Cecile Lambeaux has fallen completely,
inextricably in love with Sir Nathaniel Covington, sensing a
loneliness in his soul that matches her own. The problem is
Nate is the son of a duke and Cecile is a ladiesí maid. To
help her catch his eye, Cecileís employer, Meredith, la
Comtesse de Chevalier, offers to pass her off as a
Meredith might have the best of
intentions, but her lover, Christopher Whitby, knows the
ruse is headed for disaster. As Meredith sets her plan in
motion, her own relationship with Chris becomes strained, as
her past has made it difficult to fully trust in the
permanence of his love.
Cecile finds that the plan has worked
better than she ever could have imagined. As she learns
more about Nate, her love for him only deepens. For Nate,
what began as a simple affair with a mysterious beauty
becomes so much more as he works to uncover all of Cecileís
secrets. But even as Nate falls for Cecile in return, the
shadow of her deception hangs over them, threatening to ruin
their burgeoning relationship.
Will secrets and lies ruin Meredith and
Cecileís chances at happiness forever?
Passion, deception, and love make for a
heady mix in Bonnie Deeís sumptuous historical romance.
The Countess Lends a Hand is an enchanting tale
with not one, but two love stories which captured my
attention. Cecile and Nate are two characters who would be
perfect for one another were it not for the social divide
that would prevent society from ever accepting their
relationship. Both of them are scarred by their past and
find comfort, acceptance, and love in one another. I was
drawn to their story because they were characters I felt
needed to find happiness. Watching them try to do so, with
all the obstacles in their path, made me unable to put the
While Cecile and Nate are the focus of
the story, I will admit the biggest reason I picked up
The Countess Lends a Hand is that I loved its
predecessor, The Countess Takes a Lover, and wanted
to read more about Meredith and Chrisís relationship.
Meredith is the same boisterous personality and Chris the
steadfast one, but their depths of character, showcased
perfectly in The Countess Takes a Lover, are further
delved into. The road to happiness isnít always smooth, and
though Meredith and Chris hit a few bumps, the one thing I
was relieved to find is that their love for one another was
always strong. Their storyline I find difficult to discuss
without spoiling it, but I can say that it grabbed my heart
and I am so very glad Ms. Dee let me revisit two characters
I adored so much.
Sinfully sensual and emotionally gripping, The
Countess Lends a Hand is yet another fantastic tale
by the supremely talented Ms. Dee.