One house, two worlds…book two in our sumptuous and enticing YA series about the servants and gentry at Somerton Court.
A house divided…
London is a whirl of balls and teas, alliances and rivalries. Rose has never felt more out of place. With the Season in full swing, she can’t help but still feel a servant dressed up in diamonds and silk. Then Rose meets Alexander Ross, a young Scottish duke. Rose has heard the rumors about Ross’s sordid past just like everyone else has. Yet he alone treats her as a friend. Rose knows better than to give her heart to an aristocrat with such a reputation, but it may be too late.
Ada should be happy. She is engaged to a handsome man who shares her political passions and has promised to support her education. So why does she feel hollow inside? Even if she hated Lord Fintan, she would have no choice but to go through with the marriage. Every day a new credit collector knocks on the door of their London flat, demanding payment for her cousin William’s expenditures. Her father’s heir seems determined to bring her family to ruin, and only a brilliant marriage can save Somerton Court and the Averleys’ reputation.
Meanwhile, at Somerton, Sebastian is out of his mind with worry for his former valet Oliver, who refuses to plead innocent to the murder charges against him–for a death caused by Sebastian himself. Sebastian will do whatever he can to help the boy he loves, but his indiscretion is dangerous fodder for a reporter with sharp eyes and dishonorable intentions.
The colorful cast of the At Somerton series returns in this enthralling sequel about class and fortune, trust and betrayal, love and revenge.
I actually read the first book (Cinders and Sapphires) and the second book (Diamonds and Deceit) back to back in the course of a day. So uh … the books kind of bled together in my brain and now I’m going to review both of them together.
What I liked:
How did I not know about this series before? It’s a YA/NA title that takes place in the 1910s and deals with:
- The suffrage movement
- The differences between classes
- Men in love (with other men)
- Bad reputations
- The British occupation of India
- And revenge
What did I like about these two books? All of those things. From the prologue of book one all the way to the epilogue of book two, I was sucked into this world.
What I didn’t love:
There’s nothing wrong with this story. Nothing at all. I just want to point that out before I say “WHY? WHY DID (name removed to avoid spoiler) HAVE TO (event removed to avoid spoiler)?!”
So, basically, I just didn’t love what happened to one character, even though it made sense, because it made me cry.
And I really hope that there’s another book, because I’d like a more concrete happy ending (or resolution, period) for several of the characters.
Who I’d recommend it to:
Fans of YA/NA romance with an element of sneakiness. And evil stepmothers.
No seriously, it reminded me of Cinderella in places, but without the removal of toes and heels.
I received a free copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.