Betrayed Countess [NOOK Book]

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Forced from France by her devious guardian on the eve of the French Revolution, Countess Bettina Jonquiere must deliver an important package to further the royalist cause. In England, she discovers the package is full of blank papers, the address false and she’s penniless. Stranded in a Cornish village, Bettina toils in a bawdy tavern and falls in love with a man who may have murdered his unfaithful wife. Tracked by ruthless revolutionaries, she must uncover...
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Betrayed Countess

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Overview

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Forced from France by her devious guardian on the eve of the French Revolution, Countess Bettina Jonquiere must deliver an important package to further the royalist cause. In England, she discovers the package is full of blank papers, the address false and she’s penniless. Stranded in a Cornish village, Bettina toils in a bawdy tavern and falls in love with a man who may have murdered his unfaithful wife. Tracked by ruthless revolutionaries, she must uncover the truth about her father’s murder—and her lover’s guilt—while her life is threatened.

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This is a tremendously well-written and compelling story. The characterizations and settings were lovingly crafted and completely believable. As another reviewer stated, one can almost smell the smoky fire and spilled ale in the Cornish tavern, the musty air and mildew of the decaying manor, and the stench of the Thames. All the characters have distinct personalities, and seem utterly real.

“Diane Scott Lewis writes with.. (Read more)
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016702100
  • Publisher: Books We Love Ltd.
  • Publication date: 5/17/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Diane grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. At nineteen, she joined the Navy. She has written and edited free-lance since high school. She married in Greece and raised two sons in Puerto Rico, California, Guam, and Virginia. She writes book reviews for the Historical Novels Review and works as an on-line historical editor. Diane served as president of the Riverside Writers, a chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, Inc, in 2007-2008. She has four published historical novels.

She lives with her husband and dachshund in Clarion, PA. Check out her website at:

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  • Posted May 22, 2013

    True Historical Romance. Set in England at the time of the Frenc

    True Historical Romance. Set in England at the time of the French Revolution, a misplaced countess Bettina is struggling to fit in and make a life for herself while also hiding from those who would like to see her lose her head in France. The plot of this book, noble woman betrayed and stranded with nothing but the clothes on her back, has admittedly been done before. What makes this version interesting and fresh are the colorful descriptions and characters. Bettina’s struggles to fit in among the lower classes and earn a living are at times both funny and pitiful. Her friends in Cornwall are endearing and cheeky making them immensely likeable. Ms. Lewis has managed to fill this volume to bursting with mystery, danger, and love; a true historical romance. The ending could stand alone, but has left me interested to read more and hopeful for a sequel.

    The story flows well with few unnecessary tangents and/or side stories. The writing and editing are both good, without notable grammatical problems or lapses in tense. The dialogue between characters flows smoothly and comfortably, helping to put the reader into the story. Not being a historian, I cannot speak to the actual truth to time and place. However, on the whole the story felt true to place and time, with perhaps a few artistic licenses taken in the development of Bettina’s romance. The cover design is lovely and helps establish some visual imagery for the story setting. . Full disclosure: I have been provided a copy of the book for the purpose of providing a review; however the opinions presented are my own and not influenced or dictated by publisher or author.

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