Downton Abbey

Check out these books to keep the Downton Abbey spirit alive until Season 4 begins.

The house at Riverton : a novel / Kate Morton

The house at Riverton : a novel / Kate Morton

Grace Bradley went to work at Riverton House as a servant when she was just a girl, before the First World War. For years her life was inextricably tied up with the Hartford family, most particularly the two daughters, Hannah and Emmeline.  Ninety-eight-year-old Grace remembers the secrets surrounding the 1924 suicide of a young poet during a party hosted by her employers.

Ashenden / Elizabeth Wilhide

Ashenden / Elizabeth Wilhide

A saga of the upstairs and downstairs residents of an English country house spans more than two centuries and includes the stories of its original architect, soldiers billeted in the house during World War I, and a young couple who restores the house in the 1950s.

Birdsong / Sebastian Faulks

Birdsong / Sebastian Faulks

In 1910, Stephen Wraysford, a young Englishman, journeys to France and becomes embroiled in a series of traumatic events, including a clandestine love affair, and is later trapped amid the horrors of the First World War.

Maisie Dobbs : a novel / Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs : a novel / Jacqueline Winspear

In her first case, private detective Maisie Dobbs must investigate the reappearance of a dead man who turns up at a cooperative farm called the Retreat that caters to men who are recovering their health after World War I.

 

The American heiress : a novel / Daisy Goodwin

The American heiress : a novel / Daisy Goodwin

This novel tells the story of vivacious Cora Cash, whose early 20th-century marriage to England's most eligible duke is overshadowed by his secretive nature and the traps and betrayals of London's social scene.

nbm; summaries from publisher materials

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