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Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey

Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey - Fiona,  Countess of Carnarvon I just...couldn't finish it. I'm a little disappointed, honestly--I was sure this one had so much potential, both as a book, and from a marketing standpoint. Hello? Who doesn't want to read more about Downton Abbey?? I do!

Obviously, I didn't expect the "real" Downton to be like the show (soapy and full of intrigue and death and sexytimes). And as much as I like to believe that everyone has a story worth telling, I've come to the conclusion that not everyone's story will fill a novel.


The portions referring to Lord Carnarvon V's involvement with Tut's tomb were fascinating to me, but the rest read like faithful journalling, rather than an attempt at storytelling. I took what I intended to be a weekend hiatus, and just couldn't make myself go back. Bummer, all around.

Advance copy received via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.