This story reminded me of the fairy tale of the wicked step-mother and the two, well pretty sisters. Lady Elizabeth is mistreated by her “mother” her entire life and when charming Tristan steals her heart she meets him alone in the garden where he steals a kiss and they are caught in what looks to be a compromising situation. What a chain of events that brings about! Abuse, mistrust, mystery and a fairy tale ending.. I certainly enjoyed reading this lean and wholesome romantic novel. If you like Regency you will like this one!
ABOUT THE BOOK: When charming rake Tristan Barrett sweeps Lady Elizabeth off her feet, stealing both her heart and a kiss in a secluded garden, her brother challenges Tristan to a duel. The only way to save her brother and Tristan from harm—not to mention preserve her reputation—is to get married. But her father, the Duke of Pemberton, refuses to allow his daughter to marry anyone but a titled lord. The duke demands that Elizabeth marry Tristan’s older brother, Richard, the Earl of Averston. Now Elizabeth must give up Tristan to marry a man who despises her, a man who loves another, a man she’ll never love. Richard fears Elizabeth is as untrustworthy as his mother, who ran off with another man. However, to protect his brother from a duel and their family name from further scandal, he agrees to the wedding, certain his new bride will betray him. Yet when Elizabeth turns his house upside down and worms her way into his reluctant heart, Richard suspects he can’t live without his new countess. Will she stay with him or is it too little, too late?
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Donna Hatch is reinventing the Clean and Wholesome romance novel with her unique style, weaving virtue and values into her stories, rich in authentic historical culture, and sweet yet sizzling romantic chemistry suitable for all readers of Regency romance.
Facts about Donna
@DonnaHatch has survived falls, 7 car accidents, and a near-drowning. Naturally her books are fraught with danger as well as happily ever after.
@DonnaHatch loves chocolate, baby animals, music, cats, history, books, writing, her 6 children, & hubby of 20+yrs.
@DonnaHatch and her husband of over 20 years are living proof of happily ever after.
@DonnaHatch drew from her own experience as a harpist and a music lover to write Courting the Countess.
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**I was gifted a copy to read and participate in this book tour..