The accidental countess

Valerie Bowman

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Regency fiction
Love stories
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks 2014.
Item Description
"St. Martin's Paperbacks historical romance"--Spine.
Physical Description
312 pages ; 18 cm
Main Author
Valerie Bowman (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

What would Patience Bunbury do? Cassandra Monroe can't believe she is asking herself this, especially since "Patience" is a figment of her cousin Penelope's imagination. Penelope invented Patience to get out of doing things she didn't want to do. Penelope currently wishes to avoid Captain Julian Swift, whom she believes has every intention of finally proposing to her. Cass, who has been in love with Julian ever since he went off to war seven years earlier, would give anything to spend time with him. If Cass pretends to host a house party as "Patience," it just might provide the opportunity for Julian to finally get to know her. Much to Cass's surprise, the plan actually seems to be working, until Cass begins to wonder if Julian is falling in love with her or Patience. The second in Bowman's thoroughly entertaining, Regency-set Playful Brides series (The Unexpected Duchess, 2014) will delight readers with its madcap plot and buoyant sense of humor. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Bowman draws on the identity confusion capers of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Ernest in the charming second entry in her Playful Brides Regency series (after The Unexpected Duchess). Capt. Julian Swift, an untitled second son who served in the Napoleonic wars, returns to London in the autumn of 1815. Cassandra Monroe has been exchanging heartfelt correspondence with him, and a deep emotional connection has grown between them, but Julian is intended to be betrothed to Cass's cousin, Penelope. When an unenthusiastic Penelope uses a house party with the fictional Patience Bunbury to evade meeting Julian, Cass decides to boldly adopt the persona of Patience in order to spend time with her beloved pen pal. Antics ensue. Readers who are frustrated by Cass's initial passivity and the contrivances and coincidences demanded by the story's source material will be rewarded by Bowman's depiction of the intimate caring connecting between Cass and Julian. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. (Nov.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Returning home from the war and to an unwanted arranged marriage, Captain Julian Swift finds himself falling for Lady Cassandra Monroe, his fiancée's cousin who, unbeknownst to him, has been in love with him for years. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

After returning home from battle to an unwanted arranged marriage, Captain Julian Swift finds himself falling for Lady Cassandra Monroe, his fiancâee's cousin, who, unbeknownst to him, has been in love with him for years.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Bestselling author Valerie Bowman sets the stage in Regency England for her Playful Brides series, where couples' misadventures on the way to the altar are witty, romantic romps based on some of the world's most beloved plays. The second entry, The Accidental Countess, is inspired by Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.CAN A SCANDALOUS CHARADEFor seven long years, Lady Cassandra Monroe has waited for the man of her dreams to return from the war. Unfortunately, he happens to be engaged to her flighty cousin. What Cass wouldn't give to take her cousin's place! When he mistakes Cass for Patience Bunbury, a fictitious friend her cousin has invented to escape social obligations...even with her future husband, Cass thinks this is her chance. LEAD TO TRUE AND LASTING LOVE?After defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, Captain Julian Swift is not quite ready to settle down and enter into his unwanted arranged marriage-especially when the real object of his affection turns out to be a beguiling beauty he meets at a party. Patience Bunbury is witty, independent, passionate...and, unbeknownst to him, the cousin of his current fiancée. When the truth about Cass comes out--and Julian discovers that their courtship is anything but accidental--will he surrender his heart to a woman who really is too good to be true?