Update: Season 3 is here! I What are some of the books you read while you waited? What do you think of the newest episode? Tell us in the comments!
As you prepare for the end of Downton Abbey Season 2, you might find yourself feeling terribly sad to be leaving Great Britain in the 1910s yet again. I know I was quite sad after the end of Season 1 and sought out many novels to fill the void left by Anna & Mr. Bates, Thomas & O’Brien, and the Crawleys.
To help ease the burden, we’ve put together a list of books we think help fill the gaping hole left in our hearts while we wait for Downton Abbey Season 3.
The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin – Like Cora, the Countess of Grantham, The American Heiress’ heroine is a wealthy American that marries a Duke in need of money. Of course, she soon discovers being a Duchess might not be all she wanted or needed.
Fall of Giants by Ken Follett- The first book in Follett’s Century Trilogy follows five families as they navigate the tumultous years of World War I, the Russian Revolution, and woman’s suffrage.
- The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
- Ashenden by Elizabeth Wilhide
- The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones
- The Bess Crawford series by Charles Todd (Start with A Duty to the Dead)
- The Ian Rutledge series by Charles Todd (Start with A Test of Wills)
- The Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear (Start with Maisie Dobbs)
- Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
- Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford
- The Shooting Party by Isabel Colegate
- The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
- A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
- Below Stairs: Memoir of a Kitchen Maid by Margaret Powell
- What the Butler Winked At: Being the Life and Adventures of Eric Horne, Butler by Eric Horne
- Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by The Countess of Carnarvon
- To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl
- Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor by Rosina Harrison
- The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family by Mary Lovell
- The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy by David Cannadine
- Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest by Wade Davis
- War Poems edited by John Hollander
- The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes
More Downton Abbey Fun:
- The Highclere Castle Website
- Downton Abbey Tumblrs via The New York Observer
- Print Out Paper Dolls of Your Favorite Characters via Vulture
- Downton Abbey on Pinterest: Pins | Boards
- Downton Abbey Estates Lost to Time via The Daily Beast
- NYPL’s Downton Abbey Pinterest Board
- The Other Downton Abbeys: Nine Illustrious Houses in Fiction via The Daily Beast