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Publisher's Summary

For seven long years, Lady Cassandra Monroe has waited for the man of her dreams to return from the war. Unfortunately, he happens to be engaged to her flighty cousin. When he mistakes Cass for Patience Bunbury, a fictitious friend her cousin has invented to escape social obligations - even with her future husband - Cass thinks this is her chance.
After defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, Captain Julian Swift is not quite ready to settle down and enter into his unwanted arranged marriage. Patience Bunbury is witty, independent, passionate, and, unbeknownst to him, the cousin of his current fiancée. When the truth about Cass comes out, will he surrender his heart to a woman who really is too good to be true?
©2014 Valerie Bowman (P)2014 Tantor
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4 out of 5 stars
By The Book Junkie Reads . . . on 12-06-17

Fun, light and enjoyable

Cass had waited years for the man she loved from afar. She wrote to him everyday. More so than his very own betrothed. She fell in love with the man as a child. She watched him through the eyes of a woman. She finally gets to see him after him coming so close to death. She so close but so far. The role she has taken on has allowed her to be more than the prim and proper lady she was raised to be. She takes that chance at love and regrets very little.

Julian had come home from a war that almost took his life. He returns to a betrothed that wants nothing to do with him and an intriguing young lady before him. A house party was the last thing on his mind, but if it will get him the chance to do his deed and see more of the lovely young lady he will go.

This story had good solid characters and a fun, lighthearted house party to enjoy.

Alison Larkin does a good job with the accent, diction, pitch and tone of the various characters. There was no issue distinguishing the characters both male and female or the individuals.

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4 out of 5 stars
By LilMissMolly on 10-15-16

Honorable War Hero Even When Impassioned

I just finished listening to The Accidental Countess, the 2nd book in the Playful Brides series written by Valerie Bowman and narrated by Allison Larkin. There is a lot of misunderstanding between the two main characters, who have been corresponding with each other for seven years. Through their letters, both have fallen in love with the other. But, each feels that the other is either betrothed or in love with someone else. I really enjoyed the three best friends and their banter is what I imagine Jane Austen and her sister and friend might have enjoyed. :) I can't wait for the next Playdul Bride story!

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