Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Romancing the Countess-Ashley March

Romancing the Countess
Ashley March
Signet, Sep 6 2011, $7.99
ISBN: 9780451234513

One year ago Leah George’s husband and Sebastian Madinger’s wife died in a carriage accident. The twenty years old widow knew her late spouse was cheating with his best friend’s wife. On the other hand the Earl of Wriothesley thought he married the perfect woman until the tragedy in which the pair was running away together. The upset widower does everything to inter the truth with his spouse and her lover for the sake of his son.

Leah is sick of society blaming her while demanding she behave like a grieving widow. She decides one year of a lie is enough. Sebastian wants to keep her from affirming the rumors are true. He decides the only way to keep her mute is to marry her.

This is an engaging Victorian romance starring two cuckolded aristocrats forced by society to pretend grief for the spouses who did them wrong. The story line is fast-paced but loses some momentum with the sudden out of character odd behavior of the lead couple. Still this engaging historical stars two fascinating protagonists who fall in love while arguing to scandalize or not to scandalize that is the question.

Harriet Klausner

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