The House at Tyneford

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The start of an affair, the end of an era.

Fans of Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden, Catherine Bailey's The Secret Rooms, and TV's Downton Abbey will love this New York Times bestselling sweeping historical novel of love and loss. It's the spring of 1938 and no longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna. Nineteen-year-old Elise Landau is forced to leave her glittering life of parties and champagne to become a parlor maid in England. She arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay, ...

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Overview

The start of an affair, the end of an era.

Fans of Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden, Catherine Bailey's The Secret Rooms, and TV's Downton Abbey will love this New York Times bestselling sweeping historical novel of love and loss. It's the spring of 1938 and no longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna. Nineteen-year-old Elise Landau is forced to leave her glittering life of parties and champagne to become a parlor maid in England. She arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay, where servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn. But war is coming, and the world is changing. When the master of Tyneford's young son, Kit, returns home, he and Elise strike up an unlikely friendship that will transform Tyneford—and Elise—forever.

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Editorial Reviews

Kristin Hannah
"Natasha Solomons has written a lovely, atmospheric novel full of charming characters and good, old fashioned storytelling. Fans of Downton Abbey and Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden will absolutely adore The House at Tyneford."
Kathleen Grissom
"The House at Tyneford is a wonderful, old-fashioned novel that takes you back in time to the manor homes, aristocracy and domestic servants of England. In this setting, Natasha Solomons gives us a courageous heroine whose incredible love story will keep you in suspense until the final page."
Katherine Howe
"The House at Tyneford is an exquisite tale of love, family, suspense, and survival. Capturing with astonishing detail and realism a vanished world of desire and hope trapped beneath rigid class convention, Natasha Solomons's stunning new novel tells the story of Elise Landau, a Jewish Austrian teenager from a family of artists, who is forced to flee her home in Vienna carrying only a guide to household management and her father's last novel, hidden on pages stuffed inside a viola. Elise hides as a parlor maid in a fine English country estate, but soon she discovers that passion can be found in the most unexpected places. Already a bestseller in Britain, American readers will thrill to The House at Tyneford."
Time Magazines Literary Supplement (London)
"Both a love story set during the Second World War and an elegy to the English country house . . . the greatest pleasure of the novel is its stirring narrative and the constant sense of discovery."
-Times Literary Supplement (London)
"Both a love story set during the Second World War and an elegy to the English country house . . . the greatest pleasure of the novel is its stirring narrative and the constant sense of discovery."
-Psychologies Magazine (UK)
"A vivid and poignant story about hope, loss, and reinvention."
-Kristin Hannah
"Natasha Solomons has written a lovely, atmospheric novel full of charming characters and good, old fashioned storytelling. Fans of Downton Abbey and Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden will absolutely adore The House at Tyneford."
-Kathleen Grissom
"The House at Tyneford is a wonderful, old-fashioned novel that takes you back in time to the manor homes, aristocracy and domestic servants of England. In this setting, Natasha Solomons gives us a courageous heroine whose incredible love story will keep you in suspense until the final page."
-Katherine Howe
"The House at Tyneford is an exquisite tale of love, family, suspense, and survival. Capturing with astonishing detail and realism a vanished world of desire and hope trapped beneath rigid class convention, Natasha Solomons's stunning new novel tells the story of Elise Landau, a Jewish Austrian teenager from a family of artists, who is forced to flee her home in Vienna carrying only a guide to household management and her father's last novel, hidden on pages stuffed inside a viola. Elise hides as a parlor maid in a fine English country estate, but soon she discovers that passion can be found in the most unexpected places. Already a bestseller in Britain, American readers will thrill to The House at Tyneford."
-The Times (London)
"A deeply touching and blissfully romantic elegy for a lost world."
Times Literary Supplement (London)
"Both a love story set during the Second World War and an elegy to the English country house . . . the greatest pleasure of the novel is its stirring narrative and the constant sense of discovery."
Psychologies Magazine (UK)
"A vivid and poignant story about hope, loss, and reinvention."
The Times (London)
"A deeply touching and blissfully romantic elegy for a lost world."
Library Journal
In 1938 Vienna, where it's no longer safe to be Jewish, 19-year-old Elise Landau is forced to leave her family and her upper-class lifestyle. As her parents await a visa to travel to New York and her sister prepares for a new life in California with her husband, Elise ventures off to the English countryside to serve as a maid in Christopher Rivers's ancestral home. Finding it difficult to adapt to her new station, the naive Elise yearns at first to rejoin her family. But with no end to the war in sight, Elise soon grows to love the house and everyone in it, including Christopher's reckless, impulsive son, Kit. Her newfound happiness is spoiled only when she learns that her parents are still in Vienna and that the war might claim the lives of those she loves the most. VERDICT Although certain parts are overwritten and drag, Solomons's (Mr. Rosenblum's List) poignant tale provides richly textured details that hold the reader's interest. Fans of Ann Patchett will find Solomons's style similar and will appreciate how the subdued tone and the quiet of the countryside contrast with the roar of war.—Natasha Grant, New York
Library Journal
"When I close my eyes I see Tyneford House." That's a Rebecca-like opening, but this intent and detailed work by the author of the delightful Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English goes beyond romantic suspense. In spring 1938, Elise Landau gets out of an increasingly dangerous Vienna by applying to be a servant in a grand English home—never mind that she's wealthy and privileged, with an opera star mother and novelist father. Once she's at Tyneford, she must deal not only with the upstairs-downstairs mentality of the British but with inevitable prejudice because she is Jewish. Charming yet serious; book clubs should relish.
Library Journal
Elise must leave her glittering life in 1938 Vienna to become a parlor maid in an English manor house. Falling in love with the master's son throws Elise into a life heretofore unimagined as the world around her is in similar upheaval. VERDICT An old-fashioned novel with a modern tone set in the World War II era, with all the tragedy and survival spirit of the time. (LJ 12/11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452297647
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/27/2011
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 86,378
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.09 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Natasha Solomons is a screenwriter and the New York Times bestselling author of The Gallery of Vanished Husbands, The House at Tyneford, and Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English. She lives in Dorset, England, with her husband and young son.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

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    Historical Fiction Fans Will Enjoy!

    if you are looking for a read that makes you feel as if you are right there in the story and not just reading it, look no farther.

    Elise is used to the comfy life in Vienna. When that life is threathened by the growing events of WW2, she is sent to be a parlor maid in England. Life at Tyneford is hard to adjsut to, but it all changes when she becomes friends with Kit, the son of Tyneford's owner. They fall in love & intend to marry. Before they do, Kit goes off to fight in the war. Alise & Kit's father are forced to leanon one another to get through the roller coeaster of the war.

    From being shot at by an enemy plane, to being taken by the police, & the discrimination, The House At Tyneford takes you through everything having to do with the war.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2012

    Loved it!!

    I absolutely loved this book and hated for it to end. Hopefully there will be a sequel. If you loved "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey" you will not be disappointed with this read.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Great Read

    This book started out slow for me but, by mid-way through, I couldn't put it down!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Check it out

    Wow! This novel had me hooked from the get-go! I could hardly put it down! It is pretty dense with clues and hints about what is going on so it took a while to read. But it is wonderfully written. And now that I have finished it - I am starting over!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Great Book

    I loved this book, it was one of those books you just don't want to end. It takes you away to another place and time. Excellent book...

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2012

    A beautiful story was told from beginning to end, now one of my

    A beautiful story was told from beginning to end, now one of my favorite books!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2012

    Highly recommend

    Wonderful book. I had just finished reading "Beasts in the Garden" and this was a good follow-up book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    What a great read!!

    I couldn't put this book down. Except when I was nearing the last chapters I would stop reading for a few minutes (I didn't want the story to end) but I needed to know what was to happen so I began reading again
    to the end

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2013

    Excellent book!!  (listened to the audio version)  Well written

    Excellent book!!  (listened to the audio version)  Well written and a stellar job by the narrator. Hated for it to end. NS is my new favorite author.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Good

    I didn't think I was going to like this book but it was actually very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Great read

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great characters, plot and ending. If you enjoy WWII british novels read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    I truly enjoyed this book!  It was a wonderful read, realistic a

    I truly enjoyed this book!  It was a wonderful read, realistic and descriptive as a whole.  I did sort of guess what was going to transpire from the beginning of the book, but it was so interesting to see how one growing up with servants becomes a servant themselves.  Living a contradiction and in some sort of limbo.  I found the sister to be a bit dramatic, especially in regards to her actions towards the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    Loved it!

    Engrossing and nostalgic story! My new favorite!

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  • Posted March 24, 2013

    Elise's world turns upside down when she must leave everything a

    Elise's world turns upside down when she must leave everything and everyone she knows and become a parlor made at Tyneford house.  She's homesick for her family and her customs and finds that she does not fit in with the help or with the family of the house.  Elise's journey is one of growth and reflection.




    Overall...
    I really enjoyed this read but this is not your typical historical fiction or WWII read.  The writing and story reads like classic literature and the setting seems more secondary.  So if you choose books based on the genre, I'd take note.




    On the story...
    Again, I enjoyed the story and the character development.  The writing stands out above the rest and Ms. Solomons pays great attention to detail without bogging down the story.  There is little focus on the war but there is much tragedy and this is a sad story.  At first I was a little bothered by the romance in this story but upon reflection it did fit.  For the most part, I never really knew where the story was going.  I didn't know if the resolution would be the ending of the war or reuniting (or not) with her family.  Ultimately, it ended up being a coming of age story but it bothered me that I really couldn't tell as I was listening.




    On the narrator...
    At first I was quite disconnected from Ms. Eyre because I felt Elise sounded too old but then I realized that Elise is telling her story when she is much older and reflecting on her youth.  This realization put the story in perspective and I enjoyed listening.  Ms. Eyre does a fantastic job with the different accents and I really felt like I was there as the story took place.




    Read this if you enjoy classic literature or coming of age stories.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Mark

    Kicks a rock and walks out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Totally engaging, hard to put down

    Facinating look at life during war time and the world of upper class and servants. Descriptive writing paints vivid pictures in the reader's mind. Enjoyed the rugged seaside setting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    This book is warm and charming. Your heart will ache for Elise

    This book is warm and charming.
    Your heart will ache for Elise when she experiences heartache and leap for joy when unexpected happiness arrives.
    Not only does Elise transform, but so does Tyneford House. I never thought I could feel sad for an inanimate object like a house, but I was.
    I hated being done with it - I may just read it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Good historical fiction.

    Easy read; enjoyable characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Horrible ending!!!

    Spoiler***
    Kit dies! Sad and tragic...just wrong

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    The house of Tyneford

    Very easy to read and I did enjoy it.

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