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a deep historical romance

In 1790 in County Kildare, Ireland, teenagers Lady Eliza Blacknall and William Denton are falling in love. However, besides the gap of social status, he joins the English army while she remains passionate in support of an independent Ireland. They go their separate wa...
In 1790 in County Kildare, Ireland, teenagers Lady Eliza Blacknall and William Denton are falling in love. However, besides the gap of social status, he joins the English army while she remains passionate in support of an independent Ireland. They go their separate ways with Will becoming a major and she the Countess Mount Clare.

In 1797, Major William Denton is sent to County Kildare to spy for the English military which is planning to put down an Irish revolt. He especially is to observe the activities of the widow Countess Eliza Mount Clare, who's believed to be an active supporter of a free Ireland. He detests the order, but is a good soldier so he goes to carry it out, but when he is injured her family takes him in to help him heal. As he recuperates, Will knows he still loves Eliza and is grateful to her family; he also believes he must atone for what he has done willingly to his people before he can express to his beloved how he feels about her.

Using the real rebellion of 1798 as a backdrop, Laurel McKee provides a deep historical romance. The star-crossed lovers come across as genuine as she has a passion for her cause and he struggles between doing his duty as a dedicated soldier spying on family, friends, and especially his Eliza. In spite of a strong lead couple and a deep support cast especially her family, the tumultuous setting owns the tale as fans will want more romances in this time and place perhaps starring Eliza's sisters starting with Anna who gets the last word in: finding true love is rarer than marrying a prince.

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posted by harstan on January 11, 2010

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Countess of Scandal

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If you love historical novels where the setting is paramount, the action intense, and the romance blends well with the first two, then you'll like Author Laurel McKee's new book, Countess of Scandal. As readers we're transported back in time to Kildare,...
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If you love historical novels where the setting is paramount, the action intense, and the romance blends well with the first two, then you'll like Author Laurel McKee's new book, Countess of Scandal. As readers we're transported back in time to Kildare, Ireland in the 1790's, a time of rebellion, spies, and resistance. The two main characters, Eliza Blacknall and William Denton stand on opposite sides of a struggle between Ireland and England, which is about to explode. An old love coupled with tested loyalties provide enough conflict to keep these two moving through this story. On a down note, the excessive sexual content detracted rather than added to the reading enjoyment, for me.

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~ Death and blood, burning homes, screams. A lash flashing through the air. But how could he tell her that? Let her not hate him, just for a little longer. Let him not discover what she had been doing, either.

A complimentary review copy of this book was provided by the author.

posted by JaneLC on February 9, 2010

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