La contessa segreta

La contessa segreta In questo romanzo niente ci che sembra Anna la nuova domestica dell antica magione di Mersham cerca di nascondere le sue nobili origini dietro a una cuffietta e un grembiule inamidato Rupert il con

  • Title: La contessa segreta
  • Author: Eva Ibbotson Paolo Antonio Livorati
  • ISBN: 9788884519832
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In questo romanzo niente ci che sembra Anna, la nuova domestica dell antica magione di Mersham, cerca di nascondere le sue nobili origini dietro a una cuffietta e un grembiule inamidato Rupert, il conte di Westerholme, sta per sposare Muriel, ma segretamente innamorato di Anna Muriel, all apparenza fidanzata buona e devota, una meschina arrampicatrice sociale e sIn questo romanzo niente ci che sembra Anna, la nuova domestica dell antica magione di Mersham, cerca di nascondere le sue nobili origini dietro a una cuffietta e un grembiule inamidato Rupert, il conte di Westerholme, sta per sposare Muriel, ma segretamente innamorato di Anna Muriel, all apparenza fidanzata buona e devota, una meschina arrampicatrice sociale e sostenitrice di teorie proto naziste Per fortuna anche Proom, l irreprensibile maggiordomo, non cos ligio al dovere come ci si aspetterebbe

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  • Eva Ibbotson Paolo Antonio Livorati

    Eva Ibbotson born Maria Charlotte Michelle Wiesner was a British novelist specializing in romance and children s fantasy.Eva Ibbotson was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1925 When Hitler came into power, Ibbotson s family moved to England She attended Bedford College, graduating in 1945 Cambridge University from 1946 47 and the University of Durham, from which she graduated with a diploma in education in 1965 Ibbotson had intended to be a physiologist, but was put off by the amount of animal testing that she would have to do Instead, she married and raised a family, returning to school to become a teacher in the 1960s Ibbotson was widowed with three sons and a daughter.Ibottson began writing with the television drama Linda Came Today , in 1965 Ten years later, she published her first novel, The Great Ghost Rescue Ibbotson has written numerous books including The Secret of Platform 13, Journey to the River Sea, Which Witch , Island of the Aunts, and Dial a Ghost She won the Nestl Smarties Book Prize for Journey to the River Sea, and has been a runner up for many of major awards for British children s literature.Her books are imaginative and humorous, and most of them feature magical creatures and places, despite the fact that she disliked thinking about the supernatural, and created the characters because she wanted to decrease her readers fear of such things.Some of the books, particularly Journey to the River Sea, also reflect Ibbotson s love of nature Ibbotson wrote this book in honor of her husband who had died just before she wrote it , a former naturalist The book had been in her head for years before she actually wrote it.Ibbotson said she dislikes financial greed and a lust for power and often creates antagonists in her books who have these characteristics Some have been struck by the similarity of Platform 9 3 4 in J.K Rowling s Harry Potter books to Ibbotson s The Secret of Platform 13, which came out three years before the first Harry Potter book.Her love of Austria is evident in works such as The Star Of Kazan and A Song For Summer These books, set primarily in the Austrian countryside, display the author s love for nature and all things natural.

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  • Final review, first posted on FantasyLiterature (not that this is a fantasy novel, but Ibbotson also wrote a lot of fantasy):As a Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer enthusiast, I’m always on the lookout for historical novels in that mold, with manners, a little romance and lots of deliciously witty dialogue. I previously was familiar with Eva Ibbotson solely from her 1994 children’s fantasy The Secret of Platform 13, in which a magical door at Platform 13 of King’s Cross Station in London ope [...]


  • I love Eva Ibbotson, and I nearly always think her characters are delightful and her stories lovely. That was true for this book as well. I frequently recommend her books to my enthusiastic readers and to parents reading aloud with their elementary-aged children. She's my favorite of all the authors I've discovered in the last few years. But I couldn't help my stomach churning at the unnecessarily nasty descriptions of the unpleasant family, the Herrings these descriptions depended almost comple [...]


  • The only reason it's 2 stars is because it was a semi-interesting plot. HoweverHOLY COMMAS, BATMAN!The woman does not know how to write a normal sentence unless it's dialogue. She'd have these sentences with about 10 (no joke, I counted one) modifying phrases all contained within commas. It was so distracting that when I finally got around to the end of the original thought, I couldn't remember what she was talking about. So I'd have to read the beginning of the sentence, skip the crud in commas [...]


  • Nothing is more depressing then the dreaded "Reader Slump" that not even your favorite authors can pull you out of. That was me, just floating along after reading back to back amazing books, everything just sorta fell flat for me. That is by chance I stumbled on A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson. Taking place in a period I'm not very fond of (early 1900's) I was a tad leery of taking a chance. I'm so thankful that I did.Ibbotson writes magic in her pages. True whimsical, nostalgic magic in [...]


  • Reviewed by Amber Gibson for TeensReadTooAnna Grazinsky is a member of the Russian aristocracy, or White Russians, during the Russian Revolution. Her family is forced to flee from their comfortable life in Russia to England, where they are safe from the revolutionaries. But in England, the Grazinskys are left with nothing. Anna has a very resilient spirit, and instead of moping around and wishing for her old life, she is grateful for the safety of her family and secretly takes a job as a maid so [...]


  • Well, I must say this. I should thank Rane for recommending and giving this book such a nice review. If not for her, this book would still be in my to-read-list.To be totally honest, I prefer books written in a conversational type (examples are Julia Quinn, Sidney Sheldon and Thea Harrison books) These books uses words that are easy to understand and can be used in everyday life.On the other hand, this is the type of book where I have to pay attention every freaking word because the wordings are [...]


  • I enjoyed this familiar romance tropes, but intelligently applied, and with a keen sense of time and place and detail from an angle less and less known, I suspect, to many younger 21st C. American readers. The tale does not feel to me to be about events of a whole century ago, but I realize somewhat bemusedly that they now are. The social setting, actually utterly alien-to-me in real life, is, as they say, still strangely familiar from dozens of beloved books, both from the period or attempting [...]


  • Okay. This book was kind of a dissapointment to me. I felt really disconeccted from the story and like it was to narrarative. Like the author was telling the story herself, not through her charecters. I felt like I was getting a lot of uneccissery information about every body. And nothing was really developing in you mind as you read it, but it was all piled on you all at the same time. Like every time some one new came into the story, everything stopped while the author gave a biography on this [...]


  • I found myself not really giving a shit what happened to Anna. It's frustrating when an author writes a completely perfect character - Anna was an unspoiled, gracious child, and is a captivating, gracious adult. Everyone cannot help but be drawn to her beautiful spirit and beautiful face. Except for the evil, sure-to-become-a-total Nazi fiancee of Anna's love interest. The romance kind of irritated me, too. I understand it is, at its heart, a romance novel, but how much interaction did she reall [...]


  • I read the blurb and I thought the story was interesting. This was one of the worst books I ever read. First of all, too many unnecessary details about minor characters. I found myself constantly skipping over those parts. The main countess had no character development and it was very narrative. The main character was too perfect, the fiancee was "nasty", the love interest was "prince charming". There was too much description that was not needed. Ending was predictable.


  • Eva Ibbotson wrote five books for adults (or young adults) that clearly fit together -- A Countess Below Stairs, The Reluctant Heiress, A Company of Swans, The Morning Gift, and A Song for Summer. I was strongly considering giving one of them 5 stars in order to make certain that anyone who follows my reviews discovers just how special I think Ms. Ibbotson's writing is, but I couldn't decide which. It wouldn't be right to give all of them 5 stars, because that would double my total count of 5 st [...]


  • This is a good romance novel without being too mushy, or containing a lot of raunchy scenes. It's about how a young Russian Countess flees to England after the Russian Revolution and earns her keep as a servant for a wealthy family. She tries to keep her past from her employers and their very attractive son, the Earl of Westerholme who is engaged to be married. His future wife believes in the science of Eugenics and only in procreating "the perfect species." Needless to say, there is an attracti [...]


  • What wordy, frothy fun Ibbotson's books are. Perfect going on a trip books. In fact, reading them makes me wish I was going somewhere, as her heroines always seem to be off somewhere new and exciting and exotic. But since I am not going anywhere (exotic or otherwise) in the near future, getting lost in them has proved a wonderful balm for my It's mid-March and Still Snowing blues.Anna is a Russian countess whose family is forced to flee their wealth and their home after her father is killed in t [...]


  • Eva Ibbotson has some of the most beautiful prose I've ever read.I feel like she is an amateur expert on everything. She could write about garbage disposals and I wouldn't care in the least. I don't think she could write an ugly sentence, I really don't. On to the story: This is the most original of her adult books. All the others have the same two main characters. This is also the least offensive, which makes me a happy clam. I'm constantly amazed that she can somehow write accents without chan [...]


  • With Eva Ibbotson, you can expect one thing: A fluffy feel-good read. I don't usually like fluffy reads, with Ibbotson I make an exception.The good guys are always perfect, golden-hued flawless people who are gorgeous. The bad guys are usually horrible but never really truly evil. Everyone gets their happy ending.That is what you get with Eva Ibbotson. She does it in the more forgiveable way. Each of her books are layered with cultural tit-bits, mostly musical. Many of her YA stories usually inv [...]


  • The only reason I gave this book a two instead of a one is because despite the horrible writing style, I still managed to want to read it through to the end. The story, although very predictable, was cute and happily ending, as to be expected. Also, the fact that I am currently very into the tv show Downton Abbey kept me reading, as I used a lot of imagery from the show to imagine Westerholme and it's inner workings. However, if grammar and sentence structure matter greatly to you, I would not r [...]


  • This is without doubt one of the best YA novels I’ve read in a long time. Let’s say, ever. If I were to re-do my Top Ten YA Novels list, this would be on it. As soon as I finished it, I wanted to start it all over again (and now, trying to write the review about three weeks after finishing it, I definitely feel the need to re-read it – not because it’s forgettable, but because I’d like to do it justice.) The funny thing is, though, that like other favourite YA novels (such as The Book [...]


  • This book was one of those predictable, fluffy books that is still somehow a charm to read because of the language and characters. The heroine is too good, the rival is too evil and silly, but I found myself enjoying every page anyway. The portrayal of Russian royalty on the run from the Russian Revolution is absolutely believable, and Ibbotson’s descriptions make the world come alive. Russian history and culture are things I never really studied, but have always been interested in, so I found [...]


  • This was a sweet, feel-good read, which I was in desperate need of. I turn to these sort of books when I'm recovering from illness or surgery. You know, those books that are comfort food? This is one of them. Anna, along with other Russian nobility, finds herself among the working class of England after the fall of the Tsar. Czar? I always mix those up. Anyhow, she is uncomplaining and determined to be happy in her circumstances. Anna is wise enough to know that the answer to most anything can b [...]


  • Oh my goodness. Where to start? Such a romantic, wonderfully written, romantic, funny, romantic, historic, romantic book! Did I mention it was Romantic. Rich Anna Grazinky, a 16-year old countess who is VERY VERY rich. Her favorite jewel is a Emerald. Well, her moneys are lost so her family must disperse from Russia. When she finally convinces her mother to let her work as a maid, she becomes the best maid in the entire household, and convinces everyone to be cheery. The head of the house hold, [...]


  • This, ladies and gentlemen, is probably my favourite standalone novel of all time. If not favourite, then definitely in my top five. It's adorable and heartbreaking and beautiful and I've loved it ever since I first read it - and I've read it three times since.It's not without its faults - Anna is a special snowflake, Rupert is controlling at times, and Ibbotson does have a problem with sentences - each one has about nine hundred separate clauses and fifteen adjectives - but to be honest, they'r [...]


  • Reviewed for THC ReviewsA Countess Below Stairs is a delightful romantic tale that's reminiscent of fairy tales like Cinderella or Anastasia. I thought it was a unique twist to read a story that's set in an English country manor house but told partly from the perspective of the servants below stairs. It gives the book kind of an Upstairs, Downstairs or Downton Abbey vibe. It takes place in approximately the same time period too, immediately following the first World War, which is another unique [...]


  • Book deprivation is a very bad thing. It causes people to do crazy things…like, reading till 4:44 am on a Thursday night because they haven’t had fiction in their hands for such a long time. Which may or may not have just happened to me. Be warned! If you’re sending your kid off to college, or are going to college, keep them/yourself at least occasionally supplied with something mindless!!! The repercussions are scary and may involve falling asleep in class the next day.Plot Once upon a ti [...]


  • Rating: 4 starsI think I'll always enjoy Eva Ibbotson's writing. It's the kind of style that brings you back to classics, while still with that modern flair that makes it able to be read without too much thought. The pictures she paints, the characters she develops, are all so wonderful. Her books are lovely.When you're sad, my Little Star, go out of doors. It's always better underneath the open sky.So let's forget for a moment how completely full of stereotypes this book was. From the angelic R [...]


  • This story reads like a 'poor girl who really isn't a poor girl meets the young handsome lord and falls in love and lives happily ever after with the guy' kind of fairy tale. From time to time I have problem suppressing my disbelief but in the ende good writing (love how the author describes things and her lovely prose) and the reasonable characters and the reasonable romance save this story for me.I think it is a good story for teenagers, but if you wanted your book to have more to do with Russ [...]


  • Anna, a Russian countess of considerable wealth before the Russian Revolution, must flee with her family to England in the aftermath of the war. Penniless, she takes a job as a servant at Mersham, an English manor house reeling from England's own war and the economic ruin it brought. When the young heir to Mersham returns from the war it it is not the son everyone expected to inherit the title--for the dashing eldest brother was killed in the war and it falls to the more introspective Rupert to [...]


  • It is the same repetitive formula which has been encountered in entertainment from time on. The English lord in this case an Earl, the kind and spirited housemaid and a disgruntled, cruel fiancee and an ever supporting and lovable background characters. Yes, the same old stuff but what makes this one worth a read is the way in which this same old story is presented. Eva Ibbotson's writing is very imaginative and captures one's attention from the very first page. Her description of simple unimpor [...]


  • Ok, since I am still having Downton Abbey withdrawals, this helped to give a me a quick fix and I have to say I found this a charming, enjoyable read. This story is about a young woman, Anna Grazinsky, a Russian Countess reduced to genteel poverty who secretly undertakes the role of servant in a big house. While working there Anna wins the hearts of her fellow servants and catches the eye of The Earl of Westerholme who is engaged to be married to the ultra snobbish and ultra wealthy Muriel Hardw [...]


  • Of the three of her books that I've read, this was by far the best. (The other two were A Song For Summer and The Morning Gift.) For the first time, I actually felt for her main female character, and the entire cast of characters in this book were wonderful and memorable.


  • So sweet and perfect, loved it. Russian and British aristocracy, country houses, romance and an era long gone The ending was quite obvious from the very beginning, yet I found myself enthralled and holding my breath.


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