Long Live the King

Long Live the King

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A second installment in the trilogy by the award-winning author of the original Upstairs Downstairs follows the restoration of the Dilberne fortune and manor at the turn of the 20th century, when Lord Robert and Lady Isobel assist coronation plans for Edward VII, anticipate the birth of a grandchild and debate the future of an orphaned niece.

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From the award-winning writer of the original Upstairs Downstairs—the second novel in an irresistible trilogy about an Earl's family and his servants at the turn of the twentieth century.
As 1901 comes to an end, there is much to be grateful for: The Dilberne fortune has been restored, and the grand Dilberne Court, with its one hundred rooms, has been saved. Lord Robert's son, Arthur, is happily married to Chicago heiress, Minnie, who is pregnant and trying to come to terms with her new role as lady of the manor, and her charming but controlling mother-in-law, Lady Isobel. As Lord Robert and Lady Isobel get caught up in the preparations of the coronation of Edward VII, they debate the future of their recently orphaned niece, Adela. Isobel and Minnie want to take her in; Robert and Arthur do not. While they argue, Adela runs away and joins a travelling group of spiritualists and has a life-saving run-in with the king.
With Long Live the King, Fay Weldon continues the magnificent trilogy that began with Habits of the House. As the award-winning writer for the pilot episode of the original Upstairs Downstairs, Weldon brings her deservedly famous wit and insight to this novel of love and desire, morals and manners.



Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013
Edition: First U.S. Edition
ISBN: 9781250028013
9781250028006
Branch Call Number: FICTION WELDON 2013
Characteristics: 344 pages cm

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uncommonreader
Apr 02, 2014

The second book in Weldon's trilogy is set in the period leading up to the coronation of Edward VII. The series is more upstairs than downstairs, with the lives of the servants almost a footnote.

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EmilyEm
Aug 27, 2013

A niece Adela whose parents die in a fire is just what this trilogy needed. Spiritualism in its many guises is all the rage and what a production it is to have a Coronation!

Weldon mixes lots of the era?s real people with the fictional family, making it fun reading. Now I can?t wait for the next one.

hgeng63 Jul 08, 2013

These characters are very flat. I find it difficult to empathize with them. The only real liveliness are in the details only a woman would notice. I enjoyed the Gilbert & Sullivan & D. G. Rossetti references in the character of Princess Ida.

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TheresaAJ
Jun 19, 2017

In this second volume of Weldon's Love & Inheritance Trilogy, Lord Robert and Lady Isobel are caught up in the coronation preparations for King Edward VII, son of the late Queen Victoria. Arthur's new automobile business at Dilberne Court, Rosina's elopement and departure to Australia, and the appearance of a suddenly orphaned niece all add to the confusion and swirling chaos of the Hedleigh household. The servants' sharp-eyed observations and working around mechanisms provide a sharp social commentary to everyday life in class-divided England.

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TheresaAJ
Jun 19, 2017

"The worms crawl in, The worms crawl out, They go in thin And they come out stout..."

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