It’s England, 1912, and the Darlington family is on the verge of collapse. With rumors of falling finances and scandal lurking in the background, the only solution is to get free-spirited eldest daughter Maggie safely married off to a rich man. But Maggie is keeping a secret that could devastate the whole family—and so is Therese, the new French nursemaid.
When the rich Fitzhugh twins arrive for a stay at the family’s ancestral home, all eyes are on them as a possible solution to the Darlingtons’ problems. However, events soon spiral out of control when a vicious satire closely mirroring the family’s drama appears in the newspapers.
Despite my initial enthusiasm for this book upon hearing its comparison to Downton Abbey, I am sad to say that it did not live up to my expectations for two reasons: First, the historical setting was shallow and seemed poorly researched; and second, there were so many poorly transitioned plot twists and sub-dramas that I felt as if Grahame were simply going through a checklist. Perhaps more for those in search of light reading than true fans of historical fiction.