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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition #13

Happy Thursday, everyone! And welcome to a new feature on Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.

What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday. 

The Historical Romance Edition:
Since Tin of Love Saves the World and I are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, we've decided to focus on our beloved genre.

Here are our rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008.

So, the novel I'm featuring is...

                                             The Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson, published first in 1981
                                                    Goodreads | Amazon

After the Russian revolution turns her world topsy-turvy, Anna, a young Russian Countess, has no choice but to flee to England. Penniless, Anna hides her aristocratic background and takes a job as servant in the household of the esteemed Westerholme family, armed only with an outdated housekeeping manual and sheer determination. 

Desperate to keep her past a secret, Anna is nearly overwhelmed by her new duties—not to mention her instant attraction to Rupert, the handsome Earl of Westerholme. To make matters worse, Rupert appears to be falling for her as well. As their attraction grows stronger, Anna finds it more and more difficult to keep her most dearly held secrets from unraveling. And then there's the small matter of Rupert's beautiful and nasty fiancée...

Eva Ibbotson had sadly passed away in 2010, but you can visit her books through -

Now, before you start protesting, I know this isn't a historical romance in the sense of the published genre today, but it is a historical romantic story, and a beautifully told one at that. I picked up this book years ago and it remains one of my favorites. There is magic in the writing, the story, and the close-knit and unique set of characters that surround the protagonists. It falls between a children's book and a YA, but perhaps it is best served to stand by itself, without the boundaries of a genre. All I can say is, this truly is a fantastic story people of all ages should read. (By the way, best-selling author Anna Campbell has this among her 10 most influential books, and I should say it's one of mine too.) 

Now, head over to Tin @ Love Saves the World and Ki Pha @ Doing Some Reading for their pick of the week. :-)

Fellow historical romance readers are welcome to join us. Enter your link below so we can visit your TBT: HR Edition post for the week! (Then go here to copy the Link code to your blogs.)

Happy Reading! And sorry for being away last week~


  1. Oooooo~ How can I protest if it's Historical romance or not when it clearly is in my mind? It will be on my list for sure.

  2. Mary, so lovely to see this book featured. I must have read it 100 times! I just love it. It never fails to make me smile - and bring a tear to my eye!

    1. I always cry near the end too. This book just drags in my emotions and never lets go!

  3. I've heard a lot of good things about this book. I haven't read it yet but I had added it to my tbr pile a long time ago. ^_^ Thanks for sharing Mary! :)

    I can't see the linky link :) Where can I add my link to my TBT: HRe? Thanks again.

  4. i actually have never heard of this book. It sounds like a wonderful read though.

  5. I tried to read this a few years ago, but got stuck for some reason. I am still interested so I'll have to pick it up soon. Great choice!

  6. This is an amazing pick, Mary! Eva Ibbotson has been on my radar for a while now but I've never had the chance to pick up her books.



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