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The Passing BellsRican cousin Martin Rilke a Chicago newspaperman causes a stirBut ultimately the Great War will not be denied as what begins for the high bred Grevilles as a glorious adventure soon takes its toll shattering the household's tranuillity crumbling class barriers and bringing its myriad horrors hom. First in a trilogy set in England just before and during World War I depicting an aristocratic family and those below stairs who serve themhttpperfectretortblogspotcom201Readers seeking other Downton Abbey like books can check out my list here

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Free download Ð The Passing Bells 109 ´ Before there was Downton Abbey there was Abingdon PryoryThe guns of August are rumbling throughout Europe in the summer of 1914 but war has not yet touched Abingdon Pryory Here at the grand home of the Greville family the parties dances and romances play on Alexandra Greville embarks on her debutante seaBefore there was Downton Abbey there was Abingdon PryoryThe guns of August are rumbling throughout Europe in the summer of 1914 but war has not yet touched Abingdon Pryory Here at the grand home of the Greville family the parties dances and romances play on Alexandra Greville embarks on her debu. Given the Downton Abbey craze I was apprehensive about this trilogy was it any good or just a marketing ploy to cash in while DA is hotThankfully happily awesomely this book is good Great Another meaty hist fic that satisfies This review however is probably going to be a hot mess because how do I describe what is contained in these 500 pages without just sueeing stupidly Here goesThe novel follows a few families and tangential individuals from 1914 through 1920 and at first the enormous cast was be a bit overwhelming There are the rich titled old money families the wealthy trade families who are trying to gain their own social standing the working class the serving class and everything in between As a result this book is massive in size cast and scope Still I loved every frickin' page It's the kind of epic book I love to snuggle up with and devour over a weekend and devour I did I was sneaking reads as often as I can I recommend not putting this down for any length of time given the size of the cast it could be very easy to forget who is whoOpening at the beautiful bucolic country estate of Abingdon Pryory the reader basks in the refined dramas of the titled rich marriages love affairs training house hold staff before widening to incorporate a wider lens As the residents of Abingdon Pryory move to London for the season we meet the educated tradesmen American relatives reporters and politicians Then war strikes and everything changes Rock's writing style reminded me of the 'classic' historical fiction I love There's a little romance some vague intimations of sex among the younger set and a leeetle bit of philosophic ruminations on war and violence As this was originally written in the late 1970s Rock has some distance from the era to insert a little sharp and wry commentary and observation Early on for example one of his characters muses about the ineuality of marrying American heiress made rich from trade while an Englishwoman with a successful merchant father is completely out of the picture It's a darkly funny moment and this novel is punctuated with that the hypocrisy and beauty of the pre World War I era Rock's characters do change and shift and I liked them all of them Some are selfish some are jerks some are badly behaved but I found all of them to be real and settled in their 'place' even as their place shifted as time went on Rock conveys that shift so very well when one of the titled rich girls seeks out her former maid now a nurse their interaction is painful and striking If you like family sagas this is your book while I normally bristle now at seuels I am bouncing with excitement for the second book I don't want to leave these people yet

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Tante season while brother Charles remains hopelessly in love with the beautiful untitled Lydia Foxe knowing that his father the Earl of Stan will never approve of the match Downstairs the new servant Ivy struggles to adjust to the routines of the well oiled household staff as the arrival of Ame. I know a lot of people love this book but it just wasn't for me I found it rather slow and choppy and the characters cardboard I really didn't care what happened to them and when its WW1 and people might die and that's your reaction well there's really no point in continuingBut because I absolutely looooove the cover art theres sound reasoning for you I fully intended to slog through it regardless but the third F bomb sealed it for me and for those who care the profanity is moderately strong throughout D H B S C GD so the F bombs were just the icing on the cakeI made it to page 226