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A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
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Apr 28, 10

bookshelves: 08-12yrs, 13-15yrs
Read in August, 2007

This sweet, old-fashioned historical romance for teens introduces some characteristically Ibbotson elements: a strong female character who—though born into the aristocracy—isn't afraid of hard work; an interesting hero who is sensitive enough to value character above empty beauty; a Downtown Abbey-like setting; and an evenly paced and pleasantly readable narrative.

A few passing references could have been omitted, but for the intended readership they could be passed over without too much notice: a man finds a woman bathing in a lake and sees her without clothes—not much attention is given to it and there is no description; and an older man makes passes at housemaids.
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