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The Other Countess

(The Lacey Chronicles #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  3,170 ratings  ·  334 reviews
England, 1582

ELLIE - Lady Eleanor Rodriguez of San Jaime - is in possession of a gold-seeking father, a worthless title and a feisty spirit that captivates the elite of the Queen's court, and none other than the handsome new Earl of Dorset . . .

WILLIAM LACEY has inherited his father's title and his financial ruin. Now the Earl must seek a wealthy heiress and restore his fa
Paperback, 333 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Puffin
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Carolyn  Storer
May 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Other Countess is Edwards' debut novel and I am really impressed. It's such as sweet book with really likeable characters and superb dialogue. It's never condescending to its target audience and passages of descriptive detail are done beautifully. I really got a sense of the time period and enjoyed it so much I wanted to learn more about Queen Elizabeth 1st and her reign.

I really liked Ellie, her full title being Lady Eleanor Rodrigues of San Jaime. She's soft and gentle, and yet a feisty yo
I cared more for the subplots and minor characters than the supposed main thread of this narrative, mostly because it just felt too cliché. The scenario's been done in so many variants already, transferring it back to the Elizabethan era doesn't really compensate for the fact that this offers no new or unique perspective on a very well trodden time period.

The Other Countess definitely has its appeals, that stunning cover for starters. The ambience is charming, the dialogue is superb and the brot
Sep 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
‘The Other Countess’ is Eve Edward’s debut novel and the first book in her YA ‘Tudor Historical Romance’ series.
This book will be added to my ‘Favourites of 2010’ list – it’s that good!

Edwards takes a little swath of history and makes it her own in this dazzling historical romance, set in 1582 England under the reign of ‘Virgin Queen’ Elizabeth I.

Eleanor ‘Ellie’ Hutton is an alchemist’s daughter. She traipses the country with her addle-brained father, as he hunts for the scientific formula to tu
A nice ok read
Dec 06, 2014 rated it liked it
This book fits into an odd little sub-genre that I'm quite willing to like, in theory. It combines elements of YA, romance, and historical in a way that I've not encountered before, which predisposes me to like it. But the reason I'm not raving is that it does them all fairly well, but none of them so well that I'm bouncing in my seat.

The historical is significantly more present in this novel than in most YA fiction or YA romance. In this book and its successors, the author takes on not only the
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
The Other Countess isn't something that I'd normally read, but because it's one of the first titles to be published under Puffin UK's new Razorbill imprint, I thought I'd give it a go. It's a solid debut title, and has led me to believe that perhaps historical fiction is my thing after all. It's the second historical YA book I've enjoyed recently, so I think I need to pay more attention to this particular genre, and not just turn my nose up at it because there's a frilly dress on the cover.

Eve E
Jul 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Well, this wasn't anything new or unpredictable. It definitely wasn't a bad story...

The quick:
Will is the Earl of Lacey now that his father has passed away. He sends the alchemist and his daughter, Ellie away and forbids them to return. He feels they have drained his family of their wealth in their search to re-create gold. Ellie is young at the time, but as the years progress she and her father go to the Queen's Court. William is struck by her beauty, he is charmed with her... he just doesn't
Katherine Gray
Aug 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical romance fiction lovers
This book is exstactly what I am looking for and only some authors can produce a book like this. When I go to a book shop or libaray in search for a book that my heart preaches for, I can never find it. This is the type of book that I like and enjoy and I can not wait until I can get my hands on the next one, which will come out in Spring 2011. If you are the author and reading this review, all I want to tell you is that you have created the perfect book that is hardly found and is completely un ...more
Jun 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Quite a few years ago, I remember a magazine series that became a bit of a fad at my school. I’m fairly certain, if my hazy memory serves me correctly, that it was called Discovery and each issue would cover a particular period in history. I remember relatively little about the series now (other than my mother being quite annoyed at my loss of interest shortly after signing up for a subscription). However I do remember the very first issue, devoted to Queen Elizabeth I. Reading The Other Countes ...more
Sara I
The cover was mainly the reason I picked this book up. I had no idea it was set in the 1500s when Queen Elizabeth was ruling! (I love both Elizabeth and time period!) But yeah I totally judged a book by its cover and it actually didn't turn out so bad when I did that... :P

The Lady Eleanor with nothing but a title, simple Ellie was turned out of the Earl of Dorset's home when the previous Earl dies and his son immediately kicks her and her father out. Why? Because her father is an alchemist, conv
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This was easily one of the worst books I've read this year. Granted, my bar has been set phenomenally high this year and it's only February, but still. It was just so boring and has no real focus nor plot. If I told you what the plot was....I wouldn't be able to, because there pretty much is no real plot.

It's written in such a childish style that if it wasn't for all the sexual references, I would've assumed this to be another childrens' book mislabeled as YA. Pl
Jun 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
After reviewing two rather mediocre books, I was so delighted to read The Other Countess and find that it was so completely unputdownable! I am rather in love with a story which is about just that: Love against all the odds. When you add in the historical setting (complete with knights jousting), how can you not fail to swoon? Okay perhaps if you're a feminist you're thinking this is a princess story but actually it isn't!

The characters are very cleverly casted. Ellie -- our heroine -- is a head
The Readings of a Busy Mom Riaz

The Other Countess is Eve Edwards debut novel and for a first I am very impressed. Eve's novel is so well written it leaves you in awe, the mode of expression gives you a great feeling of time and experience and has you falling over the pages with hope and happiness. This a well explored novel and is only a taster of what Eve is capable of.

The Story was told from 3 points of view Ellie, Jane and Will but more chapters where given to Ellie and Will. Ellie's c
Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I think from my introduction and my 'I LOVE THIS BOOK SO FAR' that used to live undearneath the 'Currently Reading' bit that I enjoyed this book a lot. I read it within about a week which is pretty good for me. I'm a bit of a romantic at heart. I love being given flowers and chocolates, though it never happens much and I just love a classic love tale or love match. It DOES make me feel a little tearful.
The difference about this book is that the love-ness starts early on. They meet each other and
When I read the blurb of this book at the library, the debut novel of Eve Edwards, I knew that it was the kind of book that I would love. To be immersed in the Tudor world filled with intrigue in the courts of Queen Elizabeth I mixed together with love at all odds…. What could be better?
It turned out that I was right in the end and I couldn’t tear myself away from it. Everything about it was so lovely and well thought out with characters that I warmed to and believable and witty dialogue.

It was
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Period books with noble characters and romance is my guilty pleasure. So of course I really enjoyed this book!

The story centers around Ellie, a lady whose mother was nobility at the Spanish court before she died. Living with her father after her mother's death, Ellie is thrust into several different homes where her father vies for support for his alchemy practices. He is convinced he can turn lead into gold and throws his money as well as others' into his experiments. Despite her father's eccent
Apr 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: quaratine-reads
This is a light read and I thought it was a nice story line, but I found myself not enjoying the book completely.
I can see why other people would like it, but I prefer something with a stronger plot.
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have really been enjoying historical fiction recently but most of the stories I've read have been set in the Victorian era so it made a nice change to come across something set in Tudor times at the court of Queen Elizabeth I. Eve Edwards has done a fantastic job of capturing the era, life at court was fascinating and I loved the jousting contest what I enjoyed most though was the characters.

Ellie (or Lady Eleanor Rodriguez of San Jamie if you go by the title she inherited from her mother) is
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
William Lacey is the new Earl of Dorset. Left with a title but not the fortune, Will must make amends for his father's mistakes if his family is to regain their status. His only means to do so is to attend court and find wife with a hefty dowry.

Ellie Hutton is the daughter of an alchemist who spends every penny on his studies. Despite being Lady Eleanor Rodriguez of San Jaime, a title inherited from her late mother, Ellie is more akin to living in barns than fancy dresses.

Circumstances leads the
Kristen Kooistra
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I have a hard time finding a good Elizabethan era book to read anymore since a lot of them are just respinning the lives of the main players of that period. But in this one it's almost a completely new cast with just some glimpses here and there of famous figures.

So it was a new story, set in a time I love, but without me going into it knowing the people and the way things play out.

There were two points I thought tripped me up. Near the beginning, Will makes a stat
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Other Countess is exactly the kind of book I enjoy: it's frothy and fun, with characters that are easy to like and prose that's easy to keep reading.

Ellie is the daughter of an alchemist and her father has ruined himself and gone half-mad in his fruitless pursuit of gold. He's also taken others down with him, namely the father of Will Lacey, who dies leaving his family near-bankrupt. Will blames Ellie's father entirely for the mess and The Other Countess begins with a furious Will chasing bo
*MystGrrl Reviews*
Nov 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Light Versions of Romance
Based in England in 1582 this is story of Lady Eleanor "Ellie" Rodriguez of San Jaime. Thanks to her "Alchemist" father's endless pursuit of turning base metal into gold, all Ellie has is a worthless title and herself to offer in marriage. As the daughter of a failed Alchemist and a Spaniard mother, her chances of making a match, let alone a good match, are slim to none.

As her feisty spirit captivates the elite in Queen Elizabeth's Court, she finds unlikely friends in unexpected places but among
Feb 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Sixteen-year-old Ellie Hutton (also known as the Lady Eleanor Rodriguez, Countess of San Jaime, a worthless Spanish title she inherited from her mother) is the daughter of an alchemist obsessed with his craft. He has wasted all the family’s money over the years and Ellie often resents the life she lives as a result of his decisions. Eighteen-year-old Will Lacey, the Earl of Dorset, must solve his family’s financial problems after his late father wasted the family fortune. He hopes that if he can ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I completely adored this book. Of course, I'm a sucker for period pieces, but, hey, this was definitely a good one, even coming on the heels of Grave Mercy. Ellie is a fantabulous, feisty girl. She is well-educated and doesn't conform to society's expectations of her. If someone tries to take advantage of her or lie to her, she calls them out on it and defends herself. Love her.

Her dad is seriously frustrating. If I were her, I would have left him behind ages ago if possible. She feels a loyalty
Apr 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Historical fiction is a little hit and miss with me, but The Other Countess was definitely a hit. I loved it!

One of the reasons that I agreed to review this book was to try and fill the hole that the ending of Anna Godbersen’s The Luxe series left. And, boy did it! The mix of a historical setting, a lovable heroine and fabulous romance swept me up and carried me back to 1582. This is without a doubt a novel for the romantics (i.e. Me) with Ellie and Will’s doomed love and Will himself with his f
Jul 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Will Lacey's father drove the family to the brink of poverty before his death, so now it lies upon Will's shoulders to bring his family back to wealth by marrying a rich lady. So Will goes to the Queen's court, where he sets about trying to find a wife, but there he bumps into Ellie, a gorgeous witty girl that he's instantly attracted to. But Ellie has nothing but her title, being that her father has spent every penny of their fortune, so it's impossible for them to be together, isn't it...?

SJH (A Dream of Books)
I'm a bit of a history buff so one of the genres I love reading is historical fiction, I like being able to forget my surroundings and be transported back in time to a different era. One of the things I loved about 'The Other Countess' was the rich descriptions and historical detail that Eve Edwards has skilfully intertwined around the story. The setting is 1578 and we're treated to appearances by notable historical figures such as Queen Elizabeth, Walter Ralegh and Robert Cecil. A great deal of ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Other Countess is another ARC I received from Amazon Vine. Young adult books are not what I usually read. However, I saw The Other Countess on the Vine list and it caught my eye. I wondered how young adult historical romance differed from adult historical romance. Here is what I found.

One big difference was the age of the two main characters. Ellie – Lady Eleanor Rodriguez, Countess of San Jaime is 16 and William Lacey, Earl of Dorset is 18, much younger than characters in adult historical r
Lady Knight
Loved every page of this one!

Eve Edwards could very well become one of my new favorite authors if her other works read like this one! Totally looking forward to the next!

I really enjoyed the way this was written. It was not dumbed down, nor was it overly sexualized. Yes, where pertinent sex, etc. was mentioned, but never was it more crude than the story called for. The characters are sympathetic and you really feel for each of them in the Will-Ellie-Jane dilema. (view spoiler)
Jul 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: family, own, ya, history, romance
Despite the in-authentic language of the main characters, this is a bodice-ripper for the YA reader.
The Other Countess is the story of Ellie Hutton, also Lady Eleanor Rodrigues of San Jaime, but she never uses this title in Queen Elizabeth I's papacy-hating England.
The story opens as little Ellie and her father are banished from the estate of the Earl of Dorset, young William Lacey, newly come to the title on the death of his father, a calamity which reveals how destitute the old Earl and Mr Hut
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Eve Edwards has a doctorate from Oxford University and thinks researching a large part of the fun for writing historical fiction. She has visited Tudor houses, attended jousts and eaten Elizabethan banquets to get the sights, sounds and tastes right for this book. And, yes, she can testify that it is possible to eat neatly without the modern invention of the fork. She lives in Oxford and is marrie ...more

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