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Habits Of The House (2012)

by Fay Weldon(Favorite Author)
3.18 of 5 Votes: 1
1250026628 (ISBN13: 9781250026620)
St. Martin's Press
Love & Inheritance Trilogy
review 1: Incredibly hilarious sendup of turn of the century (1899) English society and the gaping differences between the classes. Think "Upstairs, Downstairs" (which she wrote the first episode). Whether in the elite or working class, all the characters have their noses in the air here. Laugh out loud funny stuff as they bumble their way through the conventional restrictions of the time. Weldon is in her element.
review 2: I read this book because the author wrote the pilot episode of the original Upstairs Downstairs, a TV show that I loved, and that it takes place in Victorian England. The plot would also be very familiar to a fan of Downton Abbey: rich aristocratic family faces financial ruin unless they can marry off one of their children to wealth in order to kee
... morep the family going. Only the Downton Abbey saga is MUCH more interesting, with more compelling characters and storylines. In this book, the Earl of Dilberne has lost most of his fortune from gambling and bad investments. He decides that his son must save them by marrying a rich American heiress with a questionable reputation. However, the young man enjoys his time with his mistress and is not all that keen on getting married. But then he suddenly changes his mind and decides he wants to marry her after all. The "romance" never built slowly, and suddenly when there was conflict, they couldn't live without each other. I was not compelled by any of it. The book was interesting enough that I finished it, but I'm not sure I will read the other two books in the trilogy. less
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Fun Downton Abbey-ish romp; the first in a triology.
Quite diverting. 3.5 really, but worth rounding up.
Good period piece.
not Downton Abbey
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