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England 1582ELLIE Lady Eleanor Rodriguez of San Jaime is in possession of a gold seeking father a worthless title and a feisty spirit that captivates the elite of the ueen's cou The Other Countess is Eve Edward s debut novel and the first book in her YA Tudor Historical Romance seriesThis book will be added to my Favourites of 2010 list it s that goodEdwards takes a little swath of history and makes it her own in this dazzling historical romance set in 1582 England under the reign of Virgin ueen Elizabeth IEleanor Ellie Hutton is an alchemist s daughter She traipses the country with her addle brained father as he hunts for the scientific formula to turn metals into gold The Hutton s live on the kindness of misguided lord s and earl s who believe Arthur Hutton is the answer to their fortunes But it is always a matter of weeks or months before the lord s start losing their money in Hutton s useless sciences which often include phoenix tears in the potions When the novel begins Ellie is twelve and she and her father are being kicked out of Lacey House having bankrupted the recently deceased earl The earl s son Will Lacey throws the Hutton s off his lands furious at the alchemist for having made their family destituteThe novel skips ahead four years to find Ellie and her father housed in the ueen s court but Ellie knows it is only a temporary reprieve from their wandering lifeAlso at court is William Lacey Earl of Dorset Will is 18 and on the hunt for a rich wife after his father left the family practically penniless and all responsibility on Will s eldest shoulders This wasn t good enough for James Will we re running short of time I know that but this is the rest of my life I am hazarding here no small matter easily settled I want at least to know something of the character of the lady I eventually woo and wed Ever pragmatic James sighed To be honest Will all that matters at the moment is the size of the dowry We are skimming just an inch above ruin Will should be concentrating on courting the lovely and wealthy Lady Jane Perceval at court But a chance meeting with Ellie sets all their fates on a journey of great passion and great loss Torn between obligation and love duty and family Will and Ellie have to decide where their hearts lie when so much is in the balanceEve Edwards writing is a sumptuous delight a literary banuet Edwards is an Oxford University graduate and well versed in research and her attention to detail serves well in this book She remains true to the period utterly transporting readers to Elizabethan England Edwards even borrows major historical figures for guest appearances including ueen Elizabeth I herself and court favourite Sir Walter Ralegh Edwards also writes major historical conflicts and events such as the persecution of Catholics in Protestant England and the impending war with SpainEven if readers aren t historical buffs there s plenty to admire in this sweeping saga All of the historical references set the book on a grand scale but Edwards has written these complicated historical notations with such verve and flourish that they live on the page and act as wonderful backdrops to heighten suspenseEdward s ability to marry history with suspenseful romance is impressive she breathes life into the ages and gives readers long ago characters to fascinate and charmI was a little sceptical going into this book The series title Tudor Historical Romance seems like a bit of an oxymoron when coupled with the intended YA audience I love reading historical romances but my tastes have always leaned toward adult writers like Lisa Kleypas and Julia uinn who write the regency as well as the smut I wasn t so sure how a historical romance would fare when intended for a younger audience assuming that it would be a tepid PG13 romance which just leaves the historical and there s always a chance that things can divulge into high school history textbook NOT the case in Eve Edward s The Other Countess Not at allThe romance is really uite heated In fact the entire book leans toward the racy and raunchy side of things Nothing explicit or that crosses any YA boundaries but I was pleasantly surprised by the book s sexual undertones There s talk of knight s gleaming torsos oversized codpieces and lord s diddling their maidsBut I think the light sexual content is just Edwards being a true scholar This book is set during the reign of Elizabeth I and it s a misconception to think that in the golden age people were strictly chaste and pure The novel is set in a time when the reigning monarch was nicknamed for her lack of sexual orientationFor all that this is an epic historical drama the romance is the real draw card in The Other Countess Ellie and Will are wonderful characters Ellie as an academic girl in a time when a woman s virtues were in her dowry Will who has been set the hard task of providing for his family by sacrificing his happiness Separately these two have enough drama to fill the pages but when paired together they absolutely sizzle Theirs is a forbidden romance and so many obstacles are set before them that their love seems impossible but that just kept things interesting and suspenseful I loved their interactions especially because they both challenged each other s convictions What need I of the priest when I have an angel to bless me Ellie groaned inwardly at his flowery language I think perhaps you have need of spectacles if you mistake me for one my lord I love love LOVED this book Eve Edwards has written a YA historical romance that confounds convention and breathes life into Elizabethan history

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Rt and none other than the handsome new Earl of Dorset WILLIAM LACEY has inherited his father's title and his financial ruin Now the Earl must seek a wealthy heiress and restore This book fits into an odd little sub genre that I m uite willing to like in theory It combines elements of YA romance and historical in a way that I ve not encountered before which predisposes me to like it But the reason I m not raving is that it does them all fairly well but none of them so well that I m bouncing in my seatThe historical is significantly present in this novel than in most YA fiction or YA romance In this book and its successors the author takes on not only the common plot elements such as Elizabeth I s reign which you know 80% of YA authors who write about don t do any research above and beyond reading 5 other YA authors who wrote handmaidens to Elizabeth and the nobility in the 16th century but far complex and darker issues such as the persecution of Catholics common social attitudes toward and mistreatment of ethnic minorities women s powerlessness social injustice the dark side of Manifest Destiny and mental illness I think that s admirable but Edwards does it just enough that the book ends up in a nether realm between pure romance because there s so much darkness and historical detail relative to other books that would casually be listed alongside it and Serious Historical fiction which makes it hard to identify a target readershipThen there s the romantic element which is very PG 13 That s fine by me but anyone who feels like it s just a fact that even teenagers have passionate affairs and that sexual content is desirable in a book depicting a great romance will be disappointed with the relative chastity of this book It s also just not the focus of the book even approaching a percentage of the time that Romance novels tend to achieve Ellie spends a lot of time dealing with her fiscally disastrous and arguably insane father and with the dangers of being branded anything from a witch to a Catholic either of which would end in torture or even death and Will spends a great deal of his time engaged to someone else because he has to marry for money to save his family from the ruin in which his father landed them by giving all his money to an alchemistAnd ultimately that s where the third genre ambiguity comes it this doesn t feel properly like YA because the characters don t perceive themselves as adolescent They are responsible for households engaged in politics and perceived by society as ready to marry and procreate not just date They may be technically teenagers but that meant something different in 1600 than it means now and by being historically accurate about 16 years olds Edwards has effectively NOT written a YA novelAll that said I enjoyed this book and would recommend it for a nice uiet afternoon read But I m hard pressed to figure out whose favorite book it s going to be or who has to drop everything and read it NOW

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His family's fortuneBut Will's head has been turned by the gorgeous Ellie yet their union can never be Will is destined to marry a worthy Lady so the only uestion is which one This book is exstactly what I am looking for and only some authors can produce a book like this When I go to a book shop or libaray in search for a book that my heart preaches for I can never find it This is the type of book that I like and enjoy and I can not wait until I can get my hands on the next one which will come out in Spring 2011 If you are the author and reading this review all I want to tell you is that you have created the perfect book that is hardly found and is completely uniueThis book is about a girl called Ellie and William Lacey the new Earl of Dorset and how their lives intertwine unknowingly Will needs to marry a woman who is wealthy as his family needs to repair their fortune Meanwhile Elenor wears a meaningless spanish title in Elizabethian England Ellie s father is hated by Will for he has an obsession in science and trying to unlock God s secret of making gold Therefore the match is entirely impossible With misconception and wit creates the drama of this wonderful book They rescue each other right back and so does this book It transports you to a magical life of a Elizabethan Wonderfully charming and the best so far


10 thoughts on “The Other Countess

  1. says:

    The Other Countess is Edwards' debut novel and I am really impressed It's such as sweet book with really likeable charact

  2. says:

    I cared for the subplots and minor characters than the supposed main thread of this narrative mostly because it just felt too cliché The scenario's been done in so many variants already transferring it back to the Elizabethan era doesn't really compensate for the fact that this offers no new or uniue perspective on a very well tr

  3. says:

    ‘The Other Countess’ is Eve Edward’s debut novel and the first book in her YA ‘Tudor Historical Romance’ seriesThis book will be added to my ‘Favourites of 2010’ list – it’s that goodEdwards takes a little swath of history and makes it her own in this dazzling historical romance set in 1582 England under the reign of ‘Virgin ueen’ Elizabeth IEleanor ‘Ellie’ Hutton is an alchemist’s daughter

  4. says:

    A nice ok read

  5. says:

    This book fits into an odd little sub genre that I'm uite willing to like in theory It combines elements of YA romance and historical

  6. says:

    The Other Countess isn't something that I'd normally read but because it's one of the first titles to be published under Puffin UK's new Razorbill imprint I thought I'd give it a go It's a solid debut title and has led me to believe that perhaps historical fiction is my thing after all It's the second historical YA book I've enjoyed recently so I think I need to pay attention to this particular genre and not just turn my nose up

  7. says:

    Well this wasn't anything new or unpredictable It definitely wasn't a bad story The uickWill is the Earl of Lacey now that his father has passed away He sends the alchemist and his daughter Ellie away and forbids them to return He fee

  8. says:

    This book is exstactly what I am looking for and only some authors can produce a book like this When I go to a book shop or libaray in search for a book that my heart preaches for I can never find it This is the type of book that I

  9. says:

    uite a few years ago I remember a magazine series that became a bit of a fad at my school I’m fairly certain if

  10. says:

    The cover was mainly the reason I picked this book up I had no idea it was set in the 1500s when ueen Elizabeth was ruling I love both Elizabeth and time period But yeah I totally judged a book by its cover and it actually didn't tu