The Secret Countess (2020)

The Secret Countess Eva Ibbotson The Secret Countess 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 serv
  • Title: The Secret Countess
  • Author: Eva Ibbotson
  • ISBN: 9780230014763
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Paperback
The Secret Countess Eva Ibbotson 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background and takes a job as servant in the household of the esteemed Westerholme family, armed only with an outdated housekeeping manual and sheer determination Desperate to keep her past a secret, Anna isAfter the Russian revolution turns her world topsy turvy, Anna, a young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background and takes a job as servant in the household of the esteemed Westerholme family, armed only with an outdated housekeeping manual and sheer determination Desperate to keep her past a secret, Anna is nearly overwhelmed by her new duties not to mention her instant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 and difficult to keep her most dearly held secrets from unraveling And then there s the small matter of Rupert s beautiful and nasty fianc e
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  1. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    Final review, first posted on FantasyLiterature not that this is a fantasy novel, but Ibbotson also wrote a lot of fantasy As a Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer enthusiast, I m always on the lookout for historical novels in that mold, with manners, a little romance and lots of deliciously witty dialogue I previously was familiar with Eva Ibbotson solely from her 1994 children s fantasy The Secret of Platform 13, in which a magical door at Platform 13 of King s Cross Station in London opens every [...]

  2. Claire

    I love Eva Ibbotson, and I nearly always think her characters are delightful and her stories lovely That was true for this book as well I frequently recommend her books to my enthusiastic readers and to parents reading aloud with their elementary aged children She s my favorite of all the authors I ve discovered in the last few years But I couldn t help my stomach churning at the unnecessarily nasty descriptions of the unpleasant family, the Herrings these descriptions depended almost completely [...]

  3. Adrienne

    The only reason it s 2 stars is because it was a semi interesting plot HoweverHOLY COMMAS, BATMAN The woman does not know how to write a normal sentence unless it s dialogue She d have these sentences with about 10 no joke, I counted one modifying phrases all contained within commas It was so distracting that when I finally got around to the end of the original thought, I couldn t remember what she was talking about So I d have to read the beginning of the sentence, skip the crud in commas, then [...]

  4. Rane

    Nothing is depressing then the dreaded Reader Slump that not even your favorite authors can pull you out of That was me, just floating along after reading back to back amazing books, everything just sorta fell flat for me That is by chance I stumbled on A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson Taking place in a period I m not very fond of early 1900 s I was a tad leery of taking a chance I m so thankful that I did.Ibbotson writes magic in her pages True whimsical, nostalgic magic in each word an [...]

  5. Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by Amber Gibson for TeensReadTooAnna Grazinsky is a member of the Russian aristocracy, or White Russians, during the Russian Revolution Her family is forced to flee from their comfortable life in Russia to England, where they are safe from the revolutionaries But in England, the Grazinskys are left with nothing Anna has a very resilient spirit, and instead of moping around and wishing for her old life, she is grateful for the safety of her family and secretly takes a job as a maid so th [...]

  6. PaigeBookdragon

    Well, I must say this I should thank Rane for recommending and giving this book such a nice review If not for her, this book would still be in my to read list.To be totally honest, I prefer books written in a conversational type examples are Julia Quinn, Sidney Sheldon and Thea Harrison books These books uses words that are easy to understand and can be used in everyday life.On the other hand, this is the type of book where I have to pay attention every freaking word because the wordings are kin [...]

  7. Lois Bujold

    I enjoyed this familiar romance tropes, but intelligently applied, and with a keen sense of time and place and detail from an angle less and less known, I suspect, to many younger 21st C American readers The tale does not feel to me to be about events of a whole century ago, but I realize somewhat bemusedly that they now are The social setting, actually utterly alien to me in real life, is, as they say, still strangely familiar from dozens of beloved books, both from the period or attempting to [...]

  8. Bronte

    Okay This book was kind of a dissapointment to me I felt really disconeccted from the story and like it was to narrarative Like the author was telling the story herself, not through her charecters I felt like I was getting a lot of uneccissery information about every body And nothing was really developing in you mind as you read it, but it was all piled on you all at the same time Like every time some one new came into the story, everything stopped while the author gave a biography on this perso [...]

  9. Bailey

    I found myself not really giving a shit what happened to Anna It s frustrating when an author writes a completely perfect character Anna was an unspoiled, gracious child, and is a captivating, gracious adult Everyone cannot help but be drawn to her beautiful spirit and beautiful face Except for the evil, sure to become a total Nazi fiancee of Anna s love interest The romance kind of irritated me, too I understand it is, at its heart, a romance novel, but how much interaction did she really have [...]

  10. Anel

    I read the blurb and I thought the story was interesting This was one of the worst books I ever read First of all, too many unnecessary details about minor characters I found myself constantly skipping over those parts The main countess had no character development and it was very narrative The main character was too perfect, the fiancee was nasty , the love interest was prince charming There was too much description that was not needed Ending was predictable.

  11. snowplum

    Eva Ibbotson wrote five books for adults or young adults that clearly fit together A Countess Below Stairs, The Reluctant Heiress, A Company of Swans, The Morning Gift, and A Song for Summer I was strongly considering giving one of them 5 stars in order to make certain that anyone who follows my reviews discovers just how special I think Ms Ibbotson s writing is, but I couldn t decide which It wouldn t be right to give all of them 5 stars, because that would double my total count of 5 star books [...]

  12. Rachel Romeo

    This is a good romance novel without being too mushy, or containing a lot of raunchy scenes It s about how a young Russian Countess flees to England after the Russian Revolution and earns her keep as a servant for a wealthy family She tries to keep her past from her employers and their very attractive son, the Earl of Westerholme who is engaged to be married His future wife believes in the science of Eugenics and only in procreating the perfect species Needless to say, there is an attraction bet [...]

  13. Angie

    What wordy, frothy fun Ibbotson s books are Perfect going on a trip books In fact, reading them makes me wish I was going somewhere, as her heroines always seem to be off somewhere new and exciting and exotic But since I am not going anywhere exotic or otherwise in the near future, getting lost in them has proved a wonderful balm for my It s mid March and Still Snowing blues.Anna is a Russian countess whose family is forced to flee their wealth and their home after her father is killed in the Ru [...]

  14. Josiphine/Tessa

    Eva Ibbotson has some of the most beautiful prose I ve ever read.I feel like she is an amateur expert on everything She could write about garbage disposals and I wouldn t care in the least I don t think she could write an ugly sentence, I really don t On to the story This is the most original of her adult books All the others have the same two main characters This is also the least offensive, which makes me a happy clam I m constantly amazed that she can somehow write accents without changing an [...]

  15. Fiona

    With Eva Ibbotson, you can expect one thing A fluffy feel good read I don t usually like fluffy reads, with Ibbotson I make an exception.The good guys are always perfect, golden hued flawless people who are gorgeous The bad guys are usually horrible but never really truly evil Everyone gets their happy ending.That is what you get with Eva Ibbotson She does it in the forgiveable way Each of her books are layered with cultural tit bits, mostly musical Many of her YA stories usually involve a char [...]

  16. Alison

    The only reason I gave this book a two instead of a one is because despite the horrible writing style, I still managed to want to read it through to the end The story, although very predictable, was cute and happily ending, as to be expected Also, the fact that I am currently very into the tv show Downton Abbey kept me reading, as I used a lot of imagery from the show to imagine Westerholme and it s inner workings However, if grammar and sentence structure matter greatly to you, I would not reco [...]

  17. Shannon (Giraffe Days)

    This is without doubt one of the best YA novels I ve read in a long time Let s say, ever If I were to re do my Top Ten YA Novels list, this would be on it As soon as I finished it, I wanted to start it all over again and now, trying to write the review about three weeks after finishing it, I definitely feel the need to re read it not because it s forgettable, but because I d like to do it justice The funny thing is, though, that like other favourite YA novels such as The Book Thief , I m not ent [...]

  18. Cassie

    This book was one of those predictable, fluffy books that is still somehow a charm to read because of the language and characters The heroine is too good, the rival is too evil and silly, but I found myself enjoying every page anyway The portrayal of Russian royalty on the run from the Russian Revolution is absolutely believable, and Ibbotson s descriptions make the world come alive Russian history and culture are things I never really studied, but have always been interested in, so I found the [...]

  19. Tandie

    This was a sweet, feel good read, which I was in desperate need of I turn to these sort of books when I m recovering from illness or surgery You know, those books that are comfort food This is one of them Anna, along with other Russian nobility, finds herself among the working class of England after the fall of the Tsar Czar I always mix those up Anyhow, she is uncomplaining and determined to be happy in her circumstances Anna is wise enough to know that the answer to most anything can be found [...]

  20. Clare

    Oh my goodness Where to start Such a romantic, wonderfully written, romantic, funny, romantic, historic, romantic book Did I mention it was Romantic Rich Anna Grazinky, a 16 year old countess who is VERY VERY rich Her favorite jewel is a Emerald Well, her moneys are lost so her family must disperse from Russia When she finally convinces her mother to let her work as a maid, she becomes the best maid in the entire household, and convinces everyone to be cheery The head of the house hold, the Earl [...]

  21. The Book Queen

    This, ladies and gentlemen, is probably my favourite standalone novel of all time If not favourite, then definitely in my top five It s adorable and heartbreaking and beautiful and I ve loved it ever since I first read it and I ve read it three times since.It s not without its faults Anna is a special snowflake, Rupert is controlling at times, and Ibbotson does have a problem with sentences each one has about nine hundred separate clauses and fifteen adjectives but to be honest, they re too mino [...]

  22. Julianna

    Reviewed for THC ReviewsA Countess Below Stairs is a delightful romantic tale that s reminiscent of fairy tales like Cinderella or Anastasia I thought it was a unique twist to read a story that s set in an English country manor house but told partly from the perspective of the servants below stairs It gives the book kind of an Upstairs, Downstairs or Downton Abbey vibe It takes place in approximately the same time period too, immediately following the first World War, which is another unique ele [...]

  23. Amy

    Book deprivation is a very bad thing It causes people to do crazy things like, reading till 4 44 am on a Thursday night because they haven t had fiction in their hands for such a long time Which may or may not have just happened to me Be warned If you re sending your kid off to college, or are going to college, keep them yourself at least occasionally supplied with something mindless The repercussions are scary and may involve falling asleep in class the next day.Plot Once upon a time in Russia, [...]

  24. Sam :)

    Rating 4 starsI think I ll always enjoy Eva Ibbotson s writing It s the kind of style that brings you back to classics, while still with that modern flair that makes it able to be read without too much thought The pictures she paints, the characters she develops, are all so wonderful Her books are lovely.When you re sad, my Little Star, go out of doors It s always better underneath the open sky.So let s forget for a moment how completely full of stereotypes this book was From the angelic Russian [...]

  25. Mizuki

    This story reads like a poor girl who really isn t a poor girl meets the young handsome lord and falls in love and lives happily ever after with the guy kind of fairy tale From time to time I have problem suppressing my disbelief but in the ende good writing love how the author describes things and her lovely prose and the reasonable characters and the reasonable romance save this story for me.I think it is a good story for teenagers, but if you wanted your book to have to do with Russia and it [...]

  26. Kathryn

    Anna, a Russian countess of considerable wealth before the Russian Revolution, must flee with her family to England in the aftermath of the war Penniless, she takes a job as a servant at Mersham, an English manor house reeling from England s own war and the economic ruin it brought When the young heir to Mersham returns from the war it it is not the son everyone expected to inherit the title for the dashing eldest brother was killed in the war and it falls to the introspective Rupert to restore [...]

  27. Parvathy

    It is the same repetitive formula which has been encountered in entertainment from time on The English lord in this case an Earl, the kind and spirited housemaid and a disgruntled, cruel fiancee and an ever supporting and lovable background characters Yes, the same old stuff but what makes this one worth a read is the way in which this same old story is presented Eva Ibbotson s writing is very imaginative and captures one s attention from the very first page Her description of simple unimportant [...]

  28. MaryannC.Book Fiend

    Ok, since I am still having Downton Abbey withdrawals, this helped to give a me a quick fix and I have to say I found this a charming, enjoyable read This story is about a young woman, Anna Grazinsky, a Russian Countess reduced to genteel poverty who secretly undertakes the role of servant in a big house While working there Anna wins the hearts of her fellow servants and catches the eye of The Earl of Westerholme who is engaged to be married to the ultra snobbish and ultra wealthy Muriel Hardwic [...]

  29. Jessica

    Of the three of her books that I ve read, this was by far the best The other two were A Song For Summer and The Morning Gift For the first time, I actually felt for her main female character, and the entire cast of characters in this book were wonderful and memorable.

  30. Francie

    So sweet and perfect, loved it Russian and British aristocracy, country houses, romance and an era long gone The ending was quite obvious from the very beginning, yet I found myself enthralled and holding my breath.

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