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A Countess by Christmas

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  332 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
The Earl of Bridgemere is happy to encourage his reputation as a curmudgeonly recluse if it repels the grasping females who usually attend his lavish Christmas parties.Helen Forrest is like a breath of fresh air, uninterested in his wealth and not cowed by his temper.

Bridgemere's seasonal duty suddenly becomes a pleasure as he sets about making Helen his countess--by Chris
Paperback, Harlequin Historical #1021, 288 pages
Published November 16th 2010 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2010)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I decided to give this four stars because it was an entertaining romance, with characters that I enjoyed reading about. While the conflict is mainly based on misunderstandings of characters and what is said and done, it wasn't too irritating to render the story frustrating or the characters unlikable.

Readers who enjoy a Darcy-like hero, composed, cold, uninvolved and very proper, they will probably like Bridgemere. I enjoy when the hero is forbidding and withdrawn from life, and stiff and we see
Dec 12, 2010 rated it liked it
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Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot. The heroine is traveling with her 'aunt,' who has lost her money through a crooked business manager (shades of Madoff!), and must go throw herself upon the mercies of the family patriarch--who is not the oldest member of the family, but the highest ranked--an earl, and thus, probably the richest. He's considered something of a curmudgeon, who won't let any of his relations visit except at Christmas. When the hero (for of course, Earl Curmudgeon is the hero) and heroine ...more
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I think this is my favorite cover out of our Christmas themed books this year.

Kim S.
Dec 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
After her elderly adopted mother loses all her money, our heroine (the adopted daughter) accompanies her to beg the generosity of her senior relative--an Earl (3 points!)--at a Christmas house party. The hero is a tormented man, haunted by the death of his late wife, and unable to trust the women around him; he thaws only slowly in the presence of the heroine, who remains unsure of his love until the last minute. This was much more like a traditional Regency in feel, although there is some mild ...more
Oct 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: apollo-bookclub
I was expecting it to be worse, to be honest. I enjoyed some of the characters, a few were surprisingly not as predictable as they usually are in Harlequin books. I am not saying that it's quality stuff, but it was a heartwarming read and the author did think about the details and Christmas in general.
The ending was predictable though and majority of the characters were somewhat plain (not going to name them, don't want to have any spoilers in here), but for the first time, I actually liked rea
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Helen and her 'aunt' are poor relations of the Earl and are going to ask for some fiscal support for Christmas. While Helen is a stubborn, no-nonsense, kind and witty woman, Sebastian is very reserved, untrusting, and has a cynical nature towards everyone. They fall for each other almost immedistely, and spend more and more time together, ignoring the rude family members. A charming Christmas tale with hostilities, over-coming class issues, dealing with mean people, and true love. Good read!!
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Too much time was in the characters head thinking. Then the end hot very sappy. The last few chapters just slow. I think it would have been nice to have an epilogue.
Book Review Diva
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Annie Burrows “A Countess By Christmas”

Sebastian Bridgemere has money, gorgeous looks, and the title of an Earl. Once a year Lord Bridgemere throws a Christmas party at his home at Alvanley Hall and invites his close relatives. Its seems that his close relatives only come to Alvanley Hall for one thing, and that is to hound Lord Bridgemere for his money and his status as Lord Bridgemere is considered one of the wealthiest Earls in the Country.

Lord Bridgemere knows that this Christmas will be n
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Annie Burrows “A Countess By Christmas”

Sebastian Bridgemere has money, gorgeous looks, and the title of an Earl. Once a year Lord Bridgemere throws a Christmas party at his home at Alvanley Hall and invites his close relatives. Its seems that his close relatives only come to Alvanley Hall for one thing, and that is to hound Lord Bridgemere for his money and his status as Lord Bridgemere is considered one of the wealthiest Earls in the Country.

Lord Bridgemere knows that this Christmas will be n
Margaret Metz
Dec 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
I picked A Countess by Christmas for a challenge at RRRC group. I needed a Christmas theme read so I searched for a book on Goodreads with a word 'Christmas' in tittle and from results I picked this one. I should have payed better attention to the rating of this book.
The idea is nothing new, you have probably read a historical romance with the same plot before. Love story is very shallow, attraction between characters is rationalized and thought over so much, that it does not seem like nothing s
This was different, and fun at the same time. A Christmas themed house party of relatives who dislike each other, where the protagonist and her Aunt come for help after a bank failure makes them destitute. It reads more like a regency from the 70s-80s, which for me is a good thing, sometimes you WANT those quick gentle little fairy tale romances. It had to go and ruin it with a baddaboom right at the end though, unfortunately, and which was unnecessary to the plot and could have been done withou ...more
Tiffany Day
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
A Countess by Christmas had all the potential in the world: mistaken identity, a house party, and a brooding Darcy-esque Hero. The problem is that it lacked Austen's character development and purposeful storytelling. The style was disjointed; to say Burrows was repetitive is an understatement. It felt like a short story padded out with pointless filler. Additionally, I wished the H and h had interacted more. The few times they were together were certainly the highlights of the book. On the plus ...more
When Helen's elderly mother, who took her in and adopted her despite her brothers protests, they lived simply and happily. But when her "aunt" loses her financial security, they are forced to travel to her aunts relative for assistance. The Earl is a very stern person who lives life in his own terms. All his family does it want something from him. When Helen and his aunt arrive, her aunt is ill from the journey and stress of loosing all her money. Helen doesn't realize that the footman who helps ...more
Carrie Olguin
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good story. One sensual sex scene. Lots of family politics for the earl (our hero) to deal with. And the hero wasn't so obtuse that he was incapable of figuring out why she had refused his proposal - yeah, another one of those heroines who say, "I won't marry him because I love him." So common a cliche device in romance novels.

I will give her points for taking a full day to think about his offer before she refused him. She even thought about taking the risk that she could win his heart one day o
Helen Forrest was lucky to be taken in by her mother's, sister's, husband's sister when her parents died. No one else wanted her. But now her adopted aunt has lost her inheritance and has to go to the head of the family for help.
The Earl of Bridgemere only lets his family come at Christmas time. Otherwise the greediness and grasping makes him too sick to his stomach. The first meeting between the two does not go well. He thinks she's a paid companion and she thinks he's a footman.
His first marr
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
A very weak two stars. So unless this is the only book you have when you are stuck in a deserted island, don't bother.

It actually started out really good. Assertive heroine. Dark brooding hero. Mistaken identities. But then the middle gets all maudlin. The hero's 'tortured past' comes out of nowhere, the heroine loses her spunk and the "Big Mis" keeps going and going...and going (think Energizer Bunny without the cool factor). So basically the biggest crime in storytelling was bec
This was a bit disappointing. It could have been cute, but it felt really awkward to me instead. And the pacing felt really off to me. I liked Helen, and I loved Aunt Bella, but Bridgemere just didn't do it for me. I see what the author was getting at with him, personality-wise, but she didn't do it very well. And then the stuff about his past (and the fact that he had some major event in his past that colored his present) came out of left field. I think this could have been a really adorable Ch ...more
I liked this book enough to keep reading it but I could have done without all of the "misunderstandings". Seriously, could these characters not just sit down and had a adult conversation without one or both of jumping to the wrong conclusion every 5 minutes? I think this book would have been improved if it had been slightly longer because I got this feeling the that story had to chopped/rushed to meet Harlequin's guideline. Still, it had a good premise, fairly likeable characters and just the ri ...more
Lita Bouquard
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
It kinda sucked. Grabbed it by mistake thinking it was by a different author. I have been spoiled by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Mary Balogh. A young woman and her "aunt" travel at Christmas to seek an appeal for help from the aunt's nephew. He appears cold, and cruel. His dysfunctional greedy family members all want something from him. He is pleased when the niece is mouthy to him. They both like each other but spend the whole book thinking the other doesn't. meh
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Couldn't put this book down. Was up until 2:30am reading this book before I finally decided to call it a night. One of the best Christmas themed romance books I read in 2015. Lots of emotional tension--not just between the two main characters, but also with minor characters in the story. A mansion filled with horrible, selfish relatives at Christmas time makes for interesting reading.
Dec 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed. It was fairly predictable and got tiresome quickly. The beginning meeting of Helen and the Earl was great, but it started to fizzle out. So much could have happened but didn't. This could have been better if it was made into a longer story. There was much that could have been added to the plot to make it better if it had been so.
Nov 26, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, regency
Good start, soft middle, dragging ending to the point where you no longer cared for the payoff. And my personal pet peeve, pages of internal monologue in the middle of what is supposed to be snappy dialogue. I need to stop reading the Harlequin historicals - the marketing blurbs are better written/edited than the books.
Meghan Edwards
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was quite thrilled with the undertones of this novel, very reminiscent of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, while having a real story line and characters unto itself. The primary characters were well written and crafted, albeit the secondary characters felt too one dimensional.
Jul 26, 2012 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: bookcrossing
I expected to enjoy this, as I liked the novella THE RAKE'S SECRET SON found in Harlequin's ONE CANDLELIT CHRISTMAS collection. But the hero and heroine couldn't seem to spend 30 seconds together before they'd start fighting and assuming the worst about each other.
Naomi Boom
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read

I love this author's endings. They always make me smile. The rest of the book was enjoyable, but it's the ending that does it for me! I would definitely recommend this to any fan of regency romances
Awww!!! LOVED the wit & authentic ring of this regency romance Christmas themed novel!! Had to stay up all night!! Reminds me of Pride & Prejudice---strong willed & independent female with at times arrogant & cold aristocracy male!!! Best combo for a most delightful read!!!!!! ❤❤❤❤
Nov 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
Nothing new. I skimmed it after a few chapters to get it done.
Dec 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Nice clean romance with a twist from those usual ones.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 19, 2015 05:57PM  
  • A Regency Christmas: Scarlet Ribbons / Christmas Promise / A Little Christmas
  • Regency Christmas Proposals
  • The Unexpected Bride
  • Gift-Wrapped Governess: Christmas at Blackhaven Castle / Governess to Christmas Bride / Duchess by Christmas
  • Miss Winthorpe's Elopement (Belston & Friends #1)
  • Western Winter Wedding Bells
  • A Question of Impropriety
  • Coming Home for Christmas: A Christmas in Paradise\O Christmas Tree\No Crib for a Bed
  • The Christmas Knight
  • Once Upon a Christmas (Nobody, #2)
  • The Viscount's Betrothal
  • A Christmas Promise
  • Mail-Order Groom
  • Snowflakes and Stetsons
  • A Highlander for Christmas
  • Unlacing the Innocent Miss (Regency Silk & Scandal, #6)
  • The Winter Wife: A Christmas Novella
  • The Brides of Christmas (Includes Warrior, #11; de Burgh, #3.5)
I've been published by Mills & Boon since 2007..but I'd been making up stories in my head for as long as I can remember. It was a long walk home from school, and there were no ipods in those days to keep you amused! When I wasn't daydreaming, I had my nose stuck in a book. My parents used to take me to the library every Saturday, until I was old enough to get there on my own, and my house was ...more
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