I am super excited to be on the tour for Cinders & Sapphires by Leila Rasheed! Today I have a glossary of terms from the book to help you as you read, if you get confused at all.
- Duke: The highest rank and title in the British peerage. A Duke is “Most Noble”; he is called “My Lord Duke” and “Your Grace” and all his younger sons are “Lords” and all his daughters “Ladies”.
- Marquess/Marquis: The second order of the British peerage, in rank next to that of the Duke. A Marquess is “Most Honorable”; he is called “My Lord Marquess” all his younger sons are “Lords” and his daughters “Ladies”; his eldest sons bears his father’s “second title”.
- Earl: In Latin, “Comes” in French “Comte” or “Count.” It is the third degree of rank and dignity in the British peerage. An earl is “Right Honorable”; he is styled “My Lord”, the eldest son bears his father’s “second title,” generally that of Viscount; his other sons are “Honorable” but all his daughters are “Ladies.”
- Viscount: The fourth degree of rank and dignity in the British peerage. A Viscount is a “Right Honorable” and is called “My Lord.” All his sons and daughters are “Honorable.”
- Baron: The lowest rank in the British peerage. A Baron is “Right Honorable” and is called “My Lord”. All children of a Baron are “Honorable.”
- Baronet: A hereditary rank, lower than the peerage, with precedence of baronets before all Knights, those of the Order of the Garter alone excepted.
Also, here is the family tree:
One house, two worlds…
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.