- Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin (November 16, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0373296215
- ISBN-13: 978-0373296217
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,086,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Countess by Christmas Mass Market Paperback – November 16, 2010
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Mistaken identities, Helen's troubles with her temper, the reclusive Earl's snobby and vicious tongued relatives...and a slowly blooming love story :)
I downloaded this book because it didn't sound half bad, and it was cheaper than those from authors published by MacMillan/Avon/HarperCollins - and was pleasently surprised! It's a GOOD BOOK! Entertaining, historically pretty accurate, and believable REAL characters that you can root for. I look forward to exploring more of Ms. Burrows' work.
The premise was interesting--a now adult orphan (of distinguished yet poor bloodlines) and her adoptive 'Aunt' who have suffered a reversal of fortune, and are forced to apply to the head of the family for help. I expected, and initially enjoyed, the misunderstandings and misidentifications...but after awhile--GEEZ, could these people not talk to each other???? And so much of the story occurred inside the heads of the two protagonists--just TELLING what they were thinking--which was aggravating as it seemed as though they could find any way possible to misunderstand a situation. A little of the 'misunderstanding' plot device is fun, but it seemed like that was ALL that going on here. Well, that and the scheming, nasty relatives that also abounded (they, at least, were amusing).
I don't read the historical romances very much, so I can't say as to how historically accurate it really was. Funny how the Earl and the protagonist seemed to have more modern ideas about what constituted a worthy person. The remainder of the cast seemed to be silly, selfish and derisive the lower classes while those two had a more enlightened outlook with a greater sense of responsibility. It just came across as though just about everyone was a cardboard cut-out of some kind of stereotype with the two central figures having a much bigger sense of nobility.
Overall, the idea was initially enjoyable, but if it had been cut down to a novella sized story I would have liked it more for a light holiday read. As it was, the misunderstandings and the details ended up dragging on just a little too much and I was happy to put it down in the end. Oh, and the ending. Just felt a wee bit anticlimactic, or as my son would say "it's all better now".
I agree with the 2.5 mentioned by another reviewer. I round up as I fear my unfamiliarity with the historical romance genre might have kept me from appreciating some other aspects of the story.
Bridgemere cannot believe Helen wants nothing from him and is only making a request to him because of her aunt. The more Bridgemere learns about the Helen the more he admires and respects her and sparks fly. A worthy tale indeed!