The Countess (Madison Sisters Series #1)

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The fairy tale courtship did not turn into a happily-ever-after . . .

Not until her husband dropped dead, that is. He had been horrible enough to Christiana during their short marriage, and she was not going to allow the traditional period of mourning to ruin her sisters' debuts as well. So she decides to put him on ice and go on as if nothing's happened . . .

Until the real earl appears. Richard Fairgrave had every intention of confronting ...

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Overview

The fairy tale courtship did not turn into a happily-ever-after . . .

Not until her husband dropped dead, that is. He had been horrible enough to Christiana during their short marriage, and she was not going to allow the traditional period of mourning to ruin her sisters' debuts as well. So she decides to put him on ice and go on as if nothing's happened . . .

Until the real earl appears. Richard Fairgrave had every intention of confronting his villainous twin who had robbed him of his name and title . . . only to discover that he had died. Quietly assuming his identity, Richard must now deal with a maddening desire for his ravishing inherited "wife"— certainly a gold digger and possibly a murderess. And Christiana must deal with an unwanted new "husband" . . . and they both must figure out what to do before the ice melts!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061963049
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Series: Madison Sisters Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 240,501
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynsay Sands

Lynsay Sands is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there are occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus.

Biography

Born in Southern Ontario, Lynsay Sands is the New York Times bestselling author of the Argeneau Vampire series. She has written more than 34 books and anthologies since her first novel was published in 1997. Her romantic comedies span three genres—historical, contemporary, and paranormal—and have made the Waldenbooks, Barnes & Noble, USA Today, and New York Times bestseller lists.

Lynsay's books are read in more than twelve countries and have been translated into at least six languages. She's been a nominee for both the Romantic Times Best Historical Romance Award and the Romantic Times Best Paranormal Romance Award, was nominated and placed three times in the RIO (Reviewers International Organization) Awards of Excellence, and has several books on All About Romance's Favorite Funnies list.
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Good To Know

1.) I started The Deed (my first romantic comedy and the first book to be published) a year after my mother's death. I was very close to my mother and the year following her death was about the most miserable time imaginable. But then I decided I was tired of being down and unhappy, and looked around for something to lift my spirits and make me laugh. When I couldn't find anything, I decided to sit down and write my own. It worked! Emmalene and Amaury's antics in The The Deed had me chuckling as I wrote.
2.) I met my husband in New York in July 2003. I was there because of the RWA conference and he was there on vacation. The first day there we kept running into each other and chatting in front of the hotel, and then he asked to join our group (it was very brave of him. He was the lone male amongst six or seven women, lol). He's a Brit and I'm Canadian and the first two months of our relationship were conducted by phone as well as over the internet. Our first date was a week in New York in September, followed by three weeks in England. He then came to Canada in both November and December, the first time to propose and the second time for Christmas with my family and then to take me back to England with him for New Years. I lived in Northern England for two years. We married in New York and now live in Canada.
3.) I was writing about my husband before I met him. Single White Vampire came out in September 2003 and I took a copy with me to England when I went for the three weeks. I walked into my now-hubby's house to find at least six months worth of mail unopened and stacked up on a shelf inside the front door. When I stopped dead, eyes going wide with shock and asked "My God. That's mail. You don't open your mail?" He looked embarrassed and muttered some explanation about bills automatically being paid by the bank so no need to open those and everything else was unsolicited and he couldn't be bothered. When I burst out laughing, he started to frown and said "What?" My response was to dig out the copy of Single White Vampire and hand it over with the suggestion he read it. The mail thing wasn't the only similarity he had to Lucern Argeneau. There are many more and when he sat down to read the book, he kept stopping and turning a rather startled and even suspicious gaze my way and muttering that this sounded familiar" or that did. I had to point out that it really was coincidence, that I had written that story at least nine months before meeting him. LOL.
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  • Posted January 20, 2011

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    an intelligent historical romantic suspense

    Reluctantly Christiana Madison marries Richard Fairgrave, Earl of Radnor, so her father can pay off his gambling debts before the family, especially her beloved sisters, is ruined. "Dicky" proves nasty as a spouse treating his wife as an object and not allowing her to see anyone even her family. Having enough she brazenly enters his off limits office to confront her husband, only to be greeted by his corpse.

    Since her sister wants to attend a gala in which she would chaperone, Christiana conceals that her husband is dead as she would have to mourn her loss though inside her she is euphoric. However, Richard arrives to the shock of Christiana. She soon learns the newcomer is the real Richard and she was married to his psychopathic identical twin George. Richard investigates his deadly sibling's murder with the prime suspect being his sister-in-law who he is attracted to. She agrees to pretend this new kind and caring Richard is her spouse as he searches for a diabolical killer who is planning to blackmail the real Earl and his widowed sister-in-law.

    The Countess is an intelligent historical romantic suspense with identity theft being the driver of the story line. This tale is very witty and fans will enjoy the pretend relationship between the real earl who assumes his "wife" is a gold-digger and the title character who fears madness runs in families. With a murder investigation and a blackmailer attempting to extort money, readers will enjoy Lynsay Sands wonderful tale.

    Harriet Klausner

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2011

    Great Read

    This was my first Lynsay Sands book. I purchased it at the grocery store yesterday and stayed up, way past my bedtime, reading it. I fell in love with the sisters and the true Earl. They were great characters. I cannot wait for Suzette and Daniel's story to come out later this month.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

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    What a splendid, fun and entertaining romance

    Hold the presses my husband is still alive? What a question for a wife who thinks she is a widow to ask, but for Christiana it is a reasonable one since her husband went from a sensitive, caring beau to a controlling, ogre of a husband all of which she thought was dead. Who wouldn't want to be rid of that nightmare unless the nightmare came back to life, or did he?

    So many questions and very few answers but the man who seems to know what is going on is the one presently kissing the complete sense out of Christiana and she is really enjoying it. But how could that be possible when she hated her supposed dead husband who is still alive and more passionate than any man should be. But before the night is over Christiana finds out the man she thought was Richard Fairgrave, The Earl of Radnor was really his twin brother and that horrid man she married attempted to murder the man she is now married to, or maybe she is but she is not sure since she married the other twin. Oh goodness what a mess and the scandal that would go along with it would cripple her younger sister's ability to find a good match. But if this man would just keep kissing her maybe she could forget for one minute anything but his tender touch and warm caresses.

    The true Richard is not a horrible man; he is kind and concerned for Christiana's wellbeing and cares for her reputation. Richard offers to marry her, again as the real Earl and no one would be the wiser and this would have been a great plan but Christiana can't keep a secret and before long everyone and her sister knows what is what and who is dead and who is still alive. The problem is someone already knew the little trick they are all playing and that the body they are moving around is the imposter but who could it be and can they stop that person before Christiana becomes a widow again? Lots of suspects with no answers and too many attempts on Richard's life make him say enough of this game and he is tired of trying to find a place to hide his twin so the mystery has to be solved.

    What Richard did discover is one redeeming factor in his twin in that he had excellent taste in wives. Richard finds too many other horrible things about him to dismiss and the deceit with which he tricked Christiana into marriage is so shameful but in the end when they are snuggled under the covers Richard realizes that there are some good things that don't leave you.

    This book is so lovely and romantic you forget that there is blackmail, murder and assorted other crimes going on. The story with Richard and Christiana as well as her sister's is so full of happy thoughts you just know something wonderful has to happen as these women deserve it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2011

    good read

    I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. There were part where I laugh so hard my husband had to ask what was so funny. You will love the dead body. This is a highly enjoyable book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    highly recommended- a must

    love the series. you have to real all so all the pieces fit in their places. love the humor and the mistery

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2011

    Highly Recommended-A must read!!!

    This by far is Sands best book ever. It had it all, humor, romance, mystery and sensitivity. I could not put this one down. I loved it, and it will be a keeper.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Good Read

    I enjoyed this book within the trio it did have a twist that the butler did it. NOT. LOL I was actually a nice turn of events and exchanges with the characters. Some believable some a stretch, but it took you on a ride to a place of entertainment

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  • Posted November 3, 2013

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    Must read!!!!

    Lynsay does it yet again with the perfect combination of humor and the perfect plot. Loved it!

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  • Posted July 28, 2013

    Must read!

    I love the series. When you read the first, you are compelled to read the other two.

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  • Posted June 22, 2013

    5 Stars! Lynsay Sand¿s historical romance, The Countess, is so

    5 Stars! Lynsay Sand’s historical romance, The Countess, is so much better than the brief description and the book cover even hint at. This book is absolutely, delightfully hilarious! A true farce! You will discover romance, a little mystery, appealing characters, a dead body, a butler, and oodles of situational funniness. I could easily see this transferred to the stage. The audience would be rolling in the aisles! The plot was intriguing and the tale was rife with twists and turns. The audio version, read by Sarah Coomes, was a joy to listen to. If you like a little madcap with your comedy, you will enjoy The Countess!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Interesting idea but poor follow-through (LVR)

    I liked the idea of the storyline, but when you actually get into reading the book, it seems contrived. Introduced and involved in the activities of all three sisters in this first book of the series, I felt the other two sister's stories were all but finished. Reading ahead the reviews of the next two books in the series, it appears they will be a retelling of the same story from the other two sister's points of view. No, thanks! I'll quit while I'm ahead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Sweet story

    Quick read....sweet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Always good

    Really like the book, its a great read and funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Loved this book.

    I loved this story. It was very sassy and quite funny at parts. I was very happy when reading this.

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    Highly recommended

    I actually enjoyed this story. I'm not usually into historical romances but this one was funny and intriguing.

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  • Posted January 5, 2013

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    Just plain stupid...............................................

    Just plain stupid.............................................................
    It was the 3 stooges type of humor--so if that's your bag........     The writing was cliche.   Everything was said DRYLY.   Richard said dryly.   Suzette said dryly.  Robert said dryly.  Etc, etc, etc.  Once in awhile they said it grimly.   A few times they said it wryly.   But mostly they said it dryly.   This writer needs a new set of adverbs.  As another reviewer pointed out it's a rewrite of  Weekend at Bernie's.   Without the  humor I'm afraid.   The writing was just so grating.   The errors so  obvious.   Did anyone edit this book?    

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Good winter read

    This book was funny with both mystery and romance A good read for a cold winter weekend

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  • Posted December 29, 2012

    Weekend at Bernie's meets historical romances!

    Weekend at Bernie's meets historical romances!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Fun read.

    I really enjoyed this book but was constantly distracted by the fact that this author used the word"dryly" a million times.

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