John comes home to an inheritance he doesn’t want and a wife he didn’t know he had!
After Waterloo, John Dalkington-Smythe travelled overseas to Canada to find some peace and make his fortune. A frantic visit from his cousins, the Earl of Graywood and his brother brings him back home, but a tragic incident aboard ship leaves John the new heir.
In London, John meets the woman calling herself his widow. Except he isn’t dead and he’s not married. When he discovers the impostor is the woman he’s desired for years, he decides to persuade her to keep the position of Countess of Graywood.
Faith spent years trying to ignore the presence of Lieutenant-Colonel Dalkington-Smythe, her husband’s military commander. Finding herself in dire straits after Waterloo, she poses as his widow. She only ever meant it as temporary. To find that John is alive comes as a severe shock, but her feelings for him are as strong as ever. The passion John and Faith discover together is worth fighting for.
Someone is threatening to expose Faith’s deception and destroy John’s fortune and position in society. If they don’t discover the identity of their unknown enemy and thwart the schemes, John and Faith could lose everything—title, fortune and even their lives.
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About the Author
Award winning, top selling author Lynne Connolly writes historical romance, paranormal romance and contemporary romance.
She lives in the UK with her family and her Mews, Jack. She also loves travelling, and often incorporates the places she visits into her books.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Deception, Intrigue, and some forbidden desire makes this story a keeper. Oh dear. Another book that has been sitting on my Kindle, waiting to be read, for quite some time. I just kept passing it up for something different. Was it the cover? Was it the seemingly ordinary synopsis? I am not sure. BUT, once I opened to the first page, I was sunk. Just plain sunk. So, beware! This book has a way of grabbing you and not letting go. John Dalkington-Smythe is living peacefully in Canada. He is considered dead after fighting the fight at Waterloo. With scars inside and out and a strained family relationship, he never wants to return to England. When he past catches up with him, he reluctantly agrees to return but on the way home tragedy strikes, leaving him the heir to an Earldom. Faith Smith is currently posing as John's widow. While she may be a war widow, she is most definitely not John's. But she thought he was dead. She thought no harm would ever come from her little lie. Then John returns and everything changes. Will he denounce her? How can she admit the truth? What will she do? One of the best things about The Counterfeit Countess is how honest John and Faith are with one another. In everything. Even in the beginning they were fairly honest about their motives and expectations. Both are good people in untenable situations. You can't help but admire them for their strong moral character throughout the whole story. Lynne Connelly does a wonderful job building up the relationship between John and Faith and it is done in a very believable time frame. First attraction, then unwavering trust, and finally love. They are devoted to one another in a remarkable and unmovable way that is as refreshing as it is beautiful. There is little conflict between our hero and heroine, instead the sense of unease and complications are brought in from outside sources. And I love that. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is sweet, smart, and a bit naughty. I have a feeling it will remain with me for quite some time and am excited to see what else Miss Connelly has in store for us. 4.5 Stars!