Monday, January 23, 2012

Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor giveaway: We have a winner

I used a random number generator to pick a winner for Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor:

Congratulations to Else, who was the first commenter on this post. Else, you should have received an e-mail from me this a.m. requesting your mailing address.

Thanks to all of you for entering. I haven't, unfortunately, finished the book -- too much work these last few weeks! -- but I'm at the part where Rose is learning how to handle the most difficult Lady Astor. It's indeed a fascinating read.

On another note: what do you think of Downton Abbey so far? I'm liking it but wish they'd focus more on the developing relationship between Lady Sybil and Branson. I'm kind of tired of Lady Mary and Matthew ... just get married already! And it's bugging me that the storyline would have us believe that three single rich marrying-age females in that age would stay single from 1912 until 1918/1919!


  1. Enjoying Downton but the Lady Mary/Matthew thing is agonizing. Have to say though that it wouldn't really have been too unusual for the three of them to remain spinsters at that time. Their class lost more men in WW1 than any other; ironically, many poorer young men weren't healthy enough to fight, so the upper classes, being a lot fitter, stronger and healthier, all got sent off. In the book I mentioned in your previous post (Unquiet Souls) the number of aristocratic families who lost sons was unbelievable.

  2. Hmm, even though all three (presumably) were of marriageable age in 1912 and England didn't enter WWI until 1914? Two years was an eternity on the marriage market. I can see if they came of age during the war.

  3. Thank you, Diana! Can't wait to receive the book!


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