Diamonds & Deceit (at Somerton) by Leila RasheedDiamonds & Deceit (at Somerton) by Leila Rasheed

Diamonds & Deceit (at Somerton)

byLeila Rasheed

Hardcover | January 7, 2014

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A house divided...

London is a whirl of balls and teas, alliances and rivalries. Rose has never felt more out of place. With the Season in full swing, she can't help but still feel a servant, dressed up in diamonds and silk. Then she meets Alexander Ross, a young Scottish duke. She has heard the rumors about Ross's sordid past just like everyone else has. Yet he alone treats her as a friend. Rose knows better than to give her heart to an aristocrat with such a reputation, but it may be too late.

Ada is engaged to a handsome man who shares her political passions and has promised to support her education. So why does she feel hollow inside? Even if she hated Lord Fintan, she would have no choice but to go through with the marriage. Her father's heir seems determined to bring her family to ruin, and only a brilliant marriage can save Somerton Court and the Averleys' reputation.

Meanwhile, Sebastian is out of his mind with worry for his former valet Oliver, who refuses to plead innocent to the murder charges against him--for a death caused by Sebastian himself. Sebastian will do whatever he can to help the boy he loves, but his indiscretion is dangerous fodder for a reporter with sharp eyes and dishonorable intentions.

The colorful cast of the At Somerton series returns in this enthralling sequel about class and fortune, trust and betrayal, love and revenge.
Leila Rasheed is the British author of a 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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Title:Diamonds & Deceit (at Somerton)Format:HardcoverProduct dimensions:432 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.5 inShipping dimensions:8.75 × 6 × 1.5 inPublished:January 7, 2014Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1423171187

ISBN - 13:9781423171188

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from An okay book You might enjoy this if you like reading about the private lives of noble women. It's an easy read involving family issues and love and marriage of the upper class in London. Rose and Ada's stories are the central plot, Sebastian's story is very minor.
Date published: 2018-03-31

Editorial Reviews

Gr 8 Up The intrigue continues in this addition to the series. The Averleys are in London for "the Season," a ceaseless parade of parties and events designed to foster advantageous family alliances. Having failed to secure a suitable match in her first two seasons, Charlotte is determined to snare a husband this summer but is unwilling to let go of Lord Fintan, Ada's betrothed, and he seems unable to resist her advances. Ada is keenly aware that becoming Lady Fintan will save her family from the financial ruin wrought by her brother William's gambling debts. She is fond of Lord Fintan and believes she has resigned herself to give up her love for Ravi. Rose is still trying to adjust to her new position as the recognized daughter of Lord Westlake but cannot escape her past as a lady's maid. She is unwittingly drawn into a relationship with the heir to one of the wealthiest families in England, completely unaware of his playboy reputation. Michael returns to Eton so that he will be better able to provide for Priya. William takes advantage of his absence to take unwanted liberties with her. Meanwhile, Sebastian continues his desperate search for a solution to Oliver's imprisonment. Despite the multitude of characters, Rasheed does an admirable job of keeping each of their stories enticing, steadily bringing each situation to a soap-opera-worthy cliffhanger. While there are a few satisfying resolutions, enough remains unsettled to keep fans anxiously awaiting the next installment. Cary Frostick, formerly at Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church, VA-SLJ