This is the true story on which the hit TV series DOWNTON ABBEY was based on. If you are a big fan of the TV show, I would wager that you will enjoy this book. The book focuses on the life of Lady Almina Herbert, the wife of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, George Herbert. Upon her marriage, she became the lady of the well-known Highclere Castle in Hampshire. It follows her adjustment into her new role as lady of the castle, her work as a nurse during WWI, her interaction with the house staff, the birth & upbringing of her 2 children, her trips with her ailing husband to Egypt each winter, & her eventual moving on after the untimely death of her husband. If you followed DOWNTON ABBEY, you will notice the points on which the TV show followed the true story closely. I enjoyed getting to know who I believe is the parallel to "Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess" whom I found equally as fascinating as the TV character.
Age recommendation: all ages
On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 7.
jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for All Ages
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