Review: The Accidental Countess by Valerie Bowman

Review: The Accidental Countess by Valerie BowmanThe Accidental Countess by Valerie Bowman
Series: Playful Brides #2
Published by St. Martin's Press on October 28th 2014
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Historical, Regency
Pages: 320
Source: Netgalley
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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. What Cass wouldn’t give to take her cousin’s place! 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—especially when the real object of his affection turns out to be a beguiling beauty he meets at a party. Patience Bunbury is witty, independent, passionate…and, unbeknownst to him, the cousin of his current fiancée. When the truth about Cass comes out—and Julian discovers that their courtship is anything but accidental—will he surrender his heart to a woman who really is too good to be true?


fluffy and fun romance, The Accidental Countess is full of shenanigans. True to it’s inspiration, The Importance of Being Earnest, it’s just chalked full of secret identities, mistaken identities, misunderstandings and hijinks of the highest orders.

The story revolves around our heroine, Cass, who’s always been a bit on the shy side and has been in love with our (unattainable)  hero, Julian for far too long. But one day due to crazy family antics, Cass pretends to Patience Bunbary and gets a new chance at love with Julian. Julian is a war hero who almost died and decided life’s to short to marry someone you don’t love (aka. his fiancée since forever). Instead he can’t seem to get his pen-pal (take a guess who that is!) from the war out of his mind (or his heart), but who is this “new girl” who’s caught his eye!

With a fictitious Patience, and people too stubborn to just say how they feel, and tack on some meddling friends and soon you’ve dug yourself in a whole too deep to get out of. So that basically sums up The Accidental Countess. 

This book is probably not for everyone. There’s a lot of (and I mean a looooooot of) misunderstandings and normally that would frustrate the daylights out of me, but I have a huge soft spot for The Importance of Being Earnest, there’s just something so much fun about crazy shenanigans that I can overlook that. I ended up really like both Cass and Julian. And despite the pseudo-love triangle-esque thing, there was no wavering of the heart.

Overall, The Accidental Countess is a fun Recency retelling of The Importance of Being Earnest with two likable characters. You sometimes might want to shake them because of all the “drama” that easily could have been resolved by simply talking stuff out, but hey, what’s a rom-com without some crazy hijinks, misunderstanding of the grandest orders, and big romantic gestures right?

{Thanks to St. Martin’s Paperbacks & Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

About Valerie Bowman

Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps!

Valerie’s debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books have been nominated for the Kirkus Prize for fiction.



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0 Replies to “Review: The Accidental Countess by Valerie Bowman”

  1. Misunderstandings and miscommunication that could be resolved by locking them in a broom closet..makes me crazy..LOL Great review:)

    1. My thoughts exactly! Haha. Thanks (:

  2. The misunderstanding thing drives me CRAZY but with this being an homage to The Importance of Being Ernest I don’t think it would annoy me quite as much. Plus, if the characters are likable enough and the plot is fun enough that makes up for quite a bit!

    1. I think that’s the only reason why this one didn’t drive me utterly mad haha, my love for The Importance of Being Ernest (: It’s still a pretty cute read, I totally recommend the first book in the series! (Which is sort of a Cyrano de Bergerac retelling – which I’ll hopefully have a review up soon too haha).

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