“If you are enjoying the Downton Abbey series you will love this book. It starts in 1938 in Vienna. Elise has been leading a very comfortable, somewhat privileged life. Her family is Jewish and her parents have plans to get to the US, but know it will take some time. Her parents are worried about her safety and send her to work as a parlor maid at a lovely English estate while waiting for their visas. As Elise adapts to becoming one of the “downstairs” staff, we get to know the “upstairs” family, the Rivers. This is not a great literary novel, somewhat predictable, but it definitely has all the elements of a wonderful read. The mix of historical fiction, romance, tragedy and the physical descriptions of the Dorset area make you want to book a flight. The book is based on journals and letters of the author’s Great Aunt Gabi Landau, who was a mother’s helper in WWII.”—Cindy, Queen Anne Books. Buy The House at Tyneford from Queen Anne Books.