Author: Leila Rasheed
Series: At Somerton #1
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Date: January 22, 2013
One house, two worlds...
Rose Cliffe has never met a young lady like her new mistress. Clever, rich, and beautiful, Ada Averley treats Rose as an equal. And Rose could use a friend. Especially now that she, at barely sixteen, has risen to the position of ladies' maid. Rose knows she should be grateful to have a place at a house like Somerton. Still, she can't help but wonder what her life might have been had she been born a lady, like Ada.
For the first time in a decade, the Averleys have returned to Somerton, their majestic ancestral estate. But terrible scandal has followed Ada's beloved father all the way from India. Now Ada finds herself torn between her own happiness and her family's honor. Only she has the power to restore the Averley name-but it would mean giving up her one true love ... someone she could never persuade her father to accept.
Sumptuous and enticing, the first novel in the At Somerton series introduces two worlds, utterly different yet entangled, where ruthless ambition, forbidden attraction, and unspoken dreams are hidden behind dutiful smiles and glittering jewels. All those secrets are waiting ... at Somerton.
I loved Cinders & Sapphires. Last summer I read a book called Manor of Secrets, which I was expecting to be like Downton Abbey but ended up just not being that great. You know what I should’ve read instead? Cinders & Sapphires.
This book has been sitting on my kindle app for a while now and I’m so happy I finally picked it up. It started off a bit on the slower side, but I was quickly swept into Ada’s life, dreams, and ambitions. I was also intrigued by Rose’s circumstances and all of the talents she wasn’t able to make use of as a lady’s maid.
There are so many great characters in this novel. Some of them or lovable, some are really hateful, and others are just complicated. You’ll find a bit of everything in this one—including a wonderful romance.
Now with regards to the romance, I know exactly who I want Ada with. And it’s not necessarily someone who Ada would choose for herself. But suffice it to say that the romance is great and will leave you wanting more!
Cinders & Sapphires has the perfect balance of upstairs/downstairs drama and relationships, romance, politics and peaks into societal life. If you like Downton Abbey you just can’t miss this one!