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The New Countess

Weldon, Fay (Book - 2013)
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The New Countess
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"England, 1903. Lord Robert and Lady Isobel Dilberne and the entire grand estate, with its hundred rooms, are busy planning for a visit from Edward VII and Queen Alexandra just a few months a way. Preparations are elaborate and exhaustive: the menus and fashions must be just so, and so must James, the new heir and son of Arthur Dilberne and Chicago heiress, Minnie O'Brien. But there are problems. Little James is being reared to Lady Isobel's tastes, not Minnie's. And Mrs. O'Brien is visiting from America and causing trouble. Meanwhile, the Dilbernes' niece, Adela, is back and stirring up hysteria in the servants' hall by claiming the house is cursed. The royal visit is imperiled, but so are the Dilberne finances once more. His Lordship is under tremendous stress, and the pecking order will soon be upset as everything at Dilberne Court changes. The New Countess is the final novel in Fay Weldon's exciting trilogy that began with Habits of the House and Long Live the King. The bestselling novelist and award-winning writer of the pilot episode of the original Upstairs Downstairs lifts the curtain on British society, upstairs and downstairs, under one roof"--
Authors: Weldon, Fay
Title: The new countess
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2013.
Edition: First U.S. Edition.
Characteristics: 327 pages ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: "England, 1903. Lord Robert and Lady Isobel Dilberne and the entire grand estate, with its hundred rooms, are busy planning for a visit from Edward VII and Queen Alexandra just a few months a way. Preparations are elaborate and exhaustive: the menus and fashions must be just so, and so must James, the new heir and son of Arthur Dilberne and Chicago heiress, Minnie O'Brien. But there are problems. Little James is being reared to Lady Isobel's tastes, not Minnie's. And Mrs. O'Brien is visiting from America and causing trouble. Meanwhile, the Dilbernes' niece, Adela, is back and stirring up hysteria in the servants' hall by claiming the house is cursed. The royal visit is imperiled, but so are the Dilberne finances once more. His Lordship is under tremendous stress, and the pecking order will soon be upset as everything at Dilberne Court changes. The New Countess is the final novel in Fay Weldon's exciting trilogy that began with Habits of the House and Long Live the King. The bestselling novelist and award-winning writer of the pilot episode of the original Upstairs Downstairs lifts the curtain on British society, upstairs and downstairs, under one roof"--
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ISBN: 9781250028037
1250028027
9781250028020
Statement of Responsibility: Fay Weldon
Subject Headings: England Social life and customs 19th century Fiction. Household employees England History 19th century Fiction. Upper class England History 19th century Fiction.
Genre/Form: Historical fiction.
Topical Term: Household employees
Upper class
LCCN: 2013031154
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Apr 19, 2014
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The final book in the "Love and Inheritance" Trilogy, set in 1903, a period of change with the introduction of electricity and other "modern" conveniences, is once again good fun with some unique Weldon twists.

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