Title: Countess of Scandal
Author: Laurel McKee
Publication Date: February 1, 2010
Genre: Fiction, Romance
As children, Eliza Blacknall and William Denton ran wild over the fields of southern Ireland and swore they would be friends forever. Then fate took Will away to England, while Eliza stayed behind to become a proper Irish countess.
Years later, Will finally makes his way home-as an English soldier sent to crush the Irish uprising. When he spies the lovely Eliza, he is captivated by the passionate woman she has become. But Eliza’s passions have led her to join the Irish rebel cause, and Will and Eliza now find themselves on opposite sides of a dangerous conflict.
When Ireland explodes in bloody rebellion, Will’s regiment is ordered to the front lines, and he is forced to choose between his duty to the English king and his love for Eliza and their Irish homeland.
Two young lovers, Eliza Blacknall and William Denton are forced apart by family and propriety, and forced to forge new lives apart from each other. Eliza marries Frederick Mount Clare while Will joins the army. Upon the Thirteenth Regiment of Foot’s return to Dublin seven years later, Will now a Major, is reunited with a widowed Eliza and while they meet clandestinely, their ideologies keep them apart. Will is back in Ireland to help squelch the Irish uprising against British rule while Eliza plays a vital role in the uprising. Finding themselves on separate sides of a battle, yet romantically attracted to each other proves rather difficult for the two, yet will their love for each other be enough to overcome their principles and beliefs? Countess of Scandal is a marvelously written romantic novel about love, loss and the power of attraction. McKee writes an extremely descriptive novel with an intriguing historical plot complete with exceedingly steamy romantic encounters. I was far more interested in the historical time frame of 1797-1798 in Ireland than I was in any of the actual characters, save for Anna, Eliza’s younger sister and the Duke of Adair. It is evident through McKee’s writing that not only does she have a passion for Ireland, but also conducted extensive researched into this tumultuous time in Ireland’s history. Countess of Scandal is an excellent novel for anyone who enjoys reading vividly descriptive romance novels.
Laurel McKee lives in Oklahoma with a menagerie of two cats, a Pug, and a bossy miniature poodle, and loves dance classes, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network-even though she doesn’t cook.
I received a complimentary copy of Countess of Scandal by Laurel McKee from Hachette as part of the tour. Receiving a free copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.