“Belgravia” – Julian Fellowes

Original language: EnglishJF_Belgravia

First edition: 2016

Date read: January 2018

Plot summary: Brussels, 15 June 1815. The Duchess of Richmond throws a party for the Duke of Wellington. Among the attendees, we find Mr and Mrs James Trenchard along with their daughter Sophia. Both the party and the night are cut short by the advance of Napoleon’s troops, changing the lives of some of the people in that party forever.

Fast-forward twenty-five years. Sophia and her suitor, Edmund, the son and heir of Viscount Bellasis, have passed away and have left two families broken and trying to cope after more than two decades. The arrival of a stranger with ties to the past in London’s posh area of Belgravia, will be the driving force behind a tidal wave of change to both the Trenchards’ and the Bellasis’ lives.

Opinion/Comments: Banking on the success of “Downton Abbey” and “Gosford Park”, Julian Fellowes’ “Belgravia” aims to portray yet another upstairs-downstairs plot along the lines of those two very successful pieces of work. However, in my opinion, the story is predictable, repetitive, and at times boring. I credit this to the underdeveloped and plain characters, which have turned what was supposed to be a pleasant read into many moments of confusion.

Personal rating: 4/10

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