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ISBN13: 9781423171171
ISBN10: 1423171179
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One house, two worlds...
Rose Cliffe has never met a young lady like her new mistress. Clever, rich, and beautiful, Ada Averley treats Rose as an equal. And Rose could use a friend. Especially now that she, at barely sixteen, has risen to the position of ladies' maid. Rose knows she should be grateful to have a place at a house like Somerton. Still, she can't help but wonder what her life might have been had she been born a lady, like Ada.

For the first time in a decade, the Averleys have returned to Somerton, their majestic ancestral estate. But terrible scandal has followed Ada's beloved father all the way from India. Now Ada finds herself torn between her own happiness and her family's honor. Only she has the power to restore the Averley name-but it would mean giving up her one true love . . . someone she could never persuade her father to accept.

Sumptuous and enticing, the first novel in the At Somerton series introduces two worlds, utterly different yet entangled, where ruthless ambition, forbidden attraction, and unspoken dreams are hidden behind dutiful smiles and glittering jewels. All those secrets are waiting . . . at Somerton.

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"In the spring of 1910, Lady Ava Averley sails from colonial India to her family's English estate at Somerton Court. On board, she meets a cute but common Indian boy, Ravi Sundaresan, and they steal a clandestine kiss. Ada's first season is approaching, but she dreams of attending Oxford, at a time when the higher education of women is frowned upon. At Somerton, Ada's father remarries, and Ada contends with her new stepfamily, including a mean stepmother and rival stepsister. She also has a new, 16-year-old maid, Rose, a girl with her own secrets as well as aspirations that go beyond her current station. British author Rasheed brings a dizzying number of characters and subplots together skillfully in this first book in the At Somerton series, mixing standard upstairs/downstairs fare with clashes involving sexuality, scandal, love triangles, and murder. Scheming and secrets drive a plot with largely shallow players (Ada's other love interest, Lord Fintan, is an exception), but fans of historical romances like the Luxe series and shows like Downton Abbey will look forward to the next book. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Downton Abbey meets the classic British comedy of errors in this warm and witty YA romance.

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Upstairs, downstairs, and in which ladys chamber?

   On the brink of World War II, two girls are sent to the grand English country estate of Starkers. Hannah, the half-Jewish daughter of a disgraced distant relative, has been living an artistic bohemian life in a cabaret in pre-war Germany and now is supposed to be welcomed into the family. Anna, the social-climbing daughter of working-class British fascists, is supposed to be hired as a maid so that she can spy for the Nazis. But theres a mix-up, and nice Hannah is sent to the kitchen as a maid while arrogant Anna is welcomed as a relative.

   And then both girls fall for the same man, the handsome heir of the estate . . . or do they? 

  In this sparkling, saucy romance, nearly everything goes wrong for two girls who are sent to a grand English estate on the brink of World War II—until it goes so very, very right!

About the Author

Laura L. Sullivan is a former newspaper editor, biologist, social worker, and deputy sheriff who writes because storytelling is the easiest way to do everything in the world. She lives on the Florida coast, but her heart is in England.

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moiraethefatesbookreview, December 8, 2013 (view all comments by moiraethefatesbookreview)
* Hardcover: 400 pages
* Publisher: Disney Press (January 22, 2013)
* ISBN-10: 1423171179
* Author: Leila Rasheed
* Cover art: I love it!
* Obtained: My personal bookshelf
* Overall rating:**** out of 5 stars


Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed

Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews


One house, two worlds...

Rose Cliffe has never met a young lady like her new mistress. Clever, rich, and beautiful, Ada Averley treats Rose as an equal. And Rose could use a friend. Especially now that she, at barely sixteen, has risen to the position of ladies’ maid. Rose knows she should be grateful to have a place at a house like Somerton. Still, she can’t help but wonder what her life might have been had she been born a lady, like Ada.

For the first time in a decade, the Averleys have returned to Somerton, their majestic ancestral estate. But terrible scandal has followed Ada’s beloved father all the way from India. Now Ada finds herself torn between her own happiness and her family’s honor. Only she has the power to restore the Averley name�"but it would mean giving up her one true love . . . someone she could never persuade her father to accept.

Sumptuous and enticing, the first novel in the At Somerton series introduces two worlds, utterly different yet entangled, where ruthless ambition, forbidden attraction, and unspoken dreams are hidden behind dutiful smiles and glittering jewels. All those secrets are waiting . . . at Somerton. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)


This has been on my shelf since it was released, I finally picked it up and read it. I enjoyed it a lot, for me the one thing that knocked it down from 5 stars to 4 is the fact that within the first 50 pages or so I had already guessed the big twist at the end. It was pretty easy to guess, but it was still a good twist.


The writing style was good, the characters were great and the dialog was well done. The interactions between characters didn't seem to be forced at anytime.


I am looking forward to book two in January, I'm interested to see where all the characters are going to go from where they are now. I do hope that we get to follow the character to India, I'd like to see the characters in a different setting to see how or if they would change in anyway.


I liked Ada, she was really cool a very headstrong woman in a time that frowned upon women being headstrong.


If you are a fan of Downton Abby or Wentworth Hall, I would recommend this book.


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Dieveney, June 23, 2013 (view all comments by Dieveney)
Do not judge this book by its cover! This is not Gossip Girl like the cover implies but more of a Downton Abbey upstairs/downstairs with a Cinderella theme. That said, you'll also enjoy political unrest, suffragettes, and more cases of forbidden love than is reasonable. Sweet, charming and lots of fun! Now to wait for the sequel.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781423171171
Author:
Rasheed, Leila
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Author:
Sullivan, Laura L.
Subject:
Historical - Europe
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Europe
Subject:
Love & Romance
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
At Somerton
Publication Date:
20131210
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7 up to 12
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 22.8 oz
Age Level:
from 12 up to 18

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Product details 416 pages Hyperion Books - English 9781423171171 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In the spring of 1910, Lady Ava Averley sails from colonial India to her family's English estate at Somerton Court. On board, she meets a cute but common Indian boy, Ravi Sundaresan, and they steal a clandestine kiss. Ada's first season is approaching, but she dreams of attending Oxford, at a time when the higher education of women is frowned upon. At Somerton, Ada's father remarries, and Ada contends with her new stepfamily, including a mean stepmother and rival stepsister. She also has a new, 16-year-old maid, Rose, a girl with her own secrets as well as aspirations that go beyond her current station. British author Rasheed brings a dizzying number of characters and subplots together skillfully in this first book in the At Somerton series, mixing standard upstairs/downstairs fare with clashes involving sexuality, scandal, love triangles, and murder. Scheming and secrets drive a plot with largely shallow players (Ada's other love interest, Lord Fintan, is an exception), but fans of historical romances like the Luxe series and shows like Downton Abbey will look forward to the next book. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Downton Abbey meets the classic British comedy of errors in this warm and witty YA romance.
"Synopsis" by , Upstairs, downstairs, and in which ladys chamber?

   On the brink of World War II, two girls are sent to the grand English country estate of Starkers. Hannah, the half-Jewish daughter of a disgraced distant relative, has been living an artistic bohemian life in a cabaret in pre-war Germany and now is supposed to be welcomed into the family. Anna, the social-climbing daughter of working-class British fascists, is supposed to be hired as a maid so that she can spy for the Nazis. But theres a mix-up, and nice Hannah is sent to the kitchen as a maid while arrogant Anna is welcomed as a relative.

   And then both girls fall for the same man, the handsome heir of the estate . . . or do they? 

  In this sparkling, saucy romance, nearly everything goes wrong for two girls who are sent to a grand English estate on the brink of World War II—until it goes so very, very right!

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