Friday, March 21, 2014

Cinders and Sapphires

Leila Rasheed, Cinders and Sapphires

Cinders & Sapphires by Leila RasheedThis was my indulgence read for the week. Set in early 19th C. Edwardian England, this book seems to be a young adult version of Downton Abbey, replete with housemaids with extraordinary dreams (Rose wants to compose music), beautiful if antagonistic (step) sisters, a handsome dissolute son and heir (with his own romantic entanglements and a secret he desperately wants to hide), a handsome but ineligible suitor for Ava (the main character, who longs to study at Oxford) and a wide ranging cast of characters. Very much ala Downton Abbey, the story is soapy and fun—as long as you’re willing to sustain a certain suspension of belief.

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