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The Other CountessEngland 1582ELLIE Lady Eleanor Rodriguez of San Jaime is in possession of a gold seeking father a worthless title and a feisty spirit that captivates the elite of the ueen's cou ‘The Other Countess’ is Eve Edward’s debut novel and the first book in her YA ‘Tudor Historical Romance’ seriesThis book will be added to my ‘Favourites of 2010’ list – it’s that goodEdwards takes a little swath of history and makes it her own in this dazzling historical romance set in 1582 England under the reign of ‘Virgin ueen’ Elizabeth IEleanor ‘Ellie’ Hutton is an alchemist’s daughter She traipses the country with her addle brained father as he hunts for the scientific formula to turn metals into gold The Hutton’s live on the kindness of misguided lord’s and earl’s who believe Arthur Hutton is the answer to their fortunes But it is always a matter of weeks or months before the lord’s start losing their money in Hutton’s useless sciences which often include phoenix tears in the potions When the novel begins Ellie is twelve and she and her father are being kicked out of Lacey House having bankrupted the recently deceased earl The earl’s son Will Lacey throws the Hutton’s off his lands furious at the alchemist for having made their family destituteThe novel skips ahead four years to find Ellie and her father housed in the ueen’s court; but Ellie knows it is only a temporary reprieve from their wandering lifeAlso at court is William Lacey Earl of Dorset Will is 18 and on the hunt for a rich wife after his father left the family practically penniless and all responsibility on Will’s eldest shoulders; This wasn’t good enough for James “Will we’re running short of time”“I know that but this is the rest of my life I am hazarding here no small matter easily settled I want at least to know something of the character of the lady I eventually woo and wed”Ever pragmatic James sighed “To be honest Will all that matters at the moment is the size of the dowry We are skimming just an inch above ruin”Will should be concentrating on courting the lovely and wealthy Lady Jane Perceval at court But a chance meeting with Ellie sets all their fates on a journey of great passion and great loss Torn between obligation and love duty and family Will and Ellie have to decide where their hearts lie when so much is in the balanceEve Edwards’ writing is a sumptuous delight a literary banuet Edwards is an Oxford University graduate and well versed in research – and her attention to detail serves well in this book She remains true to the period utterly transporting readers to Elizabethan England Edwards even borrows major historical figures for guest appearances – including ueen Elizabeth I herself and court ‘favourite’ Sir Walter Ralegh Edwards also writes major historical conflicts and events such as the persecution of Catholics in Protestant England and the impending war with SpainEven if readers aren’t historical buffs there’s plenty to admire in this sweeping saga All of the historical references set the book on a grand scale but Edwards has written these complicated historical notations with such verve and flourish that they live on the page and act as wonderful backdrops to heighten suspenseEdward’s ability to marry history with suspenseful romance is impressive; she breathes life into the ages and gives readers long ago characters to fascinate and charmI was a little sceptical going into this book The series title ‘Tudor Historical Romance’ – seems like a bit of an oxymoron when coupled with the intended YA audience I love reading historical romances but my tastes have always leaned toward adult writers like Lisa Kleypas and Julia uinn who write the regency as well as the smut I wasn’t so sure how a historical romance would fare when intended for a younger audience assuming that it would be a tepid PG13 romance which just leaves the ‘historical’ and there’s always a chance that things can divulge into high school history textbook NOT the case in Eve Edward’s ‘The Other Countess’ Not at allThe romance is really uite heated In fact the entire book leans toward the racy and raunchy side of things Nothing explicit or that crosses any YA boundaries – but I was pleasantly surprised by the book’s sexual undertones There’s talk of knight’s gleaming torsos oversized codpieces and lord’s diddling their maidsBut I think the light sexual content is just Edwards being a true scholar This book is set during the reign of Elizabeth I and it’s a misconception to think that in the golden age people were strictly chaste and pure The novel is set in a time when the reigning monarch was nicknamed for her lack of sexual orientationFor all that this is an epic historical drama; the romance is the real draw card in ‘The Other Countess’ Ellie and Will are wonderful characters – Ellie as an academic girl in a time when a woman’s virtues were in her dowry Will who has been set the hard task of providing for his family by sacrificing his happiness Separately these two have enough drama to fill the pages but when paired together they absolutely sizzle Theirs is a forbidden romance and so many obstacles are set before them that their love seems impossible but that just kept things interesting and suspenseful I loved their interactions especially because they both challenged each other’s convictions; “What need I of the priest when I have an angel to bless me”Ellie groaned inwardly at his flowery language “I think perhaps you have need of spectacles if you mistake me for one my lord”I love love LOVED this book Eve Edwards has written a YA historical romance that confounds convention and breathes life into Elizabethan history

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Rt and none other than the handsome new Earl of Dorset WILLIAM LACEY has inherited his father's title and his financial ruin Now the Earl must seek a wealthy heiress and restore A nice ok read

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kindle Í The Other Countess Paperback î England 1582ELLIE Lady Eleanor Rodriguez of San Jaime is in possession of a gold seeking father a worthless title and a feisty spirit that captivates the elite of the ueen's court and none other than the handsome new Earl of Dorset WILLIAM LACEY has inherited his father's title and his financial ruin NHis family's fortuneBut Will's head has been turned by the gorgeous Ellie yet their union can never be Will is destined to marry a worthy Lady so the only uestion is which one uite a few years ago I remember a magazine series that became a bit of a fad at my school I’m fairly certain if my hazy memory serves me correctly that it was called Discovery and each issue would cover a particular period in history I remember relatively little about the series now other than my mother being uite annoyed at my loss of interest shortly after signing up for a subscription However I do remember the very first issue devoted to ueen Elizabeth I Reading The Other Countess by Eve Edwards reminded me how much I’d adored this magazine and made me wonder why in the years since I hadn’t read about this period in historyThe Other Countess tells the story of Lady Eleanor Rodriguez of San Jaime or Ellie With a worthless title inherited from her deceased Spanish mother and a scholarly alchemist father whose obsession with discovering how to make gold has left them penniless her position at ueen Elizabeth’s court is lowly and often resented When the handsome Will Lacey Earl of Dorset arrives desperate to find a wife with a large dowry to save his own families dire finances the pair are instantly attracted to one another But little does Will know Ellie is the daughter of the man responsible for his own father’s demise and the focus of Will’s hatredThis is an absolutely gorgeous book I loved it Packed full of romance history and the most sumptuous descriptions of the rituals and fashions of the Elizabethan Tudor court it’s a book you can fully sink into and immerse yourself with The Other Countess isn’t the most action packed or gritty book you’ll ever come across in fact it’s uite sedate at times However Eve Edward’s rich and evocative writing completely draws you in and I found myself lost within the pages flying through them surprisingly uicklyThe biggest triumphs in Edward’s debut novel however are the strong characters Despite being set in a time when the most expected of a woman is a good marriage Ellie is strong educated and independent While fate hasn’t been particularly kind to her and her father’s antics have tarnished her reputation she remains dignified and true to her principles She’s intelligent witty and full of fun yet loyal in her duty and respectful of her time The romance between herself and the Earl is fantastic; the chemistry between the two is absolutely electric However I loved how the relationship wasn’t rushed There’s no immediate swooning and weak knees and both struggle against their feelings in the name of duty it was incredibly realistic and easy to sympathise with bothLady Jane Perceval is another strong and admirable female character full of hidden depths her development being a complete surprise and her friendship with Ellie definitely one of the highlights of the book for me I’m really excited to see that her story is picked up in Edward’s next book The ueen's Ladydue for release in 2011 There’s also Will’s brothers James and Tobias whose banter and camaraderie is fun and humorous; Sir Henry Perceval arrogant and pompous a real love to hate character and the intriguing scheming maid Nell who all weave together to create a delicious and fascinating taleI thoroughly enjoyed this book It’s fascinating romantic fun witty and full of character’s to either fall in love with or fully enjoy detesting With a mix of fictional and real historical figures the depth of Eve Edward’s research is clear yet her writing is never bogged down with the kind of detail that may have your concentration wandering The result is that while reading this book you feel as if you really have been transported back in time The Other Countess is a fantastic debut sure to thrill fans of historical romance and those new to the genre alike and I eagerly look forward to from Edward’s in the future