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Dying of Downton withdrawal? Check out these similar books and movies.

By Meagan Francis |

This blog is all about being happier at home. And you want to know what’s been making me happy in my living room lately – specifically, every Sunday night? Yep: Downton Abbey. Like so many of you, I’m completely obsessed – so much so that I find myself desperately filling in the time between shows by downloading period British dramas to my Kindle and streaming anything the BBC has ever put out on Amazon Prime and Netflix. I’ve put together this little list of shows and books in the hopes that it will also help you survive the long, lonely, Crawley-deprived hours between 11 PM Sunday evening and 9 PM the following Sunday:

Enjoy, and please share if you have any books, movies or shows to add to the list by clicking my SkinnyScoop list and joining in the discussion!

*Disclosure: If you click my Amazon links and purchase items, I will receive a commission for the sale – which would be awesome because then I can download even more books and movies to get my fix.

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Meagan Francis is a mom of five who loves everyday adventures and is in pursuit of a big life with her big family. Her love of family, food, home and travel fuel her writing here and on her blogs The Happiest Home and The Kitchen Hour.
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12 thoughts on “Dying of Downton withdrawal? Check out these similar books and movies.

  1. Stephanie Precourt says:

    I also love Lark Rise to Candleford, via Netflix. It took about 4 episodes in to really *love* and get to know the the characters & then I was HOOKED like Downton!!


  2. Krista says:

    Everyone is so obsessed with these show, great idea to provide alternatives.

  3. hannah says:

    YES. excellent list. especially wives and daughters:)

  4. Melissa Lay says:

    Have you seen the Forsyte Saga Series 1 and 2? Very, very good. I think it’s on Netflix…but I got mine from the library. Addictive.

  5. Melissa Lay says:

    Oh, and there’s always Sense and Sensibility. I LOVE that movie!!

  6. [...] 8. Finally, don’t despair over what you are going to do on Sundays until the next NFL season…there’s always Downton Abbey. [...]

  7. Jan Udlock says:

    Another novel by Elizabeth Gaskell is North and South.

  8. Meagan Francis says:

    @Jan – I loved North and South! It’s kind of heavy, but so good. I read everything by Elizabeth Gaskell that was on Kindle about 6 months ago. Great reading.

  9. Jan Udlock says:

    Oh, you are a super mom – I was talking about the movie version, North and South. :)

  10. agirlandaboy says:

    Forsyte Saga! Read the books too!

  11. Ellie says:

    I recommend “The House at Riverton” by Kate Morton. Story about a 90-something woman reflecting back on when she was a teenaged ladies’ maid. Features a bit of mystery too.

  12. Meagan Francis says:

    Great recommendations all! Thanks!

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