It’s only midweek and we’re already in “Downton withdrawal”. How do we get our fix between Sunday episodes?
Author and book enthusiast Teri Harman has the solution: dive into a book hand-picked for Downton Abbey addicts!
If you are one of the millions who have fallen head over heels for the British costume drama “Downton Abbey” (guilty and loving it), then here are some books you must check out. Some are about the show itself, diving deep into the history and filming of the show, and others evoke the same kind of romance and enchantment.
BOOK AS ENCHANTING AS DOWNTON ABBEY
“The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman
Set in the early 1900s, this impressive debut novel is “a story about right and wrong and how sometimes they look the same.” It’s a journey of love and moral dilemma, in a haunting setting that readers will anxiously devour.
Tom Sherbourne, a survivor of four years on the Western Front, comes home to Australia and takes a job as the keeper of a remote lighthouse. He brings with him a young, adventurous new wife, Isabel. Three years later the couple has suffered through two miscarriages and one stillbirth. One night a boat crashes on the rocky shores, a baby girl the only survivor. Isabel, still mourning her childless life, takes the baby in as her own against Tom’s better judgment.
“The House of Velvet of Glass” by Katherine Howe
In the first episode of “Downton,” the Crawley family learns that two family members have died in the sinking of the “Titanic.” This book deals with the same event and evokes some of the same emotions and sentiments.
Set in Boston in 1915, Sibyl Allston grieves the loss of her mother and sister on the “Titanic.” Seeking solace, she visits a spirit medium and is given a crystal looking glass. When mysterious images appear in the glass, Sibyl must decide if it’s just the effects of the opium or something much more. This book is full of wonder, mystery and romance. A great read.
“The Secret Keeper” by Kate Morton
When Laurel Nicholson was 16 years old she witnessed a violent crime involving her mother. Now, 50 years later, a successful actress, Laurel comes home to be there as her mother passes on. As soon as she steps into the humble farmhouse of her childhood, Laurel remembers the long-buried secrets of the past. This time she is determined to discover the answers kept hidden for so many years.
This book is captivating, compelling and beautiful. Kate Morton is an expert at spinning a tale that keeps the reader guessing until the very end. A hard-to-put-down story of family, secrets and enduring love.
All of Kate Morton’s books are romantic, enchanting and marvelous – you can’t go wrong.
“The Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro
The early 20th century was a time of great social change in England. This movement away from the days of stark separation between the social elite and those in service is a major theme of “Downton Abbey.” This touching book deals with the same social changes. Stevens, a long-time faithful butler of Darlington Hall, during a trip to the country, recalls his life in service and the happenings of a time of shifting beliefs.
Ishiguro’s novel takes the reader on an unforgettable journey with a sad and humorous love story as well as the illumination of an important part of history.
BOOKS ABOUT DOWNTON ABBEY
“The World of Downton Abbey” by Jessica Fellowes
If you really want to immerse yourself in “Downton” then pick up this gorgeous companion book. With a foreword by creator Julian Fellowes and stunning photographs by Nick Briggs, this book dives deep into the time period history, background and on-set happenings of the popular show. It’s a fascinating, insightful and beautiful read.
“The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era” by Jessica Fellowes
Brand new, just in time for season 3, this second companion book, dives even deeper into the heart of “Downton.” With insight into new characters, the history involved in season 3 and more behind-the-scenes info, this book is another must-have for true fans.
“Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle” by Countess Carnarvon
If you’re a die-hard fan then you know the name Highclere. This legendary house is the setting for Downton Abbey and creator/writer Julian Fellowes uses the house’s history as inspiration for the characters and plot of “Downton.” Written by the real-life Lady of Highclere, the Countess Carnarvon, this book tells the family history and gives interesting insight into the inspiration behind the popular drama.
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Teri Harman’s debut novel, “Blood Moon” hits shelves June 22, 2013. To read more about the Moonlight Witches visit her website teriharman.com.