Book Recommendations

I was putting in a book order at the library last week and I saw two books that might be of interest to our readership.

First up is book #2 in The Women of Downton Abbey series. It is the follow up to Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle. published: October 29, 2013

Book Description from Goodreads:
Highclere Castle has a new resident, the daughter-in-law of Lady Almina, an American beauty from New York and a descendant of famous American families.

Catherine Wendell first met Lord Porchester (Porchey), son of Lady Almina, the heir to Highclere and 6th Earl of Carnarvon, in Gibraltar. At just 19 and utterly entrancing, she had already received many proposals of marriage and immediately caught 24-year-old Porchey’s discerning eye.
Using copious materials – including diaries and scrapbooks – from the castle’s archive, the Countess of Carnarvon brings alive a very modern story in a beautiful and famous setting, paying particular attention not just to the goings on upstairs, but also to the butler footmen and other staff whose lives downstairs kept the Castle moving forward into the twentieth century.

The next book I saw was: to be published: December 3, 2013

Book Description from Goodreads:
King Edward the VII, affectionately called Bertie, was fifty-nine when he took the throne in 1901, upon the death of his mother Queen Victoria. To everyone’s great surprise, this playboy prince sobered up and became an extremely effective leader and the founder of England’s modern monarchy. For readers of Sally Bedell Smith’s Elizabeth the Queen and Robert K. Massie’s Catherine the Great. (more)

Happy Reading!

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