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FROM THE CREATOR OF DOWNTON ABBEY The New York Times bestselling novel about scandalous secrets and star-crossed lovers On the evening of 15 June 1815, the great and the good of British society have gathered in Brussels at what is to become one of the most tragic parties in history - the Duchess of Richmond's ball. For this is the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, and many of ...more
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Published July 5th 2016 by Grand Central Publishing (first published June 30th 2016)
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Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I can't help feeling like Julian Fellowes targets his stories to exactly what the Downton crowd wants. Don't get me wrong, I was as addicted to Downton as anyone. But I expect different things from my TV viewing than I do from my reading. Fellowes delivers all the elements - class conflict, romance, secrets, lot's of details about life in 1800's that I'm sure fans will adore....but he also spoon feeds the reader every thought and emotion each character is having. Nothing is left to doubt. If a c ...more
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is going to be an unabashed celebration of Juliet Stevenson, the marvelous narrator of the Belgravia audiobook. I confess I downloaded this book not because it was written by the creator of the popular TV show "Downton Abbey," but because it was read by Juliet.

I have become such a fan of audiobooks that in the past few years I have listened to more than 150 of them, and Juliet Stevenson is one of the very best performers working today. (She's also a great actress and I've loved her
Fellowes is a unique talent able to actually inhabit a world long past. Perhaps the motivations and language of people are not much changed from one or two hundred years ago, but habits have certainly changed. Fellowes navigates that earlier world of societal mores and constraints so beautifully, I would have loved to see him in action then.

In his new serialized novel called Belgravia, the illegitimate son of an unmarried daughter is arranged to grow up under the tutelage of a pastor. The boy gr
Jul 26, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
With 'Belgravia,' Julian Fellowes establishes why he should stick to tv. A strong premise, tightly sewn ending, utterly painful boredom in between. Read only if you lost your 'Downton' bluray. ...more
Maria Espadinha
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Austen Scent

Why did I chose such a title to review Belgravia?! A book that was written 2 centuries after our precious Jane?!
Is that your question?!...

If you’re really curious about it, here's what you should do:
Close your eyes, open the book randomly, and get your nose as near as possible...

Now you got it!... 😜

Footnote: I must apologize for this, hmmmm, slightly crazy review. But sometimes a lil change of style is mandatory to flee from reiterations of overwhelming boredom 😜
In person book club read #11 (Dec 2017) because we're all Downton Abbey fans.

Oh, how I miss Downton Abbey. The reruns just don't cut it for me; I want to be given some new episodes to watch. However, this book, by the same author, surpassed filling many of my Downton cravings. Not as fully developed in the 400+ pages offered, but I still loved it -- sort of like settling for a chocolate ice cream sundae when you really wanted hot fudge.

There are similarities to Downton found here, but missing, a
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3-4 stars rounded up.

It’s 1815, location Brussels and the Duchess of Richmond is hosting a ball to which ‘The Magician ‘ James Trenchard, supplier of goods to the army is surprisingly invited, accompanied by his wife Anne and daughter Sophia. During the evening news arrives of the imminent arrival of Napoleon and the officers rush out to engage his army at the village of Waterloo outside Brussels. Shortly afterwards Sophia is devastated to learn that Edmund, Lord Bellasis who she is in love wit
Jo Walton
This is that rarest thing, a book about a grandmother. It's really focused on the two grandmothers of what in most books would be the romantic hero but is here a bit part prize. As you'd expect from Fellowes, it's also about finely observed gradations of class, the agency of servants, social climbing, and loyalty. There are lovers. There's a villain, and a near villain who reforms at the last minute. There's a secret marriage and a hidden heir. There are shenanigans. There's the Duchess of Richm ...more
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
The absence of Downton Abbey on our screens, a favourite series of mine, influenced the purchase of the book, Belgravia by Julian Fellowes. Fellowes is the creator of Downton Abbey and has written two previous novels in the past. Belgravia is set in one of Britain’s most exclusive postcodes of the era. The stunning estate on the front cover caught my eye too. Belgravia is a historical fiction novel that begins around the time of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. I was certain I was going to love t ...more
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story might not be a bad television program...but as a novel, just meh. Readers expecting another Downton Abbey will be seriously disappointed.
Julian Fellowes' "Downton Abbey" is one of my favorite television shows, so I was extremely excited to read this novel. And for the most part, I wasn't disappointed. It's very Downton-esque in feel and subject matter, and there are plenty of plot twists and turns.

I loved the setting and the characters of Maria Grey and Caroline Brockenhurst. I enjoyed the pacing of the book as well. I didn't particularly care for anyone in the Trenchard or Bellasis families (the Brockenhursts are my jam), but th
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

With Belgravia, Julian Fellowes has written a comedy of manners set in the first half of the 19th century. The same attention to detail that was displayed on Downton Abbey is here on the page. And while about an earlier time period, Fellowes is still studying the social castes of English society. Like with DA, one sees both the upstairs and downstairs takes on life. But unlike the Crawley household, there is not the love between the servants and their employers. To quote Lady Brockenhurst “The s
Kim Kaso
Finished this one just before going in for major surgery as my leg has a bacterial septic infection & got admitted to ER in the time of the virus. Only physical book I grabbed. It got me through a lot, look forward to seeing the series when I get home soon. Trying to culture the infection & target the infection, throwing everything at it in the book, I think. Have so much going in my IV is like the L.A. freeway before shutdown. It was good to have a book that had engaging characters and a well-s ...more
Early Victorian slice-of-life flashbacks 25 years to the days just before the Battle of Waterloo, with particular emphasis on the events at a ball on the night before that famous battle.

Back to 1840 London; what has happened in the intervening years gradually unfolds. Who knows what, when, how and from whom is what keeps the reader ever on his/her toes. If people who live under the same roof wouldn’t insist on keeping secrets from each other—for all the wrong reasons—they’d get along ever so mu
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)

I've really been enjoying Belgravia and one of my favorite aspects of the novel is the fact that it's serialized or it can be read in "episodes." This makes the cliffhangers even more exciting. I know in the past this was a popular technique used by Charles Dickens and many others. I can see why it's so compelling when presented this way.

I also really enjoyed Fellowes' use of dramatic irony in Belgravia. We, the readers, are aware of who exactly Charles Pope is, but many of the characters are st
2 stars

Mehhhh, this was OK. When I first saw this in the bookstore I was so excited to read it - recently I've been in this historical fiction mood, and this had a gorgeous cover and promising great secrets and scandals in 1840s London. Yeah, that sounds awesome! But, unfortunately, it didn't work very well.

The story was not terrible, but the only time I was really interested was the first and last few chapters - the 300 pages in between were SO BORING. I also didn't specially like any of the
Amanda Hupe
“Lies are so complicated, she thought. And not for the first time.”

We all know why I picked up Belgravia—it is because Julian Fellowes is the author and he wrote Downton Abbey, so ’nuff said. This story begins just before the Battle of Waterloo. Sophia Trenchard has fallen in love. The night does not end as planned and will have repercussions for the next twenty-five years. Tragedy after tragedy has fallen on Sophia’s parents, but her father James Trenchard has had a lot of success in t
I've given this an A+ for narration and a B+ for content at AudioGals. Technically, I think that's a little over 4.5 stars, so I'm rounding up.

I’m sure that most people will be familiar with the name of the writer of Gosford Park and the creator of the hugely successful Downton Abbey. In his latest novel, Julian Fellowes continues to explore England’s past and to look particularly at the class system and the way in which convention and reputation so dominated British society in the 19th century.
Lauren Stoolfire
Julian Fellowe's Belgravia is an excellent novel to try if you're still experiencing withdrawal from Downton Abbey. He creates an interesting new world primarily set in 1841 and featuring the connection between an aristocratic family and a noveau riche family living in the wealthiest district of London, Belgravia. Although the novel is just over 400 pages, it's easy to speed through it, and the eleven episodes that it is comprised of help spread you along as well. I can only say that I wish it f ...more
Julie  Durnell
I started out liking this book, but it became very tedious and drawn out, without the attention to detail that I loved about Downton Abbey.
Sad Sunday (Books? Me?!? NEVER!!!)
Belgravia is what happens when you let a man write historical romance.


Well, well, well, I am a huge fan of Downton Abbey and I couldn't believe that the same Julian Fellowes wrote Belgravia. It's not bad in the therms of a very bad book, but there were some things that just didn't work together. So, you will like Belgravia if:

1. You have a degree in England's family tree and ties. If you know who is who's cousin and who can marry countesses and who don't you should be fine.

2. You just can't get
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Period gossip at its finest: war, fake - or not so fake - weddings, illegitimate children, affairs, failed marriages, ambition, thirst for power are among its ingredients. Shake, add ice, stir, enjoy.
Paula Dembeck
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Victorian period drama begins in 1815 Brussels the night before the British meet Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. The English, warned of the approach of the French but determined to maintain a stiff upper lip, will not be diverted from attending the social event of the year, the lavish Richmond Ball. It is the most sought after invitation of the season and James and Anne Trenchard are attending for the first time with their beautiful eighteen year old daughter Sophia. The invitation to t ...more
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really debated about whether to round this to 4 stars.

The characters are largely one-note folks, and there are about 20 of them to keep up with. It’s maybe harsh to say they function as dolls to move around the stage. They feel more real than that, but not fully dimensional, humanly real.

Especially there is a lack of depth in the characters in the servant class. They play a fairly significant role in the plot, but they are purely central casting and only get our attention to the minimal exte
4.5 stars, rounded up. If you enjoyed watching Downton Abbey, you will enjoy reading this book, as they were both written by the same man. Belgravia has all the atmosphere, drama and unforgettable characters as Downton Abbey. There are aristocratic families, up and coming families, poor yet noble workers and conniving servants. There are people with good and pure hearts and some with evil in their souls. Once you start reading, you can't put it down. It may not be the best written book, but for ...more
2.5 stars

In 1815 the beau monde of London congregated in Brussels for the peace celebrations, until Napoleon escaped Elba and returned to Paris. Now everyone is worried about their future. Everyone except James Trenchard, Wellington's victualler. Mr. Trenchard is the son of a market stall merchant and a scheming social climber. In this fraught atmosphere, his beautiful daughter Sophia has caught the eye of Edmund, Viscount Bellasis, son of an Earl. His parents would never approve and Mrs. Trench
Anne (On semi-hiatus)
2.5 stars. This novel was a disappointment. It started out well, especially because I was listening to the audio version read by Juliet Stevenson who can improve any novel. But not even she can make a predictable plot and one- dimensional characters interesting. Felt like the author phoned in a very common plot with stereotypical characters. Also, the novel could easily have been edited by about half. The ending was predictable and anticlimactic.
★★★★★ 4.5 stars (rounded up)

I don't know why readers were expecting another "Downton Abbey" from BELGRAVIA just because it was written by the same hand - because then there would complaints that this book was just another "Downton Abbey" . Ironic really, when that's what readers seem to be expecting anyway.

However, I guess there is a touch of Downton within the pages, but only a hint, since BELGRAVIA is set in the early to mid 19th century from the Georgia to the Victorian era. But, unlik
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have finished episodes 1, 2 and 3 of Julian Fellowes’ BELGRAVIA series.
Episode 1 — Dancing into battle
Episode 2 — A chance encounter
Episode 3 — Family Ties
It is a novel (excuse the pun) idea to construct the book as a serialization with new episodes appearing weekly. There are 11 episodes or chapters in all.
I have enjoyed the series so far - it is a quiet, detailed story revolving around a secret. The story is set in 1840s England against a backdrop of British high society and manners. The cha
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