This sweeping novel tells the tale of a concert pianist, Julia, and the prominent Crawford family and their home at Wharton Park. This tale stretches from the to the present day. (Downton Abbey readalikes: The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley)
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. Set in South Carolina in The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed.