Saturday, April 9, 2011
A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
In this wonderful tale of love, honor, friendship, and trust, Eva Ibbotson has surpassed herself. Anna is a bubbly, kind, sweet example of traditional values like hard work, propriety, and generosity. As her father so aptly says, "I may spoil her, but is she spoilt?" Rupert is quiet, handsome, and cares deeply for his mother and the staff at Mersham. He's loyal, honest, and would never go back on something he'd agreed to do. Muriel, the fiancee who is more interested in eugenics than possibly anything else, may be perfect on the outside, but she's far from it in all other respects.
Although the story starts a bit slow, once I got into it a little bit I couldn't stop reading. I fell in love with Rupert almost as quickly as Anna did. And, like all girls, there's a soft spot in my heart for Sergi as well. I would highly recommend Countess Below Stairs to just about anyone.