Tuesday, October 2, 2012
A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
As the daughter of a Countess, Anna has a fairy-tale upbringing in Russia, living a dream life with no wants and the adoration of her family and social circle. With the Revolution, however, comes the kind of change that could break a weak person, and Anna ends up in England, penniless, with nothing but her own will and a handbook on British houskeeping. So, she goes into service and in the house of the Earl of Westerholme, and Anna's natural abililty and desire to remain anonymous create a new sort of home for her. Once the Earl's fiance arrives, however, things begin to get tricky and Anna has to decide where her loyalties are.
What is true: Anna is almost TOO amazing and good and the bad character is TOO bad to be believed. I knew how it would end almost as soon as it started.
What is also true: I fell for this book hook, line and sinker and read it in one sitting. Even though I KNEW Anna was being painted as too good to be true, I just didn't care. I loved her. I felt like everyone else should love her. I loved her Russian world and her depth and her kindness.
Also, please note that if you are a fan of Downton Abbey, you cannot help but be sucked into the "upstairs, downstairs" relationships and drama. It's totally that kind of story. That might be half of why I loved it so much.
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