Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Book Review; Belgravia by Julian Fellowes



IMAGE IS NOT MY OWN. The book itself is back in Scotland and I thought a picture of actual Belgravia would be nicer than just a stock photo of the book.

Scandal. Balls. Society. All things which make up most novels set in the 19th century and all things which I adore reading about. The novels of Austen fuel my fantasy, however sometimes you just want something a little less dense? After resolving to try and read more books for leisure this year again, I went off to Waterstones gift card in hand to try and pick out some new additions to my bookshelf. I think was on a buy one get one half price offer but it was the beautiful cover which initially drew me in. Which you can't see, because I had finished it before I flew back to Germany.

It tells the story of two families, the Trenchards and the Brockenhursts and how even in their separate social spheres, their lives become entangled due to events which happen at a ball in 1815 shortly before the battle of Waterloo. Right from the start I was intrigued and I couldn't really put it down! It came all the way to St. Andrews for NYE and Edinburgh and has kept me entertained on many a train journey recently.

Although slightly predictable most of the way through, the revelation at the end was definitely not what I expected and it is a book I would recommend to anyone who is interested in this kind of literature or even just wants a good read that's not too taxing but still has a bit of depth.

My favourite character has to be Anne Trenchard, who throughout the novel seems to stick to her character and gut, and always has her family's best interests at heart. I do feel sorry for her at the end even though it does all seem to work out well. The plot is mainly driven by the two female heads of family and I would go as far to say that in all the partnerships within the book it is the female characters who are the strongest which is pretty refreshing.

Really interestingly, this book was first published online in serial format, and you can read the first episode on the website here! Fellowes is also the executive producer on Downton Abbey and wrote the screenplay for Young Victoria and Romeo and Juliet if you need any more convincing...

If you have any recommendations of good books you have read recently then please let me know in the comments as I'm always on the look out for more! XOXO
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  1. I've not heard of this book, but I think I'll really like it! I love unexpected endings... We were liars is a real shocker!
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.com/

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    1. I haven't heard of that one, will keep an eye out! Xx

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  2. What a great review, thank you!

    https://youtu.be/L6M0GOD2HGo

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    1. Really glad you liked it, thanks for reading! Xx

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