In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. Jo baker dares to take us beyond the drawing rooms of jane austen’s classic—into the often overlooked domain of the stern housekeeper and the starry-eyed kitchen maid, into the gritty daily particulars faced by the lower classes in Regency England during the Napoleonic Wars—and, creates a vivid, fascinating, in doing so, fully realized world that is wholly her own.
Longbourn #ad - This ebook edition includes a Reading Group Guide. . When a mysterious new footman arrives, perhaps irrevocably, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, upended.
Netherwood: A NovelWilliam Morrow Paperbacks #ad - Supplying a bustling industrial empire with the highest-quality coal keeps his coffers filled—money he needs to run his splendid estate, Netherwood Hall, and to dress his wife and daughters in the latest fashions. But when her ordered life amid the terraced rows of miners' houses is brought crashing down by the twin arrivals of tragedy and charity, Eve must look to her own self-sufficiency and talent to provide for her three young children.
Two remarkably different worlds—one of wealth and privilege, forbidden love, and families fighting to hold on to what they haveUpstairs: Lord Netherwood, a coal baron, the other of poverty and desperation—are about to collide in one shattering moment in this mesmerizing tale of high drama, earns his considerable wealth from the three mines he owns.
Netherwood: A Novel #ad - And soon the divide between "upstairs" and "downstairs" is about to close. And keeping his heir, out of trouble, the charming but feckless Tobias, doesn't come cheap. Downstairs: eve williams, the wife of one of Lord Netherwood's most stalwart employees, cleverly manages her family's well-being on the low wages her hardworking husband earns in the mines.
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Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal HouseholdHarper #ad - We witness her extraordinary and debilitating grief at the death of her husband, Albert, and her sympathy toward the tragedies that afflicted her household. Witty, astute, serving victoria is a perfect foil to the pomp and circumstance—and prudery and conservatism—associated with Victoria's reign, and moving, and gives an unforgettable glimpse of what it meant to serve the Queen.
Serving victoria follows the lives of six members of her household, from the governess to the royal children, from her maid of honor to her chaplain and her personal physician. Drawing on their letters and diaries—many hitherto unpublished—Serving Victoria offers a unique insight into the Victorian court, as well as the Queen herself, with all its frustrations and absurdities, sitting squarely at its center.
Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household #ad - . For some, royal employment was the defining experience of their lives; for others it came as an unwelcome duty or as a prelude to greater things. We see a woman who was prone to fits of giggles, who wept easily and often, who gobbled her food and shrank from confrontation but insisted on controlling the lives of those around her.
Seen through the eyes of her household as she traveled among Windsor, and Balmoral, Victoria emerges as more vulnerable, more selfish, and to the French and Belgian courts, Osborne, more comical, more emotional, than the austere figure depicted in her famous portraits. During her sixty-three-year reign, Queen Victoria gathered around herself a household dedicated to her service.
Return to Longbourn: The Next Chapter in the Continuing Story of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice The Darcys of Pemberley Book 2Heather Ridge Arts #ad - Bennet hatches her plan. Nothing else will do. Which one will be the next mistress of longbourn? or will the dark horse in the race take the prize?Darcy, Elizabeth, and the rest of the "Pride and Prejudice" cast are back as the socially awkward Mary emerges from the shadows to take center stage in Shannon Winslow’s long-awaited sequel to her best-selling novel, "The Darcys of Pemberley.
Many austen fans have a soft spot in their hearts for Mary Bennet, wondering if she might have the hidden makings of a heroine. The new heir to Longbourn simply must marry one of her daughters. Bennet has died? With Mr. Find out if she’s destined to be a governess forever, or if she overcomes the misfortune of being "plain" to find love and her own happy ending.
Return to Longbourn: The Next Chapter in the Continuing Story of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice The Darcys of Pemberley Book 2 #ad - Will it be mary or kitty singled out for this dubious honor? When the gentleman in question turns out to be quite a catch after all, the contest between the sisters is on. Tristan collins on his way from America to claim his property, Mrs. What will happen to the Bennet females, now that Mr. Now, in "return to Longbourn, " we learn what really makes her tick.
The Ashford Affair: A NovelSt. Martin's Press #ad - Growing up at ashford Park in the early twentieth century, Addie has never quite belonged. Her long hours have led to a broken engagement and, suddenly single at thirty-four, she feels her messy life crumbling around her. When her parents passed away, and raised side-by-side with her beautiful and outgoing cousin, she was taken into the grand English house by her aristocratic aunt and uncle, Bea.
But what happens when something finally comes along that can't be shared? When the love of sisterhood is tested by a bond that's even stronger?From the inner circles of British society to the skyscrapers of Manhattan and the red-dirt hills of Kenya, the never-told secrets of a woman and a family unfurl.
The Ashford Affair: A Novel #ad - . Though they are as different as night and day, Addie and Bea are closer than sisters, through relationships and challenges, and a war that changes the face of Europe irrevocably. But when the family gathers for her grandmother Addie's ninety-ninth birthday, a relative lets slip hints about a long-buried family secret, leading Clemmie on a journey into the past that could change everything.
. From new york times bestselling author lauren Willig comes The Ashford Affair, and on different continents, a page-turning novel about two women in different eras, who are connected by one deeply buried secret. A new york times best seller!as a lawyer in a large Manhattan firm, just shy of making partner, Clementine Evans has finally achieved almost everything she's been working towards—but now she's not sure it's enough.
The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter: A NovelWilliam Morrow Paperbacks #ad - Longstone lighthouse on the Farne Islands has been Grace Darling’s home for all of her twenty-two years. Nineteen-years-old and pregnant, Matilda Emmerson has been sent away from Ireland in disgrace. Just as george emmerson captures Grace with his brushes, she in turn captures his heart. 1938: newport, Rhode Island.
. When she and her father rescue shipwreck survivors in a furious storm, Grace becomes celebrated throughout England, the subject of poems, ballads, and plays. I am just an ordinary young woman who did her duty. 1838: northumberland, England. A discarded, half-finished portrait opens a window into Matilda’s family history.
The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter: A Novel #ad - But far more precious than her unsought fame is the friendship that develops between Grace and a visiting artist. As a deadly hurricane approaches, two women, living a century apart, will be linked forever by their instinctive acts of courage and love. From the new york times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home comes a historical novel inspired by true events, and the extraordinary female lighthouse keepers of the past two hundred years.
They call me a heroine, but I am not deserving of such accolades. She is to stay with harriet, a reclusive relative and assistant lighthouse keeper, until her baby is born.
Trouble the Water: A NovelSparkPress #ad - When she arrives in charleston at the age of seventeen, Abigail discovers that the man her parents raved about is a disagreeable widower who wants little to do with her. Abigail milton was born into the British middle class, but her family has landed in unthinkable debt. Abby’s attempts to learn more about Douglas and his involvement in abolition initiate a circuitous dance of secrets and trust.
But just as she begins to grow comfortable in her new life, she overhears her benefactor planning the escape of a local slave—and suddenly, everything she thought she knew about Douglas Elling is turned on its head. To her relief, he relegates her care to a governess, leaving her to settle into his enormous estate with little interference.
Trouble the Water: A Novel #ad - To ease their burdens, abby’s parents send her to America to live off the charity of their old friend, Douglas Elling. Set against the vivid backdrop of charleston twenty years before the Civil War, Trouble the Water is a captivating tale replete with authentic details about Charleston’s aristocratic planter class, American slavery, and the Underground Railroad.
. As abby and douglas each attempt to manage their complicated interior lives, readers can’t help but hope that their meandering will lead them straight to each other.
The Eighth Day: A Novel Harper Perennial Modern ClassicsHarper Perennial #ad - While there, he launched the eighth day, a tale set in a mining town in southern Illinois about two families blasted apart by the apparent murder of one father by the other. The miraculous escape of the accused killer, John Ashley, on the eve of his execution and his flight to freedom triggers a powerful story tracing the fate of his and the victim’s wife and children.
The Eighth Day: A Novel Harper Perennial Modern Classics #ad - At once a murder mystery and a philosophical story, The Eighth Day is a “suspenseful and deeply moving” New York Times work of classic stature that has been hailed as a great American epic. Thornton wilder’s renowned 1967 national book award–winning novel features a foreword by John Updike and an afterword by Tappan Wilder, who draws on such unique sources as Wilder’s unpublished letters, handwritten annotations in the margins of the book, and other illuminating documentary material.
In 1962 and 1963, thornton wilder spent twenty months in hibernation, in the town of Douglas, away from family and friends, Arizona.
Attachments: A NovelPlume #ad - From the award-winning, carry on, #1 new york Times bestselling author of Fangirl, and Landline comes a hilarious and heartfelt novel about an office romance that blossoms one email at a time. Beth fremont and jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. Everybody in the newsroom knows.
They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives. Meanwhile, lincoln o'neill can't believe this is his job now—reading other people's e-mail. He can't help being entertained, and captivated, by their stories. But by the time lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself.
Attachments: A Novel #ad - What would he even say. ? It's company policy. But they can't quite bring themselves to take it seriously. When he applied to be “internet security officer, ” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers—not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke. When lincoln comes across Beth's and Jennifer's messages, he knows he should turn them in.
The Book of Fires: A NovelPenguin Books #ad - Through it all, the clock is ticking, for Agnes's secret will not stay secret forever. As she learns to make rockets, and fiery rain, portfires, she slowly gains his trust and joins his quest to make the most spectacular fireworks the world has ever seen. Her portrait of 1750s london is unforgettable, from the grimy streets to the inner workings of a household where little is as it seems.
The Book of Fires: A Novel #ad - J. Jane borodale offers a masterful portrayal of a relationship as mysterious and tempestuous as any the Brontës conceived. Blacklock, a brooding fireworks maker who hires Agnes as an apprentice. Reminiscent of year of wonders, a captivating debut novel of fireworks, fortune, and a young woman's redemption It is 1752 and seventeen-year-old Agnes Trussel arrives in London pregnant with an unwanted child.
Deeply atmospheric and intimately told from Agnes's perspective, Sarah Waters, Sheri Holman, The Book of Fires will appeal to readers of Geraldine Brooks, and Michel Faber. Lost and frightened, she finds herself at the home of Mr.
The Red Coat: A Novel of BostonSkyhorse #ad - Carlson brings us front and center with her knowing weave of Celtic passion – both tragic and joyful – words of wisdom, romance, humor, and historical events. Dive into boston feet first! the red Coat is a rich novel that chronicles the legacy of Boston from both sides of the city, Southie and the Hill.
Think downton abbey, caroline parker, set in the heart of boston Irish domestic worker Norah King's decision to ask her wealthy employer, for an elegant red coat that the Beacon Hill matriarch has marked for donation ignites a series of events that neither woman could have fathomed. And witness the profound impact of a mother’s heart on her children’s souls.
. See how the parkers and the Kings each overcome sudden tragedy with resolve and triumph. The unlikely exchange will impact their respective daughters and families for generations to come, to the determined and spirited King sisters of South Boston, Kay, Rosemary, marriage-minded collegian Cordelia Parker, from the coat's original owner, and Rita.
The Red Coat: A Novel of Boston #ad - Meet the proud, working-class Irish and staid, upper-class Brahmins through the contrasting lives of these two families and their friends and neighbors. As all of these young women experience the realities of life – love and loss, generations, class prejudices and unexpected prospects – the red coat reveals the distinction between cultures, challenge, conflict and joy, a time of change, and landscapes in Boston during the 1940s and 50s, and opportunity.