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The Countess | [Lynsay Sands]

The Countess

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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!

©2011 Lynsay Sands (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Laura Louisville, Ky USA 06-29-11
    Laura Louisville, Ky USA 06-29-11 Member Since 2008

    CD DIVA

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    "What a hoot!!!!!"

    I love the way Lyndsay Sands writes, she puts so much humor in it. This story is almost slapstick. I laughed the whole time. I love a good romantic comedy.
    Keep on keepin' on, Lyndsay.
    Laura Moats

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 03-26-12
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 03-26-12

    bookworm

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    "DON'T DO IT - I COULDN'T LISTEN TO IT !!"

    I am only on chapter 4 and I'm already thinking of stopping it and writing it off as a bad buy. I know some reviews have loved this as a slapstick book but I thought it would have been a romance book as other Lyndsay Sands books have been and which I have loved, but this is just painful.

    If you want a silly, stupid and farcical book then buy this but I'm off to listen to something else..

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Canada 01-23-13
    Amazon Customer Canada 01-23-13

    Never judge a book by its movie

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    "Regency Weekend at Bernie's"
    Would you listen to The Countess again? Why?

    Yes especially if i need a good laugh.


    What other book might you compare The Countess to and why?

    The Deed by Lynday Sands.


    What about Sarah Coomes’s performance did you like?

    I love Sarah Coomes. I know she always gets mixed reviews, but I have always enjoyed anything she narrates


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was laughing out loud at the scenes where certain characters are trying to move the dead body of an unkind Earl that nobody wants discovered (especially his wife, because if people know he is dead,, she would have to go into mourning, and could not be a sponsor for her sister who is looking for a husband)


    Any additional comments?

    Not your typical historical romance, but sometimes it's good not to be typical.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Allison Montgomery, AL, United States 07-27-11
    Allison Montgomery, AL, United States 07-27-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Cute enough"

    GREAT narrator, one of the best I've heard. The story was cute, funny, and moved quickly. I'm not sure what was lacking on my side, maybe a love for the characters.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kay United States 07-05-14
    Kay United States 07-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved the story but the narrator not so much"

    I did like this book when I first read it in print.
    I think Sarah Coomes was trying to hard. To much exclamations and to much emphasis on certain words that in my view didn't really did any.
    Her character voices were very lacking, they all sounded alike, she even had a female tone for Daniel one of the males. The love/sex scenes were over done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 05-19-14
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 05-19-14 Member Since 2011

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Where's Dickey?"

    Although this book was funny and had a light hearted vibe, there was a few holes in the story that never got resolved. I hear the next book is the same story just told from a different point of view. Even if book 2 patches up the holes from this book, I guess I will never know since I don't intend to read it. The ending was anticlimactic and the 'who done it' was a disappointment if not predictable. I felt like the main characters just became very good friends with benifits, I didn't really feel the romance. I have read a few of this author's other books which have always been the 'good not great' type, she is just not an immediate buy for me. I recommend this for a sale. Narrator was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trish JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 02-27-14
    Trish JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it.."
    Any additional comments?

    I really don't care what the 1 and 2 star reviews say on Amazon I absolutely loved this book. You have to have a sense of humor to like this book, you have to want to laugh instead of wanting all the drama in most historical novels. I happen to like a little laughter in my books. So, if you don't, or know how to, laugh this book isn't for you.
    I truly loved Richard and Christiana. Dicky was just, well, a dick. Loved Daniel, Robert, Suzette and Lisa, and good-old Haversham. And the sex was awesome.

    As to the narrator? She did a wonderful job! So many different voices it was easy to figure out who was talking. Just the way a narrator should be! Unlike many who just read the book in their own voices so even the men sound like women. UGH!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gayle Faribault, MN 02-21-14
    Gayle Faribault, MN 02-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Nice light read"

    I enjoyed this book and was surprised at how much it made me laugh-always a plus in my mind. I will be looking for more books from this author. Story ended without solving all the concerns, but one could tell it would lead to the next installment. I thought that was fine, because it completed Richard and Christianna's story quite satisfactorily

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dea United States 06-13-13
    Dea United States 06-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Read"

    This was a great story, very funny, and at times, had stop b/c i was laughing so much. all in all its a great story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    cheribob chicago 03-15-13
    cheribob chicago 03-15-13 Member Since 2012

    cheribob

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    "Too much sex"
    What was most disappointing about Lynsay Sands’s story?

    There was no story without the sex scenes. Terrible book, ridiculous story. If I would have had the actual book I could have just skipped all the sex scenes.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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