Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Countess Of Scandal

Title: Countess Of Scandal
Author: Laurel McKee
Reading level: All
Paperback: 326 pages
ISBN #:9780446544788
Received From: giveaway
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Group Genre: Hit/Fic, Romance
Cover: B+
Overall: A-

"As children, Eliza Blacknall and William Denton ran wild over the fields of southern Ireland and swore they would be friends forever. Then fate took Will away to England, while Eliza stayed behind to become a proper Irish countess. Years later, Will finally makes his way home-as an English soldier sent to crush the Irish uprising. When he spies the lovely Eliza, he is captivated by the passionate woman she has become. But Eliza's passions have led her to join the Irish rebel cause, and Will and Eliza now find themselves on opposite sides of a dangerous conflict.When Ireland explodes in bloody rebellion, Will's regiment is ordered to the front lines, and he is forced to choose between his duty to the English king and his love for Eliza and their Irish homeland."

Stunning and beautifully written I was truly captivated from page one. The characters are so vivid and ripe with emotion that you can't help but fall in love with Eliza and Will. And the backdrop of 1798 Ireland during their traumatic overthrow of the English lights the fire propelling the whole story. In fact the book reminded me a lot of Romeo & Juliet at times with the lovers turmoil filled lives and separate organizations beckoning their duty. I really got into this book and only had one problem with the entire novel......it ended so abruptly! I wanted more what happens now to Will and Eliza, how will Anna and Caro fare against all the odds. Supposedly Anna's story will continue but I really would have liked to see a complete end for our 2 main characters Will and Eliza. There just wasn't enough of an end to satisfy my curiosity and I can't stand to be left without closure. (I know I'm such a girl) However; the history is phenomenal (not many books take on this particular time in history)and the romance superb if your into hit/fic/romance you'll really love this book.

LOL=Lots Of Love

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