Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Belgravia / Julian Fellowes, 402 pp.

I picked this audiobook up after reading a glowing review in Booklist, and I wasn't disappointed.  Fellowes is the author of Downton Abbey, and he's concocted another gorgeous period piece full of Upstairs / Downstairs class tension and lavish detail.  Anne Trenchard, wealthy merchant's wife, and the Countess of Brockenhurst go into lady-like battle to determine the fate of handsome Charles Pope, a young man of mysterious origins who all the best people in London suddenly want to meet.

With the exception of Bahni Turpin's True Meaning of Smekday, this is the best reading I've heard.  Juliet Stevenson did a fabulous job of smoothly creating distinct voices for a large cast of characters and bringing the story to life.

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