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Publisher's Summary

Davenport House is the first book in a family saga following the wealthy Davenports and their servants in 1915 America.
Mary Davenport is a 22-year-old idealist who worries that the world in the Progressive Era is leaving her behind. She lives isolated in the Pennsylvania countryside with her affluent and secretive family. When her father dies suddenly, Mary becomes pained with grief and increasingly suspicious of those around her.
A humble servant girl has the chance of a lifetime to become a lady's companion. Costly dresses, exquisite rooms, and fine dinners are pleasant distractions from what is really happening in the house.
©2016 Marie Silk (P)2017 Marie Silk
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4 out of 5 stars
By Margaret on 08-23-17

Pleasant period drama/mystery

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This is an easy to listen to, uncomplicated period drama/mystery. Although this book is a part of a series, it is enjoyable on its own. All the characters from the maids to the disagreeable mother are realistic and the plot is plausible. I can imagine the following books will expand on the mystery and romance that links all the characters.
The narrator is pleasant to listen to and I enjoyed the voices she gave to each character.
I have never read or listen to a book by this author or narrator. I would definitely listen to the remaining books in this series and consider other books by this author or narrator.
This book gave me the feeling I was listening to a story about a neighbour of Downton Abbey.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review

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5 out of 5 stars
By HeatherY on 08-23-17

Interesting Period Drama

Mary Davenport is a sheltered young woman living in a small Pennsylvania town in 1915. Her family owns a large estate, and her father is one of her closest friends. One day, her father summons her to the library to tell her that things around the estate will be changing. Mary notices her father is very ill and becomes concerned.

Mary's maid Clara has lived at Davenport House all her life. Clara dreams of a life greater than what she has, and her work and a secret engagement aren't enough to satisfy her. When her mother gives her a beautiful gown and tells her that she's been elevated to a new position in the house, Clara thinks that her dreams are finally coming true. But Mr. Davenport passes away before Clara learns about her new position, and the household descends into chaos when foul play is suspected.

This was a clean period drama that could be read as a standalone. The plot was similar to a Gothic romance. The writing was simple and straightforward. The mystery was easily solved, but I enjoyed the journey. I thought Mary was likable and was really worried for her well-being a time or two! She matured a lot through the book and I'm curious to read the rest of the series to see what's in store for the family.

The narration was really well done, Allyson Voller has the perfect voice to portray Mary and Clara. Her voice is pleasant and immersed me in the story. I received a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

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