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A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
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Mar 20, 2012

really liked it

Taking place in post-WW I England, Anna and her royal family have escaped Bolshevist Russia and are forced to start over again in a foreign country. A sweet, historical romance, it is told from the view of multiple characters including Rupert, the young Earl of Westerholme, who is trying to keep his family manor afloat; his wealthy fiancee Muriel, who nursed him back to health after a war injury and is much more interested in his title that she is in him; the Honorable Olive, a seven-year-old neighbor who has had a difficult short life yet still enrapturing all who know her, except Muriel who only sees her disability; not to mention all the interesting characters who reside "below the stairs." But, mainly the story belongs to Anna and how she embraces her new life as a servant, even though she was raised to be a countess. Although you know how the story will end, it is satisfying all the same. Told with good humor, "The Countess Below the Stairs" will appeal to readers who are looking for a common storyline centering on a stricter but simpler time, populated with interesting and terrific characters.

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