Eve Williams is about to discover just how the other half really live....
Above stairs: Lord Netherwood keeps his considerable fortune ticking over with the profits from his three coal mines in the vicinity. It's just as well the coal is of the highest quality as the upkeep of Netherwood Hall, his splendid estate on the outskirts of town, doesn't come cheap. And that's not to mention the cost of keeping his wife and daughters in the latest fashions - and keeping the heir, the charming but feckless Tobias, out of trouble.
Below stairs: Eve Williams, is the wife of one of Lord Netherwood's most stalwart employees. When her ordered existence amid the terraced rows of the miners' houses is brought crashing down by the twin arrivals of tragedy and charity, Eve must look to her own self-sufficiency, and talent, to provide for her three young children. And it's then that 'upstairs' and 'downstairs' collide in truly dramatic fashion....
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Predicatable, pleasant, perhaps a bit unrealistic?
Hmmm, I'd suggest this book to a friend, if they just wanted to pass the time and meander through a book; not sure I'd recommend it as such. If I had it on my bookshelf, I'd see if they wanted to borrow it but I guess it's not something I'd be pushing as a "must read/listen".
I like a good long book and this fitted the bill on that front.
At the start of the "listen", the narration was a little like that of a children's book - all cheerful and excited; it toned down to a better delivery as the book went on.
It's a nice enough book! Bit concerned that some books are written to appeal to "book clubs" (especially with the questions for discussion at the end ...!) and "fashion" (Downton Abbey fans). Also, rather an abrupt ending - thought I'd missed a bit! And not sure I'll be investing in the sequel - didn't quite believe in Eve and her "fairy pies" and not sure I can cope going through the Great War with the characters in this book. Just not for me I think.