A COUNTESS BELOW STAIRS by Eva Ibbotson
If you are enamored with the Russian Revolution and the Tsar’s family or you are a fan of British TV you will like this sweet story of a Russian Countess reduced to serving as a housemaid in England.
Anna is almost too sweet and industrious to believe, but this tale written for middle and high schoolers has just enough heft to be an enjoyable romp. You will learn a bit about the Revolution and quite a lot about being an immigrant in a country that is not quite welcoming to the impoverished Russians flowing into England.You will also learn a bit about how wealthy and titled Brits ran their households and treated their servants and fellow gentry.
Ibbotson produces well written books with engaging and well developed characters. This one is well worth the effort to read it.
4 of 5 stars