my take: the cover advertised fans of Downton Abbey would also love this book … and that may be true. it’s set in a different era, but the adoration of an English manor house is the same in this WWII tale.
Elise is sent from Vienna, where her Jewish parents are well-known and wealthy, to work at Tyneford House to save her from the coming troubles in Austria. she learns, much like young Jane Eyre, what it’s like to be on the supporting end of the British high-life. (i found traces of Rebecca and maybe The Secret Garden as well.)
for me, it was a fun read. and kind of a feel good read, as well. was it like Downton Abbey? ish.
my source: daughter Anne
my verdict: good all-things-British read.
I found this a satisfying, entertaining read too but didn't see tons of Downton Abbey. But Kate Morton's book The House at Riverton reminded me of it more, but this book was much better!