A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
When the Bolsheviks seize control of the Russian government, Anna’s family loses everything—their land, their houses, their jewels, and their title. Penniless, the Grazinskys flee Russia for England, where they make their home with Anna’s former governess. Determined to provide some relief for her struggling family, Anna hides her aristocratic background and gets a job as a maid at Mersham. But Anna’s secrets are not her only problem—there is the small matter of the attractive Earl of Westerholme. The attraction between Anna and the Earl is immediate and particularly problematic in light of the Earl’s recent engagement.
Don’t let the cover or the title fool you—this is not your average overdone romance. A slightly tired concept can be enlivened by a particularly talented writer and Eva Ibbotson does just this in A Countess Below Stairs. With a delightful sense of humor and a ceaseless supply of charm, Ibbotson successfully weaves a story that is engaging and entertaining. The characters are relatable and easy to root for and the villains are deliciously nasty. Fans of historical romance will enjoy this quick and light read.
Pros: A fun and light read with vivid characters.
Cons: Can occasionally veer toward cheesiness.
Review by Martha