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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Cinders & Sapphires Released Today!

Yes.  Today is the day.  I only had the sneak peak from NetGalley, but I want more.  MUCH MORE.  I so wish I had money but alas I am broke.  When I do get money though, I will be all over this book.

I saw somewhere where someone described it as Downtown Abbey meets Gossip Girl.  That. Is. Amazing.  And this book was amazing.  I only read 13 chapters, but for me this is how The Luxe should have been.  Well other than a totally different setting.  Here is the summary via Goodreads.

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.
What I read was full of intrigue, mystery, scandal, and a bit of forbidden love.  Everyone loves a good tale of forbidden love.  There are A LOT of characters.  I suppose at times it was a tad overwhelming, but for the most part I think I was introduced and socialized with the different characters enough to get to know them well enough.

I would recommend this especially for the Downtown Abbey fans.  It's a pretty awesome book.

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