Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey! by Fiona Carnarvon

Hello Bookworms!

     Its January and for many of you that means: DOWNTON ABBEY SEASON 3!!!!!!!!! In honor of this award-winning show, I have a new book review for you! Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon, Countess of Carnarvon.

     Downton Abbey is set in the years before during and after the First World War. It was a time of great loss for the English and it marked the beginning of change in the English social scene. So what was life really like for those upstairs and their servants downstairs? Why not find out by taking a look at the real history of Highclere Castle (The real castle in which scenes for Downton Abbey are shot) from a descendant of the people who lived in that time period? During the time period of Downton Abbey, Highclere was owned and lived in by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and his wife Lady Almina. Together, the couple would change the face or nursing, Egyptology, aviation photography and more. They and the members of their family would make major contributions to England and several other areas of the world both physically and financially. Follow the amazing journey of the real Downton Abbey and its inhabitants in Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon, the Countess of Carnarvon. 

     Readers, I am always leery of nonfiction books because it is so easy to make history seem so boring when you right it down. This is not the case with Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey. The (current)Countess of Carnarvon and author of the book gives you a complete history of the house and the lives and accomplishments of its inhabitants in a way that is reminiscent of a novel making readers want to keep reading to see what’s next. Also, there is the use of photographs to better acquaint readers with what Highclere Castle and the Carnarvon family looked like, giving you a better feel for the time period. The lives of the Carnarvon family and their friends was anything but boring. I truly enjoyed Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey I and I give it 5 bookmarks! It is my sincere hope that history buffs, fans of Downton Abbey, Egyptology enthusiasts, and those interested in the World War 1 will get their hands on a copy of Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon and read it! I just know you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!



Downton Abbey Airs Sunday Nights at 9 P.M. on PBS’s Masterpiece Classic! Or you can catch full episodes online on PBS’s website!


Downton Abbey Seasons 1 and 2 are available for purchase:

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