A Notorious Countess Confesses (Pennyroyal Green #7)
From Covent Garden to courtesan to countess, beautiful, fearless, shamelessly ambitious Evie Duggan has riveted London in every role she plays. But the ton never could forgive her scandalous—if shockingly short—marriage, and when her star plummets amid gleefully vicious gossip, the countess escapes to the only legacy left to her: a manor hou...more
Important note: Readers, please note that the publication of this book had some major editing issues (details below), which according to a thread on JALs Facebook page are going to be fixed. So you might want to wait until they announce that the ebook version has been updated. It really was a great story, but sadly the publishers messed this one up and forgot to proofread and edit the book.
Despite having a reputation as a 'black widow' and a former courtesan, The Reverand A...more
Upon her husband's death and with nowhere else to go, Evie, Countess of Wareham moves to Damask Manor, Pennyroyal Green, Sussex. Once a Covent Garden actress and courtesan, her past is soon known to all the locals. Determined to fit into the country life and make friends, she enlists the aid of the local vicar.
Reverend Adam Sylvaine has been Pennyroyal Green's vicar for the past year. Related to the Eversea family and given his position by his wealthy uncle, Adam is much more circumspec...more
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This is a very quiet book. What I mean by that, is that it’s very understated and doesn’t have a whole lot of action. And yet...for a book that doesn’t have a whole lot going on, this book has a whole lot going on! (bear with me, I know that doesn’t make sense). What I mean is that while there isn’t a lot of action, there are a lot of things happening. There’s an auction, there’s the romance, there’s a ball, there’s a backstabbing friend, a coupl...more
Man of God, Reverend Adam Sylvaine comes from the notorious Eversea bloodline. Despite of that, his passion towards his work as a vicar and impeccable manners have practically endorsed him as the epitome of suave noblehood. His gracious conduct and the fact that he is basically as handsome as the fallen angel himself have made him quite an endearing and popular sort in the little village of Pennyroyal Green. Unmarried ladies and match-making mamas are forev...more
Also, the storyline is reminiscent of Courtney Milan's "Unclaimed" and I couldn't help making comparisons.
A countess who was a former courtesan comes to Pennyroyal Green after her husband of a very short time dies suddenly. All she's left with is a small allowance, a cottage and total ruin...more
Evie Duggan's life hasn't been sedate and quite. Born a poor Irish girl in a broken family, she had to fight for everything she wanted, nothing was simply given to her. She went through a lot of phases - the eldest child in her family who was responsible for her younger siblings, the Covent Garden actress desired by many, the famous courtesan man fought over, and lastly the widowed countess seeking peace in the country.
As everybody knows, the true path to being accepted in a...more
But, I really loved it. Their first real meeting, on the road after church, put a huge open-mouthed grin on my face, and I was practically holding my breath with delight. I just...more
Now, what I thought after reading it. Gee, if only I knew what I thought. Mmm, obviously I liked it because I gave it four stars.
Okay, this book is so well written. The author, to me, has a different style to all other writers, she has one all of her own. And she is really good, hence four stars. The progression in the relationship, the banter between t...more
Throughout life we all have to make choices. Some choices are harder to make than others. Some have the capacity to affect us for the rest of our life and change the views others have of us. Some choices will never be forgotten no matter what we do or if we change. That is what Evie Duggan, the Countess of Wareham, is finding out. She was hoping what had happened in London would stay there and she could begin her life anew with a clean slate. Somethings in life, no matter how much we...more
Evie Duggan recently moved to Pennyroyal Green to escape the gossip mongers of London. Her husband's recent passing earned her an unkind moniker of "The Black Widow," and she's hoping to start fresh. And qui...more
Aside from incredibly sloppy editing (I'd swear this was a first draft), and a rather abrupt, somewhat forced ending, I liked the story overall. I would have loved to read even more interaction between Adam and Evie. Oh my, their names just dawned on me.
ETA: I've since learned that the publisher is aware of the complete lack of editing on this one and will be fixing it. That's all well and good for people who purchase it then, but what about all of us who had to read through name mix ups, repea...more
I love the book! 4.5 Stars!
Thank you Laura and my GR friends for pointing me to this fantastic book. I was captivated by the characters, the romance and this author's writing style.
Review to come....
What I appreciated most in this novel was the insular little world Long has created in this town. Insulated, but still permeable by various unsavory sorts from London - at least in this particular tale. The pillars of the town are the Eversea and Redmond families, whose characters appear in Long's other novels, and the village is rounded out...more
What an awesome book.
I will admit when I saw that there was a new Pennyroyal Green novel coming out, I just jumped on the occasion to read it. Julie Anne Long writes the most entertaining stories. Only after having it safely on my E-reader did I read the synopsis. Honestly, if I’d read the blurb first I might not have jumped on it and I would have missed a very awesome story.
I am, I guess, old-school when it comes to my heroines, and I’ve...more
What this book did for me is cement that Julie Anne Long’s Pennyroyal Green series is absolute gold and that I need to catch up on reading all the other titles ASAP.
So, like I said: a mistress and a vicar. O...more
Evie is Irish, was an actress, then a courtesan, then married an Earl who died from marital exertions. All but broke she moves to a Manor House in Pennyroyal Green, with its parochial residents all too happy to shun her. Yet Evie manages to find...more
"Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is a strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave."
This is a somewhat quiet romance..it doesn't have a large number of angsty moments, and high stake's drama. And this isn't a bad thing. In fact its a very good thing, leaving us to appreciate the characters nature.
It has a good story, with an interesting romantic couple, who just don't fall inside the normal hero and heroine romantic guidelines. He's a Vi...more
Vicar Adam Sylvaine is the heart-throb of Pennyroyal Green, but for the sake of...more
When I saw that this installment in the Pennyroyal Greene series would have a Vicar hero and a Courtesan heroine, I couldn’t help a little fist pump in the air followed by a, ‘Yes!’ The forbidden fruit, the irresistible temptation, romance never fails to prick my heart and tug on my emotions. I love when seemingly complete opposites struggle and fight and, inevitably, give in to their overwhelming attraction. Which is exactly what we get in A Notorious Countess Confesses....more
Adam Sylvaine looks nothing like one would think a vicar should. He has all the ladies of his parish showing up early for Sunday services. In fact, Adam’s lif...more
The story opens with Evie Duggan, or lately better known to the ton as The Black Widow, as they all ran her out of London believing her capable of ‘doing her husband’ in.
As she escapes to the only place left to her, she...more