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Diamonds and Deceit (At Somerton #2)

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One house, two two in our sumptuous and enticing YA series about the servants and gentry at Somerton Court.

A house divided...

London is a whirl of balls and teas, alliances and rivalries. Rose has never felt more out of place. With the Season in full swing, she can't help but still feel a servant dressed up in diamonds and silk. Then Rose meets Alexander Ross,
Hardcover, 420 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion (first published December 20th 2013)
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Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Lavish, historical, romance, betrayal, scandal.

I am in love with this series.

Yet again, Leila Rasheed plunges us into the luxurious world of the people at Somerton and I loved it.

This series will be one I can easily reread again and again. I love the characters and how they all have their own distinct voices and personalities that really come through when you're reading from their perspective.

I was so disappointed in Laurence. He was so good around Ada, a different person really, and if
Initial Thoughts: This reminded me a little of Downton Abbey for Young Adults. A charming period piece, set in London and area near the start of WWI. Lots of beautiful dresses, balls, conniving girls, and all sorts of intrigue. A quick read and a fun diversion.

The Review:

Blame it on Downton Abbey. I never really wanted to read historical romances. I don’t know, the genre never really appealed to me. Then I started watching Downton Abbey and when the season ended, I felt like something was missi
So many books have been likened to the TV show I would die for: Downton Abbey… But I have to say, I've been sorely been disappointed by all of them.

Diamonds and Deceit was a lovely exception that broke my streak of reading books that have been compared to Downton Abbey and not receiving my reward.
I dearly adore this series so much!! It's the first that I, as a nitpicky, Downton Abbey fan, can say lived up to it's reputation without being seen as copied directly from the script of Downton Abbey
Dramatic affairs of the heart, pressures of society, deception, distrust, and a new generation of women who wish to use their brains and be involved in more than teas, sewing and finding a husband. Diamonds and Deceit by Leila Rasheed is dramatic in an “English Society” way, even though there are now phones, etc., society’s ladies still wish to be coddled, pampered and partied. Young women have “seasons” in order to find a suitable match in a husband. Suffering from vapors or “indelicate” conver ...more
Apr 28, 2015 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Review by Beth

I read Leila Rashid’s first novel in the At Somerton series in the first half of the year and it didn’t draw me in the way I thought it would. Diamonds and Deceit however captivated me entirely, which doesn’t seem to make much sense but I suppose it’s just one of those things.
Rasheed’s wonderful writing style is maintained and you can see every inch of every outfit and the wide spanning ballrooms she describes. Once again Rasheed approaches issues you wouldn’t expect in the early 2
Omg, it is again the perfect match of Downton Abbey and Gossip Girl! I couldn't remember much from the first book but a lot came back as I read this one; and also if you don't know the first book at all you can read this easily. I love Ada, I love Rose. Both, their stories are so unique! The end of the book makes you want the third book ASAP! How shall I wait until 2015?! + the German covers are pure cover-love!
Original Link to the review at my blog Le' Grande Codex - here


I'd say this again.I haven't yet had the chance to see Downton Abbey but as with the first, Diamonds & Deceit falls in the category of this period genre...... WHAT AN EXCELLENT SEQUEL IT WAS TOO.

There is intrigue. There is fashion. The season. The romance. Of new love and deceit. The conniving ladies hiding behind the social veil of the era. A bitter sweet end to a marriage and unraveling of secrets..... In other words every
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Jan 20, 2015 Kris - My Novelesque Life rated it really liked it

(I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review).

The Westlakes and Templetons are back to finish out the season. Lady Ada has said goodbye to Ravi and has consented to marry Fintan...some day. Rose, the former maid is now Lady Rose. Westlake has finally accepted and adopted Rose as his daughter. Going from a maid to a Lady is not easy for Rose especially when society talks behind her back. Rose has attracted the attention of a Duke - who also has a history with Charlot
Feb 03, 2014 kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 2014
I felt that this installment was a bit better than the first one. Maybe because I didn't struggle quite so much with the large cast of characters. It did take a little to remember who's who and who belongs where, but then it was smooth sailing.
There is a bit more character development in this one, which I felt added not just to the characters but to the overall story. I can understand Charlotte a bit better from knowing more about her, even maybe feel some sympathy for her. She has gone from alm
Jennifer Whitehead
Oct 14, 2013 Jennifer Whitehead rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion books for access to this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Oh, fans of Downton Abbey READ THIS BOOK! What a delightful look into many personas, both upstairs and downstairs, and across the cultural divide of status! Rasheed delicately weaves a very readable story together with many characters that we love to hate, and a few we love to love. Despite not reading the first installment of Somerton, I found this book to be interesting, believable, and sad.
May 25, 2014 Elise rated it it was amazing
My motto is, "if I finish it in a day, I should write a review." So here it goes.
This book picks up where the first on left off, with Rose, now Lady Rose, Ada, Charlotte and all your favorite characters.
Ada is engaged to Lord Fintin, but she still has feelings towards Ravi. Meanwhile, a new man, a duke shows up and is quite enamored by one of the ladies.
Oliver, in jail for a crime he didn't commit will do all he can to keep Sebastian's name out of the papers and hide his own secret as well.
May 31, 2015 Ella rated it it was amazing
I don't know why, maybe because it was a bit longer, but Diamonds and Deceit is so much better than the first one. The characters are more complex and more intertwined. The story fitted more all together than the first. I still wish we would know more about Oliver and Sebastian; only a few chapters were devoted to them even if their plot is very interesting. The end is quite good and make up expect for the 3rd book. If you weren't sure about how you felt about Cinders & Sapphires, give a cha ...more
Mar 26, 2015 Jenn rated it really liked it
A great follow up to Cinders and Sapphires!

I really enjoyed the book. Even though there were no real surprises, it was still charming, interesting, descriptive, and engaging.

Did it remind me of Downton Abbey? Yes, it did, but I was okay with that:)

There are many characters, so it took me awhile to remember who everyone was. But I have to say that although Ada is one of my favorite characters in this series, Rose and Alexander's storyline is what really kept me going.

Overall, a very enjoyable
Kirsty (overflowing library)
Finished last night.

I did like it but wasn't as hooked as I was when reading the first book in the series as If let at times too much was going on. Very much has a Downton feel to it.

Unsure as to there is more in the series. Would be keen to continue if so.
Dec 30, 2015 Mara rated it really liked it
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? Sure, I like it. It's very indicative of the story's era and what it might be like (i.e. like Downton Abbey).

Characters: Ada Averley continues to be a very likable protagonist; smart and perceptive and kind. I adored her even more for her sisterly affection towards Rose, who suffered at the hands of gossips and uncertainty. If possible, I liked Ada even more in this book. Rose, too, continues to be a very caring girl, very artistic, if not wholly sensible when it comes to
Jenn at Tale of Two Doxies
Feb 22, 2014 Jenn at Tale of Two Doxies rated it really liked it
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My Thoughts

Diamonds & Deceit is the second book in the At Somerton book series (the first being Cinders & Sapphires). This second story picks up where the first left off, it once again sweeps you back in time to the earlier 1900’s. Rasheed picks up weaving the story of the Averley family and their staff in this thrilling estate drama. Once again, we are drawn into the intricacies of the “upstairs” and “downstairs” world and entangled within the dreams, schemes, and scandals as those invo
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Casada com um saxofonista dinamarquês, Leila Rasheed tem mestrado em Escrita e Literatura Infantil e está a dar os primeiros passos na literatura juvenil enquanto autora. Metade inglesa, metade bangladeshiana, a autora que queria ser como o Indiana Jones costuma liderar workshops de escrita criativa, critica manuscritos e é mentora de escritoras de ficção infantil e juvenil.
Os seus primeiros trabalhos foram três livros infa
Alice in Readerland
Dec 08, 2013 Alice in Readerland rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Alice in Readerland

I have so many good things to say about this book! First of all, the prose is just beautiful. I praised the first book in the series, Cinders and Sapphires (At Somerton, #1), for having fairy tale-like quotes, and I was happy to see more of that lovely writing style in this book. Secondly, I love how this book weaves in different elements into the stories, for instance, I’d probably say that this book is historical romance or historical dra
Dec 22, 2013 Emma rated it really liked it
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Diamonds & Deceit by Leila Rasheed
Grade: B+
Release date: January 7, 2014
This book was an ARC provided by Read Between the Lynes in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: London is a whirl of balls and teas, alliances and rivalries. Rose has never felt more out of place. With the Season in full swing, she can't help but still feel a servant dressed up in diamonds and silk. Then Rose meets Alexander Ross, a young Scottish duke. Rose has heard the rumors about Ross's sordid past just like every
Sep 11, 2016 Gaele rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, net-galley
An Edwardian era YA romance, this story is as engaging and captivating as the sagas of Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs from the BBC. Set just before the onset of WWI, Leila Rasheed introduces us to a cast of characters, each uniquely poised to present their perspective on London society, marriage, happiness, trust, love and betrayal. I did not read the first in this series, a lack of exposure I am happy to report will be resolved shortly, but this novel did standalone perfectly well and I ...more
Becky Keir Grace
Oct 28, 2015 Becky Keir Grace rated it really liked it
Rose is struggling with her new role as a Lady in this second book of the Somterton series. Being adopted by her father, she moves up in status, but is still at a loss of how to handle her new life style. All of her friends are the maids she once worked with, and now it is unacceptable for her to be friendly with them. She also finds herself attracted to the wealthy Alexander Ross, the Duke of Huntleigh. Ada is engaged to Laurence AKA Lord Finton, but her heart belongs to Ravi, the Indian studen ...more
Jun 12, 2014 Cayla rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
I feel like three stars is being too generous for this book (for reasons I'll disclose), but it would be a lie to say I wasn't interested and engaged while reading it. I was. I think the author did a really great job with the pacing, and I enjoyed all the different perspectives (I've noticed multiple POVs are a turn-off for lots of YA readers nowadays, but I usually prefer them). I read this book in two days and, at 400+ pages, that says something.

However, there were also MANY things that I didn
Jan 22, 2014 Leeanna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, for-review, e-book
This review originally appeared on my blog,


CINDERS & SAPPHIRES , the first book in the At Somerton series, was one of my favorite reads of 2013. I think DIAMONDS & DECEIT will be one of my favorite books of 2014. If you like Downton Abbey, or historical fiction, there’s a good chance you’ll like this series.

DIAMONDS & DECEIT is just fun. Even though I’ve read it, I keep returning to it and rereading. The author has a way of sucking me into the lives of the Averleys
Princess Lauren Elizabeth The First
This book gave me major, MAJOR feels.
Okay, so first there's Michael and Priya. I figured I should address that first. At first, I was mad, because when had they even become an item, unofficially? I learned to just go with the flow...AND I GOT MY HEART RIPPED IN HALF, but that's okay because that happens quite often.
There were honestly too many ships in this world to keep track of. I mean, Laurence and Ada, Alexander and Rose, Laurence and Charlotte, Alexander and Charlotte, Oliver and Sebasti
Jan 17, 2014 Liviania rated it really liked it
At Somerton is a series clearly designed to capture the Downton Abbey crowd. And it does a good job of it -- Leila Rasheed both has a wonderful writing style and combines the soap opera-type plot with issues relevant to the time and today like women's suffrage, Indian independence, interracial relationships, and gay relationships. While DIAMONDS & DECEIT was as fun as CINDERS & SAPPHIRES, it had a tendency to focus on the least interesting on-going plots.

Most of the attention is on Rose

YOU GUYS! THIS BOOK! I totally love this series!! It's historical romance in YA form and I LOOOOOOOVE IT! It's the thing I've been wanting for ages and which never seemed to fully happen and I'm JUST SO HAPPY!

I was sick when I was reading this and it was so good that it managed to distract me from feeling wretched. That is how good this book is.

There's a whole bunch of characters to keep track off and at times I was just trying to keep
Amelia Elizabeth
Jan 23, 2014 Amelia Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
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I received an ebook ARC from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

I will admit that I read this book in one sitting. I didn't stay up to read the book, but I was awake so I read the book all night. The soap-opera drama continued into this book with Ada and Rose discovering love and life as sisters. True to it's title this book is filled with deceit. It seems everyone is hiding something from someone else and nothing goes according to plan.

Ada's engaged to Lord Fintan (not the marriage propos
Christy (TheReaderBee)

I had the pleasure of reading both ‘Cinders & Sapphires’ and ‘Diamonds & Deceit’ back to back, and let me tell you, I enjoyed this series immensely! These books really made me think of Downton Abbey while I was reading them. I guess you could say this is a YA version of Downton Abbey! Either way I say it, these books both make for a really great read.

The story is told from many different viewpoints; too many to even mention them all. These characters that the author created are very wel
Eustacia Tan
Jan 16, 2014 Eustacia Tan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I have not read the first in the series, I have not watched Downtown Abbey (I can't even keep up with Japanese dramas) so I can say with absolute certainty that I started reading this book with no expectations. And I loved it.

Diamonds and Deceit follows Rose, an ex-lady's maid turned real lady when her aristocratic father (Lord Averly) decides to acknowledge her and take her in as a member of her family. Unfortunately, her stepmother and step-sister don't like her, she feels out of place in the
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I really enjoyed the first book in the series. I'm not as familiar with this time period in England, so I like immersing myself in new details. This series seems to have just enough scandal, intrigue, aristocracy, beautiful dresses, and romance. However, this book seemed a little dragged down by the details. The end almost made up for all that though.

My first problem lies with the fact that there are a lot of characters in this book, plus two separate locations. It hasn't been that long since I
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 17, 2015 10:38AM  
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Leila Rasheed has gained an MA in both Children's Literature and Creative Writing. She started work at Reading Is Fundamental, a children's literacy charity, before moving to Belgium. Leila now works as the children's bookseller for Waterstone's in Brussels.
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