Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Captain and the Countess by Rosemary Morris


Why does heart-rending pain lurk in the back of the wealthy Countess of Sinclair’s eyes?
Captain Howard’s life changes forever from the moment he meets Kate, the intriguing Countess, and resolves to banish her pain. Although the air sizzles when widowed Kate, victim of an abusive marriage, meets Edward Howard, a captain in Queen Anne’s navy, she has no intention of ever marrying again. However, when Kate becomes better acquainted with the Captain she realises he is the only man who understands her grief and can help her to untangle her past.


Rosemary Morris has an in depth knowledge of the Queen Anne era, which is not featured so much in historical romances. This is illustrated in her characters’ attitudes to what was acceptable in a past time, the difference in manners, superstitions and behaviour that ruled people’s lives, or could wreck them too. Combined with her understanding of human relationships and frailties, her stories are always rich in period detail and excellent characterisation.

In this the lesson is clear; never instruct a young man to marry a perfectly suitable young lady because he’ll run off and find a far more unsuitable one to fall in love with. In this case, Edward finds Kate, an older widow who captivates him.

Kate, nicknamed ‘The Fatal Widow,’ has a dark secret, and ultimately Edward is involved in a search for missing children which becomes quite stirring at times, with plenty of tension. Edward Howard and Kate Sinclair are well drawn main characters who are also well matched in strength of character and intellect, thus I couldn’t help hoping they would finally be together for their happy ever after ending.

The story isn’t all doom and gloom though – and there is humour to lift the reader’s mood, not least in the case of Mr Newton and his unusual hat.

Anita Davison also writes as Anita Seymour, her 17th Century novel ‘Royalist Rebel’ was released by Pen and Sword Books, and she has two novels in The Woulfes of Loxsbeare series due for release in late 2014 from Books We Love. Her latest venture is an Edwardian cozy mystery being released next year by Robert Hale.

TWITTER: @AnitaSDavison

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