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If you're eagerly awaiting Season 4 of Downton Abbey, here are some books and DVDs to keep you busy until January 5th.
 

       

Fiction

Maid to Match
Gist, Deeanne
F Gist
From the day she arrives at the Biltmore, Tillie Reese is dazzled - by the riches of the Vanderbilts and by Mack Danvers, a mountain man turned footman. Tillie is enlisted to help tame Mack's rugged behavior and the resulting sparks threaten Tillie's efforts to be chosen as Edith Vanderbilt's lady's maid.

The House at Tyneford
Solomons, Natasha
F Solomons
It's the spring of 1938 and no longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna. Nineteen-year-old Elise Landau is forced to leave her glittering life of parties and champagne to become a parlor maid in England.

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall
Klassen, Julie
F Klassen
Margaret Macy flees London, disguised as a housemaid, to avoid marriage to a dishonorable man. If she can remain unwed until her next birthday, she will receive an inheritance, and with it, sweet independence.

Habits of the House
Weldon, Fay
F Weldon
The Earl of Dilberne is facing serious financial concerns. The ripple effects spread to everyone in the household. The arrival on the London scene of Minnie, a beautiful Chicago heiress with a reputation to mend, seems the answer to all their prayers.

The House at Riverton
Morton, Kate
F Morton
Living out her final days in a nursing home, ninety-eight-year-old Grace remembers the secrets surrounding the 1924 suicide of a young poet during a glittering society party hosted by Grace's English aristocrat employers, a family that is shattered by war.

The Crimson Rooms
McMahon, Katherine
F McMahon
Evelyn Gifford is still haunted by the death of her brother James in the trenches, so when a woman claiming to have been James's lover appears, her world is overturned - especially when the woman, Meredith, brings a child who is allegedly James's son.

The American Heiress
Goodwin, Daisy
F Goodwin
Presents the story of vivacious Cora Cash, whose early twentieth-century marriage to England's most eligible duke is overshadowed by his secretive nature and the traps and betrayals of London's social scene.

Falling Angels
Chevalier, Tracy
F Chevalier
In a novel of manners and social divisions set against the backdrop of turn-of-the-century England, two girls from different classes become friends, and their families' lives become intertwined in the process.
 

Non-fiction

Upstairs and downstairs : the illustrated guide to the real world of Downton Abbey
Warwick, Sarah
941.0823 War
This beautifully illustrated book takes readers on a guided tour of a single day in an upper-crust English home of the Edwardian era.

Life below stairs : true lives of Edwardian servants
Maloney, Alison
941.0823 Mal
Thoroughly researched and reliably informed, this charmingly illustrated volume also contains first-hand stories from the staff of the time, making it a must-read for anyone interested in the lifestyle and conduct of a bygone era.

Lady Almina and the real Downton Abbey : the lost legacy of Highclere Castle
Carnarvon, Fiona, Countess of
B Carnarvon
Lady Alma—the inspiration for Lady Cora Crawley--distinguished herself as a brave and remarkable woman, throwing open the doors of Highclere Castle to tend to the wounded of World War I.

Servants' hall : a real life upstairs, downstairs romance
Powell, Margaret
B Powell
Rose, the under-parlourmaid to the Wardham Family at Redlands, took a shocking step: She eloped with the family's only son, Mr. Gerald.
 

          

DVDs

Berkeley Square
Leach, Rosemary
791.45 BER
Three young nannies grow to be close friends as they manage the unpredictable road to love and happiness in the posh world of turn-of-the-century, upper-crust London.

Bramwell Seasons 1-3
Redgrave, Jemma
791.45 Bra
Bramwell follows the fortunes of Dr. Eleanor Bramwell in her pursuit of public health and private amours in Victorian-era London.

Gosford Park
Smith, Maggie
791.43 Gos
A 1930s drama that revolves around the relationships between guests and servants at a dinner party gone horribly wrong.

Upstairs, Downstairs, Seasons 1-5
Marsh, Jean
791.45 Ups
It's 1936, and six years since parlor maid Rose left 165 Eaton Place, when fate brings her back as housekeeper to its new owners
 

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