A Notorious Countess Confesses (Pennyroyal Green Series #7)

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She rose to spectacular heights . . .

From Covent Garden to courtesan to countess, beautiful, fearless, shamelessly ambitious Evie Duggan has riveted London in every role she plays. But the ton never could forgive her scandalous—if shockingly short—marriage, and when her star plummets amid gleefully vicious gossip, the countess escapes to the only legacy left to her: a manor house in Pennyroyal Green.

He never...

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Overview

She rose to spectacular heights . . .

From Covent Garden to courtesan to countess, beautiful, fearless, shamelessly ambitious Evie Duggan has riveted London in every role she plays. But the ton never could forgive her scandalous—if shockingly short—marriage, and when her star plummets amid gleefully vicious gossip, the countess escapes to the only legacy left to her: a manor house in Pennyroyal Green.

He never expected to fall so hard . . .

He has the face of a fallen angel and a smolder the devil would envy, but Vicar Adam Sylvaine walks a precarious line: resisting temptation . . . and the wild Eversea blood in his veins. Adam's strength is tested when scandal, aka the countess, moves to Sussex. But when a woman who fiercely guards her heart and a man entrusted with the souls of an entire town surrender to a forbidden desire, will the sweetest sin lead them to heaven . . . or make outcasts of them forever?

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
Long's books are emotional and addictive, so be prepared to seek them all out after you've read one.
—Sarah Wendell
Library Journal
There's nothing like a scandal to stir up the good folk of Pennyroyal Green, so when former courtesan Evie Duggan, now the widowed Countess of Wareham, flees the cruel London gossip and moves into the neighborhood, the women are quick to close ranks against the disreputable "Black Widow." But Evie has courage and grit and is determined to fit in. Who better to ask for help than the one person everyone admires and the women all adore, Vicar Adam Sylvaine, a man with fallen angel looks, a mesmerizing voice, and wild Eversea blood in his veins? She asks, he agrees, and the results are both unexpected and, ultimately, unavoidable. VERDICT A country vicar and a soiled dove are the last people you'd envision together, but with her classic graceful prose, exceptional dialog, and lively wit, Long (How the Marquess Was Won) brings these conflicted characters to vivid life in a satisfying, ennobling, and truly memorable story. Long lives in Northern California.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062118028
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Series: Pennyroyal Green Series , #7
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 319,854
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author Julie Anne Long originally set out to be a rock star when she grew up (and she has the guitars and fringed clothing stuffed in the back of her closet to prove it), but writing was always her first love. Since hanging up her guitar for the computer keyboard, her books frequently top reader and critic polls and have been nominated for numerous awards, including the RITA®, Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice, and The Quill, and reviewers have been known to use words like "dazzling," "brilliant," and "impossible to put down" when describing them. Julia lives in Northern California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    The BEST in this lovely series

    Julie Anne Long grabbed me as a fan years ago when I stood in the romance aisle at B&N laughing aloud at the first page of WAYS TO BE WICKED (2nd in her prior series). A NOTORIOS COUNTESS CONFESSES also had me laughing aloud in the late hours of the night AND brought me to tears with its final scene - tears of joy at the lovely denouement not just for Adam and Evie - the splendid main characters - but also for the many other beautifully developed other characters.

    Evie, a former actress and courtesan who had the good luck to marry an earl but the bad luck to be widowed, has come to live in Pennyroyal Green in relatively modest Damask Manor, the only one of the Earl's properties she could inherit. She hopes her notoriety will not follow her here to the country, hopes to make friends and live simply so she has enough to support her needy siblings and extended family.

    Adam, the brilliant, noble, passionate and handsome VICAR of Pennyroyal Green, is accustomed to lingering glances from the young ladies and fond attentions from everyone else. When Evie falls asleep during the first of his sermons she hears, he is a little nonplussed.

    The verbal sparring and rising passion between these two - who remain true to their very opposite life roles but still find a sizzling connection - is delightful. Equally engaging, the lives and loves and longings of the inhabitants of Pennyroyal Green deepen this story beyond mere romance to something which deserves a place on my reread-to-visit-with-these-favored-friends shelf. Highly recommended.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Remarkably WONDERFUL

    I agree with the last reviewer. This is the best in a series I love. Each of the stories are richly sensuous, emotionally complex and satisfying.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    keeper

    Made me laugh and made me cry.... the only books I give 5 stars to.

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  • Posted June 20, 2013

    A great read. Read it in one sitting, never put it down till i

    A great read. Read it in one sitting, never put it down till it was finished. A gay novel without a lot of gratuitous sex. Refreshing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Excellent

    Excellent

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    Anonomyous

    I really liked this book. It was not full of sex...but he is a vicor. There were some scenes-but the story was gripping enough not to need the a lot of the physical relationship. The friendship each lead provided for the other was very touching. The book made the reader think about the notion that you dont know everybodies story...so dont judge.
    I laughed and cried. I think that this is probably one of the best in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    LOL

    Wonderful. Laugh out loud funny. Can't wait to read all in this series.

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

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    Just Okay

    Not as good as others in this series. Kinda blah!! Don't bother. Save your money.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2012

    Evie Duggan is no stranger to scandal, born an Irish peasant; sh

    Evie Duggan is no stranger to scandal, born an Irish peasant; she becomes an opera dancer and becomes the Countess of Wareham, after being won by the Earl in a card game. She quickly earns the title of the Black Widow when her new husband drops dead shortly after the wedding. Shunned by the Ton, Evie decides to seek peace at the Manor that is now hers in Pennyroyal Green.
    His uncle made Adam Sylvaine the Vicar of Pennyroyal Green, but his hard work and dedication to his new position earned him the respect of his community (Not to mention the fact that most of the ladies are in love with him).
    The community of Pennyroyal Green is not ready to accept the Black Widow. Evie seeks help from the Reverend to remedy this problem. Adam and Evie have an attraction that is magnetic right from the start, but both are determined to avoid the complication. Adam sets out to help Evie and begins an internal struggle as he beings to feel more than friendship for this woman.  
    Fans of the Pennyroyal Green series will not be disappointed with this latest edition. This book did not contain a high-action plot, but had just the right amount of drama and humor to keep me thoroughly entertained. I found myself feeling sorry for Evie and anxiously waiting for her and Adam to realize that while being together may seem wrong, it is definitely oh so right!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2012

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    A bit off the mark of the previous two.

    It’s ADAM SYLVAINE’s turn at love when newly-widowed Lady Wareham aka EVIE DUGGAN comes to Pennyroyal Green. Her lurid past comes with her, and the virtuous ladies and loyal vicar followers have already turned their backs. There’s instant tension between these two beautiful people who understand each other. Perhaps their romance is rather pale in comparison to Phoebe's and her Marquess; Genevieve's and her Duke to bowl me over. For all her glamour, Evie is a down-to-earth product of a poor childhood who has honed survival skills to support her family; her beauty was her ticket. She helps several of the Pennyroyals but it doesn’t take much for envy, etc., to discredit her. Adam, for all his goodness and healing power, is lonely, loveless but not a compelling lover. Evie will give up Adam so that he can continue his good works, but after a profound night together and fierce inner struggles, he just can’t give her up. Other memorable characters: Evie’s maid Henny and the dying curmudgeon Lady Fennimore who passes on some advice about love. Olivia Eversea is in the background long enough for us to wonder if she’ll move beyond Lyon. Next book?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    beautiful life story...

    Loved this story...found I couldn't put the book down...the hero saw beyond the surface into the person Eve was...the story was told so well...I had to leave for work and was mad because it was going to be 4 hours before I could find out ... the rest of the story!

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