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Book Review: Diamonds and Deceit by Leila Rasheed

I gobbled up Diamonds and Deceit. I slurped every piece of drama and sucked down every romantic encounter. YUM!

Book Review: Diamonds and Deceit by Leila Rasheed

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Title & Author: Diamonds and Deceit (At Somerton) by Leila Rasheed

Genre: Young Adult – Historical

Release Date: January 7, 2014

Series: At Somerton #2

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

How I Got the Book: ARC from Publisher


“One house, two worlds…book two in our sumptuous and enticing YA series about the servants and gentry at Somerton Court.

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 Rose meets Alexander Ross, a young Scottish duke. Rose 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 should be happy. She 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. Every day a new credit collector knocks on the door of their London flat, demanding payment for her cousin William’s expenditures. 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, at Somerton, 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.”

Delicious Drama

Oh. my. GOSH!!! I really don’t know how Leila Rasheed does it. She somehow manages to alternate between characters’ stories and thoughts and dreams seamlessly while keeping things completely unpredictable.

Although there are multiple POVs, Diamonds and Deceit focused a great deal on Rose, the former servant turned socialite. (Cinders and Sapphires centered more on Ada).

Rose is having a lot of trouble dealing with her new status and must quickly learn how to navigate the choppy waters of coming out during the London social season. With Rose’s story highlighted and the change of scene to the city, Diamonds and Deceit felt very fresh and new to me.

The drama continues from the previous book and new and interesting storylines are picked up and old ones expanded. I particularly loved the rake, Alexander Ross. His character although somewhat predictable is exciting and adds flair to Rose’s world.

Plus people I thought I hated I ended up liking and vice versa. Agh, the drama!!

I seriously couldn’t put this book down. It’s filled with romance around every turn and period dresses and shifting class norms and expectations.

The only storyline I felt was sort of weak was Sebastian’s. Not a lot actually takes place, and it only seemed to stir things in up in preparation for the next book (although not listed on Goodreads, Rasheed has said on her blog there’s definitely a third book…).

I absolutely LOVE this series, and it inspired this YA Historical Fiction for Downton Abbey Fans post. Anything to help me get through the next few weeks till the new season airs. PLEASE!!


It’s got all the drama, suspense and scandal of the first book but with EVEN MORE drama suspense and scandal. With so much going on, this sequel manages to keep the complex plot in order and to entice fans to read faster and faster. Diamonds and Deceit is a book any lover of historical fiction and Real Housewives shows would adore.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Leila Rasheed

    Hi, thanks so much for the great review! I really appreciate it 🙂 Can I be really cheeky and add a link? It’s in a good cause – Authors for the Philippines. Hundreds of authors have donated all kinds of gifts, signed copies, get your name in a book, also critiques and writing retreats. All are being auctioned off with all money to the Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan appeal. http://authorsforphilippines.wordpress.com/ I am linking to my lots but there are loads of amazing things there if you don’t fancy those! http://authorsforphilippines.wordpress.com/?s=leila+rasheed

  • Christine Stitt

    Yay! This looks like one I would like! I love books with lots of characters and character development!!