Thursday, January 17, 2013

Are you a fan of Downton Abbey?

Have you been following Mary and Matthew with their rollercoaster relationship? Did you root for Sybil as she ran away with the chauffeur, wanting more than her sheltered life on the estate? Are you in mourning with Edith after she was jilted at the alter?

Maybe you've been following the servants. When will Daisy realize that she really did love William? What's going to happen with Mr. Bates? Will Anna find out the truth and get him released from prison? When will Thomas and Mrs. O'Brien get in that cat fight we've all been waiting for?

Our wait for the third season was finally over on January 6 but here are some books to help you get through the week as you wait for the new episodes to air on Sunday night.

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle was written by Lady Fiona Carnarvon, the 8th Countess of Carnarvon. It tells the story behind Highclere Castle which is used as the setting and inspiration behind Downton Abbey. It follows the 5th Countess, Lady Almina, who like Lady Cora Crowley, was an American heiress whose dowry served to save the estate.

Daisy Goodwin's The American Heiress is the story of Newport heiress Cora Cash whose mother wants the one thing that money can't buy for her in the states-- a title. Follow their journey to England to find who Mrs. Cash thinks is a suitable husband for her daughter. Cora soon finds out that the old- world aristocracy is not all it's cracked up to be.

Fay Weldon, one of the writers of the pilot for the original "Upstairs Downstairs," has written the first novel in a trilogy following the Earl of Dilberne, his family and servants, as he searches for a suitable wife for his son, or more accurately a suitable dowry to save their already morgaged estate.

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