Book Riot, writer Johanna Lane has an article exploring the tradition of literature that revolves around large homes or estates. She talks about her favorite "big house novels" and how they remain interesting to readers today:
"But the attraction of these novels is partly because the rhythms
of life in great houses are so very different from the rhythms of our
own: The characters linger over breakfast, they take long walks in the
gardens, they stop for lunch, they stop again for afternoon tea, they
talk to each other without constantly checking their iPhones."
Though she talks about how these novels have fallen out of favor of the years, I suspect that the success of Downton Abbey will change how much a modern audience enjoys those types of stories. I have just started a "big house" novel myself (Anya Seton's Dragonwyck) and thought I would provide a list of my favorite novels that involve big homes who become just as much a part of the story as any other character:
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