Park Lane: A Novel

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Vintage Books, 2012 - Fiction - 322 pages
4 Reviews
A Goldsboro Crown Historical Fiction Award Nominee

The bestselling author of The Bolter returns with a delicious novel about two determined women whose lives collide in the halls of a pedigreed London town home.

When eighteen-year-old Grace Campbell arrives in London in 1914, she's unable to fulfill her family's ambitions and find a position as an office secretary. Lying to her parents and her brother, Michael, she takes a job as a housemaid at Number 35, Park Lane, where she is quickly caught up in lives of its inhabitants--in particular, those of its privileged son, Edward, and daughter, Beatrice, who is recovering from a failed relationship that would have taken her away from an increasingly stifling life. Desperate to find a new purpose, Bea joins a group of radical suffragettes and strikes up an intriguing romance with an impassioned young lawyer. Unbeknownst to each of the young women, the choices they make amid the rapidly changing world of WWI will connect their chances at future happiness in dramatic and inevitable ways.
 

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User Review  - lahochstetler - LibraryThing

Upstairs, downstairs. A wealthy young woman and one of her maids deal with disappointment and changing expectations on the cusp of World War I. Grace Campbell has given up her hopes of an office job ... Read full review

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User Review  - annie.michelle - LibraryThing

We start out with two very different women in 1914, the privileged Beatrice and the housemaid Grace who both reside at 35 park Lane. As do most wealthy women of that era who are not occupied with a ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
11
Section 3
19
Section 4
26
Section 5
42
Section 6
50
Section 7
72
Section 8
89
Section 17
187
Section 18
194
Section 19
207
Section 20
222
Section 21
225
Section 22
245
Section 23
258
Section 24
273

Section 9
105
Section 10
119
Section 11
131
Section 12
144
Section 13
152
Section 14
157
Section 15
169
Section 16
173
Section 25
281
Section 26
289
Section 27
306
Section 28
317
Section 29
321
Section 30
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About the author (2012)

Frances Osborne was born in London and studied philosophy and modern languages at Oxford University. She is the author of Lilla's Feast and The Bolter. Her articles have appeared in The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Independent, the Daily Mail, and Vogue. She lives in London with her husband, George Osborne, and their two children.

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