Monday, May 18, 2015

2015 book 125

Eva Ibbotson's The Secret Countess
I've read a couple of Ibbotson's kid's books, though none of her YA/adult books--but someone mentioned this on Twitter the other day and it seemed cute! And it was super cute, fluffy, funny, and silly. It takes place in England just after WWI, and centers on a young Russian countess whose family fled the Russian Revolution with basically nothing, and she's determined to earn a living and goes to work as a maid in a house with a handsome young Earl. Of course it's more than a little predictable, but that doesn't lessen its charm. Props to some cool, if stereotypical, Jewish characters too. A-/B+.

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