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To Marry an English Lord Audiobook

To Marry an English Lord

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Publisher's Summary

From the Gilded Age until 1914, more than 100 American heiresses invaded Britannia and swapped dollars for titles - just like Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, the first of the Downton Abbey characters Julian Fellowes was inspired to create after reading To Marry An English Lord. Filled with vivid personalities, gossipy anecdotes, grand houses, and a wealth of period details-plus quotes and the finer points of Victorian and Edwardian etiquette - To Marry An English Lord is social history at its liveliest and most accessible.

©1989, 2012 Gail MacColl & Carol McD. Wallace (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"In your very flattering article about books that might please fans of Downton Abbey, I was sorry that one title was missing: To Marry an English Lord.... It is a marvelous and entertaining study." (Julian Fellowes, writer and creator of Downton Abbey)

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    Charlotte Steinbrenner 02-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Love Downton Abbey?"

    If you love the British TV show, Downtown Abbey, you'll love this book. It is the true tales of rich American girls in search of a nobleman. And noblemen in search of money to save their ancestral homes and the lifestyle someone of their rank was entitled to.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne Jericho, VT, United States 03-10-16
    Lynne Jericho, VT, United States 03-10-16 Member Since 2011

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    "Not Great on Audio"

    The organization of the book did not fit well with audio. I can see why the author would have made the lists of people, estates, etc., but they don't work very well here. They interrupt the flow of the text because the narrator reads "the box" that has the extra information. I listened to about half the book, but then I gave up.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jakk 05-08-15
    Jakk 05-08-15 Member Since 2017

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    "Fantastic"

    The narrator was excellent! She pronounced everything superbly and brought the authors' wonderful words to life. I find 19th century "society" fascinating and this book did not disappoint. Bravo!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    marine Manchaug, MA, United States 01-15-15
    marine Manchaug, MA, United States 01-15-15 Member Since 2012
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    The storyline was extremely interesting but you need to fast forward through the endless list of names, this added no value to the story.

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    If you could sum up To Marry an English Lord in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting historical information.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gail MacColl and Carol McD. Wallace ? Why or why not?

    Sure. As a long time reader of historical fiction, this book gives a lot of information about the time period I enjoy reading about.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Kate Reading gives an excellent performance in this audio book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, it was just a pleasant, informative read.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tery 10-04-15
    Tery 10-04-15

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    "better than expected"

    if you're interested in Edwardian history between England and the US you'll find this book rather interesting

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Celia 09-02-15
    Celia 09-02-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Kate Reading's voice"

    Kate Reading's voice was very annoying. I will avoid buying anything she reads in the future.

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    privacy ca,usa 05-12-16
    privacy ca,usa 05-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "i love downton abbey but this book is a hard no"
    Any additional comments?

    i am not going to make it through this book... i keep trying to listen (the narration is excellent) but the content is completely boring/uninteresting/a chore to 'read'. i love downton abbey but this book is basically listing off the names and subsequent titles of american heiresses who married british aristocracy. huge yawn!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Huntsville, Alabama 07-12-14
    Barbara Huntsville, Alabama 07-12-14 Member Since 2007

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    "Perhaps its true, money does not equal happiness"

    This is an interesting list of facts about young wealthy young American women who traded their wealth for social status and a British title. Later the young men who owned those titles but whose estates no longer supported them came to America hoping to meet these young women. But it is just a list of who did what when and superficially why.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Juana Dement 07-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "interesting but scattered"

    Enjoyable but scattered facts. Wanted more structure and less speculation. Still a nice listening entertainment.

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