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Courting the Countess by [Frame, Jenny]
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Professor of Archeology Henrietta “Harry” Knight becomes Countess of Axedale upon her father’s death and takes a sabbatical from Cambridge University to begin refurbishing the long-neglected and run-down Axedale Hall. The child of a loveless marriage, witness to her father’s infidelities and her mother’s pain, Harry has no intention of ever falling in love.

Annie Brannigan is a survivor, remaining positive through hardships. As an agency housekeeper, she moves from post to post with her daughter Riley, taking care of people who have everything she will never have. Annie’s greatest wish is to find her happy ever after.

Can love restore the countess’s heart and the crumbling Axedale Hall, or will the first foundations of love turn to dust?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2080 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (13 September 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,107 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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What a great story, so well written and great cast of supporting characters. I want more
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This was the first book I have read by Jenny Frame and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it was written well and described the characters emotions beautifully.

Annie was probably my favourite. She was warm and loving but knew her own mind and was a nothing but supportive to the lovely Riley (Annie’s young Daughter). Annie believes in a ‘Fairy Tale’ romance and leaves you feeling like in life you shouldn’t settle for anything less.

The relationship between Harry and Riley was what showed the softer side of Harry at first. I only began to warm to Harry when she and Riley struck up the loveliest of friendships.

The sexual tension in this book was off the charts. You could have sliced it with a butter knife. I loved that element and it left me understanding the want these women had for one another.

I don’t want to spoil the ending but I will say this… The love these women find in each other is not only about them (don’t get me wrong their love is very present and emotional) but it’s about family and doing anything you can for the people you love. It’s very sweet actually.

All in all a lovely read and will definitely keeping my eye out for what’s next from Jenny Frame. I’m secretly hoping that this is a series and that The Vicar and the handsome farmer find love… Maybe not with each other but that would mean two books! Yay!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read... I loved it. 15 January 2017
By A Wray - Published on
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I had this one downloaded for a while now and I have to say I loved it! I downloaded the sample and was hooked and pretty much devoured it in one sitting. I'm a quick reader and this comes in at 295 pages so a good decent read.

I really enjoyed the story and the interaction between the main characters Henrietta (Harry) and Annie. Harry is pretty damaged by her parents dysfunctional relationship and this really destroys her ability to trust and love those around her. In fact at the beginning of the book you're not liking her very much but as you come to understand why she is the way she is and how she changes and grows in to someone actually worth knowing, you find yourself going from wanting to kick her in the pants to hoping that she'll get her act together before she loses her chance at life long happiness.

Annie is a housekeeper and a damn good one too. She works tirelessly to provide a decent life for herself and her daughter Riley. She's well sort after and takes a new post at Axedale Hall. Her welcome didn't go as well as she hoped and Countess Henrietta Knight (Henry) isn't exactly the most wonderful employer that she's ever had and Harry just doesn't seem to want her daughter anywhere near her and precious artifacts. It makes her wonder how long this posting can really last.
However she sees potential at Axedale Hall both in the Hall that's undergoing extensive renovations to bring it back to its former glory and its owner, who really needs some serious renovation herself. Deciding that Axedale Hall and the surrounding village and its inhabitants are the perfect place to raise her daughter Ms Annie Brannigan sets about bringing her Ladyship's life and Hall into the immaculate order that it should be.

I seriously loved this story. It did two things I love. It made me care about the characters and it made me cry. I couldn't stop reading... I wanted, no I needed the happily ever after! I enjoyed the storyline and character building and the change that Harry underwent throughout. Do yourself a favour and download the sample... it costs nothing and I'm pretty sure you enjoy it as much as I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and hearbreaking at the same time. 16 September 2016
By B. J. Brown - Published on
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i enjoyed this book, not because the two main characters secretly fall in love, but the way Harry is around Riley. I love Riley and Harry have an archelogical site in their back yard. Harry is a bitter countess who wants to refurbish Axedale because her father ran it down and spent all the family's money. But she doesn't want to stay in Axedale and be the actual Countess. Annie is hire on as the housekeeper, but becomes so much more to everyone's lives in Axedale. I love Bridget, the preacher.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad but Not Particularly Good Either 1 November 2016
By B Heston - Published on
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A good set up, but not very realistic. The characters are mainly cardboard cut-outs with only one major characteristic, so it gets a little dull reading about how they handle same struggle page after page. When the title character does change, it's not particularly believable, but most of this work is just wish fulfillment. I think a few episodes of Downton Abbey could have improved the author's understanding of how an estate works and added some depth to a "cross-class" romantic involvement.
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious thawing the ice queen romance 7 May 2017
By Tara from The Lesbian Review - Published on
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Courting the Countess is a gorgeous, perfectly paced romance with a delicious burn to it. As Harry warms up to Annie, she wants to race straight to the bedroom, and Annie’s having none of it. She knows her worth, she’s waiting for true love, and she knows Harry’s the woman for her. But how can it work when the woman for her doesn’t believe in love? Therein lies the angst bomb that had me texting the friend who recommended the book to me, possibly with a lot of caps and exclamation marks. Harry truly transforms by the end of the book, and every second of her journey had me transfixed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another lovely book! 11 November 2016
By Mirtha Siblesz - Published on
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What a lovely book! Ms. Frame has written another lovely book! The character development was well done. I loved arrogant
Harry and the way Annie set out to "court" her into realizing what a loving relationship was like. I totally adored Riley. What an adorable child. Very endearing! Well done!