Long Live the King (Love & Inheritance Trilogy, #2)
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Long Live the King (Love & Inheritance Trilogy #2)

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From the award-winning writer of the original Upstairs Downstairs—the second novel in an irresistibletrilogyabout an Earl's family and his servants at the turn of thetwentieth century.

As 1901 comes to an end, there is much to be grateful for:The Dilberne fortune has been restored, and the grand DilberneCourt, with its one hundred rooms, has been saved. LordRobert's son, Ar...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by St. Martin's Press (first published April 1st 2013)
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Mary Lins
Fans of “Habits of the House” by Fay Weldon rejoice! “Long Live the King”, the second installment of a promised trilogy, will soon be published and it’s another tasty morsel from “Upstairs/Downstairs” writer, Weldon.

“Downton Abby” fans who need a “fix” before the next season airs will want to tap into this trilogy depicting Robert, Earl of Dilberne, and his family, his servants, his Monarchs and his trades-people. This novel revolves around the build up to the Coronation of King Edward VII, fol...more
Ruth
This is the second book in Fay Weldon's trilogy. It is 1901 and Queen Victoria is dead and her son, Bertie is getting ready for his coronation. Included are descriptions of the concern of the people at the expense of the coronation given the state of the economy and how as the economy improves the concern lessens. After Arthur's marriage to Minnie the finances of the family have improved along with Lord Dilberne's investments. An heir is on the way and Rosina continues to cause the family
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Hannah
Less irritating than the first book due to less use of reported speech, so an extra star for that. Rosnia got short shrift as a character, I think maybe Fay dislikes writing about her? Her romance is completely sketched over. The portrayal of parties with the Royal family (Isobel advising the Queen about what crown to have) and a subplot about clairvoyancy were a bit well...ridiculous, but entertaining. I found Mrs. Baum the Zionist scientist far more interesting. Don't read if you want realisti...more
The Lit Bitch
3.5 stars

The Edwardian novel captured the feeling of change and excitement of the new era marvelously!At the turn of the century we really see a shift in society, especially the titled classes of England.

I loved how Weldon portrayed this shift within the family unit. At times reading some of the situations made me laugh. I wasn’t exactly sure if this novel was meant to be a ‘comedy’ or not, but there were plenty of comedic scenes in the book that I couldn’t help but laugh out loud in places.

The...more
Deborah Henderson
Not knowing about the trilogy, nor Ms. Weldon's affiliation with Upstairs Downstairs, I selected it due to her writing that falls more in the feminist with wit and a bite category... She Devil. After starting, I wondered if she was cashing in on the Downton crowd, but now...I'm hooked...Will have to get the next one to see what happens to Adela.
Lily (Lily Pond Reads)
Take a journey to the start of the twentieth century and into the year 1901. The series continues to fall the Dilberne family. Now that their fortune was restored, Lord Robert and Lady Isobel are trying to prepare for the coronation of King Edward VII.
Midst dealing with their own family issues, the Dilberne end up with their orphaned niece Adela – who is also said to be some kind of a princess. Adela lived with her parents, until one unexpected night her house burned down. Thanks to her maid's...more
Patricia
The second work in Weldon's trilogy finds the Dilberne household and pretty much all of England preparing for/eagerly anticipating Dirty Bertie's coronation as King Edward VII. Arthur and Minnie are married happily; the Dilberne fortune is secure; Rosina is still rebelling against her parents; and the Earl and Countess of Dilberne are heavily involved in the coronation prep. Lord Robert is busy canoodling with Conseuelo Vanderbilt, the Duchess of Marlborough while Lady Isobel is fretting about h...more
Megan
Ah! How refreshing. This a light and rather happy read. It's the second within a trilogy but you don't HAVE to read the first prior to this. The book gives bits and pieces of the background so you're never lost. The pace is neither slow nor rushed. I read the book in practically a day or so. I thoroughly enjoyed it as it was rather easy going and quick. The story itself I suppose is average? I say that because nothing jaw dropping occurs. It's a story of a family in the early 1900's who are in t...more
Shawn Thrasher
Don't start Long Live the King first; pick up and read Habits of the House or you will probably be lost. Long Live the King is as fun and good as Habits of the House; Habits is more triangular, with sharper points and a little sexier; King is more circular, more humorous, softer (but not gentler). The characters are still all this strange cross of despicable and sympathetic. I didn't really like anyone in the book, but I certainly wanted to stick to the journey to see where they were going and w...more
Marla
Not as good as Habits of the House. I will definitely check the final book in trilogy out from library. Not going to pay for it!
Pina Arnone
In book 2 of the Dilberne Family trilogy the death of Queen Victoria see the ascension to the throne of her son: Edward. The Dilberne family fortune as been restored and the family will have a major role in the coronation of the king. Along the way the death of the Earl's brother brings with it the debate how to handle his orphaned daughter, Adela who joins up with a former servant and her boyfriend in a travelling group of spiritualists. Minnie, the heiress who married Arthur, the son of the Ea...more
Chris
Mar 03, 2014 Chris rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
For a book series that's supposedly about the "upstairs" and "downstairs", this one had almost no downstairs at all. Not anywhere near as good as the first one for two reasons: (1) no downstairs, and (2) altogether too much about seances and talking to the dead. I know that was the fashion of society back then, but it didn't need to be so much the central plot for one of the characters. Bleurgh. The side plots had nothing on the first novel's side plots, they barely existed, if at all, and were...more
Mo
There is no need to read this novel - the book blurb says it all, including the climax of the book. Adela’s “life-saving run-in with the king” occurs on page 341. The book is 344 pages long.

Luckily for me, I’ve learned to read only enough of a blurb to see if I would be interested in the book, mark it as to-read, and then NEVER LOOK AT THE BLURB AGAIN until after I have read said book. I also wait a few months to read anything I have researched, just to be sure that I don’t know too much about i...more
Vivienne
December, 1901 - Adela Annoys Her Father - "Will we be going to the Coronation Father?" - opening Long Live the King.

So opens the second in this trilogy set at the start of the Edwardian era. The opening chapter introduces Edwin, the younger brother of Robert, the Earl of Dilberne, and his wife, Elsie, who is a minor European princess. However, Edwin is a Church of England reverend and he hates his elder brother. He and his family live simply though sixteen-year old Adela is straining against t...more
Jesse Weinberger
Long Live the King by Fay Weldon
'Long Live the King' is part 2 of Fay Weldon's trilogy. You should begin with 'Habits of the House'.


This series is perfect for Downton Abbey fans. You will easily recognize the push and pull between the upstairs and downstairs sides of the house and society in general.




SPOILER ALERT: BELOW
Part one left us with the marriage of Arthur and Minnie. Even Mr and Mrs Baum were invited to the dinner at the home of Earl of Dilberne. After Mr Baum saved Arthur from potential disgrace, the Countess had l...more
Alisa Kwitney

This is the second book in Weldon's "Upstairs, Downstairs" style trilogy, but it is a better place to begin. While still as dry as a gin and tonic, there is more focus on characters. Adela, a classic poor little rich girl, is starved of both food and affection in the beginning of the book, but with Dickensian swiftness she is rescued and thrust into a new and exciting world of upper crust relations and theatrical occultism. At times, I wished Weldon would slow down and create more scenes -- Minn...more
Nancy McKibben
Jul 20, 2013 Nancy McKibben rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Downton Abbey and its ilk
Long Live the King
by Fay Weldon

Each winter, Downton Abby gives us a few episodes depicting life among the aristocracy in early 20th century England, and really, we fans need more. Fortunately for us, Fay Weldon provides it with her trilogy (it is referred to as such, but I could not discover a name for it), the second of which is Long Live the King.

Weldon is a serious and much-awarded writer, but her hand is just as sure with this much lighter work. The coronation of King Edward VII (Queen Victo...more
Laurie
The year is 1901, King Edward VII is soon to have his official coronation, and the Dilberne family is in a kerfuffle. Robert Dilberne is good friend of the King and so caught up in preparations for the coronation, as is his wife, Lady Isobel. Their daughter in law Minnie is pregnant, ready to do her duty by providing an heir, and daughter Rosina is still being a political agitator. Meanwhile, sixteen year old, suddenly orphaned Adela, niece to Lord Dilberne, tired of having her fate arranged by...more
Lindsey
This is the second book in the trilogy and the Hedleigh/Dilberne aristocratic family. As with the first, I had a hard time liking the characters because most of the were just cold and rude when dealing with society. I did warm up a little to Lady Isobel, the Countess of Dilberne, only because she seemed lost while the world changed around her. I missed the point of view of the "downstairs" that was so prevalent in the first book. I suppose the storyline of Ivy and her fall into providing charlat...more
Dereka
I have long been a fan of Fay Weldon. This book, like the first in the trilogy, is full of witty and ironic sentences that I much appreciate-- this one for example:

"Minnie had been so passionate about requiring no wet-nursing that isobel had given in; the baby would feed the modern way, with condensed milk".

While I loved countless sentences, the whole thing doesn't quite work for me. Fay Weldon is a wonderful writer with a large number of published books-- the trilogy feels like an assignment sh...more
Melissa
This second book in the Love & Inheritance trilogy doesn't measure up to the first book. Where Weldon stretches beyond the reach of the upstairs/downstairs into other elements of England on the cusp of the Edwardian age, she fails to reach her grasp. The subplot about Princess Ida seems silly and a distraction and is resolved in one sentence at the conclusion of the book. Some "observations" about the characters are repetitive. Doesn't mean I won't seek out the third book.
Gail Gauthier
I didn't care for this book as much as the first book in the series, Habits of the House. This one didn't have one coherent story line that everything supported. There were three stories going here, barely connected.

Like many trilogies, this second volume may simply be a place holder. I am starting the third book tonight. We'll see.
Christine Rebbert
The second in the saga of the upper-class Dilberne family in early-1900's England, and even more enjoyable than the first. Queen Victoria has died, the coronation of the new king is imminent, and that sets events in motion toward the big day, in which the Dilbernes will play a part. In the meantime, Robert's clergyman brother and his wife have died horribly in a fire, and their daughter, 15-year-old Adela -- whom the Dilbernes have never even met, due to a falling-out between the brothers years...more
Denise
The second book in the Love & Inheritance trilogy about the aristocratic Hedleigh family takes place in 1901-1902. A quick and quite entertaining read, enjoyed it more than the first one as I found Adela, a new addition to the cast of characters, to be the most likable character in the series so far.
Lisa G
The second in Fay Weldon's trilogy continues the upstairs/downstairs saga, with a spiritualism twist thrown in. I thought there was a bit too much focus on Adela, but will read the final book in the trilogy before I make a decision about the series.
Lindasp
I liked this book a bit better than "Habits of the House", the first in the series. The characters still seemed a bit one-dimensional but I enjoyed reading about the Coronation plans and preparation for King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. Interesting time.
Kathy
Good summer read. The historical references are very interesting, as is the observation of women and their role, or lack thereof in daily living. I have one more to go to finish the trilogy. Enjoyable!
Meredith
Not as much fun as the first volume in this series, due in my mind to a bizarre plot twist involving characters who are not central to the story. Nonetheless, not a bad way to spend a rainy afternoon. Especially for a Downton Abbey fan. Better than an OK read, less than a good read...really needs 2.5 stars, but Goodreads won't let me do that.
Cynthia
I am thoroughly enjoying this series. Historical fiction - lighthearted with great characters and glimpses of the royal family- it is just delightful.
Jan Polep
Book 2 of the Victorian/Edwardian aristocratic Dilberne family trilogy ends in the summer of 1902, with a coronation...after a roller-coaster ride through a pregnancy, possible kidnapping, séances, elopement, royal rumors, British politics, and menus that guarantee heartburn. I can't wait to see what the author of the original "Upstairs, Downstairs" comes up with next.

Best childbirth conversation ever... Minnie: "The doctor said to come get him when the pains are 2 minutes apart. Right now, the...more
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Fay Weldon CBE is an English author, essayist and playwright, whose work has been associated with feminism. In her fiction, Weldon typically portrays contemporary women who find themselves trapped in oppressive situations caused by the patriarchal structure of British society.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fay_Weldon
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