Saturday, February 6, 2010
How I Met My Countess by Elizabeth Doyle
Today’s Romance selection in my Valentine’s Romance Roundup features a feisty heroine in search of love promised long ago.
Writing a “series” book requires an author to be very well-organized in order to keep her characters and their histories straight, and to keep the storyline moving.
Thus being said, romance author Elizabeth Boyle must be one of the most organized writers on the planet! With “How I Met My Countess” being her 8th book in “The Bachelor Chronicles” series, the family tree of characters along is mind-boggling!
The idea of the Bachelor Chronicles came into being with Boyle’s story of the Langley sisters, Felicity and Thalia, who along with their cousin Philippa are determined to see that their relatives make decent marriages, and for the most part the ladies have been extremely successful. That is until they come across the Stanton widows…three lively, scandalous ladies in desperate need of good husbands.
“How I Met My Countess” is the first in a trilogy about the widowed ladies, and is the story of Lucy Ellyson.
When she was younger, Lucy Ellyson, the improper daughter of an infamous spy, saved the life of the Earl of Clifton. He promised to return to make her his countess after the war ends, but when he finally is able to return to her, he finds that she has vanished.
Meanwhile, Lucy is living a new life in the heart of Mayfair. But no matter how had she tries to be proper, she is as scandalous as ever, and when Clifton finally finds her, Lucy′s landed in the sort of trouble that only a hasty marriage can solve. Her beloved Gilby is more than willing to step in, but their future is all too quickly threatened by secrets from the past.
Boyle keeps her readers on their toes with Lucy and Gilby’s adventures, and the romance between the two is lusty and fun. (And I loved how she uses the name of Gilby for the Earl of Clifton – kept me in mind of one of my favorite guitar players Gilby Clarke of Guns and Roses, who wouldn’t make a half-bad romantic hero himself…but I digress…)
However, while “How I Met My Countess” is a delightful, rollicking romantic adventure, I kept wondering if I were missing some important pieces of a puzzle that would have made more sense of some of the back story involved here. Still, over all, it was still a delightful Regency romance.
Check out Elizabeth Boyle’s website at www.elizabethboyle.com for more information on her previous books in the “Bachelor Chronicles” series, as well as upcoming books.
Thank you to Avon Books for the review copy of “How I Met My Countess.” I was under no obligation for a favorable review.