Long Live the King
[a Novel]Book - 2013
1902: London Society is in a frenzy of anticipation for the coronation of the new king, Edward VII. The Earl and Countess of Dilberne are caught up in the lavish preparations, yet Lady Isobel still has ample time to fret. Her 16-year-old niece, Adela, tragically orphaned, has run off with a troupe of fake spiritualists; her plain yet clever daughter, Rosina, is threatening to elope to Australia--of all places--and her new daughter-in-law is pregnant with a potential heir, yet still completely untrained in the particular ways of the English aristocracy. With her trademark joie de vivre, Fay Weldon once again draws her readers into the lives and loves of the aristocratic Dilberne family, as they embrace not only a new century, but a new generation--a generation with somewhat radical views.
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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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