"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."
Plot: Although, a decently fun read; Cinders and Sapphires isn't an all too original plot. Pretty much follows like a Downton Abbey plot line and doesn't have a lot of surprises or twists.
Characters: The main characters to focus on are Rose and Ada. Both are equally like-able and have dilemmas that complements the others, which in return helps the plot go along. Sebastian has an interesting role and I imagine it will only get better from there.
Final Thoughts: I liked Cinders and Sapphires and will eventually read the rest of the series, although it is not a priority. I was hoping was just a little extra GLAMOUR like the title practically promises. Although, the ending is to be scandalous, i just felt so much disconnect from it. Which I guess may be how I felt about the whole book, it was just missing something extra to be GREAT.