‘An engrossing debut…a sparkling jewel: full of fascinating detail, high drama and sly wit’ Amanda Foreman

‘Lively interlinked historical vignettes display distinct post-Downton commercial savvy…a pleasurably subtle web of connections…a beguilingly effortless read’ Daily Mail

‘An affecting, intelligent debut which goes way beyond post country house antics’ Guardian

‘I adored this book; I saw it as a love letter to a vanished way of life…Very touching and very compelling’ Penny Vincenzi

‘A compelling saga’ Woman’s Own

‘The author has skilfully held together a complex tale with numerous characters and has also imbued each vignette with faultless historical details’ Country Life

‘Absorbing social history…sharpened by Wilhide’s fine ear for dialogue and her wry sense of humour Financial Times

‘A panoramic view of English family life…any reader who loves history and houses will enjoy this verbal magic lantern show’ Charlotte Moore

‘Meaningful, fresh storytelling is combined with a celebration of English design in this delightful read’ We Love This Book

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