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The Countess (Bride Quest #4)

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“Be mine for a year and a day and I will possess your heart forevermore!”

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 Dun
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Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published December 2011 (first published August 1st 2000)
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TJ
Oct 30, 2009 TJ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read all the other books in the 'Brides Quest' series and have thoroughly enjoyed them all. That's part of the reason "The Countess" was such a disappointment. The writing was just as good, the storyline was interesting. The problem narrowed down to one thing - and it was a book breaker. Eglantine is written as a strong, courageous, woman of high values and the will do accomplish them. She takes charge of her family and flees to an unknown land with nothing but a deed, bravely confronting ...more
Reba
Dec 13, 2015 Reba rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a hard 3.75stars!! Romance, highland men, an excellent story descriptive scenes that make you feel apart of the story. Duncan is amazing, hot and every women's fantasy. Eglantine (horrible name) took some getting used to. Now I commend her on putting her children first and even understand her hesitation to trust men to a point, but when Duncan proves over and over how honorable he is with not just words but action and she still didn't trust him? Let's just say she got on my nerves c ...more
Chris Coulson
Feb 01, 2017 Chris Coulson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing historical romance
A noblewoman, through circumstances of recent widowhood, escapes to the wilds of Scotland to protect her daughter from a potentially bad arranged marriage and finds her HEA.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
Bonnie
Jan 05, 2017 Bonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was not very impressed so I only read about 60 pages.
Sandy
May 23, 2016 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,75 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date ecember 28, 2014

“Be mine for a year and a day and I will possess your heart forevermore!”

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 th
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Tina Ullrich
Apr 22, 2016 Tina Ullrich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How many times can you say, I saw that coming. This is not one of them. The Countess is a funny, lighthearted read that will have you laughing and telling others about this book. Here is a woman that is hoping that her Scoundrel of a dead husband was telling one thing true. She embarks on a journey with her daughters to find a husband for them. Knowing that she will have a hard time of finding said husbands. She believes she can make it in a harsh, strange place call the Highlands of Scotland. O ...more
MJ
Dec 01, 2015 MJ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's a struggle between 2 stars and 3... but not clear enough to just leave it sitting on 2.5 stars.

Hmm, by the time I moved to page two, I was ready to throw my iPad at the wall if I had to read another 'Twas' or 'Twould'. Realizing this was a pretty extreme response so early in the piece, I wondered if I should just delete the book and move on.

It was a close call, but I decided to take a deep breath, add the dreaded 'Twas/Twould' to my 'mental edit list', and continue on. Now my 'mental edit
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Aleen ~Lampshade Reader
Originally posted on my blog: Review: The Countess (Bride Quest II, Book 1) by Claire Delacroix.

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Countess Eglantine de Crevy was a character that was truly incredible. She displayed vulnerability and the courage to start her life all over again. I liked that she was a more mature heroine than what is typical, with three daughters to take care of. Her trust in men is tested when her husband suddenly dies and leaves her with nothing but a deed to a piece of land in Scotland. It was a true dishonor
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Randy C Witherspoon
An awesome read

I really great book. I recommend this book if you like historical romance books. It is adventurous and clean. The story keeps you wanting more. It also has a great ending
Cindy
Jun 14, 2016 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Countess: Claire Delacroix

The Countess was, as all of her stories, a very enjoyable read. It started out a bit slower than some of the other books I have read by Ms. Delacroix, but it picked up speed quickly. The strength and determination of Eglantine is inspiring. Duncan's patience and long-suffering is in true hero style.

Wanting the best for one's children is the wish of most mothers, especially when faced with subjecting them to the misery she, herself, endured in her first marriage.
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Diane
Mar 15, 2016 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
While I read a large number of Historical Romance novels I rarely read any in this earlier time period. That being said I had previously read the first Bride Quest Trilogy and enjoyed them so I was looking forward to reading this book.
In this story, Eglantine is forced to flee her home when her husband dies leaving her with nothing. He not only had wagered away their home (that wasn’t even his but her brother’s) he lost it to the old man who was betrothed to Eglantine’s 14 year old daughter. All
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Heather
May 03, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 mar ...more
Debbie Glenn Brown
The Countess is from the Bride Quest series. In this book Countess Eglantine de Crevy husband has died leaving her with nothing except for a deed to Kinbeath, a worthless piece of land in the wilds of Scotland. He wagered away her home which was not his to wager and lost it to the old man who was betrothed to Eglantine’s 14 year old daughter from a previous marriage. When Eglantine finds out her home is no long hers she decides to pack-up her three daughters and many servants and travel to Kinbe ...more
Meg Fielding
Mar 21, 2016 Meg Fielding rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 dau ...more
Petula
May 23, 2016 Petula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After her husband's funeral Countess Eglantine de Crevy finds herself penniless , and her daughter pledged to wed an old man. Her only option is to hope that the deed to a property in the wilds of Scotland will allow them to hide and start a new life. When they get there they find it occupied.
Duncan MacLaren has no intention of giving up his claim to land that has belonged to his clan for generations just because this woman has an obviously forged deed. He can't however do as some suggest and f
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Rachel Thompson
Nov 06, 2008 Rachel Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical romance fans
Shelves: historical
After her husband's death, Countess Eglantine de Crevy realizes she's been left with nothing, except the title of a far-away estate in Scotland named Kinbeath. Feeling she has no choice, she flees there with her daughters, vowing that they will be allowed the happiness she has been denied out of her sense of duty.

But Kinbeath is not abandoned. Duncan MacLaren and his clan believe Kinbeath to be theirs, as it has belonged to their clan for centuries. To keep Eglantine and her people alive, Duncan
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Marty Tool
Nov 10, 2016 Marty Tool rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Voirrey
I am benefitting from discovering Bookbub and being able to find interesting things to read for free, or for a matter of pence.

This is one of them - a completely unlikely, but likeable, romance between a French Aristocratic widow and a Scottish clan leader in the wilds of the West Coast of Northern Scotland. With a supporting cast of her lascivious step-daughter, two young daughters, a lecherous old man, a glowering younger one who thinks he should be chief, assorted clansmen, villeins - oh and
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Tina Groat
May 04, 2016 Tina Groat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story as it was well written. I loved the interaction between the different characters, but especially that of Eglantine and Duncan. Eglantine sets out to protect her daughters from the same fate she suffered with her marriages. This quest of hers takes her to Scotland where she meets Duncan and that’s where the sparks start flying between the two of them. Add in the mixture of daughters that don’t truly understand/appreciate what Eglantine is trying to do, foreign land alo ...more
Sara
Apr 29, 2016 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 sto ...more
Glenda
Aug 24, 2013 Glenda rated it it was amazing
This is the first of the Bride Quest books I have read although I've read other works by Ms Delacroix under multiple names. I've enjoyed all that I've read so far, and plan to continue reading her books.

Even though this is the first book of the second Bride Quest trilogy and many characters from the first trilogy appear in The Countess, you do not feel like you are jumping in to the middle of the story as often happens in series. Ms Delacroix does an excellent job including historical details w
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Arlene Kellas
It was entertaining, but I just couldn't get into the characters. The plot lines were started, then changed out too quickly. It just didn't work for me.

The countess Engelina runs from her estate after her latest husband's death to keep her daughter from having to wed in an arranged marriage. She runs to a land deeded to her husband in Scotland that is said to be worthless. She meets Duncan, a clan chief. He falls in love, but it takes her forever to reciprocate.

Seems like it could be good, but
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Adele
Jan 31, 2012 Adele rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-ebooks
If you like an overwhelming use of archaic English, then you'll love this book. I don't. I am nigh 'tis-ed, 'tisn't-ed, 'twould-ed, naught-ed, wrought-ed nigh unto distraction. 'Twould have been enough to have read all that only during conversational parts, but really? Through nigh every bit of narrative, as well? 'Twas waaaay overmuch! And truly, the author ought to learn not to overuse and oft incorrectly the words of "wrought" and "naught". I have read many other historical novels and naught ...more
Sandy Digger
Apr 18, 2016 Sandy Digger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting

After reading a few of the reviews I wasn't sure I would like this story but I thought I'd give it a chance. I'm glad I did, it was quite good. It was quite interesting. The beginning was a little slow but once the main character made up her mind and got on the road the story took off. The characters ran the gamut from sweet to manipulative with a spoiled brat thrown in. Although she became a sweeter child rather quickly. All in all a good book but unfortunately it left me wanting mor
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Lucy
Jun 14, 2016 Lucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Copy gifted by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Countess Eglantine de Crevy fled her home in order to save her daughters from an arranged marriage.
Duncan MacLaren , chieftain of Clan MacQuarrie comes to Scottland to claim Kinbeath.
Duncan will fight for the land, but so will Eglantine.
Will they come to an understanding or will love conquers ?
Lori Motsavage
I'm not a parent but I like to think that parents do some of the things that they do so that they children will not do some of the things that they did. So if you were a twice widowed woman in 20's and your not so dearly departed had promised your teenage daughter to your cruel old friend what would you do? The book is the story of said young woman and her trials. It's a story of a really brave and determined woman so it isn't just for romance fans.
I received a copy of this book from the publis
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Jessica Woods
Mar 16, 2016 Jessica Woods rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a good historical romance with a strong heroine. Unhappy with her choices in life for her and her daughters, Eglantine leaves all she knows to provide the possibility of marriage for love instead of forcing her daughter to marry a man 30 years her senior. Duncan is the laird of his clan with the look of a savage but the heart of a poet. Full of intrigue, conflict, and mistrust Duncan and Eglantine work their way toward love in a sweetly, heated romance. I received a copy gifted by t ...more
Lynn Jenkins
Apr 15, 2016 Lynn Jenkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about a strong willed woman looking to right the wrongs done to her by society in general and the men in her life in particular. After her husband gambled away their property and to save her daughter from a prearranged marriage she moves her family and loyal members to Kinbeath to start fresh. At Kinbeath she finds it to be already inhabited by a clan of Scot bent on not allowing them to stay. Cooler heads prevail and the countess and the chieftain experiences the Sparks of love.
GregandRobin
Apr 28, 2016 GregandRobin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was gifted by the publisher in exchange for a honest review!
I want to say I did not like Eglantine at first!!! I changed my mind mid way thru the book! She never had the love of a man and made her build a wall around her heart!! But she loved her children!!! When Eglantine started to thaw she was a wonderful person!!
Duncan was a great mix of fierce, loving, protective, and caring person!! He is a man any woman could love!!
The story takes you from France to far reaches of Scotland!! Everytime
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Kathy
Apr 10, 2016 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eglantine (and I agree with Gillemore in the story when he says that the countess is too beautiful for such an ugly name!) Chooses to leave all behind in France to make a better life for her daughters in Scotland. The challenges of settling a new land, raising three daughters, and falling in love with the local chieftain make this an awesome love story and adventure to read. I was given an ARC for an honest review.
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New York Times bestselling author Claire Delacroix sold her first book in 1992, an historical romance called THE ROMANCE OF THE ROSE. Since then, she has published over forty romance novels and novellas, and has also been published under the names Claire Cross and Deborah Cooke. She has an honours degree in history, with a focus on medieval studies. She is an avid reader of medieval vernacular lit ...more
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