The New Countess

The New Countess

Book - 2013
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England, 1905. Lord Robert and Lady Isobel Dilberne, as well as their entire regal estate, with its hundred rooms, are busy planning for a lavish visit from King Edward VII and his mistress just a few months away. Preparations are elaborate and exhaustive: the menus and fashions must be just so. But even amidst the excitement, not everyone is happy.

Lady Rosina--now widowed and wealthy-- insists on publishing a scandalous book despite her mother's objections. Arthur Dilberne and Chicago Heiress Minnie O'Brien's two young sons--the eldest of whom is heir to the estate--are being reared to Lady Isobel's tastes, not Minnie's. After making a shocking discovery, Minnie will take drastic measures for the sake of her children. And when fate deals a hand in the middle of the royal shooting party, the entire Dilberne estate will face upheaval once again.

The New Countess is the final novel in Fay Weldon's outstanding trilogy that began with Habits of the House and Long Live the King . As the bestselling novelist and award-winning writer for the pilot episode of the original Upstairs Downstairs , Weldon magnificently lifts the curtain on early twentieth-century British society, upstairs and downstairs, under one stately roof.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013.
Edition: First U.S. Edition.
ISBN: 9781250028020
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 25 cm


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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.

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.

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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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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