Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Downton Abbey-esque Books

Happy Tuesday!

Do you guys ever get so involved with TV shows, movies, or books -- their characters and their stories -- that sometimes it's kind of hard to let them go and you get a bit obsessed and can't stop talking about them?

Yeah?! Then phew, I'm not alone, haha! ;)

Anyway, my obsession love for Downton Abbey was very well-documented here on my blog and also on Twitter...

Downton Abbey

I definitely experienced what some call "Downton Abbey withdrawal" when I finished watching Season 2, so I immediately looked up Downton Abbey-esque books I can read (to make me stop watching Downton Abbey clips on YouTube, haha!). ;)

Here are three books that you can read to help ease the pain of waiting for Downton Abbey Season 3:

Book #1: The American Heiress -- Daisy Goodwin

heiress

Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage.

Book #2: The House At Riverton -- Kate Morton

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Summer 1924
On the eve of a glittering society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again.

Winter 1999
Grace Bradley, ninety-eight, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken and old memories - long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind - begin to sneak back through the cracks. A shocking secret threatens to emerge, something history has forgotten but Grace never could.

Set as the war-shattered Edwardian summer surrenders to the decadent twenties, The House at Riverton is a thrilling mystery and a compelling love story.

Book #3: The House At Tyneford -- Natasha Solomons

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It's the spring of 1938 and no longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna. Nineteen-year-old Elise Landau is forced to leave her glittering life of parties and champagne to become a parlor maid in England. She arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay, where servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn. But war is coming, and the world is changing. When the master of Tyneford's young son, Kit, returns home, he and Elise strike up an unlikely friendship that will transform Tyneford - and Elise - forever.

***book summaries from www.goodreads.com***

Are these the kinds of books you like to read?
Which one sounds the most interesting to you?

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47 comments:

  1. Have you seen Dollshouse Downton? My friends made the videos and they're really funny :) http://www.whats--hot.com/2011/09/whats-hot-videos.html

    I LOVE the sound of The American Heiress .. gotta get my hands on that :)

    -Laura
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    1. nope, i haven't, but i'll check them out! :D

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  2. What a wonderful idea to get book ideas! I am also a massive Downton fan - the Dowager Countess is my idol! I've read Kate Morton's book and really enjoyed it x

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    1. i looooove the dowager countess! ;) i'm glad you enjoyed that book, i liked it too. :D

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  3. I'm a bookworm! Thanks for the recommendations. I'm definitely checking it out, although I'm not sure if I like that time period.

    xo Jo

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    1. you're welcome! these books were a bit slow at first, but they got better. :)

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  4. Looks like an interesting books to read.
    I will try look one of these in Amazon.

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  5. i've heard so many good things about downtown abby! i don't watch very much tv, but this show looks promising.
    i guess i can't suggest any books that are similar to the show, which is weird because i'm an english major! -- i guess the canons of 20th century american literature are really my forte. ha ha, i'm sure you're familiar with jane austen's work -- that's the only author i can think of. also, wuthering heights! love that book, even if it is english literature :)

    -alexandra
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    1. wow, you must read a ton of books as an english major -- that is amazing! :) and yup, i loooove jane austen! my favorite book of hers has to be pride & prejudice. i liked bronte's wuthering heights too! :D

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  6. I also watch downtown abby here in portugal! I'm addicted! What do you think if we followed eachother? Kisses, Rita

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    1. i think that sounds like a great idea! :D

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  7. There are way too many TV shows and movies and books that I feel the exact same way about! I really want to start Downtown Abbey. :)

    -V

    http://queenvictoriareigns.blogspot.com/

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    1. glad to hear that you are the same way. ;)

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  8. OMGGGOMG i'm totally having downton abbey withdrawals too!! i watched season 1 and 2 in a week flat.. and i wanted to cry when it was over!! wahh!! i'm going to check out some of these books!!1

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    1. haha, me too! i was soooo sad when i finished it. i can't wait for season 3! ;)

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  9. haha, hope you survive your off season time!
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  10. It shows that you are into books as well, can you recommend something to read? I am a mom in her late 20's and i would love something that i can relate with. Thanks!

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    1. yeah, i'll email you! :D

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    2. oh, i couldn't find your email, so i'm hoping you'll check back here. :) but anyways, i think you'll like emily giffin books. she has quite a few all about motherhood and also about love and friendship. :D

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  11. Thanks for the recommendations! I'll definitely have to check some out :)

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  12. These books interesting....
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    1. you're welcome and thank you! :)

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  13. I'm on 'Downton Abbey' withdrawal too! I CAN'T wait for Season 3 to start haha. I think The American Heiress sounds interesting enough to read. :D

    Lots of love, B
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    1. yeah, it was good. interesting story. :)

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  14. They all look quite interesting, will try find one next time at a book store :)

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  15. Never seen this show. Maybe I'll start watching it ;)
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  16. Thanks for all those recommendations Mimi, some great summer reading here!
    Di
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  17. I have a couple of friends who would totally love all these books as they love Downton Abbey and books/shows similar to it. I am currently obsessed with Game of Thrones.

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    1. i hope they like these too! :) and i also want to watch game of thrones! :D

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  18. I actually have the first book on my to read list. It sounds really really good.

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    1. let me know how you like it! :)

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  19. thank you for your lovely comment I'm following you now will you follow me back thanks xoxo angel

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    1. you're very welcome! thanks for following! :D

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  20. Wrote all of these down and putting them on my to-read list, because I am SO WITH YOU on the Downton Abbey withdrawals!!

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    1. aww, haha! yay, you and me both! :D

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