Non Fiction Review: Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey

Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon
Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey
by Fiona Carnarvon

4 out of 5 stars


In 1922, Catherine married Lord Porchester, and eventually became the Countess of Carnarvon, and Highclere Castle was her home. This book follows the family living at Highclere, and their neighbors and staff, through the roaring 1920’s and the devastation of WWII. During this time, Highclere Castle was used as a children’s nursery school for children fleeing the bombs in London.

I loved the mixture of history and personal anecdotes in this book. The book is completely non-fiction, but the writing feels like fiction because it pulls you into the story.

I was expecting to skim through most of this, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it extremely interesting and readable. I didn’t skim any of it, and I truly felt connected to the beautiful history and the Carnarvon family.
Lady Catherine goes through such heart-ache, and there are so many changes at Highclere through the years, but she remains courageous through it all. I loved learning about her family, her children, and her beautiful legacy.

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