I thoroughly enjoyed this book, being a huge fan of the TV show, Downton Abbey. Until I heard of this book I never knew the show used a real place and real people as inspirations. “Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey” tells the story of Highclere Castle and Almina who was the fifth Countess of Carnarvon. The book begins with the story of how Almina came to be married into the Carnarvon family, her dowry saving the Earl’s home just like Lady Crawley in Downton. The current Countess of Carnarvon wrote this memoir using old letters and diaries as references. It is so fun to see parallels between the historic and fictional!
I was pleasantly surprised to find that Lady Almina’s husband was highly interested in Egypt and ended up discovering the tomb of King Tut! When I was a kid I was enthralled with ancient Egypt so I very much enjoyed that aspect of this book. It was also just fun to be transported back in time and be among ladies in pretty dresses. The narrator was delightfully British, fitting the story perfectly. There’s another book after this one that I plan on listening too. Such fun!
Rating: So good!