Cinders & Sapphires

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One house, two worlds...

Rose Cliffe has never met a young lady like her new mistress. Clever, rich, and beautiful, Ada Averley treats Rose as an equal. And Rose could use a friend. Especially now that she, at barely sixteen, has risen to the position of ladies' maid. Rose knows she should be grateful to have a place at a house like Somerton. Still, she can't help but wonder what her life might have been had she been born a lady, like Ada.

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Overview

One house, two worlds...

Rose Cliffe has never met a young lady like her new mistress. Clever, rich, and beautiful, Ada Averley treats Rose as an equal. And Rose could use a friend. Especially now that she, at barely sixteen, has risen to the position of ladies' maid. Rose knows she should be grateful to have a place at a house like Somerton. Still, she can't help but wonder what her life might have been had she been born a lady, like Ada.

For the first time in a decade, the Averleys have returned to Somerton, their majestic ancestral estate. But terrible scandal has followed Ada's beloved father all the way from India. Now Ada finds herself torn between her own happiness and her family's honor. Only she has the power to restore the Averley name-but it would mean giving up her one true love . . . someone she could never persuade her father to accept.

Sumptuous and enticing, the first novel in the At Somerton series introduces two worlds, utterly different yet entangled, where ruthless ambition, forbidden attraction, and unspoken dreams are hidden behind dutiful smiles and glittering jewels. All those secrets are waiting . . . at Somerton.

"A thoroughly satisfying romp for Downton Abbey fans Breathless readers will look forward to the next sudsy chapter in this planned series."

—Kirkus Reviews

"Readers who always wondered how the heroines of Jane Austen's novels would have fared in a world careening towards modernity need not look any further."

VOYA

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Publishers Weekly
In the spring of 1910, Lady Ava Averley sails from colonial India to her family’s English estate at Somerton Court. On board, she meets a cute but common Indian boy, Ravi Sundaresan, and they steal a clandestine kiss. Ada’s first season is approaching, but she dreams of attending Oxford, at a time when the higher education of women is frowned upon. At Somerton, Ada’s father remarries, and Ada contends with her new stepfamily, including a mean stepmother and rival stepsister. She also has a new, 16-year-old maid, Rose, a girl with her own secrets as well as aspirations that go beyond her current station. British author Rasheed brings a dizzying number of characters and subplots together skillfully in this first book in the At Somerton series, mixing standard upstairs/downstairs fare with clashes involving sexuality, scandal, love triangles, and murder. Scheming and secrets drive a plot with largely shallow players (Ada’s other love interest, Lord Fintan, is an exception), but fans of historical romances like the Luxe series and shows like Downton Abbey will look forward to the next book. Ages 12–up. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary Agency. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
This first novel in the "At Somerton" series introduces the reader to two young English women in 1912. Lady Ada Averley has just returned to Somerton, the family estate in England from India where her father had been serving as lieutenant governor. She is troubled by his sudden resignation but is excited to be returning to her childhood home. Rosa Cliffe is the daughter of the housekeeper of Somerton and played with Ada and her sister as children. She does not know quite what to expect upon the family's return. Rosa does not understand why her mother seems troubled that Rosa will be meeting the family again. This novel follows these young women from very different worlds as they strive to deal with the usual problems of the teen years complicated by their positions within this elaborate household. Ada is expected to marry an older man. Yet she has fallen in love with his young protege. Rosa must learn the role of ladies' maid. Both must accept Lord Averley's new bride and her three teenaged children. The reader will enjoy this look into the lives of both the British aristocracy and their servants in the early twentieth century. Once family secrets have been revealed, they will excitedly anticipate the next novel in the series. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
VOYA - Ema Whipple Mckie
Cinders & Sapphires will be 2013’s Sense And Sensibility. Cinders & Sapphires is brimming with imagery, silk, sharp tongues, extreme emotions, and gleeful happenings. Rasheed’s writing is quality, but readers will focus more on the plot, characters, and fast-paced turn of events. This is a good book for those in junior high and high school due to the need for concentration, and mature content. 3Q, 3P. Ages 11 to 18.
VOYA - Etienneée Vall
At sixteen, Lady Ada Avery is returning to England with her father and her younger sister, Georgiana, after spending ten years in India, at a time when everything is in turmoil. The family estate, Somerton, is financially ruined. Her father, who is fleeing a scandal, is marrying Mrs. Templeton and her three children will be joining the family. The servants all bicker amongst themselves and the addition of Charlotte Templeton’s maid forces everyone to take sides. Rose, one of the servants, becomes Ada’s maid, but whispers suggest that it is due to more than a passing resemblance to her charge. Georgina loves Michael Templeton, but he loves the Indian nursemaid. Though many suitors, including Lord Fintan, seek Ada’s hand, she is madly in love with Ravi, an Indian attending school in Oxford whom she met on the ship returning to England. Ada dreams of education and marrying for love, but will the financial situation of the family and the relationships between the various family members and their servants allow her to free herself of the shackles of what is considered “proper” for a young lady of her station? Set a few years before the beginning of the first World War, Rasheed explores how the rise of new technologies and industries, as well as new concepts such as women’s rights, influenced and shook the British class system, throwing into question assumed ideas and knowledge. The first of a planned series, this book is overwhelmed with characters and at times, the multiple love triangles obfuscate the rest of the story. Readers who always wondered how the heroines of Jane Austen’s novels would have fared in a world careening towards modernity need not look any further. Ages 11 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
A thoroughly satisfying romp for Downton Abbey fans. Lady Ada Averley, returning by steamboat to her British ancestral estate after a childhood in India, shares a furtive, passionate kiss with Ravi, an Indian revolutionary. At 16, Ada prefers books to ball gowns and dreads the byzantine formalities of the upcoming social season; she'd rather convince her father to let her attend Oxford than find a husband. But the family's name is imperiled by scandal, and Ada's loyalty demands that she play the game, even as Ravi dominates her thoughts. Ada's emerging social consciousness--she gamely struggles against the pervasive sexism, racism and classism of pre–World War I England--provides an intellectual backbone for what could easily have been just another high-society soap opera. Rasheed sidesteps sanctimony, however, by infusing the story with humor, vivid descriptions--a diamond hangs in a debutante's décolletage "as tempting as the fly on a fishing line"--and a surplus of intrigue above and below stairs, propelling the narrative toward the cliffhangers of the final pages. Breathless readers will look forward to the next sudsy chapter in this planned series. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—As a proper young lady in the early 1900s, Lady Ada Averly dreams of attending Oxford College but, given the rules of polite society, she must find a suitable husband. Her father's military posting abruptly sends them from India back to England, and on the voyage home, she falls deeply in love with a young Indian man, despite the risk to her reputation and her family's social standing. The staff hurries to ready the family estate for the return of Lord Averly and his family, including a surprise new bride. Rose, a housemaid at the mansion for years, feels the stress in the house as the preparations continue. When the couple arrives, along with Lord Averly's wife's children, the tensions grow. Everyone, from the house staff to the family members, has secrets to keep, and Ada is not the only one involved in an inappropriate relationship. And once some of those secrets come out, the entire family's reputation is at stake. This period piece intertwines several different plotlines and includes a large, confusing cast of clichéd characters. Readers looking for a historical romance might enjoy the details of the clothes, the mansions, and the ins and outs of the lives of the different characters. The story resolves only a few of its many tangled plotlines, leaving readers waiting for the next book to get any answers.—Diana Pierce, Leander High School, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423171171
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 1/22/2013
  • Series: At Somerton Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Leila Rahseed is the author of the middle grade Bathseba series, and a young adult novel called The World Turned Upside Down. Leila has two Masters degrees, one in Children's Literature and one in Writing.
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  • Posted April 19, 2014

    Amazing book. I have no words for how much i enjoyed this

    Amazing book. I have no words for how much i enjoyed this

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  • Posted January 22, 2014

    I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I was going to. Th

    I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I was going to. This book originally hadn't been on my radar until Julie at Bloggers [Heart] Books mentioned it while we were at NYCC12. And I am so glad that she did.


    This book was delightfully unexpected. I never watched Downtown Abby, and so this was to be an entirely new experience for me. I am, however, a huge fan of historical fiction and so this one seemed to call out to me. I was intrigued by the concept of this family returning to their estate in England after leaving India in disgrace. At first it was a little hard to follow all the different characters as we were introduced to them from the third person, so there was a little bit of jumping around, but each character had their own personality and seemed to know who they each were. There were a few too many characters and at times it was hard to keep their names straight, but in the end, the ones that mattered were great.

    On the topic of characters and how I liked that they had their own personalities, I appreciated that they made me feel strongly towards some characters. For example, I totally did not like Fiona, Charlotte and Stella who were the wicked step mother and sister in this story, and wicked they were. They seemed to have nothing better to do than come up with ways that would impede Ada and Georgiana. There were times that I just wanted to smack all three of them and say “Shut up! No one cares about you!” But, of course that wasn’t strictly true because the boys of the family like Sebastian and Michael.

    I did really like all the different side plots that seemed to be occurring because while all the different interactions between characters are very important, people forget that they aren’t always with the other main characters and that they have other things going on in their lives. For example, the “friendship” that Ada and Ravi shared ever since they met on the boat to England. I loved the letters between the two of them and how Rose would help out. Even better was how they would try to meet and have these deeply intellectual political talks. I also adored the side story of Sebastian and his valet, Oliver who he seemed to have feelings for. I adored that Rasheed broached these sensitive topics like bi-racial relationships and even going as far as a gay relationship in the 1920s. When I say that I was glad Rasheed didn’t avoid touchy subjects and I said including Biracial couples, I didn’t mean racy for our time period, I more meant that for that time period the idea of Ada and Ravi being together was more than salacious because that just didn’t happen back then. There really is no good way to explain it.

    I wish that there were an easier way to talk about all of these different relationships without giving away what really made them special, because there were truly great things about each and every one of them. Sadly, there hasn’t been too much word on when the next book is going to be hitting shelves, but I just can’t wait to get my hands on it to find out what else is going to happen to the family. Especially given their perilous financial situation

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  • Posted June 13, 2013

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    By: Leila Rasheed Published By: Disney-Hyperion Age Recommended:

    By: Leila Rasheed
    Published By: Disney-Hyperion
    Age Recommended: YA - Adult
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Rating: 4
    Book Blog For: GMTA
    Series: At Somerton #1
    Review:

    "Cinder and Sapphires" by Leila Rasheed was a wonderful historical romance that may be of interest to 'women fiction and /or Chick lit.' I found this a good read and was of " a fabulous account of the life of the rich and famous as well as what it was like to be part of the working class in a large estate such as Somerton." We find from this read that the Averley family are coming back to Somerton...Lord Averley is wedding Fiona Templeton. His and her children will have to learn to get along alone. Rose has now been promoted to 'lady's maid. Will she be able to 'handle the responsibilities that come with all of this? Be ready for there to be much 'drama, love and scandal.' There will be Ravi, a Indian, who is travelling to England to study at Oxford. There will be a romance between these two and since this is forbidden they secretly send letters to each other. If will not be long that Ada will have to decide what she want to do...or what is expected of her. Now, this is the time that I say you must pick up "Cinder and Sapphires" to see how this author will work her magic in this relationship. There will be many characters in the read and for the most part they well all well developed and colorful. There will be some serious issues in this read bringing up "women's rights, homosexuality, social class, and Imperialism."

    If you are looking for a good series with adventure and mystery then I would recommend "Cinder and Sapphires" to you as a good interesting read. audience.

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  • Posted March 17, 2013

    This is almost an exact duplicate of Downton Abbey in many ways.

    This is almost an exact duplicate of Downton Abbey in many ways. Some of the similarities were remarkable, including love between one of the young ladies and a man of lower station, a homosexual couple sneaking around, the upper and lower classes theme, and the estate's finances being saved through a wealthy wife. Too many characters are introduced right away and I felt overwhelmed and frustrated when I couldn't keep them all straight.

    I loved the atmosphere of the story. It has a beautiful air and feel to it that I adored. I enjoyed the scandal and drama, even though some of it felt forced. I'm interested to see how the rest of the story plays out, but I'm not sure that I'm interested enough to pursue the series any further.

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  • Posted February 17, 2013

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    I keep seeing this compared to the show Downton Abbey. Apparen

    I keep seeing this compared to the show Downton Abbey. Apparently I need to watch this show because I really enjoyed this book.

    I don't normally go for the gossip and cattiness that comes with well-off people, especially teenagers. But, there's something about Regency England that I just love. And honestly, cattiness and gossip are just part of the nobility. I was hoping to get something different with Ada and her sister Georgia. And I was partly right. Ava is not only beautiful, she's smart. She wants to go against the grain and attend college. Something relatively unheard of in that day and age. Her sister isn't entirely that same mold, but I liked her nonetheless. She's that girl you want to protect no matter what.

    The problem lies in the fact that the sisters have spent most of their lives in India, far away from the glaring eyes and loose tongues of The Ton. They haven't learned yet how to guard their secrets and maybe even their hearts. Her father's quick departure from India has left the family as the hot topic on the gossip chain. His quick engagement leaves more questions than answers. Her soon to be stepsister and stepmother will stop at nothing to bring those of the Somerton house to their knees. But, it turns out they are hiding just as many secrets of their own.

    A pages turner for sure. I love the idea of the nobility, but every once in awhile a book comes to light that reminds how hard and dangerous that kind of life could be. It didn't take much to bring you down, and then life could turn around and bring you back up. I eagerly await the next book in this fun series!

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

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    Downton Abbey for Teens This review is based on a digital sn

    Downton Abbey for Teens




    This review is based on a digital sneak peak copy provided by Disney Book Group which did not include the full novel. The review is of the first thirteen chapters.




    At Somerton: Cinders and Sapphires is the story of the many characters who inhabit the Somerton estate in England at the beginning of the 20th century. The story mainly follows Lady Ada Averley, daughter of the Earl of Westlake, and her ladies’ maid, Rose. Rose has grown up at Somerton with her mother, Mrs. Cliffe, who works as head housekeeper. At the age of sixteen, Rose has just been promoted to lady’s maid after serving as a lowly housemaid for many years. Rose is very nervous about moving into a new position with so much more responsibility, not to mention visibility in the house. Some of the other staff think Rose is not ready for such a position, and Rose is inclined to agree. What Rose doesn’t know is that her promotion is in thanks to her mother suggesting it to Lord Westlake, who mysteriously feels he owes something to the young housemaid. 




    Lady Ada is sixteen and about to “come out” for her first season, a term that here means she will be introduced to society and attend balls and parties in order to meet suitable bachelors. But she is not interested in anyone but a young Indian man whom she knows she is forbidden to love. Lady Ada also wants to attend Oxford, a notion which her father finds foolish since he believes women don’t need to be formally educated since they only need to serve their husbands and run their homes. 




    In this upstairs/downstairs story, author Leila Rasheed juggles so many characters that they get a little hard to follow. I found myself having to flip back and forth through pages to remind myself how everyone is related. A family tree or character map at the beginning would have helped so the reader has a reference point. Despite this confusion, however, the problems presented in the story kept me reading to see what would develop. I don’t know that the setting will appeal to the average young adult reader, but the themes of longing for love and acceptance are universal. As a fan of the TV series Downton Abbey, I felt I had a good grounding in the class system and positions of the members of the household in this novel since the setting is very similar, which helped me understand what was going on. In fact, I often pictured and heard the characters from Downton in the roles of Cinders. I enjoyed what I have read so far and look forward to reading the completed novel.

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