An Italian Ambassador and a lady’s companion bond over their shared interest in different cultures and politics
A Companion for the Count is a sweet historical romance about friendship, love, and loyalty.
It is book #2 in the Clairvoir Castle Romances series but can be read as a standalone.
Our thanks to the author for the advanced reader’s copy.
ASIN : B08LBYMYN1
Publisher : Pink Citrus Books (May 2, 2021)
Print length : 249 pages
Language : English
Miss Emma Arlen’s position as a companion never included distracting her mistress’s suitors, but when a handsome Italian ambassador arrives determined to find an English bride, Emma happily takes up the cause.
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 Elinor 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 Elinor, 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?
As the second stand-alone novel in a new series by author Sally Britton, this story continues the Clairvoir Castle romances. This is a light-hearted, romantic series set in the Regency period.
From the Publisher’s Blurb
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Miss Emma Arlen was a Duke’s ward and a companion for his older daughter, Josephine. Best friends since childhood, the young women were like sisters.
When an Italian Count came for an extended visit clearly intending to court Josephine, Emma had to step up and divert his attention as Josephine had no intention to marry.
The story is sweet and full of friendship, family ties, and love, both romantic and for one’s friends and relatives.
I love unrequited love, and there is nothing more intense than when the hero is courting the heroine’s best friend.
Luca was awkwardly adorable! He was the introspective, insecure, and dutiful type, and I fell for him on the spot.
Emma was very charismatic and loyal, qualities I always appreciate in a heroine. It was lovely to see how she inadvertently fell in love with Luca. I loved how it happened slowly and while they learned about each other’s culture, including some delicious cooking scenes.
As a plus, readers will get to attend Alice and Rupert’s wedding, the couple in the previous installment in the series (Mr. Gardiner and the Governess).
A Companion for the Count is another great story in this beautiful series! I can’t wait to learn how Josephine will find her HEA in the next book.
Disclosure: I received a paperback copy from the author for an honest review.
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About the Author
Sally Britton is sixth generation Texan, received her BA in English from Brigham Young University, and reads voraciously. She started her writing journey at the tender age of fourteen on an electric typewriter, and she’s never looked back.
Sally lives in Oklahoma with her husband, four children, and their overly energetic Australian Shepherd. She loves researching, hiking, and eating too much chocolate.