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A NOTORIOUS COUNTESS CONFESSES
Genre: Regency Period, Historical Romance, England
Long appeals to her loyal Pennyroyal Green fans with the slightly slower-paced story of a vicar and a courtesan who are perfect for one another. Skillfully, and with wit and sensitivity, Long draws readers into the social strata of the small village by using snippets of Pennyroyal Green life and its townsfolk, enhancing the wonderful dialogue and utterly beautiful ending that has spirituality at its core.
When former courtesan Evie Duggan’s earl husband dies shortly after their marriage, she earns the moniker The Black Widow. She takes up residence in Pennyroyal Green hoping to start anew. But gossip travels quickly, and the good ladies will have nothing to do with her. Though a good man of God, vicar Adam Sylvaine has the wild Eversea blood in his veins. Evie presents a challenge to him both as a vicar and as a man. Evie has sworn off men, but Adam’s kindness has her looking at life in Pennyroyal Green differently. As she slowly attempts to become part of the community, their forbidden desire could be her salvation or ruination. (AVON, Nov., 380 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: November 2012