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Courting the Countess Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B01LW5DKZZ
- Publisher : Lume Books (8 September 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 1883 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 212 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 347,288 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Harry is quite an intriguing character, there was a lot of depth to him and it was nice to see the loyalty he inspired in his men and the way he was trying to make something more peaceful of his life. I didn't quite feel I got why he was so intimidated by his family, or why he let his sister talk down to him and walk all over him so much, even with the new developments towards the end.
The romance between Harry and Melissa was sweet, if a little slow at times. There were a lot of secondary characters and while I liked some of them (would like to have seen more of Joanie and Zed's developments) I did feel that sometimes feel the large cast slowed things down a bit. Good dialogue and the action was interesting, though it didn't generally grip me. Overall, enjoyable read and very well written regency tale. It was nice to see something a little different from the London parties setting. The author has obviously done her research, and having lived in Edinburgh I especially liked the descriptions of the city. The small details sprang out and painted a very vivid picture.
So I knew the chances were I'd also enjoy her latest novel and I certainly did.
But even if I'd not read this author's previous books, the chances are I'd have been sufficiently intrigued by the premise behind this Regency romance to give it a go. The story is a new take on the old fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast.
But in this new version of the old story, it is the main female character, Countess Melissa Pateley, who is disfigured having been badly burned in a house fire. And it's the main male character, Colonel Harry Gunn, who is the physically beautiful one.
There is the usual attention historical detail and as before this brings the story fully to life. It's easy to visualise the murky streets of Edinburgh's old town and the wide streets and large houses and shared green spaces of the city's Georgian New Town. I also learned two new words/ phrases – namely - reticule which is a woman's small decorated handbag, and haut ton which means anything pertaining to the elite, the fashionable and wealthy, and those of good-breeding.
This is a darker tale than Anne Stenhouse's previous books, but there are still nice touches of wit and humour. The dialogue is, as always, to the fore and fairly crackles and zings. And, as in the earlier books the women are never helpless or witless and give as good as they get. The romance is high, as are the stakes, and the plot turns and twists right up to satisfying conclusion.
and was also in the process of recovering from burns received in a fire in her home - although lightening was suggested as a cause this was never properly explained. The hero was a Colonel now attempting cures for soldiers wounded in the war. The villain was a distant cousin of the hero, supposedly mad.
This is where it gets a bit confusing. The action moves from the heroine's home to Scotland, with side forays to and from Newcastle by various characters.
In fact, I got a bit lost as to whom was where, when, and why! I also cannot understand how the lawyers gained so much power. I will try another by this author - but cautiously!