Secrets of a Proper Countess (Archer Family Series #1)

Secrets of a Proper Countess (Archer Family Series #1)

by Lecia Cornwall
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Secrets of a Proper Countess (Archer Family Series #1) by Lecia Cornwall

Lecia Cornwall, a brilliant new voice in historical romance fiction, makes a truly spectacular debut with Secrets of a Proper Countess. This Regency Era delight, written in the smart, sensually captivating style of Lorraine Heath and Elizabeth Hoyt, tells the story of a shy, retiring lady who lets her passions run wild while masked and in the arms of an infamous rakish Marquess—a brief yet achingly romantic encounter that forever changes the rogue, who vows to find and unmask his mystery dream lover.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062018939
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/29/2011
Series: Archer Family Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 417,632
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Lecia Cornwall lives and writes in Calgary, Canada, in the beautiful foothills of the Canadian Rockies, with five cats, two teenagers, a crazy chocolate Lab, and one very patient husband.

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Secrets of a Proper Countess 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Isobel Maitland, the Countess of Ashdown hid behind drab clothing, the lifestyle of a respectable widow and a demure composure to protect everything she cared about. Her husband left her life in control of his family and their goal was to take it and her son away. Isobel did as she was commanded but on this one night she hid behind a mask at a costume ball feeling free for the first time and wanting to explore her passionate side. She always dressed respectable on the exterior but underneath was the passion Isobel trying to get out. Isobel was going to have an adventure on this night that would shock everyone if they knew and the person she was going to have this illicit time was Phineas Archer, The Marquess of Blackwood the perfect rake and rogue about London. She could not have a scandal of any kind but Phin was too tempting and just for one night she could let go and be free of commitment and burdens. Phineas was more than willing to let his reputation take over with the woman whose name he didn't know. One night was enough for Isobel but one night was not enough for him and as he searches for this woman that has caught his heart and soul he would never have suspected it could be plain, ordinary Isobel because she kept herself away from society and hidden from view. Phineas it turns out is also so much more than the lifestyle he carries on with. He is pretending to be a shiftless man only to fulfill his work for his country and never before has he doubted himself and what he was doing as correct but that woman must be found and not to solve a mystery but to lay beside him in a nice, comfortable bed with his arms around her. But will Phin be able to find out who his mystery woman is? Isobel does everything she can to prevent being discovered but a random friendship with Phin's sister creates another set of problems as it seems she now can't keep him out of her life or her house. If he does find out that she is his mystery woman what will happen to Isobel knowing that everything she cares about will be taken from her. Isobel also suspects there is more than one kind of trouble abounding in her home with her in-laws but she can't figure out what it is. They lied about her husband's death and the more secrets she reveals the more concerned she is for her son's safety. This debut book from Lecia Cornwall is a wonderful, romantic and compelling story. With strong characters built around a story that is reality based for women in this time period she showcases Isobel as she hides her passion behind the mask of a widow. Add to that Phineas and his rake behavior you have two amazing characters with so many stories to tell about their life after the book ends. Ms. Cornwall has done just that divinely.
AAR More than 1 year ago
SECRETS OF A PROPER COUNTESS by Lecia Cornwall is an exciting historical Regency romance.It is full of danger,romance, sweet sensuality,betrayal,treason,secrets,love,family,intrigue,seduction,deadly missions, disguises,lies,and witty banter. The characters are unforgettable and will capture your hearts from the first page to the last.When seduction,danger and secrets pull Lady Isobel Maitland together with Phineas,The Marquess of Blackwood,not only does sparks fly,but thought long ago buried will be opened and love will blossom.Isobel is locked into widowhood by the will her late husband left,giving guardianship of her young son and her lands to his brother and mother and not to his wife.She is treated horribly by her in-laws,made to wear ugly,mourning clothes for three years,can do nothing with her 5 year old son and has no freedom,if she does; not only will lose her son,but her estates and both their lives. Isobel longs for freedom,love and happiness.Phineas,is not the rake everyone believes him to be,but has his own secrets that only his brother-in-law knows.He longs also for love and happiness,but doesn't realize it until is is nearly to late.This is a fast pace,page turning,story with moments of wit,that actually will have you laughing at loud.I enjoyed this story from beginning to end and am looking forward to the next installment.This is this author's debut book and an author to watch for,I know I will.This book was received for the purpose of review from the author and the publisher and details can be found at Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers and My Book Addiction and More.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Widow Isobel Maitland is very careful with how she behaves amidst the Ton especially with her in-laws watching her every move because they do not want a scandal to interfere with their covetous need to climb up the aristocratic system. However, the Countess decides to let herself go and enjoy a masquerade party she attends. She meets Marquess Phineas but introduces herself as Yasmina to the notorious rake. Phineas actually uses the role of rogue to conceal he is an undercover agent working for the crown. He searches for his Yasmina as much as he seeks to expose a smuggler working for Napoleon. Once he figures out who Yasmina is and accepts the evidence that prim Isobel is her, Phineas wants to make her his wife, but fears she might be in cahoots with the smuggler. Lecia Cornwall provides historical romance fans with an entertaining nineteenth century tale starring two intriguing protagonists. The metamorphosis of Isabel from prim and proper to seductress (perhaps to easily done) makes for a fun time as readers will enjoy the havoc her change in deportment does to Phineas while he tries to focus on the case. Secrets of a Proper Countess is an enjoyable historical. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great. I was very impressed with this author. Usually I am bored or annoyed with the simpering heroines in this type of book, but I was hooked from the first chapter. I did not want to put it down. I am looking forward to more from this author. Very well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down I stayed up until 5am to finish it. Thanks I will now try to find more by this author. Really liked .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so bad, I couldnt finish. Lame dialog, weak characters, sluggish plot. Save your money! Look at Katherine Ashe or Meredith Duren instead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed this read. The herione was clever and loveable. i found her situation sad. This book makes you cry then makes you laugh. A very complete book. Worth a read.
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I just adored this book. It has mystery and romance. The twists were so-so. But the story itself was great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. Great story and very well written.
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Dianne512 More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put down the book -- Cornwall is a romantic reader's dream come true - so well written.
75703lw More than 1 year ago
lots of suspence nad good plot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Steamy romance between a, you guessed it, proper countess and a rakish duke. Isobel is seeking some fun in her otherwise cobstricting and dull life and she finds it in elicit rendezvous with a duke who doesnt recognize her by day. Never really got the feelig the two were in love so kuch as they both enjoy a good romp now and then. Still, Isobel is intriguing and her maudlin storyline kept me reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first few chapters were difficult to get through. As some other reviewers lamented, Isobel is very much under her mother-in-law's thumb. I'm glad I stuck with the story, though, as she eventually took her pride and power back. The only thing I wish there had been more of was time for Phin and Isobel to talk and get to know each other. I enjoyed this book.
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