03 October 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Courting the Countess by Donna Hatch

Courting the Countess by Donna Hatch.
Audience/Genre: Adult Historical Romance.
Publication: October 5th 2016 by The Wild Rose Press.
When charming rake Tristan Barrett sweeps Lady Elizabeth off her feet, stealing both her heart and a kiss in a secluded garden, her brother challenges Tristan to a duel. The only way to save her brother and Tristan from harm—not to mention preserve her reputation—is to get married. But her father, the Duke of Pemberton, refuses to allow his daughter to marry anyone but a titled lord. The duke demands that Elizabeth marry Tristan’s older brother, Richard, the Earl of Averston. Now Elizabeth must give up Tristan to marry a man who despises her, a man who loves another, a man she’ll never love.

Richard fears Elizabeth is as untrustworthy as his mother, who ran off with another man. However, to protect his brother from a duel and their family name from further scandal, he agrees to the wedding, certain his new bride will betray him. Yet when Elizabeth turns his house upside down and worms her way into his reluctant heart, Richard suspects he can’t live without his new countess. Will she stay with him or is it too little, too late?

Reviewed by Kelly.

Every time I read a historical fiction, I am sooo grateful I live in air-conditioned times and no duels for honor! Because, yeah, I am a princess like that!

Anyway, the marriage between Richard and Elizabeth is a forced one for sure! The thing is both of them have feelings for another person. They both come with baggage. That is definitely not the way to start a marriage. But little by little and with many setbacks along the way, they each start to find a place in the other’s heart.

Richard has friends and surprisingly even his brother helps him sort things out. Richard is fiercely protective of Elizabeth. He also courts her when they get married so that maybe he can win her over, learn to trust her, and find out what she likes. I can’t lie; I fell in love with him too!

Elizabeth is still pining over Tristan (who is Richard's brother). She thinks he will come for her before they are married. She fights her feelings after they are married. There are a few moments where She and Tristan interact after she is married. When Richard observes them, he thinks and sees the worst, which only proves to set the couple back in their relationship.

But to be fair to Elizabeth, she also sees what she wants to see whenever Richard’s lost love is around. What I love about Elizabeth is that she may cry at times, she never has a pity party. She gets up and takes charge and moves forward. I don’t think I would have done the same if I were in her shoes; I would have run away and had me a pity party. She has been given a sad lot in life and she has always been the shy one. Yet she perseveres!

There is a lot of getting ahead and falling behind with their relationship. Sometimes, it frustrated me. I wanted to scream at them to just talk it out! But in the end, I loved how Richard learns to love Elizabeth and the lengths he would go for her. Elizabeth too would do anything for Richard. The ending is absolutely perfect.

If you like reading stories of/with Regency Romance, trust issues, a little mystery, marriage not made by love, learning to love, abuse, clean read (Lots of kissing), and finding where you are meant to be then this might be for you!








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Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty five years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.






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6 comments:

  1. what a good review the book sounds fabulous

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  2. Thank you for the wonderful review. I'm so glad you liked it! The part about her being abused at home was difficult to write, but for some reason, each time I deleted it, it snuck back in. Maybe this book will help someone learn to overcome childhood abuse and to learn to trust and love someone worthy of it. Thanks again!

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  3. Thank you for the wonderful review. I'm so glad you liked it! The part about her being abused at home was difficult to write, but for some reason, each time I deleted it, it snuck back in. Maybe this book will help someone learn to overcome childhood abuse and to learn to trust and love someone worthy of it. Thanks again!

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  4. I would like to thank you for your continued great reviews, especially this one on Courting the Countess by Donna Hatch. I look forward to following your books and this blog in the future.

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