The Count Author:Helena Dela They Say Married Life is Full of Surprises...What a proposal! Marry this fabulously wealthy, totally hunky guy who's a bona fide count in need of an heir. Have his baby. Live in luxury the rest of your life. Well, okay, there's a catch: thanks to a pesky family curse, the marriage is destined to be short-lived. Literally. Meet Ella, who doesn't ... more »believe in silly curses--until she spends a few months living in the ancestral castle, with frequent spectral visits from the lively bunch of former countesses who came before her. When they can tear themselves away from their favorite pastime, watching soap operas, her spirited predecessors convince her that she doesn't stand a ghost of a chance to get out of this marriage alive--and just when she was beginning to actually fall for her husband, too. But, then, what's one little curse in the face of true love?The ProposalHe hesitated. "I know this must appear unusual to you--Dr. Schuber has explained that my family is regarded as unlucky, yes? It may not matter to you, but the Drachenfels are not without their honor, and I will do everything I can to ensure you are kept well, in a manner of your choosing. You will marry me?"It was hardly a romantic proposal, but the fact that there was doubt in his voice, that he had not assumed that I would jump at the chance, at the money, won me over.« less
Since I really liked this book, I kept hoping that this author would come out with another...
This is a very odd little tale. There's very little of classic romance in it, and the strength of the meandering little narrative is more in the extremely good writing and dry wit of the heroine. I don't know how to put it other than to say that if a less gifted author had attempted this story, it wouldn't have been strong enough to hold your attention, but as it is, it manages to pull you right along.
Ella, once ensconced in the castle begins to see shapes out of the corner of her eye...the ghosts of more than twenty dead wives of the Drachenfels waiting to greet her and make her one them...unless she can find a way to lift the curse.
The concept of this story was awesome, and I have to admit that the book did a pretty good job living up to it. Putting aside some printing errors (punctuation that should have been picked up by an editor), this was a good, fairly quick read.
You really bought into Ella's depressed state of mind in the beginning as the narrator's voice came across very deliberate and monotone, but not boring at all. I wish there could have been more development on Rudi's character who you really never get to know as well as Ella - for understandable reasons.
My favorite part was the inclusion of the ghosts and their own personalities and characters. I loved them every time they made their presence known.
For how entertaining the read was, I wish that there had been more development of the character relationships and the storyline. I feel like there was some heavy editing done and that pieces that would have helped establish personalities better were lost. But overall - I found myself engaged from the beginning and enjoying this book!