Finally! A monthly book series!
I’ve been meaning to start a monthly book series for quite some time now. If you check the book review that I did for The Paris Wife, you’ll know how much I love reading books and getting lost in its pages. Unfortunately, my mama duties has prefilled my days to no end. As such, I haven’t had the chance to launch this series which has been quite frustrating. Frankly, you would not believe how many articles I have already written (pages that are currently sleeping soundly on my hard drive). But tonight, I have decided to arm myself with a huge cup of coffee and sneak in some writing time. I’m glad to say that despite the month ending in three days, I am so excited to finally share my first monthly book pick for November!
Missing Downton Abbey?
It goes without saying that as an art history specialist, I adore everything that deals with history. I love stories that recount a period in time unreachable to us in the present. Truthfully, I find a lot of calm and nostalgia from it. So imagine my delight when I came upon Julian Fellowes’ novel Belgravia. Written by the same author as Downton Abbey’s, Belgravia is a story of two families with a shared secret. The novel begins with the Duchess of Richmond’s ball. Right at the eve of the battle of Waterloo, James Trenchard, a wealthy merchant with a desire to fit nobility’s circle, attends the ball along with his wife, Anne and daughter, Sophia, at the behest of Lord Edward Bellasis. From here, the story progresses to a sumptuous recounting of events in the aftermath of the ball.
What makes Belgravia different is the fact that the secret is revealed to the readers early on in the book. As such, we become privy to a secret that has yet to be disclosed to the book’s own characters. This element alone keeps one reading, thanks to the building intrigue of how the secret unravels in the book. True to Fellowes’ style, Belgravia explores every single one of its’ characters’ circumstances. Much like the famed costume drama, the story is packed with conflict and class struggle, lending a complex yet rich narrative.
Now if you’re not one for reading but are intrigued just the same, Belgravia is available as an audio book. Although I read the novel from start to finish, I still indulged myself to the first free chapter available. I have to say that the book was even more poignant, thanks to stage actress Juliet Stevenson’s voice narration, and the wonderful music along with it. It somehow felt like I was inside the book and part of the narrative listening to it.
All things considered, I found Belgravia to be a wonderful read. If you’re missing the vibe of an opulent period drama and are up for some classic English atmosphere, then I definitely recommend this book.