My friend (since kindergarten) Judy believes she and I were servants together in another life as we are each fascinated by the Upstairs, Downstairs/Downton Abbey type stories. I can believe that, and I have to say I always identify with the servants more than with the rich people.
This is a novel written by the woman who wrote the pilot for Upstairs Downstairs. It takes place in London in 1899 and is the usual story about the rich folks and their servants. It's quite well done, a fast read.
And here's the British book design. I have the one on top which I definitely find more appealing than this one: