January 16, 2013

Waiting on Cinders & Sapphires by Leila Rasheed

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights any upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Cinders & Sapphires (At Somerton, #1) by Leila Rasheed

Publication date: January 22, 2013
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. (Goodreads)
I have always been a sucker for stories that feature two people in different societal classes learning how to appreciate one another. Like Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper, Celia Rees' Pirates!, or Peni R. Griffin's Switching Well. The juxtaposition of the two different characters, their histories, their expectations, and their interactions with one another is always fascinating. I am also terribly curious about what scandal Ada's father has committed and how that is related to Ada's beau is entangled in this problem.

Plus this is Leila Rasheed's debut YA novel and can count towards my Debut Author Challenge!

What are you waiting on?
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Amanda loves few things better than sitting down with a cup of tea and a book. She frequently stays up far too late, telling herself she just needs to finish one more page. When she's not wrapped up in the stories of others, Amanda works as a children's librarian in a public library.


  1. I have not come across this book before. Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention. Happy Reading! Here is my WoW for this week!

  2. I'm actually surprised you're looking forward to this. I read the synopsis and didn't think it was an Amanda book, but I do agree. Books with characters from two different classes are fascinating reads. Can't wait to hear how you like this one.

    1. Are you kidding? It's historical fiction! And some 19th/18th century Britain. I love that stuff. Just haven't read much of it recently.

  3. I don't usually gravitate towards historical fiction in my reads but this sounds wonderful. I think I saw it go up on Netgalley. Great pick. :)

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    2. I deleted the previous link because it was a sneak peek. Here is the request page:


    3. I love historical fiction, but I'm picky about what I choose to read. Certain eras, locations, characters, etc. This one sounds like it'll work for me, hopefully! And so it is! Thanks, Rachel! I may have to go and request it now. :)


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