THE NEW COUNTESS, by Fay Weldon
Meanwhile, the Dilberne heir, Arthur and his Chicago-born wife Minnie have produced the expected heir and a spare (Arthur actually calls his second son "Spare" from time to time) but Minnie's ideas of raising sons clash with the Countess and her strict, getting-befuddled, long-term nanny. Minnie fears the day when James will be sent to boarding school. English wives of a certain class expect their husbands to stray; once the heirs are produced; many wives even seek romance, discretely, of course. When American Minnie, feeling even more alien than usual, finds her husband in his office staring lustfully up at a disheveled young visitor, she reacts extravagantly and leaves. With catastrophic results. The author wrote the original Upstairs-Downstairs script. This trilogy will sweep you into the glittering Edwardian era and keep you pinned there until the final line. A marvelous 5.
Find the author at www.fayweldon.com.uk
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