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The combination of Julian Fellowes and Juliet Stevenson proved too strong a temptation for me to resist. As a fan of historical fiction who has only recently completed War and Peace, I feel confident to say that this is a novel which has much to offer. I believe most fans of historical fiction (and the Victorian period) will find this serial to their liking.
In 1840s England, a family of nouveau riche merchants, who made their fortune from the war with Napoleon, find themselves in an uncomfortable situation; a shameful secret binds them to a noble family, and the connection must be kept a secret . Filled with a array of interesting characters, I've now listened to the first three instalments and will be on the edge of my seat waiting for new weekly additions to the story, in which successive layers are peeled back and always leave the reader wanting more. Really excited the publishers decided to release this as a serial, which adds to the enjoyment and anticipation of a truly entertaining read. Juliet Stevenson delivers a flawless performance, as always. Will look forward to the tv or movie adaptation which is sure to eventually follow...
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I love this book. It is, so far, a period piece starring a family of merchants thrown into the upper class by the Napoleonic war. It brings to mind a cross between Jane Austin and Patrick O'Brian. We'll see where it goes but I am happily along for the ride. Plus, the narration is by Juliet Stephenson who is one of my all time favorites. She is an outstanding actress and she brings that knowledge to the books she reads to bring the characters to life. I love everyone of the books she has read.
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