Park Lane

Free Read Park Lane - by Frances Osborne - Park Lane, Park Lane London February Eighteen year old Grace Campbell arrives in London from Carlisle her family s hopes pinned on her becoming a secretary The only job she can find is as a housemaid in the mansion Free Read Park Lane - by Frances Osborne - Park Lane, Park Lane London February Eighteen year old Grace Campbell arrives in London from Carlisle her family s hopes pinned on her becoming a secretary The only job she can find is as a housemaid in the mansion

  • Title: Park Lane
  • Author: Frances Osborne
  • ISBN: 9781844084784
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Paperback
Park Lane

Free Read Park Lane - by Frances Osborne, Park Lane, Frances Osborne, Park Lane London February Eighteen year old Grace Campbell arrives in London from Carlisle her family s hopes pinned on her becoming a secretary The only job she can find is as a housemaid in the mansion that is Number Park Lane and soon she is entangling herself in an ever thickening web of lies Upstairs a jilted and humiliated Beatrice Masters is determined not toLondon February Free Read Park Lane - by Frances Osborne - Park Lane, Park Lane London February Eighteen year old Grace Campbell arrives in London from Carlisle her family s hopes pinned on her becoming a secretary The only job she can find is as a housemaid in the mansion

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About “Frances Osborne

  • Frances Osborne

    Frances Osborne was born in London and studied philosophy and modern languages at Oxford University She is the author of two biographies Lilla s Feast and The Bolter Idina Sackville Her first historical novel, Park Lane, will be published Summer 2012 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.



354 thoughts on “Park Lane

  • Picked up an Advanced Readers Copy of this book at a used bookstore back in April At that point it was still several months until its publication Now, the book has been out for 10 days, and I just finished it That s how dull it was This book should have been right up my alley a period piece set in London with purported romantic intrigue Sadly that romance was essentially non existent And the book s ending was wholly frustrating The only moment that was worth recording here was when Bea, the main [...]


  • I was very unimpressed with this book My friend, Julia s review said it perfectly so I will just copy her review here This book was a big let down Ms Osborne is a historical writer and the book was described as a cross between Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs Sounds like a winning combination Sadly, it was very apparent that Ms Osborne is not used to writing fiction While she researched the book well and included things that are factually true, she did not develop the characters well at all [...]


  • This book should have been right up my alley, but alas, it was not to be The pace is very, very slow going It picks up a bit at the end, but I had to force myself to get to that point As a person who works daily in the written word, I noticed some editing errors and just felt the novel could have done with a good trimming in places I also didn t like the ending, but that is just my personal taste Overall, I was disappointed I felt misled by the comparisons I heard to Downton Abbey and the seemin [...]


  • I bought this book with high hopes and then was sadly disappointed It was a typical English book of manners where everything happens in people s heads and no one ever really DOES anything to create suspense or drama I kept on reading it hoping something momentous would happen anything at all but sadly nothing ever does.


  • Holy cow, this book is SO SLOW I m glad to see that I m not the only one who sees that I m on page 45 and absolutely nothing has happened I might skim the rest, but it s so boring there s really no reason for me to continue If you want a good period drama, read Kate Morton s works instead She s much interesting than Frances Ozzzzzzzzborne I really hate the style it s written in It s like first person present tense with almost zero dialogue, plus alternating points of view Grace laughs to hersel [...]


  • I rather enjoyed Park Lane by Frances Osborne, which is mostly set in London between the years of 1914 and 1918 The storyline, which alternates between Grace, a maid at 35 Park Lane, and the daughter of the house, Beatrice, takes the reader upstairs, downstairs, to the speeches of Emmeline Pankhurst, and to the hospitals of war torn France Written in third person present tense, the style is intelligent with various storylines left for the reader to figure out the book doesn t tell, it shows, cre [...]


  • This book follows two women who live in a mansion on Park Lane Bea, the single, recently jilted, daughter who still lives at home, and Grace, working as a housemaid despite her secretarial training because her lower class, northern accent bars her from London office work Both Grace and Bea have secrets Grace has told her family that she s doing respectable office work rather than being a maid Bea is joining her aunt as a follower of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, while Bea s mother has long sup [...]


  • Perhaps it is breaking the rules to rate and review a book that I decided not to finish, but what can I say I m a rebel I read Osborne s The Bolter Edwardian Heartbreak and High Society Scandal in Kenya which is her non fiction account of her great Grandmother Idina and her Happy Valley set It was a really interesting and fun book to read So, I began Park Lane with high expectations It had all the ingredients for a terrific book set in pre War London with the contrast of stories between upstairs [...]


  • Continuing my reading during the period pre and post Great War England this novel has a similar theme to Somewhere In France but is superior Characters are complex, the points of connections as referred to in the book are delicately worked than overwrought plot devices, the depiction of the war and suffering made to feel real I like this central character Bea better than Liliy but both are strong, independent women struggling to make their lives count, pushing against the constraints of their [...]


  • Bea and Grace Grace and Bea Fiddle de dee This book as been touted as a wink and an homage to Downton Abbey Or, I guess, it s been compared to Dowton Abbey However, this is not a fair comparison because Downton Abby is rife with characterization and detailed, purposeful plot This is all emotion, no payout We meet Grace, a maid at Park Lane, where Bea lives Their lives do not coincide as much as the jacket cover promises Grace attends to Bea and we learn that Bea like Grace, but only because the [...]


  • I was very excited about this book since the publisher blurb compared it to Downton Abbey, a beloved TV series for me However that excitement was dampened when I glanced at the reviews beforehand and saw that they were decidedly negative.First this book was very difficult to get into It begins in 1914 and goes to 1923 for an epilogue, alternating between Grace, a maid, and Bea, the young lady of the house Grace is just settling in to her new position and the writing style, instead of smooth and [...]


  • This book was a big let down I heard an interview with the author on NPR and so I had high hopes Ms Osborne is a historical writer and the book was described as a cross between Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs Sounds like a winning combination Sadly, it was very apparent that Ms Osborne is not used to writing fiction While she researched the book well and included things that are factually true, she did not develop the characters well at all and the book jumps around a lot It seemed that Ms [...]


  • I m giving it 2 stars because it held my attention long enough to finish it, and I was interested in the historical events that unfolded along with the war Such as the suffragettes and the train crash The characters were not likable, or very believable to meey contradicted their own values and ideals so quickly it didn t seem plausible It had all the elements of the types of books I love, but it just wasn t a great read for me Maybe other people like this style of writing but the constant alludi [...]


  • Could have been good, but seemed to really get off track Set in London, early 19 teens, kind of an Upstairs, Downstairs set up with what s going on with various characters both above and below stairs I was liking the part about Beatrice, the young privileged daughter, going to volunteer among the suffragette, but then it just all wandered off into other areas The relationship between Beatrice and the young anarchist Michael was totally ridiculous well, come to think of it, all the relationships [...]


  • Park Lane follows the lives of two young women one upstairs, one downstairs from 1914 to 1923 Essentially, this is yet another novel attempting to ride on the success of Downton Abbey I can never pass those up, ever in the hope of finally finding one that I can fall in love with This wasn t it No matter how interesting I find the time period, the Great War and the struggles of the suffragettes, this book only ever seemed to scratch the surface of those events The characters had little depth and [...]


  • I m upset that it ended at the point where it did because what I was most interested in was the aftermath of everybody finding out the real connections among them I especially missed Grace s voice in the years of the war It was sorely missing.What I loved about this book is the way it transported me into the time period and made me feel like I knew these people personally All were sympathetic and felt like real people I guess that s why I felt just a little bit cheated with the ending I wanted t [...]


  • What started out as perhaps a promising novel just didnt do it for me I liked this idea of another stately home with rich aristocrats and their servants,but like another reader mentioned this did not end up being another Downton Abbey like book I wanted a little out of the characters, depth, a little romance if I could I just couldnt feel anything as well for the main players in this book.


  • It reads a little rough very stop and go I d be reading about one character and the story would suddenly jump into the another character s thoughts story Felt like I backtracked a lot Was this story adapted as the Dowton Abbey series The story lines were incredibly similar If so, I like how the book gets into the torture war creates within the men That s hard to convey sometimes on camera.


  • This book was recommended for Downton Abbey afficianados, and it is set in the same historical era and in the same type setting However, it isn t nearly as mesmerizing as DA and I didn t care nearly as much about the characters It is admirably researched and has breadth, but perhaps its breadth was too wide for a first time novelist.


  • Sorry lovers of Downton Abbey and all things English This is NO Downton Abbey, Edith Wharton, or anything else close Never got to warm up to any of the characters story line done before to greater effect.I cannot recommend it when there are so many other books to read.




  • it seems strangely disjointed, and resolutely undramatic, with certain things never explained I really like Mrs Osborne s nonfiction and perhaps she should stick to that


  • In the spring of 1914 Grace Campbell, a bright, ambitious working class girl has left her home in Carlisle to seek work as a secretary in London However, her strong regional accent has prevented her from obtaining such a position so she has been forced to take a job as a housemaid in the Park Lane home of the Masters family Her own family is struggling financially and she is expected to send money home than she in fact earns However, she cannot bring herself to admit to them that she has had to [...]


  • Fans of Downton Abbey will enjoy returning to WWI era England in this book, but they will find a very different kind of story here Since the Masters family lives in London, the politics of the era are a major theme of the book Also, the housemaid in the story is not a farm girl seeking to improve herself by going into domestic service but the daughter of a middle class family fallen on hard times who has to keep the truth about her situation from them The first half of the book is an intense, in [...]


  • I dreaded reading this book I had to read it for book club and was already judging it before I even bought it However I was thoroughly surprised to find myself wanting to read it There were some boring parts and also some gaps in the story but I really loved how the author was able to encompass all the different facets of what it is to be a woman It is written in the past but in a lot of ways relates to modern times as well I also was very shocked and intrigued by the plot towards the end All in [...]


  • A bitty, uneven read sadly because it has the makings of a really good read I want to hear the 2 stories of Grace and Miss Bea as they collide and then vere off never to met again needing 2 different books to give validity to their seperate stories Love the stuff about the suffragettes then that stops point blank Love the WW1 stuff then that stops point blank Very odd where was the Editor Ideal book for a Book group there s much discussion to be had.Toast


  • Boring The servant Grace s problems could not be lame and uninteresting Meanwhile, the sparse, undetailed, yoda like writing style makes even a scene of our main character fire bombing a house seem tepid Meanwhile, there are a lot of scenes centered on either typing or dusting, with lackluster and insipidly vague conversations interspersed Yawn.



  • 3.5 stars I liked it Well plotted, awkwardly placed, but I cared about all the characters and the ending was suspenseful and satisfying not trite.


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