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Friday, January 9, 2015

DA DTs – The Cure
I just realized I haven't made a Literary Blog Entry “all year”...Actually, not since before Thanksgiving. The reason(s) being I've been caught up in celebrating and enjoying the Holiday Season which, unfortunately, just ended yesterday with the Feast of the Epiphany. (For those of you unaware, I celebrate ALL the Twelve Days of Christmas!). We are now in Epiphany, which coincidentally is, TA DA! the (5th) Season of Downton Abbey! And, needless to say, like all you thousands and millions of DA fans out there are, I am in my glory. 

So it is only appropriate that I clue you in on two nearly perfect companion pieces to the show.

Jennifer Robson, the daughter of a renowned historian, is an accomplished English historian in her own right, as well as being an accomplished writer of historical literary fiction. She takes great pains researching her material and painstakingly incorporates facts and triviality in her novels. Seemingly obsessed with the World War I era – both prior and after – she has so far written two novels of a trilogy that read delightfully like one of Julian Fellowes DA scripts, complete with Violet and Isobel repartees – not as witty or pithy, I admit, but close enough.

An avid DA fan, I was, as the First Day of Christmas was quickly approaching, beginning to suffer the pangs of withdrawal (the DA DTs, if you will). Having been told both books were akin to DA and that they might assuage my cravings. I started to read After the War Is Over , Robson's first novel. It decidedly did not disappoint. In the gentle glow of my e-reader I was back wallowing in the ambience of England at the turn of the last century, following the escapades of characters like Edith Crawley, Anna and Mr. Bates, Cora and Robert, Mary and Tony...

After two days of saturation, I was primed and pined for her second, After the War (I received an advanced reader’s copy just a few days before). It was almost as delightful as the first. I write “almost” as the author in her second literary offering somewhat sacrifices storyline for sermonizing about women's rights and civil unrest after the end of WWI. But still, it and its prequel are well worth the read and were the almost perfect cures for the DA DTs while I waited for the fifth season of Downton to finally start.

However, being the realist that I am, here is the sad truth: For all you devoted DA fans out there, there is going to come a time (unfortunately in eight short weeks), when DA ends and we are bereft for yet another ten (glorious) months (of tennis and writing and reading and reviewing, God willing. Yeah!) until season six is finally aired here in America…So, to help you assuage your anxiety…here are two palliative gems to enjoy while you wait.

My complete review of “After the War” has been posted on www.authorexposure.com. When you get a chance, as you recover from what I hope was a joyous and blessed Holiday and the festivities of a Happy, Prosperous New Year, please take a peek at it. Hopefully, you'll order both of Robson's novels and settle in with them during the dearth of DA. I guarantee they are two satisfying reads, worthy of the Crawleys.

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June J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is an author, poet, and librettist. Her currently published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations, two volumes of poetry, stories for children (of all ages) and a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Miss Elmira's Secret Treasure: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
Colonial Theatre: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Roarin' 20s 
Phoenix Hose, Hook & Ladder: A Novel of Phoenixville during World War I
Columbia Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members

Adventures of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Spinach Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A Collection of More Spiritual Poems

We Three Kings

Beauty and the Beast


Noah's Rainbow

Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding Hood



Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She is currently working on her sixth novel.

June's novels can be purchased at amazon.com, through Barnes and Noble,
at the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area,
the Gateway Pharmacy in Phoenixvile, PA

For more information about her musicals, which are also available on amazon.com,