Archive | May, 2012

To Marry an English Lord: Review

10 May

I am going through serious Downton Abbey withdrawal! I devoured Seasons One and Two – I think I finished both seasons within two weeks of watching the first episode! Now I’m regretting my lack of self-control – if I had paced myself, I wouldn’t have to wait months until the new season begins. Instead of waiting patiently for Season Three, I have spent my time devouring any book I can find relating to Downton Abbey and its historical setting. I recently read Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, which I thoroughly enjoyed. You can read my brief review here.

I recently finished another book focused on the British peerage called To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl and Carol McD. Wallace. This book documents the stories of several wealthy American heiresses who boarded a ship looking for a husband with a respectable British title. Several familiar names – like Astor and Vanderbilt – appear in the book. This book is such an enjoyable read! It is literary cotton-candy. After reading this book, I feel like I can better understand the world of Downton Abbey. The authors do a wonderful job of entertaining the reader while explaining the British social hierarchy – sometimes with a hint of sarcasm.

This is the tenth book I have finished in 2012.