further updates to be posted soon. 

Updated: 30 July 2020

 

 

The Railway Hotel (now the Sovereigns) in Woking is mentioned in the novel

Pre-Publication Comments

"Finding out Mal Foster is writing this new book, really is the icing on the cake...I have a feeling this will be a real tear-jerker.'"  - Emma Foy

"Looking forward to reading it. Better buy my tissues now." - Rosalind Hill-Watts

"In ‘Jude & Bliss’, Mal Foster has created an atmospheric world, that avid readers of historical fiction will want to return to again and again. A wonderfully creative novel, rich in character and setting." - Brenda Jackson (Editor)

"Jude & Bliss will break your heart and uncover raw emotion. You will find yourself thinking about the characters long after you have finished reading the last page." - Fiona Browne