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Long Live the King

(Love & Inheritance Trilogy #2)

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  1,030 ratings  ·  158 reviews
From the award-winning writer of the original Upstairs Downstairs—the second novel in an irresistible trilogy about an Earl's family and his servants at the turn of the twentieth century.
As 1901 comes to an end, there is much to be grateful for: The Dilberne fortune has been restored, and the grand Dilberne Court, with its one hundred rooms, has been saved. Lord Robert's
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Mary Lins
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: complete
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
Jan Polep
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Not one of those plots that made me look forward to turning on the Playaway to see what was going to happen next. I found the dithering over invitations to the king's coronation tiresome: were they burned? lost? would Rosina get to attend? And I didn't get attached to any of the characters. I like the setting (England, 1901). And the descriptions of Adela's and Minnie's naïveté about what was happening to their bodies (maturing into womanhood, pregnancy) was done with the author's usual delicacy ...more
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I really enjoyed this instalment of the Love & Inheritance Trilogy. Much more than the first book in the series, in fact. I read this one within 24 hours! The characters were better balanced at being likeable and flawed, as well as there were less awkward sexual reference. It has really set the stage for the third book, and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens. There was a slight reference to something, almost an aside, that makes me wonder if that's what the title of the third book is ref ...more
more intriguing than the first book.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Continuing the social satire of the Edwardian upper classes and their servants, following Habits of the House. This one introduces some new characters, somewhat distant relatives of the original family, with their own eccentricities and baggage. Weldon's ability to skewer pretension is funny and seldom mean-spirited.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I like the way the characters progressed in the 2nd in the series and the storylines were fun. I'm excited to listen to the 3rd and final one!
Tory Wagner
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the second book in a series about the British monarchy. There is little of historical significance in the story, but much about ladies fashion and customs among the entitled.
Aug 23, 2013 rated it liked it
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
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Christine Rebbert
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Tracy Pierce
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is Fay Weldon's second book in this trilogy. It's a fun series about the clueless rich families in 1900 England. Queen Victoria has died and her son Bertie is next in line. Invitations have been sent to the Coronation. Lord Robert and Lady Isobel have overcome their money problems when their son marries Minnie the daughter of an American millionaire. Isobel fears her husband Robert is having an affair but she is going through the change so she maybe overreacting. Bertie is have health issue ...more
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
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!
Laura Lee
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
1901 London. Fun story, light reading. Enjoyed very much, found a new author.
Jill Meyer
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Fay Weldon's newest novel, "Long Live the King" is the middle volume in her trilogy about Edwardian society. Weldon, known for her trenchant and witty novels of social life in England, has jumped on the "Downton Abbey" bandwagon with her trilogy. She is the author of the first, the original episode of "Upstairs, Downstairs", and knows her subject pretty well.

Weldon's first book in the trilogy, "Habits of the House", was published earlier this year and introduced the reader to the Dilberne family
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I began reading this right after I finished book one, Habits of the house. This story begins about a year after that first one ends, so things have shifted somewhat in the world of the Dilbernes. This book traces the continuing story of Lord Dilberne and his family -- wife Isobel, hovering around the royals as they prepare for the coronation; son Arthur and his wife Minnie, preparing for the arrival of their first baby; and daughter Rosina, continuing to exercise her unfashionable intellect, del ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh if you are ready to escape reality and you miss the clothes, the manners, the era of Downton Abbey you need to read these books! This is the second of a trilogy and I enjoyed it immensely! Queen Victoria has just passed away and the Earl and Countess of Dilberne are helping to prepare for the coronation of the new king and queen. In addition to that exciting event they are also dealing with the imminent birth of a grandchild/heir, the death of the Earl's estranged brother and sister-in-law an ...more
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy this second book in the Love and Inheritance Trilogy as much as the first. I found it rather flat. The build-up towards Edward VII's coronation was, frankly, rather boring. The Edwardian's fascination with the supernatural and psychics was explored, but the storyline didn't really go anywhere. The characters come alive on the page in the first few chapters, but towards the end of the novel, the narrative takes them over and the whole thing becomes plot driven. The orphan, Adela is ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
In this second volume of Weldon's Love & Inheritance Trilogy, Lord Robert and Lady Isobel are caught up in the coronation preparations for King Edward VII, son of the late Queen Victoria. Arthur's new automobile business at Dilberne Court, Rosina's elopement and departure to Australia, and the appearance of a suddenly orphaned niece all add to the confusion and swirling chaos of the Hedleigh household. The servants' sharp-eyed observations and working around mechanisms provide a sharp social com ...more
Mary Beth
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
As 1901 comes to an end, there is much to be grateful for: The Dilberne fortune has been restored, and the grand Dilberne Court, with its one hundred rooms, has been saved. Lord Robert's son, Arthur, is happily married to Chicago heiress, Minnie, who is pregnant and trying to come to terms with her new role as lady of the manor.
Ray Akerboom
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
Part two of a triology is a lot more unlikely as part one. In this book coincidances and unlikelynesses are more appearant as in the first book. And though it makes the story more amusing, it also takes the whole of adventures of an Edwardian family of nobilty rather unbelievable. Which is a pity for those who tried to find something in th order of Downton Abbey. But, as I said, amusing lecture.
Dana Jennings
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Did not enjoy this one as much as the first in the trilogy but it was still a pleasure to read. I kept looking up the historical references to philosophies, structures, dress, and custom. That definitely added a layer of admiration for Weldon and all she does to be historically correct.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
These are actually quite humorous in a subtle way. Things just work out, and I find myself chuckling over the story lines and some of the things that happen. I mean this in a very good way, and highly recommend the series.
Ines Poblet
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Odd but entertaining enough.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was very entertaining! I liked it as much as the first one - hopefully the third will wrap everything up nicely!
Andrea Kauffman
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed reading. Liked the new character Adela and her development.
Peggy Daub
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's fun to read more about the same characters after reading the first book in the trilogy, but the plot here seemed a little forced to me. Still enjoyable, though!
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
More shenanigans by royalty and aristocrats.
Apr 17, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. The childbirth conversation was hilarious. Looking forward to the third and last book of this trilogy.
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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.

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  • Habits of the House (Love & Inheritance Trilogy, #1)
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