“A life of privilege becomes only a distant memory when Catherine Newbury’s father is falsely imprisoned and she is whisked away from her home in England to America. Forced to disguise her past and create a completely new life, Catherine takes on a servant’s last name and carves out a tenuous future for herself as a seamstress. Soon her dress designs are sought throughout Philadelphia. When the dashing Carter Danby accompanies his mother and sister for a design consultation, Catherine suddenly encounters her past face-to-face. Is Carter’s avid interest in her genuine… or does he, as she suspects, recognize her as the young lady he met while touring England? She cannot deny the attraction, but admitting her true identity may jeopardize her father’s only hope for freedom. Will Catherine be forced to sacrifice her dreams of love?”
A Lady of Hidden Intent is the second novel in the Ladies of Liberty trilogy. This novel greatly reminded me of the tale of Cinderella. Cinderella had been demoted from a lady of high standing to a mere servant and after meeting her prince charming, also known as the real prince of their land, and she was able to regain her title of high standing with a bonus. Catherine’s situation wasn’t like Cinderella’s but it sure was similar when you look at the big events. She lost her status and had to take a job and life of an average person. In the novel she even attended a ball that she had to leave by midnight. Sound familiar? It’s Cinderella’s tale 🙂 Except that there was no evil stepmother or stepsisters involved. The tale of Catherine was fascinating. The way she handled every curve ball thrown her way was astonishing. Her faith in the Lord increased with every bit of bad news that she was told. When it comes to difficult situations some people find their faith tested and sometimes in the end don’t come out as victorious as they would have liked. Yet Catherine was the opposite. Her faith only grew with each test that greeted her in life. I loved this novel! It was so captivating and enchanting. This novel is the second one in the trilogy but it doesn’t really require you to read the first novel, A Lady of High Regard. It involves a different plot and different characters. I hope you give this book a read and enjoy the Cinderella aspect of the novel as much as I did!