I've read a string of good books recently and the latest was no exception.
The blurb on the cover says that this book will "delight fans of Downton Abbey." Since I've been in Downton Abbey doldrums waiting for the next series to start sometime next year, I picked up this book.
It featured the same sort of upstairs/downstairs drama in an English manor house that's in Downton. The main difference is that The House at Tyneford takes place during WWII, while Downton's most recent season was during WWI.
Elise Landau is an Austrian Jew whose parents send her to work in England on a domestic servant visa in the days prior to WWII. Elise is a from a high-brow Viennese family so she doesn't fit in with the servants with whom she works at Tyneford, nor does she mingle with the upper-class family and their guests. The story follows Elise through the war.
I'm in need of another good book. Big K and I are heading to Las Vegas sans kids later this week.
This is only our second trip without the kids. I'm really excited, but I've also been a nervous wreck. Mary's preschool teacher and her college-age daughter are staying with the kids, so everything should be fine, but I'm such a worrier that I even considered cancelling the trip last week.
We're staying at the Wynn and we've stayed there once before. The decor can only be described as totally over-the-top luxury. I'll be sure to take more photos while I'm there, but this gives you an idea of what it's like.
It's just a teeny-tiny bit different than my cluttered, dog-fur covered bedroom at home.
Speaking of bathing suits, I intend to spend most of my time lounging by the pool with a good book. So if you have a "must read," let me know!
We're also going to see this show, called La Reve. It reminds me of "O" by Cirque du Soleil, which was amazing.
If I'm feeling lucky, I might even play a game of black jack!
Let me know if you have any other Vegas things that we should see, do, or eat!