A Countess Below Stairs

A Countess Below Stairs Description:

After the Russian revolution turns her world topsy turvy Anna a young Russian Countess has no choice but to flee to England Penniless Anna hides her aristocratic background and takes a job as servant in the household of the esteemed Westerholme family armed only with an outdated housekeeping manual and sheer determination br br Desperate to keep her past a secret Anna is nearly overwhelmed by her new duties not to mention her instant attraction to Rupert the handsome Earl of Westerholme To make matters worse Rupert appears to be falling for her as well As their attraction grows stronger Anna finds it more and more difficult to keep her most dearly held secrets from unraveling And then there s the small matter of Rupert s beautiful and nasty fianc e

Rating: 3.62 out of 5

The Secret of Platform 13

The Secret of Platform 13 Description:

A forgotten door on an abandoned railway platform is the entrance to a magical kingdom an island where humans live happily with feys mermaids ogres and other wonderful creatures Carefully hidden from the world the Island is only accessible when the door opens for nine days every nine years A lot can go wrong in nine days When the beastly Mrs Trottle kidnaps the prince of the Island it s up to a strange band of rescuers to save him But can an ogre a hag a wizard and a fey really troop around London unnoticed

Rating: 3.78 out of 5

Which Witch?

Which Witch? Description:

Arriman the Awful feared Wizard of the North has decided to marry But his wife must be a witch of the darkest powers br br A sorcery competition is held to discover which witch is the most potent and fiendish and glamorous Madame Olympia conjures up a thousand plague bearing rats Belladonna the white witch desperately wants to be a wicked enchantress but her magic produces flowers instead of snakes How can she become more devilish than all the other witches

Rating: 3.27 out of 5

Journey to the River Sea

Journey to the River Sea Description:

Sent in to live with distant relatives who own a rubber plantation along the Amazon River English orphan Maia is excited She believes she is in for brightly colored macaws enormous butterflies and curtains of sweetly scented orchids trailing from the trees Her British classmates warn her of man eating alligators and wild murderous Indians Unfortunately no one cautions Maia about her nasty xenophobic cousins who douse the house in bug spray and forbid her from venturing beyond their coiffed compound Maia however is resourceful enough to find herself smack in the middle of more excitement than she ever imagined from a mysterious Indian with an inheritance to an itinerant actor dreading his impending adolescence to a remarkable journey down the Amazon in search of the legendary giant sloth

Rating: 3.68 out of 5

A Company of Swans

A Company of Swans Description:

For nineteen year old Harriet Morton life in Cambridge is as dry and dull as a biscuit Her stuffy father and her opressive aunt Louisa allow her only one outlet ballet When a Russian ballet master comes to class searching for dancers to fill the corps of his ballet company before their South American tour Harriet s world changes Defying her father s wishes and narrowly escaping the clutches of the man who wishes to marry her Harriet sneaks off to join the ballet on their journey to the Amazon There in the wild lush jungle they perform Swan Lake in grand opera houses for the wealthy and culture deprived rubber barons and Harriet meets Rom Verney the handsome and mysterious British exile who owns the most ornate opera house Utterly enchanted by both the exotic surroundings and by Rom s affections Harriet is swept away by her new life completely unaware that her father and would be fianc have begun to track her down

Rating: 3.73 out of 5

Island of the Aunts

Island of the Aunts Description:

When the kindly old aunts decide that they need help caring for creatures who live on their hidden island they know that adults can t be trusted What they need are a few special children who can keep a secret a secret as big as a magical island And what better way to get children who can keep really big secrets than to kidnap them After all some children just plain need to be kidnapped Don t miss this wildly inventive and funny read from master storyteller Eva Ibbotson

Rating: 3.36 out of 5

The Reluctant Heiress

The Reluctant Heiress Description:

Spring br br Tessa is a beautiful tiny dark eyed princess who s given up her duties to follow her heart working for nothing backstage at the Viennese opera No one there knows who she really is or that a fairy tale castle is missing its princess and Tessa is determined to keep it that way br br But secret lives can be complicated and when a wealthy handsome Englishman discovers this bewitching urchin backstage Tessa s two lives collide and in escaping her inheritance she finds her destiny br br i Magic Flutes i is an enchanting story of love music and secret princesses from Eva Ibbotson

Rating: 3.56 out of 5

The Star of Kazan

The Star of Kazan Description:

Annika has never had a birthday Instead she celebrates her Found Day the day a housemaid and a cook to three eccentric Viennese professors found her and took her home There Annika has made a happy life in the servants quarters surrounded with friends including the elderly woman next door who regales Annika with stories of her performing days and her countless admirers especially the Russian count who gave her the legendary emerald the Star of Kazan And yet Annika still dreams of finding her true mother But when a glamorous stranger arrives claiming to be Annika s mother and whisks her away to a crumbling spooky castle Annika discovers that all is not as it seems in her newfound home

Rating: 3.51 out of 5

The Morning Gift

The Morning Gift Description:

Twenty year old Ruth Berger is desperate The daughter of a Jewish Austrian professor she was supposed to have escaped Vienna before the Nazis marched into the city Yet the plan went completely wrong and while her family and fianc are waiting for her in safety Ruth is stuck in Vienna with no way to escape Then she encounters her father s younger college professor the dashing British paleontologist Quin Sommerville Together they strike a bargain a marriage of convenience to be annulled as soon as they return to safety But dissolving the marriage proves to be more difficult than either of them thought not the least because of the undeniable attraction Quin and Ruth share To make matters worse Ruth is enrolled in Quin s university in his very classes Can their secret survive or will circumstances destroy their love

Rating: 3.74 out of 5

A Song for Summer

A Song for Summer Description:

Ellen never expected the Hallendorf school to be quite so unusual Her life back in England with her suffragette mother and liberated aunts certainly couldn t be called normal but buried deep in the beautiful Austrian countryside Ellen discovers an eccentric world occupied by wild children and even wilder teachers experimental dancers and a tortoise on wheels And then there is the particularly intriguing enigmatic and very handsome Marek part time gardener and fencing teacher Ellen is instantly attracted to the mysterious gardener but Hitler s Reich is already threatening their peaceful world and only when she discovers Marek s true identity and his dangerous mission does Ellen realize the depth of her feelings for him and the danger their newfound love faces in the shadow of war

Rating: 3.36 out of 5