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The Secret Countess - Eva Ibbotson,
This review is from: The Secret Countess (Paperback)
Another gem of a book by this fairy tale author! As always, the plot is sneakily intertwined, weaving together a beautiful story of love, freedom and spirit.
Anna Grazinsky is a young Russian countess, living a life of pleasure and luxury, when the revolution starts to tare country apart and so, the family and herself must escape - before its to late. Anna runs with her governess to England, now penniless and living of the generosity of her governess. Not happy with doing so, Anna sets out to find a job and soon becomes a servant for the aristocratic Westerholmes. After the death of his elder brother George in the war, Rupert is the, some what reluctant owner, of the family home. Returning home after himself being injured, he announces his engagement to the nurse that took care of him , Muriel Harwickle. Soon though he finds him self enchanted by the small serving girl, Anna, whose true identity he has no idea . . .
Although as always, the eventual outcome is guessed before one opens the page, the magic with Eva Ibbotson is the way in which she gets there. The book takes you on a joinery, back 80 years, to Russia, to England, and where ever else the story cares to go!
This, along with Magic Flutes, in my opinion, is the best of her teenage books. A light read in the fact the story is light a fluffy, but it does need concentration due to the large number of characters and plots!!