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The Countess [Paperback]

Claire Delacroix
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28 Mar 2012
“Be mine for a year and a day and I will possess your heart forevermore!” Driven from her late husband’s estate, Countess Eglantine de Crevy fled to wildest Scotland to claim a castle, only to find a ruin — and a clan chieftain standing guard. Kinbeath was hers, she declared, vowing to rebuild the manor and launch a bride quest so her daughters could marry for love. But Duncan MacLaren had devised a bride quest of his own, swearing to win the land — and the fiery countess — in a war of sweet seduction... Eglantine declared she would never be captured by this barbarian. Yet Duncan awakened passions she had never known before. She promised to fight him with every weapon at her command even as he vowed to woo her for a year and a day — and make her his pagan bride. Each thought Kinbeath the prize the most desired, a prize to be won at any price. Until passion turned to love, and the chieftain found himself fighting for the heart and hand of the woman he was born to possess.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Deborah A. Cooke (28 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987839993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987839992
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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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 in a wide variety of sub-genres. She also has written under the names Claire Cross and continues to write as 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.

Her website is:
http://www.delacroix.net

She blogs most weekdays at Alive & Knitting:
http://www.delacroix.net/blog

You can find Claire on Facebook, right here:
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About the Author

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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the 'Bride Quest' series. 26 April 2009
By Kristin
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent medieval romance 10 Aug 2000
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And the Bride Quest Continues!! 7 Sep 2000
By Deborah L. Kepler - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bride Quest continues ....wonderful! 17 Oct 2000
By Vyvyan Dunlap - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Twas a Good Story ... Except for ... 4 Mar 2012
By Aviva Sara - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick, Easy Read 2 Mar 2012
By LuEllen - Published on Amazon.com
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I started getting into historical romances a few months ago to take a break from the police thrillers I was used to reading. This book was a mixed emotion for me, as I had to remind myself that this is FICTION, and historical accuracy wasn't as important as the bodice ripping romance that we look for when we read these types of books. While parts of this story made me roll my eyes and think "really?" (like most of the beauty and the beast romances do), overall I would recommend this book to those of us who read to get lost in the story, and aren't looking for something that makes a person think to hard.
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