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!  

ISBN: 979-8550129265 - First published 2020 by PublishNation

Available to buy now at Amazon   The Book Depository

£10.99 Paperback - £2.99 Kindle (232 pages)

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What people are saying...

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"This book is set in Victorian Surrey and London. The detail in the writing makes you feel very transported back into the era, the descriptions of my hometown of Knaphill and Woking are of the same quality as they were in 'The Asylum Soul' giving you a real feel for the era and area. This book gripped me from the first page, a tragic tale, with many twists and shocking revelations. If you are a fan of mystery and intrigue, this book does not disappoint. Another great gripping novel from Mal Foster!"  -
 Emma Foy

"Awesome! - If you love historical fiction, then you'll love Mal Foster's new book, 'Jude & Bliss.' - Lara McNamee, Radio Woking.

"Just finished reading 'Jude & Bliss', a great read!. All Mal Foster's books are excellent reads!" - Simon Brown

“Great job.  Just finished Jude and Bliss. Great book. Wish you all the best with your writing.” – Gwen Bailey

"This is the second book I've read of Mal Foster's, and I've discovered he has a real knack for bringing his characters to life. I am looking forward to reading the rest of his books. What a heart-wrenching story. If you like such tales depicting the Victorian era, read on. Mal describes personalities and details with lovely sensitivity, making the book a pleasure to read. I love feeling that my imagination is entwined with the storyline. Thank you." - Lesley Smith.

"Thank you for writing such a wonderful novel!" - Lelita Baldock, (author & blogger)

"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)

"His (Mal Foster's) best book yet!" - Jude Browne

"A great author and excellent storyteller. I couldn't put this book down." - Amazon Review

"Oh my God, I'm hooked... Well done Mal Foster!" - Paula Wilkinson 

"Excellent book. Very well written and such a tragic story. I have read all Mal Foster's books and I think he writes very well. I look forward to the next one." - Joan Calder

"A captivating read with an exceptionally well-written plot." - Naveen Joshi

"A brilliant book!" - Paul Jackman

“I’m halfway through ‘Jude and Bliss’ by Mal Foster. Great read, Well done, Mal, looking forward to finishing it.” – John Campbell

"It's a decent read!" - Martin Durrad

"I have just finished reading 'Jude and bliss; it was so good I couldn't put it down." - Helen Naughton

"A must-read! - I loved this book! Keeps you guessing right until the end and I learnt a lot about life in Victorian times in my very own hometown!" - Amazon Review

"I loved this book and 'The Asylum Soul'. Great reads!" - Kim Porter 

"Well done with your new book, Jude & Bliss." - Jon Davis, Woking News & Mail

"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

"Just finished reading the book and really enjoyed it. Love the cover too." - Zoe Hatfield

"Mal Foster has delivered yet another storyline that keeps you gripped to the very end. If you like historical novels I would highly recommend this book. Loved it, such a good read." - Jane Johnson

"... an amazing book!" - Maddie (Bookblogger)

“I took Jude & Bliss on holiday and read it in a day in a half. Great read!” – Phil Stubbs.

"I love all Mal Foster's books. I am reading Jude & Bliss now and already I'm hooked. I'm impressed. Well done, for another great read!" - Margaret Crate 

"Incredible." - Morgan Wright, Animator and author.

"A great read with a strong plot, great dialogue, and remarkable emotions." - All Author website.

"Jude & Bliss by Mal Foster is a novel you don't want to miss. Fabulous!" - Mary Anne Yarde

"I'm really enjoying Jude & Bliss." - Sue Stocker

"I recommend it. A very good read, couldn't put it down until I'd finished it." - J.S.

"Great read, keeps you hooked to the very end. A very can't put it down book. Loved it, can't wait for the next one!" - Pat Leeming

"Brilliant!" - Maureen Boultwood

"I got the book on Tuesday (19 01 21) and read it within two days. It's a very good read. Already looking forward to the next one. Well done!" - Jeannette Sale-Smith

"A great book!" - Nancy Car

"Loved the book, very readable, got me in the story from page one. Such twists and turns for resolution." - Margaret Gregory

"A very interesting, well-written, and suspenseful read." - Mady Joshi 

"From the very start, the main characters felt very real and as I continued reading I felt all the emotions with every page I turned. Another great book! Already looking forward to this author's next." - Janette Prowse

"Smashing book, I loved it!" - Ivy West

“Congratulations on ‘Jude & Bliss.’ You really are becoming quite a famous author!” - Thirza Morris

“I read this book in less than two days. Totally immersive and, indeed a very tragic tale. The Victorian Old Bailey trial of Scarlett Moynihan was a real treat in a book that has many little twists and turns. Superbly written by an author who deserves much greater recognition. Well done, Mal Foster!” – Jess Newman

"I love reading novels about the Victorian era, thanks, Mal Foster." - Alicia Mills


Jude & Bliss 2021 Virtual Book Blog Tour
04 February ~ 8 April

Jude & Bliss 2021 Virtual Book Blog Tour
04 February ~ 8 April