Thursday, February 9, 2023

The Mitford Affair


Author: Marie Benedict

Publisher: Sourcebook Landmark

Year: 2023

📖 𝗕𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 📖

Two days in a row of historical fiction from me! What is up with that?! 

I had never heard of the Mitford sisters before this book. They were from an upper crust, but low on money English family. Diana divorced her super rich husband to take up with a fascist friendly English politician who had no intention of leaving his own wealthy wife. Girl, what were you thinking? Nancy, the oldest sister, was a writer and desperate to find love. Then there’s Unity. Even as a teen, Unity was enamored with Hitler and fascism. Why, girl, why? 

Long story short, Unity goes to school in Germany as after Hitler rises to power. She becomes a super stalker, meets the man, becomes his pal, & embraces the Nazis and antisemitism full on. Diana sees an opportunity to help her lover grow his budding fascist political party. She visits Unity & buddies up to Hitler too. She gets Hitler to give money to keep the English fascist moment afloat. Nancy, meanwhile, pens a fictional book mocking fascism with characters that closely resemble her Nazi-loving sisters. Family drama ensues. The war breaks out and Nancy has a big decision to make. 

Benedict always does her research, but even she can’t really explain how these English roses so unapologetically embraced the Nazis. I found it really hard reading about Unity & Diana gushing about how charming Hitler was & his how lovely manners were. That’s a testament to Benedict’s skill as a writer. This is a fascinating look at these sisters who had a seat at the table during a momentous time in history. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

QOTD: making any plans for the weekend? Here in the US, there’s a big sporting event on Sunday. So we’ll be watching that. 

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