Goodreads Monday (add your links in the comments section for all to see!) – Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey

Welcome to the new home of Goodreads Monday! I have taken over the role of host from Lauren’s Page Turners who no longer blogs about books.

Goodreads Monday allows you to post about what books are on your “to read” lists, the progress you have made on your current books and reading challenge, and any other Goodreads news!

✨Don’t forget to add your link in the comments section so that we can all see each other’s posts!✨

The book that I have chosen this week is Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Lady Fiona Carnarvon became the chatelaine of Highclere Castle – the setting of the hit series Downton Abbey – eight years ago. In that time she’s become fascinated by the rich history of Highclere, and by the extraordinary people who lived there over the centuries.

One person particularly captured Fiona’s imagination – Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon.

Almina was the illegitimate daughter of banking tycoon Alfred de Rothschild. She was his only daughter and he doted on her. She married George, the Earl of Carnarvon, at 19 with an enormous dowry.

At first, life at Highclere was a dizzying mix of sumptuous banquets for 500 and even the occasional royal visitor. Almina oversaw 80 members of staff – many of whom came from families who had worked at Highclere for generations.

But when the First World War broke out, life at Highclere changed forever.

History intervened and Almina and the staff of Highclere were thrown into one of the most turbulent times of the last century. Almina was forced to draw on her deepest reserves of courage in order to ensure her family, the staff and the castle survived.

This is the remarkable story of a lost time. But Highclere remains and in this book, Fiona weaves Almina’s journey into the heritage and history of one of England’s most exquisite Victorian castles.”

I visited Highclere Castle a while back and saw this book. Together with my love of old buildings, I also loved the first couple of seasons of Downton Abbey (then never went back to it. I need to rectify this at some point!) so this book was perfect. I just then never got the time to read it.

Currently Reading Progress:

Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins 54% read

Finding Me Perfectly Fine by Tasneem Abdur-Rashid 11% read

The Bay by Allie Reynolds 19% read

Progress On My Reading Challenge:

I have read 60/97 books!

What book is on your Goodreads list? How is your reading progress and challenge going?

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