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Let the new world BBQ meet the old world sumptuous banquets!

For our April book discussion, let's try out a new venue for me....."Holy Smoke BBQ". 

We will read "Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey - The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle" by The Countess of Carnarvon 320 Pages (Amazon star rating: 4.4).  For those that have not watched Downton Abbey the TV series, I would urge you to do, I enjoyed the first season that I saw on netflix.  It may be interesting to compare/contrast the two portrayals.


A reminder about RSVP'ing.  As I have not been to this venue before I will be limiting the group size more than normal, so please be considerate to others and don't hold a spot if you don't know if you can attend.  As always, I understand on occasion things come up that do not allow you to attend, but please change your RSVP no later than noon on the day of the event so I can give the restaurant an accurate head count.

Unfortunately we have had some events where members pulled out last minute or did not show, this is not only discurtious but causes problems for the group/restaurant. Members that routinely are a "No Show" or "Cancel last minute" will be removed from the group.


Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle - The Countess of Carnarvon 320 Pages (Amazon star rating: 4.4)

Lady Fiona Carnarvon became the chatelaine of Highclere Castle - the setting of the hit series Downton Abbey - eight years ago. In that time she's become fascinated by the rich history of Highclere, and by the extraordinary people who lived there over the centuries. One person particularly captured Fiona's imagination - Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon. Almina was the illegitimate daughter of banking tycoon Alfred de Rothschild. She was his only daughter and he doted on her. She married the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, at 19, with an enormous dowry. At first, life at Highclere was a dizzying mix of sumptuous banquets for 500 and even the occasional royal visitor. Almina oversaw 80 members of staff - many of whom came from families who had worked at Highclere for generations. But when the First World War broke out, life at Highclere changed forever. History intervened and Almina and the staff of Highclere were thrown into one of the most turbulent times of the last century. Almina was forced to draw on her deepest reserves of courage in order to ensure her family, the staff and the castle survived. This is the remarkable story of a lost time. But Highclere remains and in this book, Fiona weaves Almina's journey and those of her family into the heritage and history of one of England's most exquisite Victorian castles.

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  • kate

    Always fun.

    April 19, 2013

  • Nancy

    Always a great te !

    April 18, 2013

  • Tiffany

    Fun, lively conversation, what a great group! Thanks.

    1 · April 18, 2013

  • Peter

    Finished the book. Enjoyed it very much.

    March 31, 2013

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