- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Head of Zeus (7 Nov. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1781851638
- ISBN-13: 978-1781851630
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 488,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The New Countess (Love and Inheritance) Hardcover – 7 Nov 2013
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'Weldon at her most spellbinding.' Spectator.
'A splendidly fun romp' The Times.
'Hugely enjoyable' Tatler.
About the Author
Fay Weldon's credits include classic novels like The Life and Loves of a She Devil and Growing Rich, and the pilot episode of the original TV series Upstairs, Downstairs. In 2001 she was awarded a CBE for services to literature.
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This third book has the same cast as the first and the same sort of continuing problems of the family and staff. Certainly Weldon is wittier in this book; the staff seems to have taken on quite cheeky relationships with their "betters". Lord Robert's valet advises him to go to a brothel to "relieve" himself when he's worried about affairs of state...and the affairs of his household. The head footman, Reginald, regularly steams open missives meant for the family to read them and report to the staff below stairs. This is truly a modern approach for the staff to take, but it is matched equally by behavior of the family members.Read more ›
The writing was witty and clever, as can be expected from Fay Weldon, creating a terrific sense of the feelings of each character and their surroundings. It was almost like being an awkward guest, watching events unravel before you that you weren't supposed to witness. I liked the fact that it delved into the lives of the lower classes too, and portrayed their relationships with their employers and portrayed the changing times of the Edwardian era.
Isobel, the countess, is a matriarch of a woman, and represents the period extremely well, whilst her American daughter-in-law, Minnie, wears her heart on her sleeve. The combination creates huge tensions during everyday life, and with added pressures from her marriage and an impending royal visit, Minnie leaves the safety of her family and explores how others live, with some rather interesting and different characters who try to tempt her into some damaging situations to her reputation. Isobel is struggling to maintain a respectable image for her family, and is stubbornly intolerant to the modernising ways of the world. Will the Dilberne family be able to move passed such a challenging time in history? And will the unexpected death of one of the main characters change everything they have ever known?
With many unexpected and dramatic twists and turns, I kept finding myself looking at how many pages I had left to read and wondering if any reconciliation or closure would be found.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not bad considering it was free. Not as long as wild have liked. Would recommend but would not read again.Published 18 months ago by mrs lynn evans
this book was an excellent read and gave me the wish to look into the story and see if it was based on fact. A good old Fay Weldon story.Published 20 months ago by Marj Bennett
Third in the Love and Inheritance trilogy , probably my least favourite of the three but that's misleading because all three are excellent. Read morePublished 20 months ago by A. E. Williams
As usual Fay Weldon comes up with a well written and insightful tale, of the hearts and minds of a lost generation. Downton eat your heart out!Published 21 months ago by Lynn Batten
I enjoyed the first book in the series; interesting and quite well written. The second was OK but the new Countess I gave up on (which is extremely rare for me). Read morePublished 23 months ago by T. Knight
Wish I had have known it was part of a trilogy, so have now read the last one. I did enjoy the story and the information and it was a bit of an eye opener. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Dotty