Long Live the King

Long Live the King

[a Novel]

Book - 2013
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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.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013, c2013
ISBN: 9781781850619
9781250028006
Branch Call Number: WELD
Characteristics: 344 pages

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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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