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As the London Season of 1899 comes to an end, the world is poised on the brink of profound, irreversible change. In his luxurious – albeit rented – townhouse at No. 17 Belgrave Square, the Earl of Dilberne finds his own world threatened by unaccustomed financial concerns. Lord Robert can see no financial relief to an already mortgaged estate, and, though the Season is over, his thoughts turn to securing a suitable wife (and dowry) for his son. The arrival on the London scene of Minnie, a beautiful heiress whose reputation has been compromised back in Chicago, seems to answer their prayers – even if her father is a meat baron who would not be received in polite society under less desperate circumstances.
As the award-winning writer of the pilot for the original Upstairs Downstairs, Fay Weldon brings a deserved reputation for magnificent storytelling. With wit and sympathy – and no small measure of mischief – Habits of the House plots the interplay of restraint and desire, manners and morals, reason and instinct.
The audiobook is read by the very talented Katherine Kellgren, who so beautifully voiced the bestselling The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin among other extremely impressive works. The Washington Post even wrote that “Katherine Kellgren, a truly accomplished voice actress, affects a la-di-da intercontinental accent for the narration of this puree of Edith Wharton, ‘Downton Abbey’ and pulp romance.” Kellgren’s performance on Habits of the House is even more compelling, making this audiobook program an absolute must-have for the seasons!