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3.29  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Hmmm -- let's see: marry this fabulously wealthy, totally hunky guy who also happens to be a bona fide count in need of an heir. Have his baby. Live in luxury. Who cares about the family curse that says the marriage will be short-lived ? Literally short-lived, that is....Meet Ella, who doesn't believe in silly curses -- until she spends a few months living in the ancestral ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 1999)
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Lynn Spencer
Mar 12, 2016 Lynn Spencer rated it really liked it
I'd give this a B-, so 3.5 stars. I can honestly say this book is quite different from most of what I read. Plenty of love stories start off with a nobleman looking to marry just so he can beget an heir. However, most of these guys don't set off on the marriage quest knowing that their intended will most likely be dead in about a year or so.

Yes, you read that right. The Counts von Drachenfels live under a centuries old family curse. Their wives always end up conceiving sons and then dying during
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I have an inexplicable but enduring love for this book.
May 17, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Good, quick read. Kept me interested even though there were not any dramatic plot twists. I really liked the witty main character Ella. The book is somewhat predictable but fun. I never had the urge to skip ahead to get to the "good" parts.
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Weird. Definitely not run of the mill, but not my favorite either.
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I read this as a tween and for some reason I still love it (I'm 28)
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