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A Reader of Fictions: According to Plan from Corpse Bride

A Reader of Fictions

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

According to Plan from Corpse Bride

The Other Countess
The Lacey Chronicles, Book 1

Author: Eve Edwards
Pages: 333
Publisher: Puffin

Description from Goodreads:
It's 1582 and eighteen-year-old Will Lacey's family is in trouble. After years of wasteful spending, his late father has run Lacey Hall to near ruin. Tasked with marrying his family back into fortune, the new Earl of Dorset is all set for a season at court to woo not just the Queen but potential brides with his jousting skills. But when Ellie – a strong-willed girl with nothing to her name but a worthless Spanish title – catches Will's eye, he faces a bigger battle than he could ever have anticipated.

First Sentence: "The first time Ellie met William Lacey, she thought him terrifying."

I completely adored this book. Of course, I'm a sucker for period pieces, but, hey, this was definitely a good one, even coming on the heels of Grave Mercy. Ellie is a fantabulous, feisty girl. She is well-educated and doesn't conform to society's expectations of her. If someone tries to take advantage of her or lie to her, she calls them out on it and defends herself. Love her.

Her dad is seriously frustrating. If I were her, I would have left him behind ages ago if possible. She feels a loyalty to him, even though he's always neglected her for his alchemy. On the one hand, I do admire her for this, but it's also sad because she's so strong and commanding when dealing with other men but so weak to her father. No one can mess you up like your parents!

Books like this you don't really read for the plot. Obviously, it's about romance and you pretty much know what essentially is going to happen from the opening pages. However, that's no problem if the journey is a good one. And, oh my, but it is. I loved that Edwards added in some serious historical elements, like the religious persecution in Elizabethan England. Plus, I totally dig the Shakespearean flair the romantic shenanigans have.

The story also follows, although slightly less frequently, Lady Jane. Based on her introduction, which has her falling prey to the seduction of an obvious rake, I expected to loathe her. However, I came to like her too. She's no Ellie, of course, but beneath her exterior, she's just a person longing to be loved like the rest of us. Besides, it's no wonder she has become so cold on the surface with everyone after her money and only her awful brother for company.

Apparently, the next book, The Queen's Lady, will continue on with her story. Thank goodness for that, because I was really disappointed not to read her happy ending! Moving on to book two posthaste!

Rating: 4/5

Favorite Quote: "'She's everything I want: the key to my lock, the arrow to my bow - oh, and ten thousand other such pathetic poetic tropes, none of which comes close to describing what she means to me.'"

About today's soundtrack: In case you're curious, the song is actually dedicated to Will's need to find a wealthy wife at court to restore the family's fortunes.

"It couldn't be worse? I'm afraid I disagree.
It could be land-rich bankrupt aristocracy,
without a penny to their name...just like you...and me.

Oh, dear.

And that's why everything, every last little thing,
every single tiny microscopic little thing must go...

According to plan,"

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Blogger April (BooksandWine) said...

OMG A STRONG WOMAN WHO IS EDUCATED? And historical fiction? And romance? Be still my beating heart.

Seriously all of these things, when well done, attract me to a book. I will def have to check out The Other Countess.

April 11, 2012 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Hahahaha, I was actually a heartbeat away from tweeting you about this book, because it sounded like it would be right up your alley. High five!

April 11, 2012 at 8:49 AM  

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