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Habits of the House

Weldon, Fay (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"As the Season of 1899 comes to an end, the world is poised on the brink of profound, irrevocable change. The Earl of Dilberne is facing serious financial concerns. The ripple effects spread to everyone in the household: Lord Robert, who has gambled unwisely on the stock market and seeks a place in the Cabinet; his unmarried children, Arthur, who keeps a courtesan, and Rosina, who keeps a parrot in her bedroom; Lord Robert's wife Isobel, who orders the affairs of the household in Belgrave Square; and Grace, the lady's maid who orders the life of her mistress. Lord Robert can see no financial relief to an already mortgaged estate, and, though the Season is over, his thoughts turn to securing a suitable wife (and dowry) for his son. The arrival on the London scene of Minnie, a beautiful Chicago heiress with a reputation to mend, seems the answer to all their prayers."--Provided by publisher.
Authors: Weldon, Fay
Title: Habits of the house
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: 314 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Fay Weldon
Summary: "As the Season of 1899 comes to an end, the world is poised on the brink of profound, irrevocable change. The Earl of Dilberne is facing serious financial concerns. The ripple effects spread to everyone in the household: Lord Robert, who has gambled unwisely on the stock market and seeks a place in the Cabinet; his unmarried children, Arthur, who keeps a courtesan, and Rosina, who keeps a parrot in her bedroom; Lord Robert's wife Isobel, who orders the affairs of the household in Belgrave Square; and Grace, the lady's maid who orders the life of her mistress. Lord Robert can see no financial relief to an already mortgaged estate, and, though the Season is over, his thoughts turn to securing a suitable wife (and dowry) for his son. The arrival on the London scene of Minnie, a beautiful Chicago heiress with a reputation to mend, seems the answer to all their prayers."--Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 1250026628
9781250026620
1250026636
9781250026637
Branch Call Number: FICTION WELDON 2013
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
Historical fiction
Topical Term: Household employees
Upper class
LCCN: 2012037900
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Mar 25, 2014
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Weldon is either capitalizing on the Downton Abbey craze or writing a new series for television on Edwardian England. It is written with some wit but is light and not memorable. A guilty pleasure!

Slow, slow, slow! Maybe shouldn't read it at bedtime.

Diverting until you get your next Downton Abbey fix. Nice descriptions of clothing & salient details that only a woman would notice, but too sentimental & not enough about the servants.

Jan 22, 2013
  • lilypad_1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Delightful story illustrating the societal strata in late 1800's using two families, one from England, one from the U.S. If you like Downton Abbey you will enjoy this.

Jan 10, 2013
  • debwalker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The first in a trilogy about an aristocratic family in Edwardian England - shades of Downton!

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