The New Countess

The New Countess

Book - 2013
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The year is 1905 and King Edward VII has invited himself and his mistress to a shooting weekend with the Dilbernes. Now Isobel, the Countess, must turn a run-down mansion into a palace fit for a king. Just as well the family fortunes have been restored, but money can't solve everything...not even a kidnapping. The servants refuse to condone the King's morals; Isobel's daughter, Lady Rosina - now widowed and wealthy - insists on publishing a scandalous book, and the mis-spent pasts of Viscount Arthur and his Irish-American wife Minnie rear up to blacken the family name. When fate deals a hand in the middle of the shooting party, Isobel must consider not only her leading position in Society, but her entire future.
Publisher: London : Head of Zeus, 2013
ISBN: 9781781851647
1781851646
Branch Call Number: F WEL NVD
Characteristics: 327 p. ; 21 cm

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TheresaAJ
Jul 31, 2017

In the final volume of Weldon's Love & Inheritance trilogy, it's 1903 and Lady Isobel is in a frenzied dither because the King and his mistress are coming to Dilberne Hall for a shooting weekend in mid-December. While trying to convert a Jacobean manor into a modern-day weekend house, Lady Isobel's life is complicated by her family. Rosina, who ran off to Australia to get married, has suddenly returned home a widow. Arthur and Minnie are on the outs over a reporter who resembles Arthur's former lover and the raising of their two sons by their grandmother and Nanny. Although Lord Robert's political career is on the upswing, their finances are in a downward spiral. A fatal accident during the royal hunting weekend and an unexpected wedding tie up many loose ends in the trilogy.

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uncommonreader
Apr 19, 2014

The final book in the "Love and Inheritance" Trilogy, set in 1903, a period of change with the introduction of electricity and other "modern" conveniences, is once again good fun with some unique Weldon twists.

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EmilyEm
Feb 01, 2014

The New Countess is the final book in Weldon?s trilogy about the Dilberne family during the Edwardian era in England. The new countess Maggie suffers some growing pains and the king is coming for a December shooting weekend.

Different characters tell this upstairs-downstairs tale, giving the story a bright and breezy narrative with plenty of humor. But, by the time I finished I didn?t really care about the outcomes for any of them! I expected better from Weldon.

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TheresaAJ
Jul 31, 2017

"You have no idea, it seems, of what company your wife may be keeping. She is your wife, for better or worse, mother of the future Earl of Dilberne, and Minnie is a great deal better than most. Go and get her back."

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