The Operator - Gretchen Berg
"Meet the Trelawneys. For 800 years their family has owned the Castle they live in. The massive grounds, copious amounts of staff and money.
But that was then and this is now (well 2008 to be precise) The castle is falling into ruin, most of the land has been sold off, the staff and money have gone. What has happened?
This book reads very much like the lives of the Crawleys from Downtown Abbey and potentially what could have happened to them if we followed them into modern day life.
This is a story of priviledge, entitlement and traditions. This is a story of families, their eccentricities, their back stories and secrets (deep dark secrets). About what can sometimes be the vulgarity of money, of learning to survive financially in a world at a time of the Global Fancial Crash.
This, the second novel from Hannah Rothschild has been a long time coming. Her 2015 hit 'The Improbability of Love' was a best seller for us for AGES.
I did enjoy this book. I enjoyed it over a chilled out few days off reading in some sunshine."
The seat of the Trelawney family for over 800 years, Trelawney Castle was once the jewel of the Cornish coast. Each successive Earl spent with abandon, turning the house and grounds into a sprawling, extravagant palimpsest of wings, turrets and follies.
But recent generations have been better at spending than making money. Now living in isolated penury, unable to communicate with each other or the rest of the world, the family are running out of options. Three unexpected events will hasten their demise: the sudden appearance of a new relation, an illegitimate, headstrong, beautiful girl; an unscrupulous American hedge fund manager determined to exact revenge; and the crash of 2008.
A love story and social satire set in the parallel and seemingly unconnected worlds of the British aristocracy and high finance, House of Trelawney is also the story of lost and found friendships between three women. One of them will die; another will discover her vocation; and the third will find love.