Friday, September 9, 2016

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Belgravia by Julian Fellowes


Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.

These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.


I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.


This week I'm spotlighting one of my current reads, Belgravia by Julian Fellowes.  I've just started in on it and I'm hoping that it will be able to help me with my Downton Abbey withdrawal!

Beginning:

The past, as we have been told so many times, is a foreign country where things are done differently.  This may be true - indeed it patently is true when it comes to morals or customs, the role of women, aristocratic government, and a million other elements of our daily lives.  But there are similarities, too.

56:

Anne often wondered if she had only learned to love the boy sooner, would she have tried to change the plan and insisted on bringing him up herself.

38 comments:

  1. It looks like a book that will be similar to what I understand Downtown Abbey is about. I have never seen the show, though. Hope you enjoy the read.

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    1. Somewhat similar, but it's set about 70-80 years earlier and in Lonndon. Thanks for visiting, David!

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  2. That opening sure drew me in. Sounds like a wonderful story.

    My Friday 56 from Doggone It

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    1. So far it seems to be a good one!

      Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I have been wanting to read Belgravia -- I need to fill the Downton Abbey void too! This novel sounds like it may do the trick. Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you have a great weekend.

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  4. I want to read it just because Julian Fellowes wrote it! LOVE Downton Abbey. I do miss it so....
    Happy weekend!

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    1. That was pretty much my reasoning, too... :)

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  5. I wanted to see Downton Abbey, but by the time I found the proper channel, it was several seasons in, and I was lost. I'm hoping it shows up on Netflix or Amazon Videos, so I can binge-watch it.

    Thanks for sharing; this one sounds good.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. I would love to see it for the first time again... :)

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  6. I'm suffering from Downton Abbey withdrawal too! I hope this book lives up to your expectations. The opening makes me want to settle into a comfy chair with a cup of tea and read all afternoon.
    Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog.
    Sandy @ TEXAS TWANG

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  7. Love it. The cover and your snippets reminds me of Downton already. Will have a look into it. Hope your weekend will be good! Here's my Friday Meets: http://marelithalkink.blogspot.co.za/2016/09/friday-meets-09-september-2011.html

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    1. Thanks so much, Mareli! Hope you have a good one.

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  8. The beginning really resonated with me. I'll have to look for a copy of this book. This week I am spotlighting Project Elfhome by Wen Spencer - a linked short story collection. Happy reading!

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    1. I hope you can get your hands on it! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. A friend just gave me her copy--and is letting me read it before she does. I hope it conjures up lots of Downton Abbey-like feelings.

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  10. That cover had me and then Downton Abbey was mentioned and I love period stories. Happy Friday!

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  11. I din't even realize that Downtown Abbey started out as a book. I bet this one is good.

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    1. It didn't - this is a new story from the head writer of Downton Abbey. :)

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  12. Pretty cover and it sounds interesting.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

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  13. What a fun cover, it just draws me. Thanks for the reminder that I never finished watching Downtown Abbey, books tend to distract me from tv shows.

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  14. I'm definitely planning to read this book - thanks for sharing!

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  15. I LOVE Downton Abbey so I'm definitely intrigued by this one. :D

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