Long Live the King

Long Live the King

Book - 2013
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A second installment in the trilogy by the award-winning author of the original Upstairs Downstairs follows the restoration of the Dilberne fortune and manor at the turn of the 20th century, when Lord Robert and Lady Isobel assist coronation plans for Edward VII, anticipate the birth of a grandchild and debate the future of an orphaned niece.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2013
Edition: First U.S. Edition
ISBN: 9781250028006
1250028000
Branch Call Number: FICTION Weldon 2013
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 25 cm

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uncommonreader
Apr 02, 2014

The second book in Weldon's trilogy is set in the period leading up to the coronation of Edward VII. The series is more upstairs than downstairs, with the lives of the servants almost a footnote.

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EmilyEm
Aug 27, 2013

A niece Adela whose parents die in a fire is just what this trilogy needed. Spiritualism in its many guises is all the rage and what a production it is to have a Coronation!

Weldon mixes lots of the era?s real people with the fictional family, making it fun reading. Now I can?t wait for the next one.

hgeng63 Jul 08, 2013

These characters are very flat. I find it difficult to empathize with them. The only real liveliness are in the details only a woman would notice. I enjoyed the Gilbert & Sullivan & D. G. Rossetti references in the character of Princess Ida.

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TheresaAJ
Jun 19, 2017

In this second volume of Weldon's Love & Inheritance Trilogy, Lord Robert and Lady Isobel are caught up in the coronation preparations for King Edward VII, son of the late Queen Victoria. Arthur's new automobile business at Dilberne Court, Rosina's elopement and departure to Australia, and the appearance of a suddenly orphaned niece all add to the confusion and swirling chaos of the Hedleigh household. The servants' sharp-eyed observations and working around mechanisms provide a sharp social commentary to everyday life in class-divided England.

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TheresaAJ
Jun 19, 2017

"The worms crawl in, The worms crawl out, They go in thin And they come out stout..."

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