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Title: Upstairs Downstairs. The Complete Series
ISBN: 9780767087377
Notes: A formal introduction to the Bellamys of 165 Eaton Place explores the private lives of the beautiful Lady Marjorie, her politician husband Richard, and their devoted staff of servants during the Edwardian era.

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Title: The Luxe
Author: Anna, Godbersen
ISBN: 9780061345661
Notes: Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan's social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City's elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone--from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud--threatens Elizabeth's and Diana's golden future.

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Title: The Secret Garden
Author: Burnett, Frances Hodgson
ISBN: 9781402778728
Notes: A ten-year-old orphan comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors where she discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden. Burnett's classic story of a disagreeable and self-centered little girl and her equally disagreeable invalid cousin is as real and wise and enthralling now as it was when it was first written over 75 years ago.

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Title: Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey : the Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle
Author: Carnarvon, Fiona
ISBN: 9780770435622
Notes: Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration and setting for Julian Fellowes’s Emmy Award-winning PBS show, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants, Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon.

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Title: Room With a View
Author: Forster, E. M
ISBN: 0679724761
Notes: While on a Continental vacation with her stern older cousin for a chaperone, a middle-class English girl, Lucy Honeychurch, receives dueling proposals of marriage. One will advance her socially, the other offers the chance of true happiness.

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Title: Howards End
Author: Forster, E.M.
ISBN: 0679406689
Notes: The disregard of a dying woman's bequest, a girl's attempt to help an impoverished clerk, and the marriage of an idealist and a materialist - inheritance and class in a rigid social system - fans of Downton Abbey will cheer Forster's masterpiece.

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Title: The Forsyte Saga
Author: Galsworthy, John (1920)
ISBN: 0743245024
Notes: The three novels which make up The Forsyte Saga chronicle the ebbing social power of the commercial upper-middle class Forsyte family between 1886 and 1920.

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Title: The American Heiress
Author: Goodwin, Daisy
ISBN: 9780312658656
Notes: Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. However, nothing is quite as it seems.

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Title: The Go-Between
Author: Hartley, L.P.
ISBN: 9780940322998
Notes: "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there." So begins L.P. Hartley's beautiful story of class, romance, and heartbreak on an English estate in summer of 1900.

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Title: Darker Still : a Novel of Magic Most Foul
Author: Hieber, Leanna Renee
ISBN: 9781402260520
Notes: "It was as if he called to me, demanding I reach out and touch the brushstrokes of color swirled onto the canvas. It was the most exquisite portrait I'd ever seen--everything about Lord Denbury was unbelievable...utterly breathtaking and eerily lifelike." There was reason for that. Because despite what everyone said, Denbury never had committed suicide. He was alive. Trapped within his golden frame.