Review: The Other Countess by Eve Edwards
The Other Countess
It's 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 family's fortune. But Will's head has been turned by the gorgeous Ellie, yet their union can never be. Will is destined to marry a worthy Lady so the only question is, which one?
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 married with three children.
I don't know what it is, but I have always been utterly fascinated by England in the 1500s, I just can't get enough. I have read many fictional books and watched numerous telemovies about the era. In fact, at the moment I am mildely obsessed with The Tudors. And it has nothing to do with the fact that the gorgeous Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been cast as Henry VIII (well, maybe just a tiny bit). I suspect it's the glamour portrayed, the grandness, the gorgeous clothes (if you were lucky enough to be at court). But it's also the goings on, the manipulation, the political correctness imposed (whilst everyone did what ever they damn well liked behind closed doors). If you enjoy this part of history as much as I do, you will love The Other Countess. You won't learn anything new about the era but you'll be treated to a romantic, forbidden love story with the manditory amount of bitching, gossip and manipulation expected from this historical period.