The New Countess

The New Countess

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"England, 1903. Lord Robert and Lady Isobel Dilberne and the entire grand estate, with its hundred rooms, are busy planning for a visit from Edward VII and Queen Alexandra just a few months a way. Preparations are elaborate and exhaustive: the menus and fashions must be just so, and so must James, the new heir and son of Arthur Dilberne and Chicago heiress, Minnie O'Brien. But there are problems. Little James is being reared to Lady Isobel's tastes, not Minnie's. And Mrs. O'Brien is visiting from America and causing trouble. Meanwhile, the Dilbernes' niece, Adela, is back and stirring up hysteria in the servants' hall by claiming the house is cursed. The royal visit is imperiled, but so are the Dilberne finances once more. His Lordship is under tremendous stress, and the pecking order will soon be upset as everything at Dilberne Court changes. The New Countess is the final novel in Fay Weldon's exciting trilogy that began with Habits of the House and Long Live the King. The bestselling novelist and award-winning writer of the pilot episode of the original Upstairs Downstairs lifts the curtain on British society, upstairs and downstairs, under one roof"--
Published: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2013.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250028020
1250028027
Branch Call Number: F WEL
Characteristics: 327 pages ;,25 cm

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TheresaAJ
Jul 31, 2017

In the final volume of Weldon's Love & Inheritance trilogy, it's 1903 and Lady Isobel is in a frenzied dither because the King and his mistress are coming to Dilberne Hall for a shooting weekend in mid-December. While trying to convert a Jacobean manor into a modern-day weekend house, Lady Isobel's life is complicated by her family. Rosina, who ran off to Australia to get married, has suddenly returned home a widow. Arthur and Minnie are on the outs over a reporter who resembles Arthur's former lover and the raising of their two sons by their grandmother and Nanny. Although Lord Robert's political career is on the upswing, their finances are in a downward spiral. A fatal accident during the royal hunting weekend and an unexpected wedding tie up many loose ends in the trilogy.

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uncommonreader
Apr 19, 2014

The final book in the "Love and Inheritance" Trilogy, set in 1903, a period of change with the introduction of electricity and other "modern" conveniences, is once again good fun with some unique Weldon twists.

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EmilyEm
Feb 01, 2014

The New Countess is the final book in Weldon?s trilogy about the Dilberne family during the Edwardian era in England. The new countess Maggie suffers some growing pains and the king is coming for a December shooting weekend.

Different characters tell this upstairs-downstairs tale, giving the story a bright and breezy narrative with plenty of humor. But, by the time I finished I didn?t really care about the outcomes for any of them! I expected better from Weldon.

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TheresaAJ
Jul 31, 2017

"You have no idea, it seems, of what company your wife may be keeping. She is your wife, for better or worse, mother of the future Earl of Dilberne, and Minnie is a great deal better than most. Go and get her back."

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