This week’s DOWNTON ABBEY was chock-full of holiday goodness, resolving most of the major storylines of the season. There were castles, hot men, reconciliations, the comeuppance of Lord Sinderby, drunken Lord Grantham, flirting, a stupid fight over chicken broth, ending with a surprise marriage proposal...
Rose and Atticus are getting married! Yes, those two crazy kids, who hardly know each and who only got engaged last episode, are tying the knot. The bride’s mother and the bridegroom’s father don’t approve of the marriage, the bride’s parents are broke and getting a divorce, the servants are running amok, there’s an awkward dinner party, the word shiksa is bandied about, and someone gets arrested. Why it’s just an average, everyday wedding but with posh people...
Cora has really had it tough this season: she found out her maid was a convicted thief, she had to fight off the unwanted attentions of Simon Bricker, had to deal with Robert’s bruised ego, and now she’s just learned that she has a secret grandchild. It’s a wonder that she didn’t start throwing things or get out one of Robert’s shotguns. But before she finds out the truth, it’s yet another dinner party at Downton Abbey...
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As the season comes to a close, everyone is in London for Rose’s presentation to society. We have skipped ahead eight months from when we last saw the family, and we know this because Edith is already back from Switzerland, sans baby. It’s the first time we’ve seen the family’s London townhouse, and we also meet a new character: Cora’s scandalized brother, Harold (Paul Giamatti). The staff and family members make it over to London in… Continue
Poor Bates. Will the turmoil never end? A telegraph has just arrived alerting him to the fact that Robert has go to America — some problem with Cora’s brother. But he doesn’t want to leave now considering what’s going on with Anna. Robert is in the bedroom freaking out to Cora that her mother is calling him to America to help save her brother’s reputation. Mrs. Hughes appeals to Mary to see if her father can go to America without Bates. Mary says, “I hope we are good employers. But even we expect to get what we pay for.” Mary says, “If you wish to enlist my help, I must know the facts.” Bates tells Anna he won’t go. She tells him to pack, but then cries when… Continue
Things are heating up. Edith is still anxiously awaiting the mail. Still no word from Michael. Robert has some sort of correspondence from Cora’s brother, “Uncle Harold,” about his business problems. Anna catches Bates looking deep in thought. She doesn’t want him worrying about her. “Your husband is a brooder,” he tells her. “And brooders brood.” Rose has a surprise planned for Robert’s birthday celebration. Rose tells Mrs. Hughes that she is bringing in a band for that evening’s festivities. Apparently, this is borderline scandalous. Barrow is snooping around looking to uncover secrets, pumping Baxter for information. Cora finds Edith just getting off the phone, in tears. She tells her that “Michael has vanished into thin air.” Cora assures her it’s … Continue
Similar to the film Gosford Park (written by Downton creator Julian Fellows), all of the action takes place during a dinner party weekend. One of the guests is a young man named Lord Gillingham. He’s dark and relatively handsome, and it’s clear from the first scene that he and Mary are on a courtship collision course, but personally I didn’t feel the chemistry. They apparently knew each other as children, and they play the catch-up game. He’s never been married, but is “Close.” When he turns the question to her, he momentarily… Continue
THE SPY LOVER set during the American Civil War, a nurse and a Confederate soldier fall in love. But one of them is deceiving the other. The nurse is spying for the North. As I wrote this novel I wondered, when he finds out, how could the soldier still love this woman? Can love exist without trust? Once someone has deceived you, can you ever have full confidence in their integrity?