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Courting the Countess by [Stenhouse, Anne]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1898 KB
  • Print Length: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press (8 Sept. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LW5DKZZ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #180,829 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Strong characters and underlying humour made this a really enjoyable read and kept me wanting more. Ready for the next one out
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I've read, enjoyed and reviewed all Anne Stenhouse's previous books and all are full of romance, wit and great period detail.
So I knew the chances were I'd also enjoy her latest novel and I certainly did.
But even if I'd not read this author's previous books, the chances are I'd have been sufficiently intrigued by the premise behind this Regency romance to give it a go. The story is a new take on the old fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast.
But in this new version of the old story, it is the main female character, Countess Melissa Pateley, who is disfigured having been badly burned in a house fire. And it's the main male character, Colonel Harry Gunn, who is the physically beautiful one.
There is the usual attention historical detail and as before this brings the story fully to life. It's easy to visualise the murky streets of Edinburgh's old town and the wide streets and large houses and shared green spaces of the city's Georgian New Town. I also learned two new words/ phrases – namely - reticule which is a woman's small decorated handbag, and haut ton which means anything pertaining to the elite, the fashionable and wealthy, and those of good-breeding.
This is a darker tale than Anne Stenhouse's previous books, but there are still nice touches of wit and humour. The dialogue is, as always, to the fore and fairly crackles and zings. And, as in the earlier books the women are never helpless or witless and give as good as they get. The romance is high, as are the stakes, and the plot turns and twists right up to satisfying conclusion.
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Countess Melissa Pately is not your stereotypical historical heroine, having been widowed and then more recently badly burned in a fire, she's no simpering miss. Melissa is strong, opinionated and much more capable than the men around her often give her credit for. There is also a vulnerability there, particularly when it comes to her damaged looks, which makes her more endearing. She is very much beseiged on all sides though with unwelcome suitors, nasty family lawyers and unsupportive family members. Enter Colonel Harry Gunn, who 'abducts' her, claiming it is for her own protection and whisks her off to Scotland.

Harry is quite an intriguing character, there was a lot of depth to him and it was nice to see the loyalty he inspired in his men and the way he was trying to make something more peaceful of his life. I didn't quite feel I got why he was so intimidated by his family, or why he let his sister talk down to him and walk all over him so much, even with the new developments towards the end.

The romance between Harry and Melissa was sweet, if a little slow at times. There were a lot of secondary characters and while I liked some of them (would like to have seen more of Joanie and Zed's developments) I did feel that sometimes feel the large cast slowed things down a bit. Good dialogue and the action was interesting, though it didn't generally grip me. Overall, enjoyable read and very well written regency tale. It was nice to see something a little different from the London parties setting. The author has obviously done her research, and having lived in Edinburgh I especially liked the descriptions of the city. The small details sprang out and painted a very vivid picture.
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Lady Melissa Pateley a very wealthy widow is not having an easy time of it.

Her beloved husband Neville died three years ago, and then just over a month ago a fire at her London home has left her right side covered in scars plus she broke her arm. Her loyal servants have nursed her. She is also being stalked by George Gunn

Things take a turn for the worse when one day, Colonel Harry Gunn and his fellow soldier Zed break into her home, bundle her into a coach and kidnap her. She is at a loss until she learns that Harry Gunn is the cousin of George Gunn, and that Harry’s Uncle John had warned him that as long as George is out there, Melissa is not safe& Harry must keep her safe.

But that very night George shows up at Harry’s friend’s home with Harry’s sister Lottie, who thinks Melissa and George would make a good match. George disappears again & Harry takes Melissa to his home in Edinburgh.

Although this novel is well written & there’s lots happening it just didn’t keep me enthralled. The characters were well portrayed but I found them lacking warmth. Usually I avidly read a book & find it hard to put down but I found my mind wandering whilst reading this book. I found it lack lustre
I received an ARC copy
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This latest Regency novel from Anne Stenhouse has an intriguing start. What has happened to Melissa, the heroine, who is recovering from some event which has left her disfigured and isolated from normal social circle? Melissa's story unfolds at the same time as we learn, through various twists and turns, about the tangled history of the bold hero, Harry Gunn. Harry's first appearance suggest he is a villain rather than a hero and, as Melissa is no faint-heated young lady, sparks fly. As usual, Anne Stenhouse's period dialogue and detailed descriptions of the various locations make the story come alive. Contrary to some other reviewers, I found Melissa, in particular, an engaging character. Her back story shows that she was a young woman who actively sought to take part in the family business despite the constraints placed upon her by society and her ambition is to resume that role. There are echoes here of the way life still is for many women still in the 21st century. All in all, a satisfying read.
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