A Countess Below Stairs - Eva Ibbotson

A beautiful fairy tale like book, charming from beginning to end. Everything, from the language to the exaggerated villains (at one point there was even dog-kicking! So over the top!) to the essential goodness of the main characters it read exactly as a modern Grimm might. I loved it and ate up every piece. It was delicious in the elan in which it was executed. Much as Anna charms everyone, this book has thoroughly charmed me. Such a sweet, simple Cinderella story but wonderful and lovely, moving and engaging all the same.