Book: A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Rating: ★★★☆ ☆
For: Book Club
From: the library
Short Synopsis: A young girl is displaced from her rich noble lifestyle in Russia during WWI. She ends up in England and has to work for a family as their maid. She joins the staff, makes friends, and generally enjoys her experience. It appears she is helping the family prepare for the big wedding of the new master, but in reality, something else entirely is happening!
My response: Fun fluffy book! Though, the writing style made this one quite a bit harder to follow and stick with than I expected. It took a bit of perseverance to get into it, but then the second half flew by. I enjoyed it!
Let’s talk about it: I find myself drawn to these sorts of books since the popularity of Downton Abbey. The whole complicated structure of the servants and their jobs mean so much more now! And the interaction between each other and between the people of the house is fascinating. All because of Downton. Are you a Downton Abbey fan? Have you found yourself drawn to certain books because of it? Which books have you loved that give you a good Downton Abbey feeling? If you were to be part of a big manor house, do you see yourself being part of the upstairs lifestyle, or the down? If you were down, what job would be to your liking? I think I'd be downstairs, working in the kitchen!
(P.S. As part of Bloggiesta I'm introducing this somewhat new format I'd like to try here on the blog for reviewing books. My idea is to make them even shorter.... give you just a glimpse of what the book is about, an idea of what I thought about it and then suggest a topic for discussion regarding the book... something that it made me think about. I would love some feedback! What do you think? Do you think it will generate more comments? Do you think it's asking too much of you the readers to think about the book with me? Do you think I've made the "review" part TOO short? Let me know your reaction!)