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AN UNLIKELY COUNTESS
Genre: Historical Romance, England
With her distinctive voice and intimate knowledge of the era, Beverley sets the tone for this strong, moving romance centering on a woman caught in the hierarchical society and a man who cannot resist his destiny. This pairing makes for an unforgettable story with its mixture of sweet sensuality and everlasting love.
In his cups and spoiling for a fight, Catesby Burgoyne comes to the aid of a young woman beset by ruffians. Little do Cate and Prudence Youlgrave realize what is in store for them. Forced to resign his army commission, heartsick over the argument with his brother and with little money, there is not much Cate can do to help Prudence. Though there is an attraction, they go their own ways. His brother’s sudden death sees Cate as the Earl of Malzard and he suddenly decides to see how Prudence is faring. Alas, she is about to wed the wealthy unscrupulous Henry Draydale. Soon their friendship develops into something more, though neither admits to the unexpected love they feel until fate steps in. (SIGNET, Mar., 432 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Joan Hammond
Published: March 2011