The Secret Countess
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Anna is a Russian Countess, brought up amidst opulent luxury and doted on by her parents and governess, but despite all her privileges she is not a spoilt child. The Russian revolution sees Anna's father killed and their old way of life gone forever.
Along with her mother, younger brother and English governess, she flees the country finding refuge in England and a new life of genteel poverty.
Anna finds work as a maid at a grand country house, whose inhabitants are a likable, eccentric bunch who take her to their hearts. When the new young Earl of Westerholme returns from the war an attraction between the pair develops. However, the Earl is engaged and oblivious to Anna's true background.
A, comfortingly old fashioned tale of hidden identity and love, with a suitably happy ending.