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It's the spring of 1938 and no longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna Nineteen year old Elise Landau is forced to leave her glittering life of parties and champagne to be. Spoiler alert I loved this book the characters the time period everything I fell in love with Elise and Kit The ending was a bit disappointing though I feel like the author had written such a detailed book and then she got to the end and rushed it The ending just seemed a bit vague and I m not sure how much I liked Elise marrying Daniel The whole time I was reading the end I was trying to put myself in Elise s shoes but I just couldn t I know I could never marry the love of my life s father Haha To tell you the truth up until they had to move away I was really hoping that Kit would come back into the story I was hoping he had disappeared for so long because he was out finding Elise s parents such the optimist Even if he never found them or at least found some information about them I would ve liked it if he came back and married Elise I loved when Elise and Margot were reunited in the end but by 1984 wasn t Daniel REALLY old Haha That kind of threw me off a bit But overall I loved the book and fell in love with the characters and the house

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Come a parlor maid in England She arrives at Tyneford the great house on the bay where servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn But war is coming and the. I very much enjoyed this It s imperfect sure the author is a little obsessed with foreshadowing to such a degree that almost nothing is a surprise but it has the most beautiful sense of place Tyneford is lovely and it s not just the description of the town but the characters within it I see a lot of people complaining that this is NOT Downton Abbey esue as the jacketmarketing promised and I guess it isn t in the upstairsdownstairs sense but I thought this did a beautiful job of outlining how the wars impacted that lifestyle something Downton touched on a great deal in season 2 albeit with WWI and maybe season three I know tiny violins and all but I think both illustrate the old money can t buy you happiness adageYou know as I m writing this I bumped it up from three to four stars based purely on my enjoyment I don t want to raise expectations this isn t great literature or even the best book I ve ever read but it was a nice little treasure that I enjoyed very very much and a place I looked forward to visiting every night Don t miss the author s afterword about the influence her own family had on the story

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World is changing When the master of Tyneford's young son Kit returns home he and Elise strike up an unlikely friendship that will transform Tyneford and Elise forev. Book Review The House at Tyneford by Natasha SolomonConfession I was in one of my favorite bookstores Denver s The Tattered Cover AKA A piece of heaven One of the things that I like about the Tattered Cover is that it always has interesting displays that piue my interest even if the display is on a subject that is not usually of interest to me So when I saw the display of books that said If you loved Downton Abbey you ll love these or something like that I was there I loved Downton Abbey despite the fact that my brother and sister in law accuse it of being boring That doesn t hurt me My brother rarely likes what he calls good books His denigration actually makes me want to read or watch something than I otherwise would have Maybe I m just contrary ProbablyAnyway I was ready to devour Natasha Solomon s novel about a Jewish girl from the Austrian bourgeoisie set who takes a job as a maid in 1938 She makes her way across the sea to a remote part of England and tries to make herself at home in the downstairs section of an English country manor She finds this difficult having ordered around servants herself at one time I don t want to give away too many details but I did enjoy this world It literally portrays the fall of the minor English aristocracy The book is full of dark shadows juxtaposed with the last pulse of light from an era that has been slowly expiring for the last three decades I love Solomon s characters Elise is likable even when she pouts Kit is intense in his boyish playfulness but has an unwavering dedication to duty The Landaus were the most interesting couple of the story she an opera singer he a novelist I would have liked to have spent time with them in Austria I liked the novel very much but for me it was not like Downton Abbey If I were to compare this to a novel I would say that in some ways it reminded me of Daphne DuMaurier s Rebecca but only nominally This is not a mystery but it is a memoir both books open with a dream of a grand old manorThere is not that strict delineation between aristocracy and the house that is usually seen Not because of the way they relate to each other but because of the way Solomon tells her story This is a grand house but even in the beginning the staff seems very small The story focuses on just three people and the thing that I liked about Downton Abbey is the nature of it ensemble cast That said I would recommend this story to anyone interested in the beginning of WWII and the plight of the Jewish refugees at that time The story took me in and wrapped around me The families surrounded me and I became a part of them Solomon s talent in doing that is tremendous indeed


10 thoughts on “The Novel In The Viola

  1. says:

    I've just turned the last page and I am buzzing with the particular ache that you get when you finish a great book and you suddenly wish the whole world had read it so they'd understand The Novel in the Viola is in short spectacular

  2. says:

    AudiobookThis might take a while My damage with this book beginning with the most egregious issues1 The main character El

  3. says:

    Spoiler alert I loved this book the characters the time period everything I fell in love with Elise and Kit The ending was a bit disappointing though I feel like the author had written such a detailed book and then she got to the end

  4. says:

    I very much enjoyed this It's imperfect sure the author is a little obsessed with foreshadowing to such a degree that almost nothing is a surprise but it has the most beautiful sense of place Tyneford is lovely and it's not just the description of the town but the characters within it I see a lot of people complaining that this is NOT Downton Abbey esue as the jacketmarketing promised and I guess it isn't in

  5. says:

    I loved the detailed writing in this book I could feel the cold and hear the waves crashing I felt like I was at Tyneford House I did not like the ending though I was a little disappointed I will read by this writer though her descriptions of the scenery were beautiful

  6. says:

    This book is one of the ones where I can't decide whether to rush through the book to find out what happens vs wanting to read slowly so the book and the fictional world inside it never end Set in Europe in the days leading up to duri

  7. says:

    Why would I give this seemingly well written novel only 1 star? The heroine deserved to be written correctly for her timeI love reading CLEAN and HIGH STANDARD moral novels I ENJOYED the over all story but was so

  8. says:

    I loved The Novel in the ViolaIt is one of those books in which everything – characters emotions settings writing period storylines – is right And everything works together beautifully to produce a book that is far than the sum of those partsAt heart though The Novel in the Viola is the story of a life The life of Elise young

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    Book Review The House at Tyneford by Natasha SolomonConfession I was in one of my favorite bookstores Denver’s The Tattered Cover AKA A piece of heaven One of the things that I like about the Tattered Cover is that it always has interesting displays that piue my interest—even if the display is on a subject that is not usually of interest

  10. says:

    In general I'd say it was a disappointment mainly because the story was highly predictable and not original in its set up at all The gist of this story has been written before much better and enthralling Think J