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- Print Length: 277 pages
- Publisher: Harper & Appleton (July 7, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 7, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00YTISP60
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Countess by Coincidence (House of Haverstock, Book 3) Kindle Edition
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It's a wonderful addition to the set and I love the way the characters in all three books are connected.
This is the story of Lady Margaret Ponsby, the daughter of an Earl. She's a shy young woman who has resigned herself to being a spinster after not being offered for after a few seasons since her 'coming out' into society.
It is also the story of the Earl of Finchley. He is what is known as a Rake, caring only about having fun with his friends and enjoying gambling, women, and wholly enveloping his freedom. The last thing he wants is to be married. His grandmother is most put out that he isn't ready to settle down and show some maturity, and when he goes to her for the umpteenth loan to pay some debts, for the first time ever she refuses him. She wants to see some sign of him changing his ways before she will be willing to give him more money to squander away.
Finch decides that the only way to prove that to his grandmother is to arrange a marriage in name only, but to keep that last fact a secret. A series of coincidences finds the Earl wedding the lovely Margaret Ponsby. From there in the book we find out if their marriage of convenience could possibly turn into a love match. Will the Earl realise that there is more to life than being a 'Rake', and will Lady Margaret finally find love with the man she has adored from afar for a very long time?
I really enjoyed reading this book. There were some fun light moments amongst some quite deep ones, and overall of course was the desire to carry on reading to find out if Finch finally comes to his senses and when that defining moment will be. Cheryl Bolen is the Queen of 'marriage of convenience' novels which makes every one a real delight to read. I fully recommend this book and indeed all of this author's books.
Margaret Ponsby is a shy, quiet lady who has given up all hope of marrying for love. With her sizeable dowry and less-than-perfect personality, she is sure that any offers for her hand are generated more by desire for her pocketbook than her heart. Only one man has ever caught her interest, but his reputation makes him entirely unsuitable for consideration. And then there’s the fact that even if he WERE suitable, she would be too shy to try to draw his eye. Content to admire him quietly from afar, Margaret spends her days helping those less fortunate and living the life of a spinster fully on the shelf.
But that rake she has for so long admired has lived such a life of debauchery that he’s made a real muck of things in his beloved Grandmere’s eyes. Enough is enough, and she will not release any more of his funds until he can show some maturity. What better way to set along the straight and narrow path than to find a wife to help keep him headed in that direction? But he’s so young and not ready to be “leg shackled” yet. So what’s a young man to do? Place and ad for a wife in name only. How convenient.
But who would answer such an ad? Lady Margaret’s distant relative, a lady of near 50 years, to whom the offered compensation seems the ticket to living out the rest of her days in comfort. And what’s her name? Why, Margaret Ponsby, of course.Read more ›
Margaret Ponsby, sister of the Duke of Aldridge (the hero of Bolen’s Duchess by Mistake) has harbored a girlish crush on John Beauclerc, the Earl of Finchley, for years, although she has never actually spoken to him. His grandmother is her neighbor, and she has watched him coming and going from her window. When she stops at a local church one morning and finds herself swept to the altar by the earl, she assumes she’s been recruited to act as bride in a proxy wedding.
Finch, as the earl is known to his friends, is a good-hearted rake who has concocted a ridiculous scheme to marry a stranger and pay her to go away, thus proving to his wealthy grandmother that he has matured enough to handle the money she has been too cautious to settle on him. (Finch’s grandmother, mind you, is far too intelligent to fall for this plot.)
Determined to make the best of her unexpected lot, Margaret persuades Finch to let her move in with him and take up her formal position as his countess (much to the bewilderment of her family) while he continues to lead a life of freedom with his trio of equally rakish friends. Margaret would love to have a proper marriage and family with Finch, but she tries to convince herself that she’ll settle for a home of her own and friendship with this oddly endearing (and very handsome) man.
Finch, meanwhile, has absolutely no use for a wife or marriage, or so he tells himself and his friends—over and over again. But Maggie would be such a perfect wife.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another charming and fun story by Cheryl Bolen. Lady Margaret and Finch are, indeed, married by coincidence, and what follows is a sweet love story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jo Anne
The h/h were a bit immature but as the story progresses they begin to understand that maturing has many advantages.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fast read. Was okay. I'm afraid I cannot praise this book more than that. I felt the dialog was very stiff even though I appreciate that the author tried to stay true to the time... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Frannie Phalangie
The string of coincidences that John and Margaret “Maggie” would marry would reach from here to the moon, but it happened and is completely plausible. Read morePublished 5 months ago by WWMyers
Great stand alone book even better when you have read the others.
Really liked all the characters. Read more
The regency romance was enjoyable, light hearted, and wonderful to read. Two completely unlikely people marry the first time they meet. Watching them fall in love was fabulous. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ToniWZ