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House of Trelawney by Hannah Rothschild

I’ve just got to go straight in with it, I absolutely loved reading House of Trelawney by Hannah Rothschild. I loved the cover, the characters are brilliant, the plot is very clever and the ending was just lovely.

Over the years the Earls of Trelawney have enjoyed a long and rich history, with Trelawney Castle being considered the jewel of Cornwall. However recent generations have been better at spending money and today the castle is crumbling down around its very dysfunctional family. Things are about to take a turn for the family as three unexpected events are about to hasten their demise: the sudden appearance of an illegitimate relation, a hedge fund manager with a grudge and the financial crash of 2008.

Normally I wouldn’t expect to connect with a story about the aristocracy and financial worlds but every time I picked up this book it felt like the perfect escape.

The storytelling is excellent, I was totally engaged throughout and found it to be very witty in places. What I loved is that she made me connect with characters that I have absolutely nothing in common with and I did feel a lot of sympathy for some of them.

House of Trelawney is a thoroughly enjoyable tale about friendships, family, class, privilege and entitlement and I loved every second of it. It was definitely the right book at the right time for me and one that I was enjoying so much I was a little sad to finish.

I haven’t read her other books but I’ll definitely be reading The Improbability of Love soon.

What are you reading and loving at the moment?

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