By now we are all having Downton Abbey withdrawal symptoms. Good news! Two new books like Downton Abbey just came out to whet your appetite for more Downton! You probably already know this but Season 4 premieres on January 5th, 2014. Wouldn’t it be amazing if Downton Abbey was like a soap opera that was on every day?
Books Like Downton Abbey
Both of these books came out yesterday and both “feel” like Downton Abbey.
Benedict Hall by Cate Campbell
This is a debut novel by Cate Campbell and we look for more books from her. It is a captivating read!
From the publisher, “In this richly layered debut novel, Cate Campbell introduces the wealthy Benedict family and takes us behind the grand doors of their mansion, Benedict Hall. There, family and servants alike must face the challenges wrought by World War I—and the dawn of a new age brimming with scandal, intrigue, and social change.
Seattle in 1920 is a city in flux. Horse-drawn carriages share the cobblestone streets with newfangled motor cars. Modern girls bob their hair and show their ankles, cafés defy Prohibition by serving dainty teacups of whisky to returning vets—and the wartime boom is giving way to a depression. Even within the Benedicts’ majestic Queen Anne home, life is changing—above and below stairs. “
The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio
Sarah Jio’s newest book, The Last Camellia also “feels” like Downton Abbey. We have reviewed numerous of Sarah’s books here but The Bungalow was a particular favorite- review here. Sarah is one of our favorite authors and she writes so quickly! Dare you to read this book and not want camellias around you!
From the publisher, “On the eve of the Second World War, the last surviving specimen of a camellia plant known as the Middlebury Pink lies secreted away on an English country estate. Flora, an amateur American botanist, is contracted by an international ring of flower thieves to infiltrate the household and acquire the coveted bloom. Her search is at once brightened by new love and threatened by her discovery of a series of ghastly crimes.
More than half a century later, garden designer Addison takes up residence at the manor, now owned by the family of her husband, Rex. The couple’s shared passion for mysteries is fueled by the enchanting camellia orchard and an old gardener’s notebook. Yet its pages hint at dark acts ingeniously concealed. If the danger that Flora once faced remains very much alive, will Addison share her fate?”
Both Benedict Hall and The Last Camellia will make you miss Matthew Crawley but you will enjoy both!
Here is the video clip from pbs.org of the cast’s hopes for Season 4:
The publishers of each book provided a digital review copy. All opinions are our own.
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