After the russian revolution turns her world topsy-turvy, Anna, a young russian countess, has no choice but to flee to england. penniless, Anna hides her aristocratic background and takes a job as servant in the household of the esteemed westerholme family, armed only with an outdated housekeeping manual and sheer determination. Desperate to keep her past a secret, Anna is nearly overwhelmed by her new dutiesnot to mention her instant attraction to rupert, the handsome earl of westerholme. to make matters worse, rupert appears to be falling for her as well. As their attraction grows stronger, Anna finds it more and more difficult to keep her most dearly held secrets from unraveling. And then theres the small matter of ruperts beautiful and nasty fiancée. . . .
Great Cinderella story, a few twists and turns. Lively characters with starch and personality set in stuffy English period.
The Secret Countess, by Eva Ibbotson
I listened to this on audio book mainly because of the incomparable Davina Porters narration and the story seemed interesting. Having just finished another book revolving around the Russian Revolution, they are quite different books. I have never heard of Eva Ibbotson and was surprised at her lengthy backlist. This book is a sweet book and is advertised as a Y/A book, which I usually dont normally seek out. The main characters Anna Grazinski a nineteen year old Russian Countess émigré who after losing everything finds herself in England and in need of work.
It is very Pollyanneish, Anna seems to bring out the very best in people. So If you want a sweet, clean love story with beautiful prose this is the book for you. 4 stars.