Rose by Rosina Harrison
My Life in Service to Lady Astor

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In 1928, Rosina Harrison arrived at the illustrious household of the Astor family to take up her new position as personal maid to the infamously temperamental Lady Nancy Astor, who sat in Parliament, entertained royalty, and traveled the world. "She's not a lady as you would understand a lady" was the butler's ominous warning. But what no one expected was that the iron-willed Lady Astor was about to meet her match in the no-nonsense, whip-smart girl from the country.

For 35 years, from the parties thrown for royalty and trips across the globe, to the air raids during WWII, Rose was by Lady Astor's side and behind the scenes, keeping everything running smoothly. In charge of everything from the clothes and furs to the baggage to the priceless diamond "sparklers," Rose was closer to Lady Astor than anyone else. In her decades of service she received one £5 raise, but she traveled the world in style and retired with a lifetime's worth of stories. Like Gosford Park and Downton Abbey, ROSE is a captivating insight into the great wealth 'upstairs' and the endless work 'downstairs', but it is also the story of an unlikely decades-long friendship that grew between Her Ladyship and her spirited Yorkshire maid.

 

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ROSINA HARRISON (1899–1989) served as Lady Nancy Astor's personal maid for over thirty-five years and was the author of two books.
 
Published December 27, 2011 by Penguin Books. 370 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Business & Economics, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Summary: Joss and Nico Carbury are very pleased when their daughter Elizabeth invites herseld for lunch but totally unprepared for what she is going to tell them.

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Tags: fantasy, James Bartholomeusz, medallion press, risa star, the black rose, the seven stars, Young Adult

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“When dogs live as they were meant to live,” Katz states in the book’s promotional material, “their minds and emotions change and are opened up in sometimes very dramatic ways.” Apparently, he also believes the loyalty, intelligence, and generosity exhibited by Rose lurks untapped in many an aver...

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Los Angeles Times

This guy comes by to pick her up for a date and she pulls out a platter full of goodies and follows it with homemade cake after the date.

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