Title: The Other Countess
Author: Eve Edwards
Published: July 2010
Author's website: http://eve-edwards.co.uk/
The cover on the version I have is the same as the one pictured - there is another cover which is more decadent and more in keeping with the other two covers in the series. This cover is very intricate, you can see the bead detail on the dress as well as the pattern, and a slight scroll effect which becomes more prominent in the following books in the series, as does the author's name on the cover. There are a few spoilers as I completely fell in love with this historical romance...it's kind of hard to keep it all to myself ;p
Lady Eleanor Rodriguez of San Jaime - Ellie to most people - is an alchemists daughter. Her mother has since passed, and Ellie is struggling with her fathers obsession with alchemy. Her father is convinced he will one day make gold, but in the meantime they are left finding sponsors for her fathers complete obsession. He's so blind to what is going on around him he's in his own world most of the time, and Ellie is left to deal with the consequences, as if she were the parent...she deserves so much more.
The Other Countess has themes of titles, romance, politics, Catholicism & Christianity (which I found fascinating, even though it normally wouldn't interest me), with a plot that feels as if you are actually there, in the late 1500s. I love the way history is seamlessly intermingled with the storyline, it all fits together really beautifully, and I did pick up on the loose end which then follows on to the next in the series, The Queen's Lady.
Ellie - Lady Eleanor Rodriguez of San Jaime - is in possession of a gold seeking father, a worthless title and a spirit that captivates the elite of the Queen's court, and none other that the handsome new Earl of Dorset....William Lacey has inherited his father's title and his financial ruin. Now the Earl must seek a wealthy heiress and restore his family's fortune. But Will's head has been turned by the gorgeous Ellie, yet their union can never be. Will is destined to marry a worthy Lady so the only question is - which one....?