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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Lynne
  • Jericho, VT, United States
  • 03-10-16

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.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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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!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • marine
  • Manchaug, MA, United States
  • 01-15-15

Interesting

The storyline was extremely interesting but you need to fast forward through the endless list of names, this added no value to the story.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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

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Interesting Read

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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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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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.

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A very entertaining listen- excellent narrator.
A listener could perhaps be forgiven for forwarding over the copious lists given in the notes that are read and perhaps even nodding off during a recitation of a peerage listing- but you won’t stay asleep for long- the rest is fascinating.

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It was a very pleasant surprise

When I first heard about this book, I pictured the American heiress as a shy, socially awkward and insecure girl, mesmerized by European culture and trying to keep up with the pace of her new home, missing the tranquility and calmness of her rural home. Let's just say I was very wrong.
The American girl was spontaneous, fun, outgoing... Basically the soul of the party and the British, excluding those residing in London, lived in very bucolic areas, which came out as a surprise for those girls, who'd only discover so after the wedding.
The contrast between the American and the British society plus the disappointment of the heiresses motivated some of the societal changes that shaped our culture as we know.
The only thing I dislike about the book is how the information was structured; it could have been way more pleasant if it was disposed in a more organized fashion. Sometimes you can't really see a connection between the first and the last section and until the author puts these pieces together, you try to absorb as much as you can but fail to identify what's really important. Only on a second look it is possible to realize "oh, the book is going to focus a lot on that, that and that person. Let me pay attention so I'll remember the details and be able to picture the story". It's not going to prevent you from enjoying the book, but the book could have been much more enjoyable.