The Accidental Countess by Valerie Bowman

The Accidental Countess by Valerie Bowmanfive-stars

The Accidental Countess Series: Playful Brides #2
on October 28, 2014
Pages: 321

Audiobook Length: 8 hours and 41 minutes

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
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For seven long years, Lady Cassandra Monroe has waited for the man of her dreams to return from the war. Unfortunately, he happens to be engaged to her flighty cousin. What Cass wouldn’t give to take her cousin’s place! When he mistakes Cass for Patience Bunbury, a fictitious friend her cousin has invented to escape social obligations…even with her future husband, Cass thinks this is her chance.


After defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, Captain Julian Swift is not quite ready to settle down and enter into his unwanted arranged marriage—especially when the real object of his affection turns out to be a beguiling beauty he meets at a party. Patience Bunbury is witty, independent, passionate…and, unbeknownst to him, the cousin of his current fiancée. When the truth about Cass comes out—and Julian discovers that their courtship is anything but accidental—will he surrender his heart to a woman who really is too good to be true?

My Review

What happens when you tell a lie?

And then another? Well, you end up stacking up yet more lies to cover the lies, and eventually can’t keep track of any of it. Somehow, the author kept all the lies straight, but alas, Cass could not. Oh, the guilt. It was too much for a proper young woman such as herself.

It began like a Shakepearean comedy and moved into tragedy. After Chapter 40 and nearly to the end, I was crying so hard my eyes were sore and red. Quite the ugly cry.

I enjoyed this historical romance more than any other in the past. It kept me in its grips for hours upon hours and I was loathe to stop for dinner and some time with the family. I’m just glad I didn’t start this on an evening, or it would have been a sleepless night.

I’ve since found that this book was second in a series. I’ve purchased the first book and can’t wait to get more details that were merely hinted about in this second book. I know it will be just as fun, and I look forward to reading it!


About Valerie Bowman

Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps!

Valerie’s debut novel, SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT, is the first in the Secret Brides series. Book two, SECRETS OF A RUNAWAY BRIDE, was released March 26, 2013 and SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS MARRIAGE was released Oct 1, 2013. A SECRET PROPOSAL, a related novella, was released 1/1/13. A Secret Affair was released 7/1/2013. The final story in the Secret Brides series, It Happened Under the Mistletoe, A Christmas Novella, was released 10/29/2013.

She is hard at work on a new series based on famous romp plays. The Playful Brides series consists of The Unexpected Duchess (May 2014), The Accidental Countess (November 2014), and The Unlikely Lady (May 2015) with three more planned.

Valerie has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a minor in history from Smith College. By day, she is a technical editor at a computer software company. By night, she combines her love of writing, history, and romance to craft stories about people falling in love.

Originally from Rantoul, Illinois, Valerie lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her family including her rascally rescue dog, Roo. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.

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