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- Publisher: Harper & Appleton (July 7, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 7, 2015
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- Language: English
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Countess by Coincidence (House of Haverstock, Book 3) Kindle Edition
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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. If he wanted one. Which of course he doesn’t. Does he?
Countess By Coincidence is a sweet, heartwarming story of two people who are perfect for one another, if only they can see past the nature of their accidental relationship. The third installment in Bolen’s House of Haverstock series (which began with Lady By Chance) also continues the story of the home for war widows and orphans established by Margaret’s sister-in-law Elizabeth and provides happy endings for several supporting characters. If you love traditional Regency romance, you will certainly enjoy this series.
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.
So on the appointed hour, on the appointed day we find our rake, John, the Earl of Finchley awaiting Miss Margaret Ponsby at the altar of a small church--the very same one that our heroine is visiting at that very moment. Meanwhile, the “elderly “ Miss Ponsby is wandering the aisle of another church in another town with the same name. So, why would our heroine NOT go ahead and marry John? There he is, waiting to marry someone named Margaret Ponsby, after all. This may be her one chance.
That is one huge coincidence. Forget the highly unlikely nature of it and just roll with the story. It’s fiction, after all. I’m sure there will be reviewers posting comments about how hare-brained the premise is, but who cares? Embrace the coincidence and sit back and enjoy the author’s tale.
After secretly admiring John for all those years from a distance, can Margaret accept this marriage in name only? Or will she long for more? Will John ever grow up and open his eyes to really see the lovely woman he has married? Can true love ever come from such a crazy, far-fetched coincidence?
Of course it can. And the author creates such a heart-warming story that by the time you finish reading it you are likely to believe anything is possible--even becoming a Countess entirely and utterly by coincidence.
This entire series is wonderful and characters are interwoven throughout. I love being able to revisit the couples from previous books and look in on their lives after the “I do.” Cheryl Bolen is a talented writer and I’ve yet to find one of her books that didn’t make me want to stay up all night reading to the very last page. This latest is just yet another in a long line of her wonderful books that sit firmly in the “keeper” collection on my Kindle.