Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Downton Abbey Bookshelf

You know the classics of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte and John Keats. But Downton Abbey fans drawn to the English manor lifestyle might enjoy adding these books to their libraries, as well.

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle

Learn the story behind Highclere Castle and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants, Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon and the basis of the fictional character Lady Cora Crawley. Drawing on a rich store of materials from the archives of Highclere Castle, including diaries, letters, and photographs, the current Lady Carnarvon has written a transporting story of this fabled home on the brink of war.

Jane Austen Fiction

"Amanda Grange has hit upon a winning formula and retells the familiar story with great verve."
~ Historical Novels Review

Author Amanda Grange has reimagined several of Brit lit favorite Jane Austen's beloved novels from the perspective of the leading man. Drawn to their beautiful covers, I picked up a couple of these books a few years ago. These are on my list of books to read.

A Jane Austen Devotional (Devotional Classics Series)

And this book is on my nightstand. The book is written and compiled by Steffany Woolsey, who encourages readers,"This book was crafted with the hope that readers would take the opportunity to get lost in the world of Jane Austen -- a place where we can all pause in solitude, as though we've just finished a stroll in the garden with Jane and are now sitting down with her to tea, reflecting on important life lessons and taking in the beauty of the countryside. Through excerpts from her work, short devotions, and Scripture, we hope this book will bring you moments of peace while you allow God's Word to shape your character."

Tea with Jane Austen

Author Kim Wilson asks, "Who would not want to sit down with Jane Austen and join her in a cup of tea? Here for the first time is a book that shares the secrets of one of her favorite rituals." With recipes, illustrations and information about teatime traditions in Austen's life, this book is on my wish list.

Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden: From the Archives of Country Life

For those of us who long to roam the English countryside in search of secret gardens, this book might be the next best thing. Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) is considered the most important garden designer of the Twentieth Century. Click the pink links above to browse The Country House Garden and the other suggested books.

Tomorrow, a charming series fans of Downton Abbey need to watch!

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