THE ACCIDENTAL COUNTESS is the first full length story I’ve had the chance to read from author Valerie Bowman after reading her short story contribution to the recently released CHRISTMAS BRIDES, I reviewed a few weeks ago.


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?

The style from that short story, that first caught my attention, remains true as she spins a complicated, but entertaining farce of mistaken identity and cross purposes in THE ACCIDENTAL COUNTESS.

THE ACCIDENTAL COUNTESS is a light-hearted and delightfully humorous romantic romp that will make you smile, sigh, laugh…

This author has drawn inspiration from popular classic romp plays that lean heavily on humor to make implausible situations, not only plausible but wildly entertaining for the reader and done an excellent job of it. (ex. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST)

Although I would have loved to see Cassandra display a little more backbone, sticking to her guns at the beginning of the story, her character is so deeply in love with Julian that as romance can be in real life, often time’s emotion overcomes reason, so ultimately her acceptance of the crazy fake identity plan makes absolute sense.

Julian’s character, I loved from the start, and had to snicker several times when his frustration over his quest to settle things with his “fiancée” become thwarted by his unwanted attraction to “Patience” and his desire to reach the woman who’s letters sustained him during the war. The poor guy doesn’t stand a chance—which only added to his appeal in this case.

As this story is compiled of a great deal of twists and turns it’s hard to give a detailed review without revealing some of the best parts. (I loathe spoilers!) So, forgive me for finishing out my final thoughts in the most general terms.

THE ACCIDENTAL COUNTESS is a light-hearted and delightfully humorous romantic romp that will make you smile, sigh, laugh and sometimes scratch your head, but ultimately leave you satisfied and wishing to see more of these characters in the future.

I will certainly be going back to read the first book in this series and will be looking forward to next, when it comes out sometime next year.

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Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.