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The Other Countess (Lacey Chronicles Series #1)

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

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    Truly a Lovely Read!

    A cross between Camelot times, "The Swan Princess" and "Cinderella" This novel is truly a joy.

    +Lovely characters and very imaginative.
    +Easy read
    +Well thought out romance
    +It ends well!

    -I felt that One character in particular, Nell(Jane's maid), had no point in being in the story. Honestly, I just skipped right over most of her parts.

    I highly recommend this novel if you are looking for a nice light read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

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    Adds history to chills and thrills of spying and treason

    It is 1582 in London, England, and Queen Elizabeth's court is the one in power! Will Lacey stands beside his mother at fourteen years of age and suddenly has the world thrust upon his shoulders. His father has passed away and he is now the Earl of Dorset. Not only has Will received the title, but he's also received the responsibility of his sister Sarah, his two brothers, and his mother. He is standing in a dilapidated manor trying to figure out how he's going to support this family, seeing that his father has left them in financial ruin. Standing beside his mother, he stares down an alchemist by the name of Sir Arthur - who Will blames for their economic state. The alchemist is a nice man, a scholar, but one who is completely obsessed with finding a way to turn metal into gold. Sir Arthur had Will's father obsessed as well - and that's where all the family's money went. Will kicks Sir Arthur to the curb and tells him never to return. And, while kicking, he sends Sir Arthur's young daughter Ellie out the door with him Ellie is a lovely girl - an Amazon of learning who has so many 'smarts' she outranks her father. Unfortunately, Ellie has a worthless title from her mother's family in Spain, a "crazy" father, and not a dime to speak of. When the Laceys turn them away they spend many a month in a barn with no food begging people to help them, until they wind up part of Sir Mountjoy's circle - yet another man who is inebriated with the thought of alchemy. Ellie is staying in an obscure corner of Windsor Castle supported by the Mountjoy household, and trying desperately to make sure that she and her father are not, once again, kicked to the curb. If they end up in the Queen's disgrace, they will have no hope. The castle is all 'a-twitter' setting up for St. George's holiday where the joust will commence and the 'Order of the Garter' will be given to the winner. But Ellie doesn't only have to worry about the lack of money and her father's "loose-cannon head," she also has to worry because there is a new jouster at Court this year - a young man who is trying his best to look like he has money, so that he can win the joust, the Queen's favor, and "land" a wealthy wife with a dowry that will save he and his family. The jouster is Will - now 18 - the Earl who despises Ellie's father but, who after one moment in a garden with Ellie, seems to be falling for this poor 'Lady from Spain' instead of concentrating on bringing home a woman with money. Little does Will know that the lady who has stolen his heart is actually his enemy from long ago. It is SO refreshing to receive a YA to read that is a truly stunning story. From the history to the chills and thrills of spying and treason in Queen Elizabeth's court - to the absolute strength and determination of two young people who are responsible for all the adults around them, while trying to still hold on to a love that they both desperately want - every single plotline is outstanding. Eve Edwards has done a fantastic job of offering a true love story that will captivate adults young and old, and has begun a series that will be a remarkable one to own and read again and again. Quill says: An enchanting novel. Will and Eve will most definitely take the place of Bella and Edward in a great many hearts.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Good book

    I couldn't but it down

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2014

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    Sweet romance, great read

    I really enjoyed the storyline in this book. It wasn’t that heavy on the history although the setting was well done. It was the characters that did the trick with this book and the romance. Now I’m not a romance type of reader but the romance aspect of the story was nice and sweet and went well hand in hand with the story as well. There’s lots of chemistry between the main couple really helped this book come along. Besides Ellie and Will, the other characters were very memorable (Jane and James, Diego are great examples). Usually with this type of historical fiction you have a nice blend of political intrigue, this story, doesn’t have that - but it’s good, because it’s not needed. However Edwards adds in the conflict between Catholics and Protestants to give it a more historical feel to it but not so overwhelming on the history lesson - which is great since this book caters to Young Adults. Wonderful read, and with a beautiful ending. I know there’s two more books after this so I’ll be sure to pick them up. This was a great read with characters that are well done and memorable. It’s a sweet romance without it being cheesy and silly. It’s worth reading even for those who aren’t into romances like I am.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Okay

    It was not as ment for young readers as i thought..... the level of sexual coments was high

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    I've read this book a billion times and it never get old. If you

    I've read this book a billion times and it never get old. If you like books about historical times, then read this. Amazing plot! It wont let you down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Amazing

    Being a hopeless romantic i fell in love with the Lacey brothers. First off the characters capture your attention and leave you reading more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    This is the best book ever!!!!!!!!!

    MY ABSOULUTE FAVORITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVE EDWARDS HAS WRITTEN A FANTISY THAT HAS CAPTIVATED AND HELD ME THROUGH THE ENTIRE MAGICAL JOURNEY!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Awesome book!

    Well for starters, this book was set in the late 1500's, and I am a huge fan of Queen Elizabeth 1 because she was just plain awesome! So, anyhoo,this book was good for me since I am a romantic at heart, also I liked the way it was written-easy to understand, and not all rambly about the way the guy looked, or something like that. I just wish that they would have told about their wedding night more, and told whether the old lady got released or not. Other than that, it was a good book.

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

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    Review: The Other Countess

    I've been eying this series forever. At first it seemed to be published only in the UK and I was debating an order from Book Depository. But, then I found out that it would eventually be a US release as well. I was happy to say the least. This type of historical fiction in one of my weaknesses.

    I liked both main characters immensely. I thought the lifestyle that Ellie lives was interesting. She's got the title, but nothing to back it up. In the eyes of those powerful at court, she not much better than a peasant. Especially when you factor that her father is seen as some what of a "leach". I was really intrigued by the fact that he studied alchemy. It's a subject that I'm not readily familiar with. It was interesting to read how he was viewed by others in society. I loved that Ellie sometimes despised what her father did and the position it often put her in. I also loved that in spite of all that, she would do anything for him.

    I loved William! I love it when a character does exactly what I think he should. He may be an ass at times to Ellie, but I know he's thinking of what's happened to him in the past. I also love that he realizes his mistakes and is man enough to admit them AND apologize to her for it. And as much as I hate it, it fits with this time period that he denies his feeling and goes with what is expected of him. He knows his family and his lands are at stake.

    I loved the secondary characters in this as well. Lady Jane turned out to be far more of an asset to the story than I thought. And her brother was down right wicked. I was saddened by turn of events at the end, but thought the story ended just the way it should. It makes me excited that I already have a review copy of book two in this series on my kindle!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Amazedd Awesome read

    I am personally a fan of books set in the 1800's. This I have to say isone of the best I have read. I can't wait for the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted January 3, 2012

    The Other Countess

    It was truly a gread read. I would recommend it to those who love the 1800's setting and romantic books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Fabulous!

    This book is beyond incredible. It is well written and full of historic knowledge along with romance and wit. I am so excited for the second novel to come out!

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Please!

    Can someone who has read this book please write a review so i know if i should buy it pleeease!

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