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Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Counterfeit Countess by Kay Furness

The Counterfeit Countess by Kay Furness
Publisher: Awestruck eBooks
Genre: Historical
Length: Full
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Orchid

The famously upright Francis, Earl of Surby is astonished when the beautiful Rosalind appears, claiming to be the long lost widow of his cousin, and wanting his backing to make her entry into society as the dowager countess.

But without a marriage certificate to prove her story, Francis refuses to acknowledge her, only to find himself tricked into doing it by the determined Rosalind. He knows she must be a shameless adventuress; the only problem is that the more time he spends with her, the less he cares. And with his moral duty on a collision course with his feelings, Rosalind herself discovers that her painful past is not as buried as she had hoped.

Francis, Lord Surby, is confronted by a woman who claims to be the widow of his dead cousin Tom. Convinced she is a fraud, he’s determined to stop her taking advantage of his family name. Meanwhile the females of his family are working hard to find him a wife.

Rosalind Fallows needs to be accepted as Tom’s widow so she can use the title of Lady Surby (Dowager). Her father has left her a wealthy woman, and she would like to enter society to find a new husband. She feels strongly that she must do this under the name of Lady Surby. To do otherwise would sully the memory of her husband and dead daughter.

At first Francis thinks Rosalind is trying to get the widow’s stipend, but when he realizes she is independently wealthy, he thinks she wants to use the Surby name to find herself a wealthy husband. Rosalind has a well connected distant relation who is at odds with the Surby’s. This lady agrees to launch Rosalind into society under the title of Lady Surby. Francis is forced to back down. He and his family must show their support for the woman he thinks is an imposter. Rosalind is determined to find proof to show Francis her marriage really did take place.

I have a soft spot for Regency novels and this is one of the best. The hero and heroine travel a roller coaster ride of emotion and humor. Francis is a strong Regency hero who believes himself in charge, but is in reality ruled by the females of his family. Rosalind was a feisty young woman who, as a widow, is not restricted by the strict rules normally accorded to single ladies of that era.

If you like Regency novels, you have to read this one. It’s a book you don’t really want to put down until you get to the last page. I would recommend this to Regency fans and people who are reading this genre for the first time. A must for all!