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A Scandalous Countess: A Novel of the Malloren World Mass Market Paperback – February 7, 2012
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Unfortunately, I haven't found Beverley's recent additions to the Malloren world to be of the same caliber. Yes, the authenticity of period is there but the stories are a bit blah and the romances are tepid. I reacted to this new one more or less the same as I had to the previous AN Unlikely Countess: A Novel of the Malloren World. In other words, impressed by Beverley's knowledge of the times but left wanting more. Again I felt schooled by her but not very entertained.
The story here is about Georgina, widowed Countess of Maybury. Married at 16 to her 19-year-old friend and neighbor, the two were very young, immature, fun-loving and irresponsible in their lifestyle. Although faithful to her husband, Georgie didn't hesitate to flirt, have ciscibei, and behave somewhat scandalously in the beau monde. When her husband is killed in a duel and his killer flees the country, the ton snub her, believing her to have been unfaithful to Maybury and, thus, the cause of the duel.Read more ›
Jo Beverly has created an entire universe populated by captivating people (not all of them in the Malloren family), with interesting dilemmas, and rich historical detail from the Georgian era in England. This entry, for example, features the difficulties of the London water system and the introduction of decorative tobacco plants to gardens of the time.
The countess of the title, Georgia, was not my favorite of Beverly's characters. Georgia was married at 16 to a 19-year-old neighbor. The two of them had independence and great wealth handed to them when they were too young. They acted like teenagers, which they were. The stunningly beautiful Georgia seemed shallow, spoiled,and quite unable to foresee the consequences of her actions. However, she had good qualities, and after her husband's sudden, scandal-producing death, she has a year of rustication in which to begin the process of becoming more mature. That transformation continues throughout the book.
The hero is a baron named Dracy (As a Jane Austen fan, I kept reading that as "Darcy," although the two men are nothing alike). Dracy was a naval lieutenant who has now come into a minor title and decrepit estate. One side of his face is badly scarred. He seemed far too good for the self-centered flirt of a heroine through most of the story. I hope we will see them, however briefly, in the third book of this trilogy. Their HEA didn't seem like a sure thing. Georgia could make Dracy happy or absolutely miserable.
This isn't the best excursion into the Malloren World, but with Beverly as tour guide, the trip is worthwhile.
I actually liked the heroine, Georgia. She was a breath of fresh air, completely different from many leading ladies that I usually admire. She was young and sheltered, naive and worldly, vain and caring, honest and mischievously playful. I liked her. I was wishing that Lord Dracy had a bit more fire to him - but for the most part Jo Beverly is more cerebral in portraying her characters fires and attractions than physical.
But despite my "likes", the story lacked the depth that I've come to expect from this author. I didn't feel that Georgia wanted Dracy enough and that he was a too eager puppy - though I'm sure it was supposed to be more portrayed as faithful suitor. I didn't like any of the secondary characters, at one point her own father leered at Georgia in supposed commiseration over her attractiveness - yuck. Georgia's brother was close to likable - but there wasn't enough f him to get a grasp on how I really felt either way.
All in all it wasn't awful - I don't know if Jo Beverley is capable of awful - but I didn't truly enjoy it either.
With lyrical prose and sparkling witty dialogue, Jo Beverly paints a landscape of 18th century Georgian England in which intrigue, lust and romance culminates in a life lesson Georgia Lady Maybury will never forget. Once enchantress to the elite of the beau monde and eager to shed her widow's weeds, she has first to clamber from the fall of scandal and dip her toes in the waters' of the upper echelons of society: long before any hope of her former position as that of darling to the beau monde can be visualised or for that matter, regained. But another lesson, a lesson in love is to be learned along the way when a man, not of her intended station, steals her heart, her breath and poses the greatest dilemma of her life. A Scandalous Countess is a delightful fun read, and the hero Lord Dracy, although deadly sexual remains honourable throughout: if a tad wicked!
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A SCANDALOUS COUNTESS. Is a very good story. JO Beverley is a gem of a story teller and this book showed her at her best.Published 22 months ago by Tempting Fortune
Once again Jo Beverly delivers and great read, as always!Published 23 months ago by Carolyn Brubaker
She really knows how to build a story and include her past book's in the story. Love her book's. Have read them all!Published on February 13, 2014 by Torri
As always, I thoroughly enjoy Jo Beverley. I am going back and rereading them - I read them years ago and gave away most of them, so now I am getting them again!Published on July 28, 2013 by Annabel
I always enjoy Jo Beverly books. This was a good story, but I really wasn't "moved by it". I did like that it wasn't the usual virgin miss who was sneaking to find a thrill. Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by prissone
This is the first book by Jo Beverly that I was not at all captivated with. It is not up to her usual standards. Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by Barbara C. Bachman
New characters in a familiar world. I would have enjoyed a little more interaction with the Mallorens. Then again l am addicted to all things Malloren.Published on March 4, 2013 by Sharon A. Coleman