If you’re like me (and half of America and England), you can’t wait for season three of Downton to get your fix of drama, dresses, and romance–upstairs and downstairs!
Take my advice: Once you’ve seen Downton Abbey, you definitely want to go back to the books on this one. I love period dramas much more than the average Jane–from Masterpiece Classic to BBC–but even I have difficulty watching period films that were created before 1990. Such a beautiful age deserves to be viewed through a soft glow, with opulent settings and gorgeous dresses . . . or through the gilded lens of your imagination. So here are some different suggestions and sub-categories that will satisfy your needs for something rich, scandalous, and classy–in every sense of the word.
1) Just in time for the lapse between seasons 2 and 3, the 100th anniversary of the Titanic has spawned its own sub-category–a few highlights:
Next on my TBR pile is The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe. I adored her first novel, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. It hit so many of my literary love buttons: scholarly intrigue, history, magic–sigh. I’m so excited for her second book. It looks like it has all the things I loved in the first, with addition of a Titanic/Downton era connection. I just hope it’s as good as it sounds . . .
2) Cora’s story . . . or something like it.
3) The upstairs/downstairs aspect:
4) Family secrets–and, of course, scandal . . .
I loved: The Distant Hours–also by Kate Morton. Also about a manor and it’s secrets. She does it well.
5) For Lady Sybill fans . . . and who isn’t?
Anybody else have any favorite Downton-esque fiction?
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