Long Live the King

Long Live the King

Book - 2013
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December 1901: With London Society in a frenzy of anticipation for the coronation of the new king, Edward VII, the Earl and Countess of Dilberne are caught up in lavish preparations. Yet Lady Isobel still has ample time to fret, and no wonder with a new heir on the way, an elopement, family tragedy, a runaway niece, and a gaggle of fraudulent spiritualists to contend with...

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...

Publisher: London : Head of Zeus, 2013.
ISBN: 9781781850626
Characteristics: 344 p. ; 20 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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