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  • Mass Market Paperback: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (1 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440236347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440236344
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,858,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bestselling author Claire Delacroix sold her first romance, a medieval called THE ROMANCE OF THE ROSE, in 1992. Since then, she has published more than forty-five romance novels and numerous novellas. She has also written under the names Claire Cross and Deborah Cooke. THE BEAUTY, part of her successful Bride Quest series, was her first book to land on the New York Times List of Bestselling Books. She has an honours degree in history, with a focus on medieval studies, and is an avid reader of medieval vernacular literature, fairy tales and fantasy novels. She makes her home in Canada with her husband and family. When she isn't writing, she can be found knitting, sewing or hunting for vintage patterns. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on 26 April 2009
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Having bought and read ALL the 'Quest' books, simply because if I start, I mean to go on, I spotted that no one had remarked how very good this book is.
This is not the usual fare as it is set in a rugged country with strong, determined men fighting for their rights and holding on to them for dear life. Then Lady Eglantine comes along and meets her match! It is romantic, sexy, amusing and a great story. Read the snatch inside the book to get you going and enjoy the trip.

The next book in the series is excellent and involves the daughter of Eglantine.

I think I will re-read them again as I have just wetted my appetite.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carole Farmer on 25 Mar. 2015
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Having read other books in this series even though I read them in the wrong order it doesn't deter from the series at all. That's how well written they are.
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By sbg on 27 April 2015
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Well worth a read.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Excellent medieval romance 10 Aug. 2000
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
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In 1176 Countess Eglantine de Crevy has no time to consider her feelings towards her recently dead spouse Theobald who left her in dire straits. With no place to turn except the remote Scottish Highlands, Eglantine immediately leaves what was once her home.

In Kinbeath, Eglantine meets the local chieftain Duncan MacLaren. Though attracted to the ruggedly handsome Scotsman, Eglantine vows never to succumb to the "charms" of this barbarian. She knows at the ripe old age of twenty-eight that feelings, especially love, fail in a relationship as she learned from Theobald. Though she falls in love with Duncan, the only marriage Eglantine has in mind involves obtaining husbands for her daughters.

THE COUNTESS, the fourth tale in Claire Delacroix's Bride Quest, is a compassionate medieval love story that focuses on the romantic squabble between the lead charcaters. The story line is very entertaining because Duncan and Eglantine share many traits such as obstinacy and love. Their battle for supremacy is amusing and entertaining as both use their wits to trump their opponent and obtain their desires. As with THE PRINCESS, THE DAMSEL, and THE HEIRESS, and now this novel, fans know that a Ms. Delacroix tale is tasteful and fulfilling.

Harriet Klausner
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
'Twas a Good Story ... Except for ... 4 Mar. 2012
By Aviva Sara - Published on
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If you like an overwhelming use of archaic English, then you'll love this book. I don't. I am nigh 'tis-ed, 'tisn't-ed, 'twould-ed, naught-ed, wrought-ed nigh unto distraction. 'Twould have been enough to have read all that only during conversational parts, but really? Through nigh every bit of narrative, as well? 'Twas waaaay overmuch! And truly, the author ought to learn not to overuse and oft incorrectly the words of "wrought" and "naught". I gave 3 stars because I liked the story itself, but if I had to base it on the above, 'twould have been merely 2 stars. I have read many other historical novels and naught one of 'em 'twas written quite like this. 'Twas overbearing and quite annoying. But as I said, the basic story was a'right.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
And the Bride Quest Continues!! 7 Sept. 2000
By Deborah L. Kepler - Published on
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When Countess Eglantine de Crevy leaves her late husband's estate for the wilds of Scotland, she expects to find the castle Kinbeath. Instead, she finds a ruin and a clan chieftain claiming the ruin as his own. Duncan MacLaren has no intention of giving up his claim on Kinbeath, espically to a highborn, spoiled Countess, even if she does hold the deed to the land. Eglantine is determined to rebuild Kinbeath and turn it into a fine manor once again, and she will not let some barbarien Scotsman stand in her way. She intends to launch a bride quest for her three daughters, so that they may have a match made in love instead of being made for money. Little does she know that Duncan is just as determined to get the Countess into his bed and into his heart. He sets out on a bride quest of his own: To win the heart of the icemaiden Eglantine de Crevy and make her his bride, whether she likes it or not!!
If you have read the first three 'Bride Quest" books, make sure you read this one too. Claire Delacroix is a wonderful writer with a flair for writing of Scotish lore with all of their fantasies and fairy beliefs.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The Bride Quest continues ....wonderful! 17 Oct. 2000
By Vyvyan Dunlap - Published on
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After reading the trilogy Bride Quest series; The Princess, The Damsel, and The Heiress...I was more than thrilled when Claire Delacroix gave us The Countess. The interweaving of each character unfolds into a dynamic historic setting that draws you in til the very end. These books are not just average ..they are well researched and well written. I look forward to reading more in, The Beauty, when it comes out.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Countess 16 Aug. 2000
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The newly widowed Countess Eglantine de Crevy finds that her husband has illegally sold the property given to the couple by her brother. And the purchaser is none other than the man whom she abhorred. Shamed and angered, she gathers up her family and entourage and heads north to a piece of property her husband inherited. In the far Scottish highlands, she arrives at the rundown Kinbeath only to find that it is occupied by Duncan MaClarn. Each is proud and vows not to give up Kinbeath, a bargain is struck and a hand fast marriage of a year and a day takes place. Though Duncan awakens passions, Eglantine vows not to surrender. Duncan has other plans. A must for fans of Claire Delacroix. A light tale of romance that lacks the realism usually provided by background and description. And how does a woman with two children and a few knights and her servants travel from England to Edinburgh than on the far northern Highlands with no finances?
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