I hadn't heard of Eleanor Perenyi before this book was selected by NYRB for its Feb. selection for the book of the month.
At a very young age, Perenyi made a Hungarian Baron and goes to live on his rather improvised estate. It is an unlikely marriage, but works until world wide events happen, in particular the outbreak of World War II.
The selling point of the book is Perenyi's tone which is gossipy and chatty. It also captures a place and time that are long gone.