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Adrienne Basso

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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely Christmas Romance 7 Oct 2008
By Dollar - Published on
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While sorting her father's papers to settle his estate, Rebecca Tremaine learns that the baby she delivered stillborn is actually alive. Her family lied to her about the birth of her baby to spare the family the scandal of her unwed pregnancy. Her Aunt Mildred arranged for her baby to be raised by the Earl of Hampton who had recently lost a baby to miscarraige.

After learning of their parents' duplicity, Daniel Tremaine (Rebecca's brother) arranges to speak with Cameron Sinclair, the Earl of Hampton to discuss a meeting between Rebecca and the Earl's adopted daughter Lily.

Shortly after adopting Rebecca's baby, Cameron's beloved wife died from a long illness. He was forced to raise Lily by himself the past three years. Even though he is angry at Rebecca's intrusion into his life, Cameron decides to invite them to his country home for the Christmas holidays. There are usually thirty guests in his home, and this will give Rebecca time to observe Lily under Cameron's close supervision.

As Rebecca joins the Christmas celebrations, she is able to get to know her daughter. To her dismay, she learns that her daughter is terribly spoiled by her father. Rebecca and Cameron continually disagree about his methods of raising Lily, but their arguments only serve to spark the romance growing between them. Their passionate exchanges lead to a burgeoning love affair surrounded by the joy and celebration of the Christmas season.

Adrienne Basso's THE CHRISTMAS COUNTESS is wonderful! It is passionate and funny while showcasing the best of the Christmas holiday's goodwill. The sprit of the Christmas season comes alive with Cameron and Rebecca's romance in this delightful novel. I read it one sitting, and plan to run out and get the rest of Basso's novels! This is a must for all readers!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Pastoral Romance 7 Jan 2012
By Elizabeth - Published on
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I enjoyed reading this story and although it started out with some edge to it (unwed Rebecca and her brother Daniel confront Cameron about his `daughter' Lily, who is actually Rebecca's biological daughter thought to be still born), about half way through it turned into more a pastoral romance then what I was expecting. I was waiting for more intrigue and conflict with Rebecca's secret of being Lily's real mother. I was looking for a villain or source of external tension, but what I read was the budding romance of Rebecca and Cameron, and her growing relationship with Lily. I was able to relate to her frustration and fears about continuing a relationship with Lily as well as her growing love for Cameron. It was a VERY pleasant read. I also enjoyed the secondary story of Rebecca's brother, Daniel, and his romance with Charlotte. I thought the scene between Daniel and Cameron as Daniel asks for Charlotte's hand was beautifully written and had a lot of charm and humor.

This story wasn't what I expected but I will be reading many more of Ms. Basso's work!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Christmas read - engaging story 27 Dec 2008
By Susan Smith - Published on
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Others have summed up the plot so here are a few comments about this story. I've never encountered the author before but somehow came across this title and ordered it to read during the holidays. It had a wonderful atmosphere and the setting at a Christmas house party in early Victorian England was well done. I liked all of the characters and actually enjoyed the secondary romance between Charlotte and Daniel more than the main one. However, Rebecca and Cameron's story was well drawn and moved at exactly the right pace. The fact that Rebecca had anticipated her wedding vows with her first fiance was believeable and I had a real sense of sympathy for her in her sad loss on his death. Cameron, as a widower, has made nearly a full recovery from his loss and now needs to go forward into a new relationship.

Here is what kept this from being a 5 star read: I really did not like Lily - partly her behaviour resulted from her upbringing but I could not warm to her at all. And, secondly, although the sexual scenes between Rebecca and Cameron were well done, I was jerked out of the flow by the use of extremely generic anatomical terms that seemed out of kilter with the sense of love and passion between the main characters and the general tone of the story. I thought this could have been handled better.

Overall, I would recommend this as a very engrossing and rewarding read. I don't rate it as a keeper but I am intrigued to read more by the author.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book!!! 30 Oct 2009
By Tracie - Published on
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I would recommend this book for all those who would like to catch a bit of Christmas spirit!!! Wonderful read!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent ! 9 Dec 2008
By cb - Published on
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This book was excellent - almost didn't read it because of the cover and title. Rebecca finds out her stillborn daughter is actually alive and living with the Earl of Hampton. She asks her brother to contact the Earl of Hampton and in the end they both get invited for the Christmas holiday. Two romance bloom and wonderful mature story develops, Enjoy!

If you enjoy this genre I would also suggest; The Rogue and the Rival, The Bride Price (Avon Romance) and Compromised (Berkley Sensation).
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