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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hot Key Books (3 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471400867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471400865
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,109,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've always loved children's books. I started writing when I was thirteen, at boarding school - a darkly humorous fantasy about a girl called Ariadne Gallimaufreys (I like unusual names for characters :)). I still hope to turn that idea into a real novel one day... Jobs I've done include: administrative assistant for a children's literacy charity, children's bookseller in Waterstone's, Brussels, and now writing tutor. I was brought up in Libya and since then have travelled all over the place, spending several years living in Brussels, and time living in Italy.

My website is at: www.leilarasheed.com and I have another one, which includes a blog, at www.thewritingden.webs.com.

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About the Author

Leila Rasheed was brought up in Libya and moved to England when she was thirteen. She has worked as a children's bookseller for Waterstone's in Brussels and for a national children's literacy charity, but now writes and teaches creative writing full time. She has two Masters degrees, one in Children's Literature and one in Writing. She currently lives in Birmingham with her husband, who is a Danish composer, and their baby son. She loves reading about history and archaeology and would like to be reincarnated as Indiana Jones. Leila has previously written three fiction books for younger readers called THE DIARIES OF BATHSHEBA CLARICE DE TROP, but SECRETS & SAPPHIRES is her first novel for young adults. Follow Leila at www.leilarasheed.com or on Twitter: @LeilaR

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ReadWriteReviews on 15 Jan. 2013
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I think this has been the best historical novel I've ever read. It's full of secrets and scandal, and gosh there were a lot in here. So many main characters meant there was a lot more to lose. With a large supporting cast you really get the sense of grandeur, that is so fragile, one little secret can break it all. I loved how much depth and detail there was in the novel. Each character was unique and that must have been really hard for the author to do as there's a lot of them. There were characters you loved, others you loathed but each were crucial to the story and what a brilliant one it was.

Secrets and Sapphires joins the Averley family when they return to England after a scandal surrounding their father in India. At home the rumors are still flying around and it's up to the Lord's daughters to take the spotlight away from him. Ada has a secret of her own, one night on the ship that bought them home, she did the unthinkable and kissed a man. How unladylike of her, it's tainted her mind and she can't get the mysterious man out of her head. How is she going to prepare for her first season and all the eligible gentleman when the one she wants isn't there? The staff at Somerton Court have a surprise when they are told the Lord is bringing with him a fiance and her children. The fiance in question is rather stuck up as are her children but Ada and the family have to put up with them as they are bringing money into the family and household. Downstairs there's trouble brewing when the fiance's lady's maid thinks she's better than everyone else. Rose, a housemaid is in the middle of her own scandal and she doesn't even know about it. Secrets and flying from lips to lips, Scandals are happening around every corner and one little slip could lead the family to ruin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Petra TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 April 2013
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At Somerton Secrets & Sapphires by Leila Rasheed for me was a lovely gentle read of late Edwardian England when class was everything no matter whom or what you were.
The main story is based around Somerton House when the Averley family are returning from a luxury life in India with rather a dark cloud bordered with shame regarding Lord Averley loss of his high job because of a scandal. Lady Ada Averley has returned with her father accompanied with her sister Georgiana and a secret of her own which for her class in life could destroy all what holds dear to her family mainly how other people regard their family along with social class. As she deals with a broken heart and the love of her family she has her own mind to deal with not including all around her. But her father adds to Ada's problems by announcing his forth coming marriage to a widow which when the marriage goes ahead Ada has a snobby step sister to cope with along with two step brothers who will produce problems of their own. But the house has other secrets busting to be let free and someone is looking forward to the time when she can disrupt the house in so many ways as the only time Ada's Step sister Charlotte is happy is when she is causing trouble and most of all when she is the centre of the glorious attention.
This is a lovely book and I loved how the author approached the late Edwardian time in history, she touched on all the separate problems which run the households at that time but not only that she showed how education was only accepted for the male heirs of the household or those males who had parents who could afford to support them while education was being received.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 15 Mar. 2013
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With self-conscious nods to Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs, this is a nicely written YA take on Edwardian England set in 1910.

This certainly has a very modern consciousness as our characters struggle with issues of gender, class, race and sexuality: Lady Ada wants to go to university rather than be married off conveniently at 18, and she's in love with an Indian undergraduate who has managed to overcome his own social and racial restrictions. Other male characters struggle with being gay, and, of course, there's a dark and not particularly surprising secret at the heart of the Averley family.

With its relaxed writing style, and appealing characters this draws us in very easily and quickly. I'm sure the target 12+ audience will lap this up, I certainly would have at that age - as an adult reader, however, I found this just a little bland in its complete adherence to well-worn story lines.

Nice but predictable.
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I was desperate to read this when I heard about the similarities between this book and Downtown Abbey and I wasn't disappointed. At first you believe that the story is the historical version of Gossip Girl, full of rumours, gossip and back stabbing your nearest and dearest. But the story is so much more than that, as it brings to light the difficulties the teenagers of the time faced as they came to terms with the rights of women, mixed race relationships and homosexuality. This is a beautifully crafted and richly detailed story of the life above and below in the stunning estate of Somerton Court. The lives of the staff at Somerton are intricately entwined with the aristocratic Averley family. Although the class divides are clearly apparent, reality erases the clarity of that line. Everyone has secrets hidden that they are not proud; as time passes their secrets become common knowledge as the story unravels.
The book has a Cinderella feel to it. When Lord Averley remarries, he brings the new wicked stepmother and her obnoxious self-centred children to live with them at Somerton Court. However the new siblings are not as bad as the ones featured in Cinderella. The characters are intriguing, each hiding something that could risk their social status in society. As the book progresses, each of the teenage characters begins to rebel against society in their own way; they are distinctly part of the generation that changed society and were the ones that helped to crumble the class system. The characters are extremely well written and seem to defy their historical stereotypes. Ada is very strong willed and determined to go to university, unsatisfied with the prospect of a loveless marriage.
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