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Secrets of a Proper Countess (Secrets #1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  409 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
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 Mar ...more
Kindle Edition, 389 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by HarperCollins e-books
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Apr 16, 2011 Rane rated it it was ok

At a masked ball, Lady Isobel Maitland lets herself free for the first time with a well known rake Phineas Archer, Marquess of Blackwood, with the mask Isobel can be free to do what she wants for one night. Of course, she doesn't count of Phineas not forgetting her taste, but Phineas has his own mask to hide behind, that of a spy whom works for the British government, as a rake no one will give him a second look, but when Isobel enters his life he's willing to risk it all...

Sound a tad famili
Jun 03, 2015 Andreia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-own-books, 2015
Há muito que não lia um livro cujas personagens são para lá de irritantes. Isobel, Phineas, Honoria, Charles e Marianne nem um escapa! Leva a 2ª estrela devido ao mistério adjacente, francamente superior às personagens.

If Lady Isobel Maitland is caught even speaking to an incorrigible rogue like the Marquess of Blackwood, she stands to lose everything she holds dear. Strict rules in her husband's will ensure that if she remarries or even forms friendships her mother-in-law does not approve of, then she will never see her young son again. But one night, in a dark garden at a masquerade ball, Isobel gives in to temptation, and lets an innocent flirtation turn into seduction.

Phineas Archer, the notorious Marquess
Sep 04, 2011 Daphne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Laura Navarre
May 13, 2012 Laura Navarre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Regency romance, Mary Balogh and Amanda Quick
In Lecia Cornwall’s charming debut, the elegant ballroom setting of Regency England may be familiar, but Cornwall’s unusually poignant heroine is anything but. Widowed countess Isobel Maitland is a virtual prisoner in her London townhouse, trapped by the terms of her husband’s will that transferred to her odious mother-in-law both Isobel’s fortune and the guardianship of her beloved son. Consequently, the Dowager Countess Honoria queens it over the Maitland household. If Isobel dares to emerge f ...more
May 03, 2015 Paula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aquem das expectativas.
Vanessa Montês
Apr 15, 2015 Vanessa Montês rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emprestaram-me

Blackwood é o típico libertino que quer algo mais da vida mas que nunca encontrara esse algo em ninguém. Encontra na mulher misteriosa, que nunca consegue descobrir quem é, esse algo e fica totalmente apaixonado por Isobel! E quando descobre a verdade sobre a mulher misteriosa, o medo de estar a ser enganado para revelar os segredos que esconde revela-se...

Foi um livro que gostei, leve, de rápida leitura e interessante. Gostei muito e é sem dúvida uma autora a acompanhar.

Opinião completa em

Num género como o romance histórico, prolífero em autoras e histórias, chega-se a um ponto em que se torna difícil surpreender um leitor mais assíduo neste tipo de leitura. Penso que tenha sido por isso que Lecia Cornwall não me convenceu totalmente, com muita pena minha. A história está bem pensada e tinha vários factores para ser um romance bastante cativante mas, infelizmente, não foi tão bem trabalhado quanto deveria. O que me deixa um pouco triste, co
Sophia (FV)
Apr 04, 2011 Sophia (FV) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted at Fiction Vixen.

Secrets of a Proper Countess is Lecia Cornwall’s debut novel. After reading the blurb I began reading this book thinking I had a pretty good idea of the story and how it would play out and after the first two chapters I wondered if this book would offer any surprises. I’m pleased to say that once the ball got rolling I really enjoyed this book and I certainly got more than I expected.

Lady Isobel Maitland is a widow and is forced to conform to the rules
Apr 27, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When considering my reaction to this book, in general, overall, I'd have to say enjoyment was found. At the end of the story, I admit freely I was fascinated by the characters. I found the plot to be readable. The dialogue was believable. The external drama was interesting, and well written. But, there were some issues.

From the beginning of the novel, to the end, I found the leading characters in the story to be very much grounded in reality. One of my biggest criticisms of a book forms itself w
Apr 05, 2011 SidneyKay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-regency
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Victoria Vane
I gave this a 4/5 because I very much liked the premise of the story, writing and the main characters. A few things kind of took away from the book, but can be over looked if you keep in mind this is the author's debut novel. The plot was a bit uneven, and the use of chapter division was a bit distracting.

I liked the unique characters and the fact that Phineas was certain he would know his secret paramour instantly but absolutely gaffed at cluing into her identity. I thought this was rather wel
Isabel  Almeida (Os Livros Nossos)
Uma estreia muito bem conseguida pela autora neste romance. Mistério, intriga, paixão, sensualidade, espionagem, traição e muitos twists e acção revelaram ser a receita perfeita para o sucesso. Personagens fortes, e os detalhes históricos , assim como os vários condicionalismos sociais e políticos do período da Regência, na Inglaterra do Século XIX conferem a este livro uma qualidade nem sempre presente num romance de estreia. Adorei! Crítica completa em breve no blog Os Livros Nossos.
Elaine Mcdonald
Mar 09, 2014 Elaine Mcdonald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. I think it is very well written especially for debut novel. 4.5
Apr 03, 2011 Dls rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was really disappointed in this book. It had a very weak plot (way too many villains); the heroine was terribly inconsistent ("I will do anything for my child" as she does the one thing guaranteed, supposedly, to lose him); she was apparently totally ignorant of any rights (surely if she already owned property before the marriage it was held in trust and she had a legal advisor? Even if she didn't, couldn't she get one?); and it was completely unbelievable that the hero failed to recognize her ...more
Apr 24, 2011 Karla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This debut book is hard to rate. The writing and characters in this story were very good. I liked the voice and style of the author. Also the romance was well done. Because I consider those elements to be essential I'm giving this four stars. However I found the traitors plot a bit weak. There was a lot of action in the last half of the book which was enjoyable. I just had trouble believing the motivation of the villains. Still, a very good debut and I'm looking forward to her next book.
May 25, 2015 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carla Geraldes
Aug 26, 2015 Carla Geraldes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: empréstimos
Muito bom. A conta certa de intriga, sedução, mistério e segredos.
Um romance de época que me prendeu do início ao fim.
For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, hard copy or online at: - March 2011 issue.
Titinha Scaeiro
4,5* adorei o livro... Quem olha para a capa pensa que é muito erótico mas não... Adorei, uma agradável surpresa... :)
May 27, 2011 Juliem rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unable to finish. Unlikeable hero. Weak heroine. Everybody else is a villain.
Ana Luisa Henriques
Um livro bastante interessante embora tenha uma história algo previsível mas afinal... quase todos os romances não são assim?

A história começa de forma erótica e já estava a ver que não era para mim pois não acho muita piada ao tema mas após o preâmbulo e embora nunca se perca essa aura de devasidão q.d., há muito mais a acrescentar à história. Gostei desta condessa apagada, esmagada pelos outros e pelas imposições de uma testamento demasiado severo, e da força interior que, mesmo assim, mantinh
Joana V.
May 24, 2015 Joana V. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meus
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Foi a primeira vez que li um livro de Lecia Cornwall. Com um plot interessante, esta história teve pontos fortes e pontos fracos: uma mulher que tudo tenta fazer para proteger o filho, lidando com familiares que são autênticos vilões e que acabam por ser algo previsíveis.
Isobel Maitland é Condessa e mãe do pequeno Robin, o Conde e é controlada, literalmente controlada, pelo seu cunhado Charles e pela sogra Honoria. A risco de perder o seu filho
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Apr 23, 2012 Book Binge marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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When Lady Isobel’s husband died his will stated that she had to keep her reputation spotless at all times or her son, the current Earl would be taken from her permanently by his brother and mother. It also gave all control of her money and properties to her in-laws. Isobel is miserable and wants nothing more to be as far from her in-laws as possible but for the sake of her son she stays and deals with the humiliation that is piled on her regularly.

One night at a masked ball she breaks through he
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Jul 27, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, reviewed
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Apr 08, 2011 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A widowed countess (3 points?) is forced into a facade of strict propriety due to the terms of her husband's will, which leaves control of her behavior, access to her son, and her means of support entirely to her strict mother-in-law. It is therefore very risky to go off with a man at a masked ball--yet she does. I do like it when the hero/heroine get down to business in the first 20 pages of a book! But our hero has secrets of his own--hold onto your hats, ladies!--he's really a spy! And he sus ...more
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Lecia Cornwall lives and writes in Calgary, Canada, amid the beautiful foothills of the Canadian Rockies, with four cats, two teenagers, a crazy chocolate Lab, and one very patient husband. She is hard at work on her next book.
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