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