Do you enjoy the series "Downton Abbey"? If you do I can assure you that you will equally enjoy these three books by author Phillip Rock.
The first book of the trilogy was originally published in 1978 and the others soon after. They were bestsellers at the time and are enjoying a revival thanks to the success of the PBS television series. In fact, the cover of each of the re-released books contains the phrase, "Before there was Downton Abbey, there was Abingdon Pryory..."
The Passing Bells begins the trilogy. Set in England in the summer of 1914 this book involves the complexity of the war and its effect on class barriers as both servants and family members of an English manor head out to serve. The trilogy focuses on the lives of the Greville family of Abingdon Pryory.
Circles of Time follows the family in the post-WWI years and the re-building after the war. This was my favorite and if I could read only one this is the one I would select.
The final book of the trilogy, A Future Arrived follows the family and its younger members in the 1930s. At the end of that decade, war again threatens their futures.
My neighbor lent me Circles of Time and I was more than halfway through it before I realized it was the second book in a trilogy. (Don't you just hate that? But to his credit, he didn't know it was part of a trilogy either.) Even before I finished the book I ordered the first book. I enjoyed it although I already knew what lay ahead for the characters. The writing is excellent and the plot lines held my interest throughout the books.