The House at Tyneford

The House at Tyneford

A Novel

Book - 2011
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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 realizes her only means of escape is to advertise her services as a domestic servant in England. Fate brings her ad to the attention of Christopher Rivers, handsome scion of the aristocratic Rivers family and master of Tyneford. An anxious Elise arrives at Tyneford and immediately falls under its spell. When Christopher's young son, Kit, returns home, the two strike up an unlikely friendship that will change Tyneford--and Elise--forever"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Plume, 2011
ISBN: 9780452297647
0452297648
Branch Call Number: F SOL (Dayson Collection)
Characteristics: 359 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Dayson Collection

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sunnyrea56
Jun 13, 2017

PBS here is your next Home Fires or Call the Midwife. Excellent read. Very classy

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singasong70
Jan 17, 2016

Got it b/c it was on the N.Y. Bestseller List which doesn't mean what it used to (I've learned), deserving of it's mixed reviews apparently.

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vv8
Jun 01, 2015

The first half was promising. I enjoyed Elise's transition as she moved to England and acclimated to her lower status as a foreign maid. However, it became predictable and the plot slowed drastically, in my opinion. Still yet, the setting was beautiful and it was easy to get caught up in the goings-on of Tyneford.

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DorisWaggoner
Sep 21, 2014

In 1938 Vienna, Elise's Jewish family works on getting visas to escape. The rest have major talents that help them, but Elise doesn't. In the end, she must go to England as a domestic servant. She goes to Tyneford, an isolated mansion on the coast, where she meets the master, Christopher, inadvertently, and gets off on the wrong foot. When his son Kit arrives home, they become friends. Because of war shortages, Elise--soon renamed Alice by Christopher--fills many roles around the estate not in her job description. It took a while to get into this, but I ended up enjoying it, no matter how predictable. The descriptions of the manor and the estate really drew me in, and I could see why Elise wanted to stay.

soblessed59 Sep 06, 2014

I could not bear to read any longer[pg 93] after the unlikeable heroine Elise meets the immature/juvenile acting hero Kit[after her tirade of spewing filthy profanities into the air in frustration].

I found this book totally boring and unengaging,with characters that didn't interest me in the least,nor did I care for the heroine or any of her family,who without any explanation send her off alone to England while they all go to America to escape Austria at the start of WW 2!

I just do not like her or the hero enough to even care to read anymore about them!

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greenacres
May 19, 2014

A story of love, tragedy and moving forward.

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calvoer
Sep 24, 2013

Set during WWII in England, this novel is a patchwork quilt of a book, full of mismatched scenes of cloying, overwrought melodrama. Or, you could describe it as a hash made out of leftovers from “Downton Abbey”, “Upstairs Downstairs, ”Cinderella,” and a bunch of others. It ends with “Rebecca” (did I give away too much?) It certainly covers a lot of territory. At times I was tempted to think the author meant it as a parody of Ian McEwan novels. Even if the butler served it in the finest china, it would not be my cup of tea.

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mom2two08
Aug 14, 2013

Enjoyed reading this immensely. The type of story where once you finish the last page you still hold the characters dear to your heart. The setting was great and brought the reader into the lifestyle of house servants and the upper class.

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bloom
Feb 11, 2013

A beautifully written novel. The description of life by the seaside made me feel as though I were there. A bittersweet love story in a time of war. Loved it!

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beachcat2
Jan 15, 2013

I loved this book - read it slowly to savour it. Great descriptions of the English countryside, the manor house, the way of life which was in its last years. I felt so sad for Elise/Alice... and yes, I love Downton Abbey!

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sunnyrea56
May 19, 2017

PBS should take a look at this one. I would love to see it as a series.
Historical and very entertaining. I hated to put it down and go to work. LOL. read it in about 5 evenings.
All characters were interesting. Again, This would be perfect for a PBS Series.
Thanks TCCL for having it in our library system.

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