- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Disney Press (January 22, 2013)
- ISBN-10: 1423171179
- Author: Leila Rasheed
- Cover art: I love it!
- Obtained: My personal bookshelf
- Overall rating:**** out of 5 stars
Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews
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. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)
This has been on my shelf since it was released, I finally picked it up and read it. I enjoyed it a lot, for me the one thing that knocked it down from 5 stars to 4 is the fact that within the first 50 pages or so I had already guessed the big twist at the end. It was pretty easy to guess, but it was still a good twist.
The writing style was good, the characters were great and the dialog was well done. The interactions between characters didn't seem to be forced at anytime.
I am looking forward to book two in January, I'm interested to see where all the characters are going to go from where they are now. I do hope that we get to follow the character to India, I'd like to see the characters in a different setting to see how or if they would change in anyway.
I liked Ada, she was really cool a very headstrong woman in a time that frowned upon women being headstrong.
If you are a fan of Downton Abby or Wentworth Hall, I would recommend this book.
So say we all!