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Eugenie's Story (Swallowcliffe Hall Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Jennie Walters
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For ‘Downton Abbey’ fans: a new title in the hugely popular 'Swallowcliffe Hall' series!

This is the journal of Eugenie Vye: the prettiest debutante of the 1890 season, with hair she can sit on and a seventeen-inch waist – yet somehow three years later, still unmarried. Lord Vye’s daughter might be thought to want for nothing, but life isn’t easy on fifty guineas a year with a jealous stepmother watching one’s every move. Eugenie’s passionate nature and unerring ability to get hold of the wrong end of the stick land her in trouble as she follows her heart: from elegant Swallowcliffe to the streets of fashionable London, by way of rural Ireland, glamorous belle époque Paris and an idyllic artists’ retreat at Giverny. She hurtles from one near-disaster to another, rescued only by a sense of humour, unquenchable optimism and her dear American friend Julia – until finally discovering love was right under her nose all along.

A story you’ll find hard to put down, told by a girl you won’t forget.

‘I stood quietly while the dressmaker flitted about, like a busy little humming bird swooping on a flower: draping fabric against my body, taking measurements with the tape around her neck, even removing my hat to adjust my hair! From time to time she would stand back and look at me, her head on one side, but with such kindly interest that I basked in the attention.
‘I think I have it,’ she said eventually. ‘At first I thought of presenting you as an innocent maiden, a naiad, all fresh-faced and dewy-eyed, but you have too much character for that. Your charm has been tempered by sorrow, forged into something altogether more remarkable. If I may say so, Miss Vye, you have the potential to become one of the leading beauties of your generation.’
This was too much. I sat down on the chaise longue and promptly burst into tears.’

About the Author

Jennie Walters was partly inspired to write the ‘Swallowcliffe Hall’ series by visits to beautiful old English country houses, including Kingston Lacey in Dorset, Belton House in Lincolnshire and Castle Howard in Yorkshire. As a teenager, she spent two years in a cliff-top boarding school with wood-panelled rooms, a huge marble staircase and one of the largest collections of stuffed birds in England. Much later, finding a silver housekeeper’s châtelaine when clearing out her father-in-law’s flat whetted her interest in Victorian servants and their masters and mistresses, and prompted her to create a fictional country house of her own. For a fascinating insight into the world of English country houses and the families and servants who live in them, visit Jennie’s website, packed with information, original photographs, extracts from servants’ letters, craft ideas and much more! www.jenniewalters.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 359 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492143995
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009CSYFN4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,534 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jennie Walters worked in publishing before deciding to write her own books. She was partly inspired to create the 'Swallowcliffe Hall' trilogy by visits to beautiful old English country houses, and partly by finding a silver housekeeper's chatelaine when clearing out her late father-in-law's flat. As a teenager, she spent a couple of years in a clifftop boarding school in a converted Victorian mansion, with a sweeeping marble staircase and a collection of stuffed birds in glass cases. She now lives with her husband in London and is currently writing more books in the 'Swallowcliffe Hall' series.

Visit Jennie's website, www.jenniewalters.com, for fascinating detail into the world of Victorian servants and their masters and mistresses, original photographs, lots of background historical information, and much more!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining! 1 Oct 2012
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REally enjoyed this book. It's the fourth story inn the 'Swallowcliffe Hall' series but you don't need to have read the other three. (I lvoe this series!)This time it's told from the aristocrat's point of view - Eugenie Vye, whose loooking to get married in a hurry or get sent off to India by her stepmother to find a husband there. I coulodn't help liking Eugenie - although she's quite a snob, she's kind-hearted underneath, and the book makes you realise how difficult life was for upper-class girls in that era, how little power they had. It's also very funny in places (I laughed out loud a few times), and the descriptions of Paris and the French hotel at Giverny, where Monet lived, are gorgeous. Also it's great to see life at Swallowdcliffe from a different perspective. It's quite short so it's a quick read, but a page-turner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this author's work. 15 July 2013
By fleur
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Having already read two of the books in this series,I was not disappointed by this one.Slightly different as the title character is from " upstairs" rather than below stairs but every bit as good.Would highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 19 April 2013
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Very easy to read, nice storyline, good value for money. Good follow on to Isobels story. Look forward to the others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars swallowcliffe hall 27 Jan 2013
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wonderful story i've really enjoyed it . i found it hard to put down look forword to reading her next story
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great page turner 2 Oct 2012
By Jane
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Good plot, nice examination of different types of relationships and upbeat message about recovering from mistakes and misfortunes! And a happy ending that you sort of guess about three quarters of the way through and are desperate to be right about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising!! 12 Nov 2013
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After reading the wonderful Polly's Story, I've just now completed reading Eugenie's Story. Absolutely brilliant!! The characters are believable and the storyline's are great. You can almost imagine yourself in Swallowcliffe Hall and the ending of the story is just superb. I'm now reading the third in the series, Grace's Story and I just KNOW I won't be disappointed. Recommended to all who love Downton Abbey!!
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