Cinders & Sapphires: At Somerton

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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. 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.
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About the author

Leila Rasheed is the British author of the 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.
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Disney Electronic Content
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Published on
Jan 22, 2013
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Pages
400
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ISBN
9781423178910
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English
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Genres
Juvenile Fiction / Family / Blended Families
Juvenile Fiction / Historical / Europe
Juvenile Fiction / Love & Romance
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