Monday, March 23, 2015

Book Review: "The Countess' Captive" by Andrea Cefalo (HFVB)

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Remember where we left Adelaide in "Fairy Tale Keeper's Daughter"? The second book picks up right where we left off!

Adelaide, her father, and Galadriel are off to G's estate. They are homeless, and if anyone finds out Adelaide's actions on the night the cathedral burned down they will be fugitives in a whole heap of trouble too. The journey to the new estate is long. (I think the whole book takes place in time about a month or month and a half).

(This book also made me appreciate the fact that I can just get in my car and drive for long periods in relative comfort. I have heat, I have air conditioning, I have a radio station playing the same 9 songs, I have an occasional McDonalds stop for french fries and bladder emptying. This group would have probably died of thankfulness for just one or two of those things.)

After a couple of trials and tribulations (and a maybe murder attempt) they get to the estate. Adelaide is surprised by how big it is, and basically immediately starts plotting her escape back to Cologne and Ivo. (Which considering her and his actions that might not be the safest plan of action, but hey, she's a girl in love). There's some very nice people at the estate (her nursemaid) and some kind of terrible people (some of G's ladies in waiting) and even a woman who looks remarkably like Adelaide's mother. The way they keep mentioning her I kept waiting for a big shoe to drop regarding her, but maybe that's the next book!

As Adelaide struggles to figure out how to make due at the estate, and biding her time to escape she gets hit with 2 pieces of news that set up the next book and change all of her plans! (Dum dum duuuuuuum)

It's funny because my thoughts for this book are so close to the first one. It's short and it reads really, really fast. Also, the fairytale retelling part of this one is, to me, even less pronounced than in the first one. I mean, it comes up in little ways but I still wouldn't call this book a retelling. The third book is scheduled to be out this summer and I'm excited to see what happens next!


And just like the first book there's a fun quiz to take and a cool giveaway!

About the Author

Andrea Cefalo is an award-winning author and blogger on Medieval Europe. The next three novels in The Fairytale Keeper series will debut in 2015 and 2016. She resides in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband and their two border collies. For more information please visit Andrea Cefalo’s website. You can also find her on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

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