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Tyringham Park (Tyringham Park #1)

3.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  433 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
The country estate of Tyringham Park is the epitome of wealth and privilege. Home to the Blackshaws, it finds itself the backdrop to tragedy.

It is a beautiful day in 1917, and Tyringham Park is in an uproar after Victoria Blackshaw, an innocent toddler, disappears without a trace. The feverish search for Victoria soon uncovers jealousies and deceits that both the upstair
Mass Market Paperback, 522 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Poolbeg Press Ltd (first published April 23rd 2012)
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Chloe (Paint and Butterflies Books)
So, I have become a little addicted to the book haul videos on Youtube, you know the ones when avid readers tickle your taste buds with there monthly reading lists.

I purchased Tyringham Park by Rosemary McLoughlin on the promise of it being just like Downton. Now, as an avid Downton Abbey fan I think I was bamboozled into buying this book mainly by the big house on the cover and the Amazon quotes that stated if you love Downton Abbey you will love this, I can’t stress enough how this is nothing
Mar 05, 2014 Mirella rated it really liked it
Tyringham Park is an epic family saga about the wealthy Blackshaw family who live on a large estate in Ireland. The story begins when the youngest daughter, a young child named Victoria, goes missing. As the story unfolds, the personalities and motivations of family and servants within the household are slowly revealed as the family structure begins to fall apart. At the heart of the story is Charlotte. Ignored by her cold, unloving mother, she suffers horrendous abuse by her nanny.

I love histo
Meg - A Bookish Affair
"Tyringham Park" is the story of a rich family who is deeply affected when when of their daughters disappears. Charlotte, the daughter who is left behind, is constantly reminded of what happened to her young sister, Victoria. She feels guilty because she is still there when her sister is gone but there may be more than meets the eye there.

It took me a bit to get into this book. This book has been compared to Downton Abbey but it is quite different. Yes, there is a little bit of the tension betw
Tyringham Park is an unusual novel. The cover review equates it to the Last September meets Downton Abbey, which is what initially drew me in. While it’s set in Ireland during WWI and deals with the aristocracy like Last September and while everyone is particularly nasty to one another and there’s upstairs/downstairs drama like Downton Abbey, that’s where the comparisons ends.
The novel centers on the psychological life of Charlotte Blackshaw, the wealthy daughter of landed gentry. There’s insig
Aug 21, 2015 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
puhh.. endlich durch! dieses Buch ist mir einfach zu negativ!
Margaret Madden
Jul 25, 2015 Margaret Madden rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
A country estate in Ireland, Tyringham Park is the home to Blackshaw family. The disappearance of baby Victoria, has left an empty space in the hearts and minds of many. Sister Charlotte is haunted by her memory, while mother, Edwina is sure that a missing staff member is the key to the missing child. The dark shadows of Tyringham Park hide the chilly atmosphere of the house and its residents.
A tale of clear division between landed gentry and their staff, secrets and lies and the need
Jun 13, 2015 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: downton-esque
A bit of a darker twist on the 'Downton' genre, but one I actually enjoyed nonetheless. McLoughlin did an excellent job of making these characters so very full of flaws, to the point there there really is no single character that is really all that admirable. Nurse Dixon, for example, scared the hell out of me. Talk about creepy.

May 14, 2015 Tracy rated it it was ok
Slow, drawn out, clunky, unlikeable characters and not in a good way. 2 stars is being generous.
Shonna Froebel
May 19, 2014 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel begins during World War I and ends during World War II. It is set mostly in Ireland, but a little in Australia. As the book begins, the youngest child of the manor, Victoria, just a toddler has disappeared from her carriage when left along for a time by her mother. A great search is launched and theories range from drowning in the nearby river to being snatched by a servant who has just left to emigrate to Australia.
The older child, 8-year-old Charlotte, seems deeply upset by the news
Mar 11, 2014 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty interesting read from a new author. You have family drama, suffocating social mores, interesting characters, and a mystery all wrapped into one. I think one the best parts of the novel was the character development. McLoughlin certainly adopted plenty of stock character types, but she developed them into living people for her reader, and it made the story just that much better. The twisting plot was good and reminiscent of a Kate Morton novel, but I thought one of Charlotte's adventures ...more
Feb 24, 2014 Chelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book turned out to be nothing like I expected it would be. Marketing for the book compared it to Downton Abbey, which I cannot get enough of, but I found this book to be more emotional and heartbreaking than Downton Abbey ever had time to be. This book was a nice surprise and different from any other book I had read this month. The story focuses around Charlotte Blackshaw, who has lived her life constantly in the shadow of her younger sister, Victoria. There is only one problem with this si ...more
Connie Fischer
May 14, 2015 Connie Fischer rated it it was amazing
1917 - Tyringham Park, Ireland

Little Victoria Blackshaw, age 22 months, has been taken out for a stroll in her pram by her mother, Lady Edwina. Thinking she was sleeping, her mother left in to go to the stables. When she returned, Victoria was gone. Fearing she had wandered over to the river and drowned, everyone searched for her but she was never found.

Victoria’s older sister, Charlotte, was left to bear the brunt of her mother’s temper. Her mother felt she was ugly and could never measure up t
Lis Carey
Mar 14, 2014 Lis Carey rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
During a forty-minute period of inattention while her mother is otherwise engaged at the estate's stables, little Victoria Blackshaw, the cherished, pretty, younger daughter, disappears from her pram. The repercussions haunt her mother, her eight-year-old sister Charlotte, and the servants for years to come.

With no clues to what happened, rather than accept that Victoria got out of her pram and wandered to the rain-swollen river, Lady Edwina Blackshaw focuses on Theresa Kelly, a servant who left
Jul 24, 2015 Victoria rated it liked it
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Laura Pearl
Apr 10, 2014 Laura Pearl rated it liked it
When I looked at the back cover of "Tyringham Park" and saw a blurb that described it as "an Irish Downton Abbey," I was convinced it would be just my cup of tea. This novel about the secret goings-on and inner workings of a grand Irish estate, and the relationships between the wealthy landowners who inhabit it and the people who serve them, is a well-written page-turner. It got to the point where I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next and I simply couldn't put it down. McLoughlin ...more
Feb 27, 2014 mari rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, arc
This is the story of the Blackshaw family- wealthy, British landowners in Ireland- and the people that serve them at Tyringham Park. The disappearance/death of the youngest Blackshaw begins this tragic, yet entertaining saga.

I could not put this one down. It starts off right away with the disappearance of 2 year old Victoria Blackshaw. We are quickly introduced to the large cast of characters- absentee father, uninvolved mother, the older, forgotten daughter and a manipulative and abusive Nanny
Mar 10, 2014 Kate rated it liked it
I was sold on Rosemary McLoughlin’s Tyringham Park when it was compared to Downton Abbey. Have I mentioned how much I love Downton Abbey? It’s a lot. A friend commented that every episode of Downton is about making cups of tea. Perhaps, but such elegant cups of tea!

Anyway, the Downton reference was enough but when I read the blurb for Tyringham Park I felt there could have been a little of Ian McEwan’s Atonement in there as well. Hooray!

It was a slow start. The characters were a little wooden (m
Lydia Presley
It's hard to find someone who hasn't heard of Downton Abbey these days. And most of those people have watched at least an episode or two. I am in the camp that looks forward to every episode with an aching heart, knowing that in spite of every good intention, the family lives in an era where heartbreak is bound to happen due to various things well beyond their control. So, since I already harbor a desire to immerse myself in the world of Downton Abbey, it's only natural that when it's on break, ...more
Aug 09, 2014 Irenic rated it it was amazing
This is a novel covering a generation in the story of a dysfunctional, inbred family of nobility in early 20th century Ireland. While the focus shifts from character to character and from past to present, it mainly centers around Charlotte, the neglected oldest daughter of the Blackshaw family. The only stability in her young life was a couple members of the estate staff, but circumstances cause even them to come and go to and from her world. And these circumstances make this novel un-put-down-a ...more
Oct 12, 2014 Theresa rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult-fiction
Victoria, just under two years old, is missing. No one can find her anywhere. Her pram is left sitting under a tree in the courtyard, after her mother had taken Victoria from the nurse for a walk.

Was Victoria abducted? did she climb out of the carriage and fall into the river? why did her mother leave the carriage unattended? no one can seem to find any answers...

At the time young Victoria goes missing, Charlotte, her older sister, is eight years old. The nurse Miss Dixon is abusive and just pla
Jan 05, 2014 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rosemary McLoughlin's Tyringham Park (Atria, digital galley), which will be published next month, is much more melodramatic. It begins on a summer day in 1917 when "the pretty one'' -- toddler Victoria Blackshaw -- disappears on the huge estate in Ireland. The handsome stable manager and the kindly housekeeper are the most concerned. "The plain one'' -- eight-year-old Charlotte -- is mute in the aftermath of her sister's disappearance, ignored by her pompous father in London, and victimized at h ...more
Jan 10, 2013 Martha rated it liked it
unfortunately it seemed to me that everybody turned into selfish self absorbed people by end if book and I didn't much care what happened to any of them.
Feb 16, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
My review is at Reading the Past.
Robbins Library
Tyringham Park is filled with character types rather than true characters. They are two-dimensional and don't even seem to know themselves. The protagonist(?) of the book is Charlotte, who is a talented rider and painter, but without a mentor (Manus the horse trainer, Cormac the painting tutor), she believes her mother's and nurse's poor opinion of her, and sinks into passivity. The ending is unabashedly melodramatic.

This book was a disappointment; those who are looking for a historical family
Oct 24, 2012 Bernadette rated it did not like it
Don't believe the blurb. This is nothing like Downton Abbey
Sep 07, 2015 Nat rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: own-to-read
I read the blurb of this book and was excited to start it. After purchasing it I read the reviews on Goodreads and was disappointed to see all the low ratings. I read the reviews with an open mind and I feel that I am in the minority because I really enjoyed this book!
I found that I sympathised with each character and understood their motives which is what every great writer aspires to. You must be able to connect with not only the hero but also the villain.
I loved the fact that the main charact
Aug 27, 2015 Corey rated it liked it
As I reflect on my overall experience reading this novel, I'd have to say my review is closer to "it was okay" than "I liked it". I have nudged over to three stars just because the writing is quite good. Where McLoughlin--and I'm also trying to give her some credit because this is only her first novel--needs to make some course adjustments in the future is in wrapping up the novel more effectively, and following through on little details that her idol, clearly Austen, would never have left dangl ...more
Insgesamt hat mir das Buch nicht gefallen. Es hat seine Höhen und Tiefen, doch leider können die wenigen Höhepunkte die negativen Passagen nicht retten.

Die Charaktere sind durchweg unsympathisch. Von Zeit zu Zeit dachte ich, dass Charlotte sich macht und zur tragischen Heldin wird. Doch ihre fragwürdigen Handlungen und ihre ständigen Allüren gefielen mir nicht.

Alle anderen Charaktere waren von Anfang bis Ende unsympathisch. Das Verschwinden der kleinen Victoria verliert so schnell an Bedeutung,
Linda Bridges
Dec 24, 2014 Linda Bridges rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-books
One lovely summer day in 1917 Victoria Blackshaw, a toddler, mysteriously disappears without a trace while in the care of her inattentive mother. This has repercussions for everyone at Tyringham Park, the family estate. Older sibling Charlotte, unloved by her mother and abused by the governess, feels guilt for years that she couldn't save her baby sister. Despised by her own mother who feels the wrong child went missing, Charlotte can apparently do nothing as she grows up to win her mother's lo ...more
Elspeth G. Perkin
The disappearance of a small child and the traditional structure of upstairs and downstairs collide in this Neo-Gothic tale shrouded in mystery and hidden secrets. Tyringham Park takes the reader into the complicated hive of the fictional ancestral Irish estate of the Blackshaw family where the staff may charm guests with obedience and structure but conceals behind closed doors sinister thoughts, poisonous gossip and dark resentment. Immediately the novel opens with the disappearance of the Park ...more
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