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THE EARL'S COUNTESS,
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This review is from: The Bride's Secret (The Brides of Bath Book 3) (Kindle Edition)
Carlotta Ennis has been living in Bath for the past six years since the death of her husband Stephen in the Peninsula wars. She had hoped to snare a husband enabling her to have someone to care for her and her son Stevie who at present was forced to live with her grandmother due to lack of finances. Carlotta had until recently been involved with Gregory Blankenship who had said from the outset that he would never offer marriage but Carlotta had foolishly thought to change his mind. Now with his parting gift a diamond necklace, he was gone and had married the young daughter of a Vicount.
James Moore had inherited the title Earl of Rutledge, he too had been a soldier in the Peninsula in fact it was through his conduct and disobeying orders that had caused the death of Carlotta's husband Stephen. James knew that she had a son and he determined that he was going to care for the boy it was the least he could do.
When he arrived in Bath James met Carlotta and was struck by her beauty, hostile towards him at first knowing his part in her husbands death, she refused to respond to him, but as time past they gradually came to be easier in each others company. Eventually James offered Carlotta Marriage, which she accepted. But she dreads him discovering her past.
Once again a very well written book by this author, the story is expressive and well told, you are immediately drawn into the lives of the characters. At first Carlotta comes across as a shallow and rather insipid woman she has always relied on her beauty to get her what she wants. James on the other hand is a very good man and apart from his involvement in his friends death he is most honourable. Although he does have a very idealistic outlook on life. It was very nice to read the change in the two leads as the story progressed Carlotta realising at last where her true responsibilities lie and behaving like the woman and mother she should be.