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The Very Comely Countess (Sonnet Books) Mass Market Paperback – 29 Oct 2001


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia (29 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743417933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743417938
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 2.6 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,769,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Duchess of Harborough offers lowly orange seller Harriet Treene the opportunity to model for one of her seductive paintings and sets out to transform Harriet into a young lady who can take her place among London's high society and attract the attentions of the rakish William Manderville. Original.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ladybubbles VINE VOICE on 31 May 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This story is cross between Cinderella and Pygmalion with little spy adventure thrown in the cocktail. The author manages to put all these strands into a very enjoyable story.
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By Amazon Customer on 7 Dec. 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had not read Miranda Jarrett before, and the start seemed very promising and well written, however as the book progressed I quickly got bored with 'too much of the same' emotions, thoughts, longings etc. over and over again.
I am sure some people enjoy this kind of constant theme repeated in many different scenarios but not for me, the main characters are so self absorbed, with how they feel, admittedlyThe Very Comely Countess (Sonnet Books) love is a bit like that, but, I need a bit of light relief, personally, and for me this book did not provide that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A spirited orange girl captures the heart of an earl. 23 Dec. 2001
By Joyously Retired Teacher - Published on Amazon.com
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A lord marrying an orange seller is as unlikely a Regency plot as I've ever seen, and yet...the interplay between these two characters kept me spellbound all the way through to the end. Of course, Harriet Treene isn't your average, everyday orange seller, and it isn't just her beauty that captures the heart of the broodingly handsome Lord Bonnington. Her courage and character, her intelligence, her witty repartee--yes, even her bold Cockney accent--make her the perfect counterpart for a lonely earl seeking purpose and meaning in his life.
Okay, I admit that it's a bit farfetched that Regency society would accept an orange-girl countess, especially one that was widely known to be the earl's mistress before their marriage. But you know what? This is one of those love stories that everyone dreams of in their heart of hearts--even those stuffy old matrons who look down their noses at any girl dancing the waltz without their permission--and I, for one, am willing to suspend judgment in exchange for the most engrossing read in the last six months.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent romance 2 Oct. 2001
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In 1799 London, William Manderville an Earl concludes that the actresses he uses to cover his government work on the French coast are failures. He needs someone different and thinks he found his answer in the drawing done by a Duchess of an orange seller commoner. When William finds the orange seller Harriet Treene he shows her the picture saying his friend will pay her if she poses as a model.

At the family pie shop, Harriet notices her older sister Bett looks tired from work, raising an infant, and being pregnant. Harriet decides to accept the Duchess' offer to paint her for a fee. Harriet visits the Duchess but William arrives and offers her a deal. He will finance a tea shop for her in exchange for her posing as his mistress on his messenger trips to France. As they act out the masquerade neither expected love or the danger that awaits them in France from an individual seeking revenge.

THE VERY COMELY COUNTESS, the sequel to the DARING DUCHESS, is an exciting tale due to the espionage subplot and a glimpse at the working class, but especially because of the love story between a commoner and a noble. Though this book uses the same plot device as its predecessor and lacks the locale creativeness of the first book, fans will enjoy the tale because the lead characters are a delightful daring duo who deserve a lifetime together. Regency romantic suspense fans will gain much pleasure from award winning Miranda Jarrett's wonderful tale.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Earl and the Orange Seller 14 Aug. 2006
By B. Hom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
To society, the Earl of Bonnington (William Manderville), is a dissolute rake, with nothing more on his mind than who will be his next mistress. Appearances are deceiving, as Manderville is a covert spy for the British government, making trips back and forth from England to France, ferrying secret messages and information to help the British cause. In order to do this, he poses as an aristocrat with nothing but pleasure on his mind, travelling with his mistress. When his last mistress almost blows his cover, he is on the lookout for another one, finding Harriet Treene, Orange Seller extraordinaire.

I like the book's premise, but I agree with the other reviewers that Harriet's speech was entirely too distracting. She attempts to correct her speech, but still has it to the very end of the book. Some may say that defines her as a unique character, but there are ways to represent this without taking away from the book's content. I don't know how many "Hey, ho"'s I came across, but by the end of the book, I felt I was on a pirate adventure. I was waiting for Jarrett to throw in an "Aye, matey. Ya landlubber". In addition, the thrown in introduction of Zeke at the end felt as if Jarrett didn't know how to explain the evil character's purpose for revenge. One scene that was just odd was Harriet's orange juggling antics at the Duchess' mansion. I don't see how polite society would not ostracize the Duke, Duchess, and Bonnington after that.

The main characters did have chemistry, and the plot line was interesting, if a bit unbelievable. As history shows, the Haut Ton would not have accepted Harriet into their ranks, and would have ostracized Bonnington, his family and relatives, also.

This isn't my first Jarrett book, nor will it be my last. This book is not a keeper. I recommend new readers of Jarretts to view her other works.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful Cinderella story 26 Sept. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A thoroughly delightful book -- half Cinderella, half My Fair Lady. Very real characters and a great sense of place and period make thisstand above most regency-historicals. I also liked how hero/heroine aren't afraid to buck convention for love.
I see one of the other readers hear objects to the "dirt" in the story: helloooooo, the eighteenth century WAS dirty and Febreeze-free,a nd I respect the athor more for realizing that. That's one of the things I like best about Jarret's writing. She gives a realstory and not a prettied-up version.
Get this now before it goes out of print.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great romantic read! 12 Nov. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a fabulous read, intelligent, fast-paced, witty, with a hero and heroine who create genuine sparks. I've read several of her books now, and I'm impressed with this author's gift for combining great characters--who have spice and intelligence and keep the reader guessing--with deeply romantic stories. Terrific romance, well written, and well worth your time!
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