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

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  827 Ratings  ·  141 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
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
more intriguing than the first book.
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
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
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
Deborah Henderson
Jun 12, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
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.
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 ...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.
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.
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bravo. Fay writes humor wryly for royalty.
Ines Poblet
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Odd but entertaining enough.
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
3.5. Not exceptional but perfectly satisfactory.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
To be honest, this is the 2nd book in the Love and Inheritance trilogy and by the time I had got to the end of this one I really didn't feel like reading the third. I may get around to it someday. I don't know if it was because it was not my usual genre of reading or the fact that I found the book just a little bit dull. This isn't something I would recommend to be fair.
Nancy McKibben
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Colleen Turner
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For anyone like me who eats up shows like Downton Abbey, an endorsement on the front of a book saying “Please read the great Fay Weldon. Downton Abbey for smart, literate readers!” would have you grabbing it as quickly as possible. Add to that the fact that she wrote the first episode of the original television series Upstairs/Downstairs, another show I really enjoy, and I was itching to start reading. Long Live the King, Ms. Weldon’s second book in her
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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
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
May 17, 2015 rated it liked it
On audiobook. This was fun, kind of down-market Jane Austen set in the age of Downton Abbey. I read the first in the series the summer we sold our house and bought a new one. I was all stressed and could only concentrate on lighter books. I wouldn't have bothered with this, except that I saw it was on audiobook.

In the first book, Minnie, an heiress from Chicago, wound up marrying Arthur, the son of an earl, Lord Dilberne, and saving the estate from being sold off in parcels. The Dilbernes are i
Jesse Weinberger
Jul 05, 2013 rated it liked it
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.

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
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.

Book 2 of a Trilogy by author Fay Welson

The year is 1901 and Queen Victoria is dead. Now everyone in interested in the Coronation of the new King Edward. Lord Robert and Lady Isobel Dilberne find themselves involved with the preparations at the invitation of the King and his Wife.

Their son Arthur is happy in his marriage to Minnie and in working on his cars. Daughter Rosina is unhappy, about anything and everything, which is a common state with her.

When Lord Robert is given 3 extra tickets to th
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's 1901-02 in England, a new king is about to be crowned, and the Hedley family, now back in the money, is up to more of their eccentric, aristocratic shenanigans. In this second installment, family heir Arthur and his American wife Minnie look forward to their first child. Isabel jockeys for position at the upcoming coronation and worries about her Robert's flirtation with a duchess. Robert ignores his recently orphaned niece, who then ends up starring in a shady business venture. And elder d ...more
Alisa Kwitney
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it

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
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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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