A Countess Below Stairs

A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
Eva Ibbotson
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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  ROrn
When the beautiful countess Anna Grazinsky's father dies and she has to flee Russia, she is in for an adventure. Anna must find a job to support her mother and brother. She finds just the job working for the Earl of Westerholme. He is returning home from the war and brining his beautiful fiancee, Muriel, with him. Anna has to keep her identity secret, but what happens when she falls for the earl and he finds out her secret?

Truly a most surprising remake of the story of Anastasia. This was a wonderful love story. I especially loved the ending. The way Anna fought for her rights as a woman was also an amazing point in the story. Two thumbs up to Ibbotson!

there is a brief moment when the book discusses nudity.

Reviewer Age:13

Reviewer City, State and Country: Shippensburg, USA


Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  IHua
Some may say that St. Petersburg is a city built on the bones of a thousand serfs, but for Anna Grazinsky it is the land of snow and dreamsher home. This Little Star, as her father lovingly calls her, was born into the lap of luxuries. A springing leopard of lapis lazuli, a jade gazelle with shining ruby eyes&.nothing is too good for innocent Anna. But all good things come to an end. Transformed into the Russian Revolution, fate turns around and slaps the young countess in the face. Penniless, dear Anoushka and her family flee to England. There she tries to hide her aristocratic background while serving the Westerholme family. As her duties become less overwhelming, a painful romance sprouts between Anna and Rupert, the handsome Earl of Westerholme. True to the word, love is a rose&.

An acclaimed fantasy writer, Eva Ibbotson takes different turn in her new novel, A Countess Below Stairs. Although she uses the clich´┐ęd forbidden love plot for this story, overall it was still quite enjoyable. Woven with elegant words, this book has captured humorous moments, the simplicity of passionate Anna and touching scenes. If beautiful descriptions, well-developed characters and a new exotic style of writing is what you are searching for, this novel is for you.

Rating: 7

Student Reviewer: IHua


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