The Countess

The Countess

by Claire Delacroix


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Driven from her late husband's estate, Countess Eglantine de Crevy fled to wildest Scotland to claim a castle, only to find a ruin - and a clan chieftain standing guard. Kinbeath was hers, she declared, vowing to rebuild the manor and launch a bride quest so her daughters could marry for love. But Duncan MacLaren had devised a bride quest of his own, swearing to win the land - and the fiery countess - in a war of sweet seduction...

Eglantine declared she would never be captured by this barbarian. Yet Duncan awakened passions she had never known before. She promised to fight him with every weapon at her command even as he vowed to woo her for a year and a day - and make her his pagan bride.

Each thought Kinbeath the prize the most desired, a prize to be won at any price. Until passion turned to love, and the chieftain found himself fighting for the heart and hand of the woman he was born to possess.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780987839992
Publisher: Deborah A. Cooke
Publication date: 03/28/2012
Series: Bride Quest , #4
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

Bestselling author Claire Delacroix sold her first romance, a medieval called THE ROMANCE OF THE ROSE, in 1992. Since then, she has published more than forty-five romance novels and numerous novellas. She has also written under the names Claire Cross and Deborah Cooke. THE BEAUTY, part of her successful Bride Quest series, was her first book to land on the New York Times List of Bestselling Books.

She has an honours degree in history, with a focus on medieval studies, and is an avid reader of medieval vernacular literature, fairy tales and fantasy novels. She makes her home in Canada with her husband and family. When she isn't writing, she can be found knitting, sewing or hunting for vintage patterns.

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The Countess 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
NavyWave62 More than 1 year ago
Starts out Slow, but got better 1/3 into book. I almost gave up on this book, because all you heard from our two main character's was, 'YOU'RE LEAVING, NO YOU'RE LEAVING!! OMG! But, finally the author moved away from who was staying to start writing a good story. I loved the little girl in this story, so funny I laughed out loud. This book is worth the read and especially if you bought the bundle of this series. My heart ached at times for Duncan, but I ended up with a glow, so all is good. Eglantine had only one goal, to make her 2 daughter's and awful step-daughter lives better. In the end you will love this story, the middle and end far outweigh the beginning. (ljb)
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1176 Countess Eglantine de Crevy has no time to consider her feelings towards her recently dead spouse Theobald who left her in dire straits. With no place to turn except the remote Scottish Highlands, Eglantine immediately leaves what was once her home.

In Kinbeath, Eglantine meets the local chieftain Duncan MacLaren. Though attracted to the ruggedly handsome Scotsman, Eglantine vows never to succumb to the ¿charms¿ of this barbarian. She knows at the ripe old age of twenty-eight that feelings, especially love, fail in a relationship as she learned from Theobald. Though she falls in love with Duncan, the only marriage Eglantine has in mind involves obtaining husbands for her daughters.

THE COUNTESS, the fourth tale in Claire Delacroix¿s Bride Quest, is a compassionate medieval love story that focuses on the romantic squabble between the lead charcaters. The story line is very entertaining because Duncan and Eglantine share many traits such as obstinacy and love. Their battle for supremacy is amusing and entertaining as both use their wits to trump their opponent and obtain their desires. As with THE PRINCESS, THE DAMSEL, and THE HEIRESS, and now this novel, fans know that a Ms. Delacroix tale is tasteful and fulfilling.

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MartyPT More than 1 year ago
This is the first of a trilogy, and the second of a series, you do not have to read the first trilogy to get into this set. The book starts in 1176 and ends a year later. It was fun, romantic, and hopeful. The main character takes her daughters and leaves for parts unknown to her based on a land deed left to her when her creep of a husband dies. She travels to Scotland with a group of workers loyal to her family to establish her claim, and once there discovers she's not the only one to claim the land. Of course she finds a man worthy of her and tries to help her daughters have a future filled with love, but there are stumbling blocks along the way. The step daughter is a real piece of work and I would have been happy for her to get her just desserts, but it is a romance novel so she gets a HEA too. Enjoyable read and complete story with no cliff hangers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me interested, a little contrived in places.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to get into
dkbrick73 More than 1 year ago
Lovely story of how a determined woman took her daughters away from arranged marriages with rotten men and moved them to a place they could look for love. Drawbacks? The name Eglantine. What a mouthful! But the hunky Scottish chief Duncan is easy to read and a wonderful character! This one is a keeper! i was given a copy in return for an honest review.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75stars---THE COUNTESS is the fourth installment in Claire DeLacroix’s BRIDE QUEST historical romance series. This is Countess Eglantine De Crevy, and Scottish Clan leader Duncan MacLaren’s story line. Told from dual third person perspectives (Eglantine and Duncan) THE COUNTESS focuses the building relationship between Countess Eglantine De Crevy-a twenty eight year old, twice widowed mother of three, and Scottish Clan chieftan Duncan MacLaren-a man who is determined to claim Eglantine as his own. Following the death of her second husband, Eglantine discovered she had been left destitute, and without any source of help but for a legal deed claiming her husband owned property in the wilds of Scotland. Fearing for her daughter’s life, betrothed to an abusive and violent man, Eglantine headed to Scotland to claim what she believed was rightfully hers. Enter Duncan MacLaren –the man who would steal her heart but not before a series of mishaps befall Eglantine’s travelling party. The relationship between our leading couple begins acrimoniously as Eglantine claims rightful ownership of the land that Duncan claims to belong to his Clan. There back and forth rivalry consumes a good portion of the story line, as does the struggle to survive against someone who wants Eglantine gone. The $ex scenes are intimate without the use of graphic sexual language or imagery. There is a large number of secondary and supporting characters including Eglantine’s three daughters, her large ensemble of servants, vassals and support staff. We are also introduced to Duncan’s Clan-a group of rough men who live off of the land. THE COUNTESS is an entertaining story line; a tale about two people pushed together by circumstance who must battle one another’s strengths and weakness on a path towards their happily ever after. The premise is enlightening; the characters are colorful, animated and energetic; the romance is sensual and passionate.
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Hfowler More than 1 year ago
Eglantine has just buried her second husband and comes to find out that her second husband has gambled everything away, including her home that he did not have the right to gamble away. Eglantine finds out that he did own a run down piece of property in Scotland and she decides to take her three daughters there to get away from a man who wants to marry her daughter. He is a man 3 times her age and reminds Eglantine of her first husband. She was 14 years old, same age as her daughter, and she married a man 3 times her age. She does not want that for her daughter so they run to Scotland to start anew. When they arrive, they find a band of "barbarians" led by a man named Duncan MacLaren who claim ownership of her land. The moment they meet the chemistry is clear, though she refuses to give into her desires. Duncan refuses to give up his claim on the land and he decides the best way to keep his claim is to woo Eglantine. Somewhere along the way he falls in love with her and then works to truly win her trust and love. Their adventure was enjoyable to watch and passionate. I love Eglantine, she is such a strong character with a will of iron. Duncan is a great match for her and ends up showing her that not all men are like her first two husbands. I enjoyed their story and look forward to reading book 2 in the Bride Quest II series.
mjs44 More than 1 year ago
The Countess is the first book in the Bride Quest II trilogy. Our heroine, Eglantine (what a name) is determined to protect her daughters from the fate she suffered with her marriages. to avoid and protect she sets out on a journey to the far reaches of Scotland, along with a surprising number of household members. There she meets her destiny in the form of Duncan, who has laid claim to the holding--Kinbeath-she has claimed. Sparks fly, problems abound and villeins are surprising. An excellent read which can stand alone, in fact I was surprised it was the first book of a trilogy and the fourth in a series. Copy gifted by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
roseprincess2485 More than 1 year ago
I love a strong female character who is not afraid to stand up to men in books. Some romances seem to make the women unnaturally submissive but not Eglantine! She has a plan in mind and she is not afraid to fight for it. Step in Duncan, her roadblock. He has his own plans that did not match Eglantine's. It is a fun story with twists and the characters are fully developed. It is nice to see story lives from the previous books in the first series and also to get the building blocks of the next story. The wording can be hard to take some times because there is a lot of old English phrasing but it is a great read none the less. Copy gifted by Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Robindpdx More than 1 year ago
This was a well-written, enjoyable story. Set in 1176, a widow, Eglantine de Crevy, travels to an unknown property in Scotland that is the only asset remaining after her husband passes away. She arrives to find a local clan chieftan, Duncan MacLaren, claiming the same property. The interactions between Eglantine and Duncan were fun to read and I found this book hard to put down. I look forward to reading the rest of this series! Copy gifted by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Sodapop74 More than 1 year ago
This was such a good book!!! I loved Eglantine and Duncan. Their fight over who would stay at the keep finally blurs, though I would have blurred a lot faster than she did. Eglantine is a strong willed woman and I enjoy that, I like it when they speak their minds and are not afraid to say what they really mean. Duncan is a very yummy character too and I know that the next book in the series is going to be wonderful!!! ***Copy gifted by the publisher for an honest review***
seansq More than 1 year ago
Eglantine, at 26 years old, feels that her opportunity for a marriage filled with love and respect is not to be. Two times married and two times widowed, her first husband was 30 years her senior and her second a charming but worthless rogue. When she discovers that her second husband had gambled away their estate she knew she had no choice but to flee to the only property left – a castle in the wilds of Scotland. She travels with her stepdaughter from her first marriage along with her own 2 daughters. When she finally arrives she finds the castle a ruin and in the possession of a highland clan with chieftain Duncan MacLaren standing guard. Although firmly convinced that Eglantine is in the wrong, Duncan cannot help but be impressed with her strength to travel so far and her determination to take care of her daughters and her people first no matter the cost to her. He tricks her into a hand fast marriage of a year and a day and vows to woo and win her love. Somewhat implausible plot with problems suddenly working themselves out – it was not the best sample of Claire Delacroix’ craft but enjoyable nevertheless. “Copy gifted by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a gift for an honest review. Strong female characters, strong male character that supports the strong female. Which I loved. I laughed, got sad, and truly enjoyed this book.
LilyPrincess More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books that I have read recently. Eglantine is such a strong caring character. I like how she is willing to do what she feels in necessary to protect her family and people. The character Duncan is strong and stubborn, but can't help caring for such a person as she. I enjoyed their story as well as the side stories of the children. I enjoyed this story so much that I am looking forward to reading the remaining books in the series. Copy gifted by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read and can't wait to read the next two in this series. It may have started a little slow, but it quickly picked up speed and was hard to put down. 289 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First two thirds of this book was nay but constant bickering over who would stay and who would go...last third was just barely ok. As a 280 page freebie, i gave it two stars and felt that was being generous.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It's the love a mother has for her daughters that has her fleeing to the Highlands to outrun the poor match intended for her daughter. She vows that her daughters will marry for love and not be the victim of an arranged marriage. But.... she finds love herself but has a hard time trusting it since she has been wronged herself twice over. Great read.... Love Claire...
Chastel More than 1 year ago
Excellent read...a wonderful series
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catd More than 1 year ago
The characters are likable. The story is a little different from most. A mother tries to make a life for her children and she finds love.