Countess by Coincidence (House of Haverstock, Book 3)

Countess by Coincidence (House of Haverstock, Book 3)

by Cheryl Bolen

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Countess by Coincidence (House of Haverstock, Book 3) by Cheryl Bolen

Two staggering coincidences result in the marriage of the reckless young Earl of Finchley and Lady Margaret Ponsby, a shy duke's daughter who's worshipped him from afar. . .

Countess by Coincidence is Book 3 in the House of Haverstock series (three connected marriage-of-convenience love stories set in Regency England).

Lady by Chance (Book 1 in the series) introduced the Haverstock family and spent two years on bestselling lists for historical romances.

In Duchess by Mistake (Book 2) an innocent visit to the Duke of Aldridge's to request a donation for her war widows puts Lady Elizabeth Upton in the midst of a most shocking scandal. . .

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BN ID: 2940151246194
Publisher: Cheryl Bolen
Publication date: 07/07/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 123,334
File size: 727 KB

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Countess by Coincidence (House of Haverstock, Book 3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It's a three book series and this is the last one which I happened to read first. I highly recommend this book. Simone24
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. I could truly see Maggies fears. How she suffered from her shyness. Thanks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So hard to put down. Well written and will be reading more of her books.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this whole series! Thanks for such exciting stories and letting us learn a bit about the House of Lords and the way war widows were treated! Great book! Hope there will be a couple more, at least Caro's story!
sportochick More than 1 year ago
This is a lighthearted easy historical read that shows the reader how a young Rake can find himself changing when he least suspects it. John Beauclerc, the 11th Earl of Finchley loves carousing with his three best friends. The author shows that there is more depth to his character that he is unaware of but his grandmother and now shock of shocks his unexpected wife can see. There are some amusing parts in how John acts that will crack up the reader because they will identify with someone in their life just like him. But the author balances out his character with life lessons that he needs to feel good about himself and his life. Lady Margaret Ponsby is the perfect match for Earl of Finchley in her love for him, how she treats him, their marriage and those around her. The author does a commendable job of showing a shy women trying to take command of her shyness to get the man she loves. This story is a great for all. was given this ARC for an honest opinion by Book Partners In Crime Promotions.
Bookworm2Bookworm More than 1 year ago
John Edward Beauclerc, the 11th Earl of Finchley, promised his grandmere, the Dowager Finchley, to curtail his gambling but has failed yet again. His parents are deceased and his grandmere is his only close relative. In need of money, he goes to her but she refuses him. She reminds him that he has honor which was lacking in his father and grandfather. Lady Margaret Ponsby has grown weary of the husband hunting ritual. She and her sister, Caro and Clair, each have a dowry of 30,000 pounds. Their sister-in-law, Elizabeth, Duchess of Aldridge, established a home for the destitute widows and children of officers killed in the war on the Peninsula. The sisters are all active helping at the home. Margaret lives nearby the Dowager Finchley and has always had a crush on John Finchley. So, when John places an ad in the paper offering 100 pounds to a woman to marry him and then go away, Margaret steps in to do so. John truly doesn’t want to be married but thinks this will convince his grandmother that he is a responsible man and she will relent and and fund him. But Margaret decides she wants a real marriage and moves in with him to at least attempt to portray that they have a normal marriage. Not all of her family is convinced that John will be a good husband. Margaret’s brother thinks he just wants her dowry. Margaret’s patience, quiet and giving personality awakens John’s interest in her. Will they be able to find a common ground that will open them up to a true love? Once again, the author has written a story of the awakening of love and how it sometimes needs time to blossom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the characters. Lady Margaret is sweet, loving, and very shy around men. Due to her shyness contrasted with the effervescent, outgoing personality of her near look alike sister lady Caroline, Margaret has been overlooked by the men of the ton. She has secretly admired her neighbor, Lord Finchley, across the street for years, even though he's a known rake prone to gambling and drinking who doesn't know Margaret exists, as he spends all his time with doxies and has never set foot in Almacks or attended balls. Through a series of coincidences which include Finchley's determination to have a sham marriage to please his grandmother, who holds the purse strings, while he continues his pleasure seeking life, and Margaret's shyness, which prevents her from speaking up, they end up truly married before Margaret realizes it. Will Margaret find Finchley to be a total cad, or is there more to his character? Can such a marriage become anything more than a ghastly mistake? What I loved about the writing is how much talent it takes for an author to make two such characters into flesh and blood people who come alive on the page. This was skillfully written, as I loved both characters and it takes talent to make a character like Margaret loveable and not come off as insipid or boring or somehow a victim. I loved Margaret from the first. Finchley was interesting, as you could see that some inherent goodness was there from the beginning, but even as his character matured, I was never quite sure which of many paths he would take. Finchley himself never wanted to marry or have a wife or family, which as why the sham marriage was what he thought he was getting. It would be easy to dislike Finchley because of his behavior, but you"ll have to read the book to see why I loved this story and the characters. This book comes third in line after the House of Haverstock duet of stories (books 1 and 2 are sold as a set) which are also excellant. As the characters in all three stories are family members, it does make sense to read them in order as there is a lot of intermingling of the characters between the three books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. So enjoyable! Five