Blurb From The Publisher:
One house, two worlds... 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. “A thoroughly satisfying romp for Downton Abbey fans…Breathless readers will look forward to the next sudsy chapter in this planned series.”
Our Thoughts On:
Rose and her mother work in at Somerton Court, a stately home filled with rooms and chores to keep a person busy for days. Upon the return of the Earl of Westlake discoveries are made and mystery abounds when a new wife and children envelope Somerton Court and fill the place with intrigue and desperation. Rose had never imagined that that her life may turn so far upside down, or that her mother may have a hidden secret until the interest of the Earl gets the better of her. Rose has never dug deep into her ancestry, but she may soon uncover more than she had ever bargained for.
Leila Rasheed breaks out into YA with a YA historical that brings readers into a family torn apart and yet rebuilding into something steeped in mystery and deception. Opening far beyond the previous family of the Earl of Westlake and into his new married family of Ms. Fiona Templeton, and her sons and daughter, Rasheed brings readers into reminiscence of Cinderella an yet turns the tale into something truly her own with the added intrigue of Rose and the Earls own eager yet compassionate daughters.
Cinders and Sapphires is a new YA that is unique and adventurous with classic themes steeped in modern calamities. A fervent and flavored cast of characters will captivate readers and leave them hungry for more in the series just as they are coming into their understanding through the family in Cinders. Leila Rasheed has created a fabulous new series to keep readers hooked for years through her readers and we cannot be but more excited.