I just finished listening to the audio book The House at Tyneford: A Novel by Natasha Solomons. I grabbed this audio book as my online library has a section that says, “If you miss Downton Abbey you might like these books”. Well that was a good way to catch me. Yes I miss Downton Abbey. Yes, I’ll try your book.
So did it live up to the hype??It was a good book. It was set during WWII. An Austrian Jewish family is fearing for their lives. The parents (who the daughter calls by their first names and was a bit confusing until I figured that out) think they have Visas secure for them but not their daughter. So the daughter is asked to go to England and work as a maid. Reluctantly she goes to the house at Tyneford. Next comes her adventures from going from someone who was once waited on, to someone who now does the waiting on.
Here’s what Amazon had to say, “Fans of Kate Morton’s The Forgotten Garden, Catherine Bailey’s The Secret Rooms, and TV’sDownton Abbey will love this New York Times bestselling sweeping historical novel of love and loss. 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. She arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay, where servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn. But war is coming, and the world is changing. When the master of Tyneford’s young son, Kit, returns home, he and Elise strike up an unlikely friendship that will transform Tyneford—and Elise—forever.”
I ended up very much enjoying the book. It was a good worth while listen. Epic book…no, but definitely worth my time. I did look for a plot twist that never did come..that’s okay though because the book as is was likely more believable.
Amazon readers say 4.2 stars….I’ll agree.