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Reading the World of Downton Abbey: The End of Season Three

Post by Lisa Schimmer
Posted February 17, 2013 in NoveList Plus, NoveList Select, Readers' Advisory News

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SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading now if you want to avoid spoilers.


Hello (and farewell) Downton Abbey fans,

We've come to the end of Season 3 of Downton Abbey, so, sadly, this is my final post. In case you missed my previous posts, they are linked below:

Now to episode 7!

Set a year after last week’s double-feature, the Crawleys and their personal servants head to the Highlands for a hunting party at cousin Shrimpie’s. While the masters are away, the staff left behind at Downton make merry at a local carnival. A heavily pregnant Mary thinks better of the Highland fling and returns to Downton ahead of the rest of the family to give birth to a son and heir. Another tragedy befalls the much-beleaguered Crawley family.

Downton Abbey Read-alikesI think season 3 went out with a bang (Matthew) and a whimper (me and a lot of other people on the interwebs). To keep the atmosphere alive until season 4 graces our television screens, I recommend these series:

Spoils of time trilogy by Penny Vincenzi  
A family saga set during the first half of the 20th century, follows the branch of the Lytton family created from the union of aristocratic Lady Celia Beckenham to the socially inferior publisher Oliver Lytton.

Century trilogy by Ken Follett
Five disparate families experience the trials and tribulations of the modern century. Lots of drama, class angst, social conflict and more war!

Daisy Dalrymple mysteries by Carola Dunn
Just in case Edith’s next career move is amateur detective… This series follows the Honorable Daisy Dalrymple, aristocratic lady of leisure and crack sleuth, as she solves crimes plaguing her social circle in 1920s Britain.

If you enjoyed this series on Downton Abbey, please send us some feedback on our Facebook page (and let us know what other series you're interested in). And also watch for a full Downton Abbey reading list to appear in NoveList soon.

Until next year,



Lisa S. is an avid reader and a less dedicated television viewer.  She ardently loves and admires everything British, except for tea.  When she’s not cataloging for NoveList, she’s most likely reading something she came across while… cataloging for NoveList.