December 27, 2016

Diamonds and Deceit (At Somerton #2) by Leila Rasheed #BookReview

 
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.




Leila Rasheed is the British author of a middle grade novel, Chips, Beans and Limousines, and its sequels. She was previously a children's bookseller in Brussels, but now writes and teaches creative writing full time.

Diamonds and Deceit was a fantastic book! The writing in this book was great. Rasheed was able to capture the essence of the time period and really bring it to life. I also enjoyed how the book discussed the class differences during this time period. And the characters in this book really drew me into this book. I couldn't put this one down. Also just wanted to let you know that even though this is the second book in this series, it could be read as a stand alone.











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