I've always admired a woman who was able to get her way, not by forcing people to do what she wanted but by convincing them that they were really doing what they wanted to do. Women of the Victorian era had that ability. A smile, the touch of a hand, in many cases, these had just as much power as a more outspoken woman. Leticia Price, Countess Churzy, was just this sort of woman. A book was provided for this review.
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The Lie and the Lady by Kate Noble
John Turner thought only of winning a bet when he swapped identities with his friend the Earl of Ashby. He didn’t wager on winning the fiery Countess of Churzy’s heart with his lies, or on falling for her in return. Publicly humiliated when she learned of the betrayal, the impoverished countess fled, and John thought Leticia was lost to him forever…until fate brings her practically to his doorstep. Can he regain her trust—and her heart—this time as himself?
Determined to make a new life for herself, Letty knows she must avoid Turner—and his maddening kisses—in order to survive. But some things are too intoxicating to be denied. If she turns her back on her dashing rogue—again—will she lose her chance at love forever?
Letty began as the daughter of a timber miller. She never had any presumptions that she'd be something more than what she was in society. Until, one day, Count Herzog asked her to dance and they eventually got married. Unfortunately, the Count wasn't really interested in Letty as much as he was interested in a wife to hide his other interests. He is killed one day in a riding accident and, without an heir, Letty is left to fend for herself. After being humiliated by John Turner, she goes abroad to start again before her funds are completely gone and this is where she meets Sir Bartholemew and the fun begins.
After being humiliated by John Turner, she goes abroad to start again before her funds are completely gone and this is where she meets Sir Bartholemew and the fun begins. She finds herself in the same town that John Turner lives in and she desperately tries to hold all of the pieces together so her plans don't fall apart. Unfortunately, a few people from her past have other plans.
I haven't spent a more enjoyable afternoon in quite a while. I loved reading about Letty's plans (and problems) and watch how she attempts to keep everything from falling apart. I knew I wanted the story to end with her and John together but couldn't figure out how that could happen. In the end, the author solved all of the problems perfectly and that made it the perfect story. Highly recommend!