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Courting the Countess

(Axedale #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  523 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Professor of Archeology Henrietta “Harry” Knight becomes Countess of Axedale upon her father’s death and takes a sabbatical from Cambridge University to begin refurbishing the long-neglected and run-down Axedale Hall. The child of a loveless marriage, witness to her father’s infidelities and her mother’s pain, Harry has no intention of ever falling in love.

Annie Brannigan
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Bold Strokes Books
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Diane Wallace
Aug 20, 2016 rated it liked it
'Netgalley ARC provided by The Publisher in exchange for my unbiased opinion'

Nuh uh & Bloop! This story was way too frustrating,difficult at times confusing to even get through to the ending so a 2.5 stars rating is the highest that i will put this book its also to show an effort put forth by the author because she also did try to write a good storyline that had lots of integrity and development between one of the main ladies/adult and the teenager which was the only awesome part in this
Lex Kent
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-f-bsb-romance, uk
3 1/2 Stars. This is my first book by Frame, and I thought it was pretty good. Being from the USA and not really knowing titles, I just assumed this book would be a historical romance. I soon realized, when a character said "smartphone", that this is a current book. I actually think I liked it more because of that. It was a current romance, but still made you feel like you were stepping back in history. The story is about a housekeeper, Annie, who moves her daughter into the grand house of the ...more
Jenny Frame remained true to herself and continues to write in her style. After three published novels and a lot of pages of free online fiction, the relationship dynamics for all of her main characters remain very similar. In Courting the Countess we have Henrietta Knight aka Harry -- rich, vulnerable, handsome, tall, butch, archaeologist and noblewoman (female name shortened to male has been a must for Frame's aristocrat butches so far), opposite Annie Brannigan -- positive and strong, lovely, ...more
Loek Krancher
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Both main characters have very opposite personalities. One is an ice queen and the other is loved by everyone. One doesn't believe in love and forever and the other longs for a "forever" love. There is a mutual attraction and despite this attraction, Harry does not want to give up control. Both life changed in ways neither of them anticipates. A amazing tale of love with a captivating plot and fascinating characters. The writing is beautiful and I was hooked from page one. I highly recommend
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Courting the Countess” had so much potential, but ultimately disappointed because of one of the MCs. Rich girl meets poor girl; player meets devoted mother; two women each with tortured pasts…so much potential.

MC Harry didn’t have the best childhood, but her issues pale beside that of MC Annie (and many many others in life). Yet Harry is almost deliberately unhappy, wallowing in self-loathing and self-misery, and excelling at being an insensitive jerk to everyone around her. Annie, however, is
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, l-books
Well there we go.

Better than Heart of the Pack, but I have to admit that is setting the bar really low...

This is a very simple tale, with relatively simple characterisation and plot - the writing is nice and flows quite well.

If you haven't read any other works by this author, than you could do worse than start with this one as they do seem awfully repetitive now.

Wish I liked it more.
What the reviewer Heinerway said.

It's a romance novel. I could do with a bit less of the back and forth commit-can't commit-I can-I don't believe you etc. I have read Frame's online Dalton Family Saga and there are similarities- but I like both the MCs in this book much more than Dalton's. Here, both Harry & Annie are capable and strong people albeit with difficult pasts. Definitely the best of her novels that I've read. I would re-read this book.

I wouldn't mind a revisit with either the
3 Stars for the Audio version.

In general when I listen to an audio book that I had originally read myself, I often give it the same or better star ratings. In this case I removed a star. I liked it better the first time I read it. Maybe my mood at the time? Reading vs. listening? The narrator, Nicola Victoria Vincent was not the best I ever heard, but she was OK. so that wasn't a problem.

I think this time around, I didn't like Harry very much - too emotionally immature and although she had a
Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
A nice enough story but a bit too melodramatic for this old cold heart.
A nice honest to god romance novel. A sort of historical romance without the historical part.
Det. Nidhi
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh wow this novel was cheese, cheese and some more cheese. It was so cute at times and so cheesy at times. I'd highly recommend it for a upliftment of your mood :)
Les Rêveur
An ARC was given to me from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books, for a honest review.

My synopsis

When her father dies Harry Knight becomes the Countess of Axedale. She intends to restore Axedale Hall to commemorate her dearly beloved Grandfather and his wishes. When the restoration is complete she will go back to Cambridge and her bachelorette ways.

Annie has been hired to be the housekeeper at Axedale Hall until the restoration is complete. She arrives with her daughter, Riley and meets the cold
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lesbian-fiction
I will admit now, upfront, that I am a fan of Jenny Frame's writing. This is the third book of hers I've read, and the third book I've loved. Henrietta "Harry" Knight, member of the gentry, has closed herself off from all the kinder forms of human emotion and interaction. This is due to a horrible childhood, and bad family life. Her first act as the new Countess of Axedale is to restore her family home, the home her father allowed to fall into such disrepair. As the workers endeavor to revert ...more
Aug 24, 2016 rated it liked it
***Book provided by Net Galley and Bold Strokes Books in exchange for an honest review***

This is a very simple and easy to read butch-femme romance. The love story is a bit too long and the author could have probably spared us some of the artificial angst created by prolonging the self-punishment behavior of the two leading characters. I also felt that the book could have gained a lot if the author had explored a little bit more in detail the lives and loves of the village's inhabitants.

Just a man's point of view
Ok let's be clear about it: this is a Romance.
It has all the tropes and the idealizations of the genre. We are not stepping out of that, not going into an original novel.
Having said that, I found it a compelling, moving romance novel.
It may stretch a little bit too much on the psychological extreme difficulty by one of the main characters to open up to love. But feelings and emotions are intense and complex enough to make all the characters dear to me, to make me love them. Enough for me to be
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this audio book, amazing narrator she had me from the first second, also a brilliant love story.
Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it
*ARC provided by Netgalley and Bold Strokes for an honest review*

When I started reading this book I was expecting the same plotlines as Jenny Frame has relied on in past books but I was surprised to find subtle changes that had been made. Anyone who has read Ms Frame's fan fiction series 'The Dalton family saga' will be able to spot the similarities between the two stories but hopefully they will also notice the differences.

Harry, like Alex Dalton is emotionally shut off and a very dominant,
Aug 27, 2016 rated it liked it
ARC provided by NetGalley in return for an impartial review.

This was an improvement on the first two novels by Jenny Frame. I thoroughly enjoyed Annie and Riley, and Harry was interesting enough. The idea of bringing an estate back to life provided an interesting backdrop.

The relationship between Harry and Annie gravitated between sweet and infuriating. I loved the gestures from Annie and Harry's relationship with Riley, but the back and forth of 'I need a commitment' and 'I can't be what you
Sometimes you hear about a book and just know it has to be in your life, and Courting the Countess by Jenny Frame was exactly that for me. A rich girl/poor girl romance with a modern day countess and her housekeeper? Check. Thawing the ice queen (or taming the beast, if you prefer, since this countess is the most delicious butch)? Double check. The countess is also a professor and archaeologist? There aren’t enough checks in the world.

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Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
ARC received from the publisher via Net galley for an honest review.

I liked this book. At first, I had trouble with the style of writing. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get into the story. However, I quickly liked the characters and before long I no longer noticed the style. It's not a wow book. But more of just a nice flowing story with a nice ending.
There were some problems. There was a really big build up with a somewhat rushed ending. There were some odd religious references and a
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I listened it as an audiobook and although I would give the book only three stars, the narrator raised it by another star - she made the book enjoyable.
A lot of the story was quite annoying, but there were bit really enjoyable. But all in all it was not really my kind of romance.
Lexxi Kitty
*I received this book from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books in return for a fair review.*

The characters, to me personally, felt quite alive to me. At least Harry, Annie and, to a certain lesser extent Riley. At least they did up to about 87%. I had the thought, at that point that the book was shaping up to be a good decent 4.3 star book. At which point my connection to the characters seemed to have lessened, the ending was kind of rushed, and there seemed to be an added layer of angst/conflict
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lesbian-fiction
I am a sucker for super sweet romances. I am even more of a sucker for a super sweet romance with an insanely hot butch in it. Jenny Frame is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. This is the third book I have read of hers and none of them have been disappointing. I love the modern day fairy tale. It is like reading a historical fiction romance, yet with modern day extras. I love them. I hope she continues to write these novels, because I am a fan. My only complaint and the reason it ...more
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well I enjoyed the first book and this one did not disappoint as least for me anyway. I felt the struggles that Harry with the dysfunction of her family. Annie and Riley was great as well and even learn some this about the Roman Empire was great as well.

Arc Given by NetGalley for a honest review.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This is my first book from Jenny Frame.
For starters, Harry is on my top 10 most irritating MC I've ever read.
She's described as super hot, like everyone will fall for her.
Ohhh-kay! :)
And also she's tagged as an Ice queen but sometimes I think it's way over the edge especially on how she treats Annie and her kid, Riley.
And all of a sudden she's like "okay I like this kid (Riley) she's different, she's nice and she also likes Roman history."
I don't really feel their chemistry. I can't
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this story so much!

This author creates beautiful romance stories that carry me off to picturesque landscapes, aristocratic worlds and vibrant and loveable characters that capture my heart. Harry, Annie and Riley have found a permanent place in my heart for sure!
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The voice actress Nicola Victoria Vincent was excellent.
Apr 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Ok so, this book is fluffy wlw, and despite its flaws I liked it anyway. Annie and Harry are absolutely adorable. But.


I understand that in a romance novel the "romance" part is sort of obligatory, but I'm really, really tired of this narrative.

It's extremely toxic to treat Harry's desire for sex and not romantic love as a character flaw. Being on the aro spectrum is not a flaw. We are not broken. Attempting to love us romantically will not "fix" us and change us to be more like you.

Well Jenny Frame's books/stories (from fanfic) always give me a split feeling. Most of her books leave me feeling "it was so so or OK" but on the other hand it also leaves the feeling of "there was something compelling about this story" so i always end up with the impression that the book could've been better and not quite wanting to give her a 2 star or 4 star, so i end with a solid 3 star :P

For this book the first chapter didn't bode well and i nearly put it down, but i was so disappointed
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Jenny Frame is from the small town of Motherwell in Scotland, where she lives with her partner, Lou, and their well loved and very spoiled dog. She has a diverse range of qualifications, including a BA in public management and a diploma in acting and performance. Nowadays, she likes to put her creative energies into writing rather than treading the boards. When not writing or reading, Jenny loves ...more

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