Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Review: A Companion for the Count by Sally Britton

My rating: 4 stars / I really liked it



Emma Arlen has spent a decade as a member of the duke’s family, in the position of companion to his daughter and ward to the duke himself. She would do anything to show her support to the ducal family for their love and kindness. When Lady Josephine begs Emma to distract a most determined Sicilian suitor, she agrees at once. How hard can it be to keep one man entertained for a few weeks?

Luca, the Conte di Atella, left his home in the newly formed Kingdom of the Two Sicilies under the direct orders of King Ferdinand I. Luca’s duty as ambassador to England includes everything from negotiating better trade agreements to strengthening the bonds between the two nations. If possible, by marrying a lady of high birth. When he optimistically sets his sights on Lady
Josephine, Miss Arlen consistently disrupts his plans. The more time that passes, the more he realizes he does not mind at all.

Continually in the conte’s company, Emma recognizes in him a spirit of adventure and nobility like she has never witnessed before. When the time comes for him to go, will she be able to part with him and keep her heart intact?

My Review

This is a lovely gentle romance with sweet scenes and a character-driven plot. There is a bit of a climax at the end relating to Luca's ambassadorship, but for the most part we get to join the family of the duke at Clairvoir castle as they host the Italian ambassador. Luca and Emma both have formal manners, and his interest in Josephine gives them more time to get to know one another as friends, which provides a foundation of trust and respect when their affection grows into something more. They each believe they are not worthy of the other, which adds to the dilemma they face. Overall, a nice addition to the series and I'm looking forward to reading the next book with a spicier set of main characters.

Disclosure statement: A complimentary copy of this book was provided from a tour group, publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, OR borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR purchased. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.

Don't miss the other books in the Clairvoir Castle series . . .

Book One

Book Three

Aren't these covers gorgeous and unique?

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