Charming and charismatic, Catherine caught the eye of Lord Porchester (or Porchy’,as he was known) when she was just 20 years old, and wearing a pale yellow dress at a ball. She had already turned down 14 proposals before she eventually married Porchy in 1922. Less than a year later Porchy’s father died suddenly, and he became the 6th Earl of Carnarvon, inheriting a title and a Castle that changed both their lives forever.

Catherine found herself in charge of a small army of household staff, and hosting lavish banquets and weekend house parties. Although the couple were very much in love, considerable challenges lay ahead for Catherine. They were immediately faced with saving Highclere when debts threatened to destroy the estate. As the 1920s moved to a close, Catherine’s adored brother died and she began to lose her husband to the distractions London had to offer. When the Second World War broke out, life at the Castle would never be the same again. 

I thought that Lady Catherine and the Real Downtown Abby was a great book, except for 2 things. One: Lord Porchester was a known womanizer and divorced Catherine and a couple other women. Two: After and right before Lord Porchester divorces Catherine she abuses alcohol. Otherwise this book was great. Lady Catherine and the Real Downtown Abbey is for young adults. This book was also signed by the current Countess of Carnarvon, the author. Yay!!!! I hope the author writes more books like this. You should all read this book. Thanks for Reading!!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons