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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Review - I Came Upstairs by M.C. Halliday
Title: I Came Upstairs: A Victorian Courtesan’s Memoir – 1867-1871
Author: M.C. Halliday
Publisher: Eternal Press
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Rating: You Want to Read - A Good book.
Reviewed by: Shawn Weisser
Led from filth and poverty by a gentleman in the hopes of gaining coin for his purse, Mae is shaped into a lady and tutored in the arts of pleasure. With raw sensuality, she creates a seductive dance that entices the peerage in puritanical England, and she quickly becomes favored courtesan to Prince of Wales. Her renown and riches ever rising, she continues to romp with gamely men and women of both the nobility and the lower classes. Eventually, Mae’s bohemian ways cause suffering for those she loves and her own heartbreak. Must she conform to Victorian mores, or can she remain true to her sensual desires?
These intimate memoirs reveal a young woman’s journey from the slums of Whitechapel to celebrated dancer of the Victorian music hall, and courtesan to the highest peers of the British realm. From the years 1867 to 1871, Mae recounts her varied lovers and false loves, and her heartbreaking losses in a quest for happiness.
Scrumptious, sensuous, sexual, and satisfying. I Came Upstairs was a delight to read. M.C. Halliday successfully blended historical fiction and sensual romance in a story that made me cheer the heroine, Mae. The author told this story with ease and grace. It never felt vulgar as sexual scenes are often written. I enjoy reading books that empower young women to rise above what they may think they are to what they believe they can become. Mae came from the gutters to achieve acclaim in the only fashion she knew how and on her own terms. The end came too soon for me and I anticipate the sequel to Mae’s story – as to which Halliday alluded – will enchant me as well.