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"The House at Tyneford is a wonderful, old-fashioned novel that takes you back in time to the manor homes, aristocracy and domestic servants of England. In this setting, Natasha Solomons gives us a courageous heroine whose incredible love story will keep you in suspense until the final page."—Kathleen Grissom, author of The Kitchen House
“The House at Tyneford is an exquisite tale of love, family, suspense, and survival. Capturing with astonishing detail and realism a vanished world of desire and hope trapped beneath rigid class convention, Natasha Solomons's stunning new novel tells the story of Elise Landau, a Jewish Austrian teenager from a family of artists, who is forced to flee her home in Vienna carrying only a guide to household management and her father's last novel, hidden on pages stuffed inside a viola. Elise hides as a parlor maid in a fine English country estate, but soon she discovers that passion can be found in the most unexpected places. Already a bestseller in Britain, American readers will thrill to The House at Tyneford.”—Katherine Howe, New York Times bestselling author of The House of Velvet and Glass
“Like Downton, this romance compellingly explores the upstairs-downstairs dynamic of estate life.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Solomons’s poignant tale provides richly textured details that hold the reader’s interest. Fans of Ann Patchett will find Solomons’s style similar and will appreciate how the subdued tone and the quiet of the countryside contrast with the roar of war.”—Library Journal
“Halfway though, I was so invested in this gorgeously written story that I could barely read on, fearful that what I wished to happen would never come to pass. Permeated with an exquisite sadness, it reminded me of Atonement . . . I adored this book.”—Donna Marchetti, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
I read it over Christmas and it's the first book in a very long time that I have read so quickly, mostly because I just couldn't put it down.
The story is well worth reading: nicely written on interesting themes featuring well developed characters, a good storyline, and very descriptive settings.
Elise Landau finds her way to the estate of Tyneford after leaving her homeland of Vienna for the opportunity to work as a housemaid for Mr. Rivers.
Finished in two evenings. Hard to put down. Would highly recommend. A great story and look forward to reading other books by the author.Published 1 month ago by Lin
A beautiful story, I would recommend this book to fans of historical fiction with well developed romance.Published 1 month ago by Ella Hull
wow...what an excellent book. The story was so moving and enjoyable even thought there are sad parts. The author did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by callie
There were so many opportunities for this novel to get a foothold and take off but, alas, all were missed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Cox
Insight into a time of history many people don't know. Interesting look into family, music, careers and the tragedy of war.Published 3 months ago by Nancy D. Eden