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The Secret Countess
The Secret Countess | Eva Ibbotson
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Eva Ibbotson's charming and warm-hearted tale, A Secret Countess was originally published as A Countess Below Stairs. Anna, a young countess, has lived in the glittering city of St Petersburg all her life in an ice-blue palace overlooking the River Neva. But when revolution tears Russia apart, her now-penniless family is forced to flee to England. Armed with an out-of-date book on housekeeping, Anna determines to become a housemaid and she finds work at the Earl of Westerholme's crumbling but magnificent mansion. The staff and the family are sure there is something not quite right about their new maid - but she soon wins them over with her warmth and dedication. Then the young Earl returns home from the war - and Anna falls hopelessly in love. But they can never be together: Rupert is engaged to the snobbish and awful Muriel - and anyway, Anna is only a servant. Or so everybody thinks . . .
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TheAromaofBooks
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Mehso-so

This is my third attempt to read Ibbotson, and I think she just isn't for me. This was the best of the three by far, but Anna was SO good and Muriel was SO dreadful that Rupert's actions made no sense. He was honestly the reason this book annoyed me, because he definitely needed to man up and tell Muriel where to get off in order to protect his loved ones, and he just never did.

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xicanti
The Secret Countess | Eva Ibbotson
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The Children‘s Hospital Book Market started today! I cleared my schedule, as per usual, and had a great time poking through everything on offer. $7 later, I came away with:

• a backup copy of my favourite book
• a Mary Stewart the library doesn‘t own
• the second-to-last Vlad Taltos novel I need
• a Neverwhere story I haven‘t read

Then I ate bibimbap, visited my LCS, and took a long, windy walk. It was a good day.

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Jesskathkarl
Countess Below Stairs | Eva Ibbotson
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I love this book! It is a bit young and has such large print, but it still gets me every time!

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juliannebenford
The Secret Countess | Eva Ibbotson
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Today's choice for #theunreadshelfproject2018! I only decided to join the project on Friday so I haven't gotten to pick books all week. I read Journey to the Riversea by Eva Ibbotson a few years ago and completely loved it, so since then I've been collecting her other books. Have I read any of them? 🙈

rubyslippersreads ❤️❤️❤️ this book! 2y
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Countess Below Stairs | Eva Ibbotson


Anna, her career abandoned, was now ready to converse. ‘In La Fille Mal Gardée, which is a most beautiful ballet, she hangs exactly in this way from the shoulder of the hero, very soft and . . . limp, you know, like a cloth and at the same time she does little battements with her feet. It is in Act Three and very moving; you will like it very much.‘ ‘Shall I, my love?‘ said Rupert, dabbing gently at her eyes and nose.

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Saknicole
Countess Below Stairs | Eva Ibbotson
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I can't express how much I adored these books as a teen. @Kimberlone and I devoured them all. I was always upset that Ibbotson hadn't written a million more. They are still often on my rainy day reading lists. #riotgrams #day8 #booksilovedasateen

rubyslippersreads ❤️❤️❤️ A Countess Below Stairs! Need to read the rest. 2y
Saknicole @rubyslippersreads the others are so good! 2y
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xicanti
The Secret Countess | Eva Ibbotson
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The best bookish event ever, @DeweysReadathon , celebrates its 10th anniversary this year! The team's running a daily #30daysofreadathon challenge to mark the occasion, and I'm gonna try to join in even though I'm crap at daily prompts.

Today's is Favourite Book. I'm gonna be divaish and show y'all my Top 16, minus THE SECRET COUNTESS which I only own digitally these days. (I bought the ebook & pressed my print copy on a friend.)

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xicanti
The Secret Countess | Eva Ibbotson
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1. Manitoba
2. THE SECRET COUNTESS by Eva Ibbotson
3. Prose: Doctrine of Labyrinths; The Raven Cycle; Realm of the Elderlings; Original Sinners
Comics: Skip Beat!; Saga; Sandman; Hawkeye; Yotsuba&!; all X-Men
4. idk, Star Wars?
5. Current: JANE THE VIRGIN
Overall: BTVS
6. Billy Talent; Loreena McKennitt; RHCP; Led Zeppelin
7. Red
8. Fantasy
9. Writer, pet sitter, and dogsbody
10. Not since my sweet Murchie-poodle died in January :( #meetthelittens

respekt1111 Billy Talent!😁👍 3y
Mariposa_Bookworm So sorry about your poodle. 😞🐾💕 3y
BethFishReads Shoot. Forgot about the Raven Cycle 3y
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readordierachel Sorry about your dog :( 3y
xicanti @respekt1111 👍👍 3y
xicanti @Mariposa_Bookworm @ReadOrDieRachel thanks. He was my little reading buddy. 3y
xicanti @BethFishReads I always feel like I'm leaving major titles off whenever I do these memes. 3y
BethFishReads Me too 3y
xicanti @BethFishReads I just realized I left Squirrel Girl off my list of favourite comics series. Damn. 3y
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myexpandingbookshelf
The Secret Countess | Eva Ibbotson
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Rereading this old favourite from my school days nearly 10 years ago! (Hopefully it's as good as I remember)

#currently #reading #currentlyreading #reread #historical #ya #youngadult #romance

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NovelPairing
Countess Below Stairs | Eva Ibbotson
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Mehso-so

2.5/5⭐️ - I read this a couple of years ago, eager for a Cinderella twist. The book plot itself was fine but I could just not get into the characters. The ex-countess was just too perfect to be believable or even likable in my mind, no matter how awful something was she just took it with a pleasant smile on her face and not a hint of disgruntlement.
Likewise the antagonist was unreasonably wicked in was that felt detrimental to her end goals.

Dragon Nice photo! 3y
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BKB123
Countess Below Stairs | Eva Ibbotson
Mehso-so

Decent read, but I didn't absolutely love it. Required a lot of concentration due to all of the Old English in it, so not for bedtime reading.