The trick to a fantastic love story is having a extremely good purpose why the characters can’t fall in love. Perhaps it’s feuding households, perhaps it’s scheming stepmothers, perhaps it’s satisfaction and/or prejudice. In Sophie Jordan’s The Scandalous Girls of London: The Countess, it’s that the person of Woman Gertrude’s goals is courting her daughter.
Gertrude, the Countess of Chatham (Tru to her associates), gave up on any notions of contentment or satisfaction in her married life inside weeks of her wedding ceremony. Tru’s by no means going to have a contented ending—and he or she’s made her peace with that. However now that it’s her daughter’s first season, Tru will do no matter it takes to verify Delia has an opportunity at one thing higher. She desires her daughter to have a love match, a husband who will cherish and respect her. However Tru’s callous wastrel of a husband decides that Delia’s debut is his probability to pick out a suitor with deep pockets to fund his debauched way of life. Issues get even worse when he reveals that his hand-picked choice for his or her new son-in-law is Jasper Thorne, a person Tru has met simply as soon as earlier than—throughout a short encounter that was extra sensual, extra intense than something she has skilled within the entirety of her marriage.
A self-made man with no reverence for sophistication or station, Jasper has no respect for a disgusting cad like Tru’s husband. He desires an aristocratic spouse purely to make sure that his daughter has each potential privilege and benefit. However what he desires most is Tru, slightly desperately, and has from the second he laid eyes on her. If pretending to court docket Delia offers him an excuse to be round Tru, he’ll take it. It’s a match that may’t probably occur—however their attraction can’t be denied.
Jordan is aware of the right way to ship the warmth, and the chemistry between Jasper and Tru is scorching. On the identical time, The Countess doesn’t shrink back from the difficulties of their scenario, or the difficulties of different ladies inside Tru’s circle. This e book is an intriguing introduction to a sequence that can discover the love lives of those sturdy, fierce and compelling ladies, all of whom resigned themselves to unsatisfying marriages as a result of that’s what the strictures of excessive society demanded. Jasper and Tru need to battle towards these strictures to get their fortunately ever after, and that makes The Countess a compelling learn. If love got here simply, watching a pair battle to win it wouldn’t be almost as enjoyable.