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Tales From Underwood lMewhat bemusedly that they now are The social setting actually utterly alien to me in realife is as they say still strangely familiar from dozens of beloved books both from the period or attempting to recapture itThe actual plot was fairly frothy yet the underlying background was anything but Horrible things may have happened to the protagonists in their recent pasts but they are not made horrible by them The antagonist characters who are uite horrible bring it with them in their own hearts and minds The ending was too well set up to be called deus ex machina but the way the cross connecting cosmic justice needs of the assorted characters played out was entirely satisfying The page turning uestion in romance is not what will happen we know that or else the tale would have to be described by some other term but how and the how made me grinGranted the central couple do not solve their own problems but are rescued by others and the discursive omniscient style is a After the Kiss (Sex, Love Stiletto, little emotionally distancing This is not a defect so much as an aspect By way of trade off the reader gets a wider angle of view Ta L The only reason it s 2 stars is because it was a semi interesting plot HoweverHOLY COMMAS BATMANThe woman does not know how to write a normal sentence unless it s dialogue She d have these sentences with about 10 no joke I counted one modifying phrases all contained within commas It was so distracting that when I finally got around to the end of the original thought I couldn t remember what she was talking about So I d have to read the beginning of the sentence skip the crud in commas then read the end So much clearer And the most annoying thing was that most of the time the stuff wasn t even relevant And a few times it didn t even make senseIf you feel you can ignore all that the whole way through the book please be my guest and read a cute story Well I must say this I should thank Rane for recommending and giving this book such a nice review If not for her this book would still be in my to readistTo be totally honest I prefer books written in a conversational type examples are Julia uinn Sidney Sheldon and Thea Harrison books These books uses words that are easy to understand and can be used in everyday Malcolm McDonald on Marketing Planning life On the other hand this is the type of book where I have to pay attention every freaking word because the wordings are kinda deep and hard Example of booksike this are Lord of the Rings The Fault in our stars and The Prince of Thorns which are AMAZING books But despite the difficulty this book still rocked meThe first thing that caught my attention was the cover of the book I know I know One shouldn t judge a book by its cover but old habits die hard My judgement didn t disappoint me The book was spectacular and I was hooked from the very beginning until the end I ove Anna s kindness and purity and you can t hate the heck out of her just because she s nice RupertRupertRupert Enough saidIt should also be noted that I m curious as to what happened to the other characters Like Sergei or Petya I want my own Sergei And Petya is an interesting characterSo if you want TO READ SOMETHING LIGHT AND REFRESHING read something ight and refreshing READ this bookTwo thumbs up for Miss Eva for a wonderful book Speaking of which by Amber Gibson for TeensReadToocomAnna Grazinsky is a member of for a wonderful book Speaking of which Reviewed by Amber Gibson for TeensReadToocomAnna Grazinsky is a member of Russian aristocracy or White Russians during the Russian Revolution Her family is forced to flee from their comfortable Le commerce des fourrures en occident a la fin du moyen-age (2 vol) life in Russia to England where they are safe from the revolutionaries But in England the Grazinskys areeft with nothing Anna has a very resilient spirit and instead of moping around and wishing for her old Starlight Elixirs and Cosmic Vibrational Healing life she is grateful for the safety of her family and secretly takes a job as a maid so that herittle brother can still attend school With her take charge attitude Anna proves that not all rich girls are snobby brats Authority Affiliate Marketing like modern heiressesead us to believe While many of the servants at the Westerholme residence are skeptical of the new foreign girl Anna uickly charms her way into their hearts With her deep curtsies bright smile and cheerful demeanor Anna is beloved by all She does each task assigned to her as best she can never slacking on the job When the young and handsome Earl of Westerholme returns home from World War I Anna is immediately drawn to him And it seems that he feels a similar attraction to her But Anna s identity as a countess is still a secret and she does not have the social standing that she once held in Russia Plus the Earl is already engaged to the beautiful but vicious Muriel Hardwicke Muriel nursed Earl Rupert back to health when he was wounded in the war and he proposed to her But that was before he met Anna In the weeks Using Twitter For Business (Stuff Made Simple Book 4) leading up to the wedding Muriel begins to take over the Westerholme household arbitrarily firing servants that do not fit in with her vision for Westerholme None of the servants or neighbors are fond of Muriel and as the wedding date approaches all of Rupert s friends and family areeery of the impending marriage At the costume ball thrown prior to the wedding Anna s true identity as a countess is revealed and Anna and Rupert dance the night away Everyone can see that they are a perfect couple but can Rupert and Anna come to terms with their feelings for each other before his marriage to Muriel Although A COUNTESS BELOW STAIRS has a very fairytale Anatomy of the Orchestra like romantic plot Anna is far from the typical princess She has a feisty spirit and genuinely fun personality that immediately draws you in Eva Ibbotson does a great job in breathingife into the generic fairytale plot Anna s story is very similar to what much of the Russian aristocracy experienced during the communist revolution and Ibbotson shows that even though How to make Money with Porn life is unpredictable and rarely kind if you embrace all opportunities and make the most of your situation you will find happines. Matters worse Rupert appears to be falling for her as well As their attraction grows stronger Anna finds it and difficult to keep her most dearly held secrets from unraveling And then there's the small matter of Rupert's beautiful and nasty fianc?. Iove Eva Ibbotson and I nearly always think her characters are delightful and her stories ovely That was true for this book as well I freuently recommend her books to my enthusiastic readers and to parents reading aloud with their elementary aged children She s my favorite of all the authors I ve discovered in the ast few years But I couldn t help my stomach churning at the unnecessarily nasty descriptions of the unpleasant family the Herrings these descriptions depended almost completely on their fatness as a symbol of their stupidity sualor and generally disgusting natures I mean jeez Ms Ibbotson Here s an example from the first time we meet them Melvyn sighed and The Wind on the Heath looked at his obese and pallid offspring sitting on either side of the sticky kitchen table reading comics Donald was methodically sucking aong black stick of Get Up and Do It! licorice into his mouth Dennis wasicking at a dribbling bar of toffee Like certain caterpillars whose short Repeat Performance lives are dedicated to simply achieving the maximum possible increase in size the twins seem to have done nothing but eat and burst out of their clothes since they were born Watching them Melvyn had to abandon another of his half formed schemes that of smuggling them to Mersham in a cello case in the guard s van Even a doublebass case would not take mor than half of either of his sons That s fully a uarter of their first entrance in the book as they re minor characters The next time they intrude on the book for two pages many chaptersater we get Melvyn rose and opened the door of the adjoining room Owing to an unfortunate spot of bother with the sheriffs the twins were sleeping in a mattress on the floor Dennis was Newsjacking lying on his back his fullipped mouth hung open and as he breathed the mucus in his nose bubbled softly The Baron Goes Fast (Baron, like soup Beside himay Donald apparently overcome by sleep in the act of eating a dripping sandwich the dismembered remains of which The Organic City lay smeared across his face Melvyn stoodooking down at the swollen cheeks the pendulous chins and bulging arms of his offspring and his fatherhood never a sturdy plant withered and died Meat he said wearily to himself That s all they are Just blobs of meat And in fact that s what the author has made them to be for these are the only descriptions of their characters that we get They re thoroughly effectively dehumanized and they re children We haven t seen them doing anything cruel even anything stupid and yet we know that these twins are both revolting and to blame for their miserable state Their fatness isn t just a trait it s a moral failing a character flaw and symbolic of their general nastiness and ack of worth compared to other children in the book I thought these descriptions were simply hateful and cruel I mean my goodness how many fat readers of all ages do you know I m one and so are some of my diverse group of dedicated readers at my school How much do they deserve to come across this on top of all the other body hating junk that gets thrown at them from school pinch tests to Seventeen magazine And how valuable is it for other KIDS TO HEAR ONE THROWAWAY REMARK to hear one throwaway remark fat kids are azy smelly and eat all the time In other generations my students might have had to read the above sort of paragraph with savage characters of color whose race stood in for character flaws The difference is that those casually racist descriptions are now generally recognized if not debated and discussed by teachers Affiliate Marketing Business librarians and readers Does that mean that we keep copies of those books out of kids hands Of course not But we do give kids the tools toook critically at those descriptions and recognize them as dated and ignorant and the culture has changed to the extent that they can spot them independently Unfortunately The Fat Hating Powers Of Our Cultures Are Still Going fat hating powers of our cultures are still going on the widely held belief that fat is unpleasant at best and a moral flaw at worst and I haven t found many texts that counteract this kind of ignorance I just wish an author I respect hadn t perpetuated it so unnecessarily This is one of my favorite romances with one of my all time favorite authorsNo bodice ripping panting suirming Giving the Body Its Due lady parts etc just a sweet witty well written and often humorous romance with a great hero and heroine and a cast of secondary characters that add depth to the storyAnna You will see Pinny it will be all right Already I have found a most beautiful book in your sister s room It is called The Domestic Servant s Compendium by Selina Strickland and it has two thousand and three pages and in it I shall find out everything Miss Pinfold tried to smile Anna had always been in possession of a most beautiful book a volume of Lermontov from her father sibrary a Dickens novel read during the white nights of summer A solid 425 star bookSuch wonderful writing by this new to me author I soaked in each and every word every turn of phrase happily She ought to be writing heavier stuff Not have her work placed along with the other contemporarily written anachronistic and modern HRsI read it about a month ago so won t delve too deep into the happenings But Hilla Rebay let me say that the h a poor and plain Russian emigre a princess turned maid is one of the best and strongest character I ve recently read about She pulls you in takes you along on her poignant but heartening journey as she makes a place for herself in a household in hearts She wins heart both above and below stairs because her sisters are everywhere in Russianiterature Natasha WHO LEFT HER BALLROOM AND SHINING YOUTH TO NURSE left her ballroom and shining youth to nurse mortally wounded prince Sonia the street girl who followed Raskalnikov into exile in Siberia and gave that poor tormented devil the only peace he ever knew And such an interesting period Royalty has fallen around Europe and now the nobility is following It s the time for the Americans the merchant class and the nouveau riche to call After the Russian revolution turns her world topsy turvy Anna a young Russian Countess has no choice but to flee to England Penniless Anna hides her aristocratic background and takes a job as servant in the household of the esteemed Westerholme fa. He shotsThe secondary characters are all amazing a dramatic and yet simpler Downton Abbey The servants the neighbors the friends the h s family and the Russian club are all very well fleshed out Only the H makes you sigh And not in a good wayWish we could make do without him or change him Or then Living Doll lets just ignore the spineless and clueless sod It wouldn t affect the impact of the story muchThe ow is super ow y and weird with it And he s superoyal to her despite knowing her failings Honour huhMy favorite characters after the h Baskerville the snobbish but adorable dog her handsome cousin Sergei and brave Designing for Magazines little Ollie He must have swallowed Debrett s Peerage when he was a pup Slowly Anna put up a hand to his muzzle and began to scratch that spot behind the ear wherearge dogs keep their souls Final review first posted on wwwFantasyLiteraturecom not that this is a fantasy novel but Ibbotson also wrote a The Wild Side lot of fantasyAs a Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer enthusiast I m always on theookout for historical novels in that mold with manners a False Start little romance andots of deliciously witty dialogue I previously was familiar with Eva Ibbotson solely from her 1994 children s fantasy The Secret of Platform 13 in which a magical door at Platform 13 of King s Cross Station in London opens every nine years for a nine day period Tombland leading to a delightful kingdom where humans mermaids giants hags nymphs and other magical creaturesive The similarities to Platform 9 in JK Rowling s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer s Stone published three years His Plaything later did not go unnoticed but Ibbotson held no grudges When I found that Ibbotson also wrote some historical romances I had to give one of them a try A Countess Below Stairs recently republished and renamed The Secret Countess is an appealing historical romance Anna Grazinskyives a charmed ife as a child in Russia in the early 1900s When her father Count Grazinsky dies in World War I and her wealthy family is threatened in the Russian Revolution Anna now age eighteen her mother and her younger brother escape from Russia and take refuge in England They give their priceless jewels to the children s nanny to smuggle out of Russia but she disappears without a trace eaving the family destitute So when they settle in England Anna insists on taking a job as a housemaid to help make ends meet and enable her brother to get an education With the help of a massive volume entitled The Domestic Servant s Compendium which Anna studies religiously Anna is certain she can be a model housemaid She convinces the butler and head housekeeper at Westerholme to give her a chance on a temporary basisWhen Rupert the Earl of Westerholme since the death of his older brother returns home from World War I he is attracted by Anna s charm and personality but he s also about to be married to an extremely wealthy young Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors lady Miss Muriel Hardwicke Muriel is uite beautiful and initially seems uite nice though how nice can she really be with a nameike that in a romance novel It turns out that Muriel in addition to being completely self absorbed has a deep and abiding passion for the philosophy and practice of eugenics As Muriel s true colors gradually become apparent both above and below stairs and Anna and Rupert gradually become aware of their feelings for each other the plot deftly mixes both comedy and sorrow A Countess Below Stairs is a fairly ightweight romance that wears its heart on its sleeve It suffers from some slow pacing in the middle and several of the characters Muriel in particular are one dimensional although some of the servants are uite well developed characters Anna herself is a Mary Sue type not particularly beautiful but attractive kind talented and beloved by all She escapes being annoying by dint of an enthusiasm for all aspects of ife a sense of humor and a charming Russian accent Rupert wounded physically and spiritually by the war is notable primarily for his kindness and his commitment to keeping his word even at the cost of his own happiness A Countess Below Stairs has some extremely funny moments culminating with a farcical scene where the servants play upon Muriel s horror of people with mental and physical disabilities Ibbotson s unexpectedly iterary writing really caught my attention in several places The plot also explores the eugenics movement that became popular in England in this time period and the hold it had on some people s minds as well as the time period and the hold it had on some people s minds as well as the of their intolerance on others The tragic background of the Russian Revolution and World War I isn t dwelt on but we see the second Nothing is depressing then the dreaded Reader Slump that not even your favorite authors can pull you out of That was me just floating along after reading back to b I found myself not really giving a shit what happened to Anna It s FRUSTRATING WHEN AN AUTHOR WRITES A when an author writes a perfect character Anna was an unspoiled gracious child and is a captivating gracious adult everyone cannot help but be drawn to Everyone cannot help but be drawn to beautiful spirit and beautiful face Except for the evil sure to become a total Nazi fiancee of Anna s ove interest The romance kind of irritated me too I understand it is at its heart a romance novel but how much interaction did she really have with Rupert before they totally fell in After We Collided (After, love I mean besides the fact that she s totally flawless and anybody would be an idiot NOT to fall inove with her right Oh and you know nobility too She can t just be any old trash off the street I m not a totally cynical person I Web Marketing For Dummies like romance and happy endings but this just felt too forced I enjoyed this familiar romance tropes but intelligently applied and with a keen sense of time and place and detail from an angleess and ess known I suspect to many younger 21st C American readers The tale does not feel to me to be about events of a whole century ago but I realize so. Mily armed only with an outdated housekeeping manual and sheer determination Desperate to keep her past a secret Anna is nearly overwhelmed by her new duties not to mention her instant attraction to Rupert the handsome Earl of Westerholme To make.

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