- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 27 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
- Audible.com Release Date: August 26, 2008
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001EY6XGQ
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Determined to do her bit to help with the family's expenses, Anna takes a temporary job as a maid at the country estate of the Earl of Westerholme. The senior staff at Mersham is reluctant to take on the obviously unsuitable foreigner, but they are desperate for the help. The war has left them short-staffed and the new earl himself is soon to return to take up residence after years at the front and a long hospital convalescence. With an overly large and ridiculously outdated housekeeping manual for her reference, Anna is fervent in her new duties, although she is nearly overcome by the sheer physical strain, lack of hygiene, and loneliness. But the tight-knit group quickly takes to the radiant Anna, and she to them.
When the house is readied and the young earl himself arrives, he too is intrigued by the mysterious maid. His initial interest does not distract him from his immediate purpose, however. While he recovered from his war wounds, he was nursed back to health by an angel of mercy. The angel was not only exquisitely beautiful, she was also wealthy enough to save the Westerholme estates from the crippling death taxes that threatened them with financial ruin.Read more ›
This is a fitting failing for the time period because it is right before Hitler and WWII. Ibbotson always seems to have the other woman as the villainess for the hero's affections. However, she presents them as such high figures of comedy that they are not at all clichés. I also love Ibbotson's use of time periods that few others seem inclined to use. This is right after WWI and the effect of that war on the survivors is part of the story. Ibbotson was a native of Vienna who settled in England herself so she brings all of her eastern European insight into her novels. This resembles a delightful fairy tale but there is no paranormal or fantasy aspect to it.
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While many of the servants at the Westerholme residence are skeptical of the new foreign girl, Anna quickly charms her way into their hearts. With her deep curtsies, bright smile, and cheerful demeanor, Anna is beloved by all. She does each task assigned to her as best she can, never slacking on the job.
When the young and handsome Earl of Westerholme returns home from World War I, Anna is immediately drawn to him. And it seems that he feels a similar attraction to her. But Anna's identity as a countess is still a secret, and she does not have the social standing that she once held in Russia. Plus, the Earl is already engaged to the beautiful but vicious Muriel Hardwicke. Muriel nursed Earl Rupert back to health when he was wounded in the war, and he proposed to her. But that was before he met Anna.
In the weeks leading up to the wedding, Muriel begins to take over the Westerholme household, arbitrarily firing servants that do not fit in with her vision for Westerholme. None of the servants or neighbors are fond of Muriel, and as the wedding date approaches, all of Rupert's friends and family are leery of the impending marriage.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice read. I picked it up not realizing I had already read it but I remembered I enjoyed it the first time around so I kept reading. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Romance Reader
A little hokey--but surprisingly funny and intelligent! A fun escapist read.Published 2 months ago by Bic Parker
Set in the early 20th century, with the feel of a Victorian, this is the story of Anna, raised a young countess in St. Petersburg in an ice-blue palace overlooking the River Neva. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Regan
Fans of Downton Abbey will like this upstairs/downstairs romancePublished 4 months ago by Catharine T. Clark Sayles
I'm a big fan of Eva Ibbotson, and The Secret Countess is by far my absolute favorite. The characters are just so wonderful, and it's such a gripping romance. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Claire E. Gilbert
This book was a fun light read. It had a good mix of characters that kept me reading.Published 9 months ago by R. Bailey
This is a wonderful story, with a full cast of eccentric, yet lovable characters who come alive through the skillful art of Ms. Ibbotson's pen. Read morePublished 10 months ago by AvidReader