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by Elizabeth Chater

The Earl of Stone and Hammer has always led a peaceful and undisturbed life. That is until a gorgeous young French woman shows up on the doorstep of his home. She brings news that his brother, who has been missing for years, is dead in the streets of France and that the young boy in front of him is his nephew. Cozette has brought the young boy all the way from France to save his life, for the French Revolution has seized Paris and virtually everyone is in danger. From that day on, the Earl has had to put up with this saucy young Frenchwoman who so tempts and torments his heart. But as the two grow closer, Cozette reveals her real reason for having so desperately escaped from France: she bears a message for the King of England himself! As Cozette comes closer and closer to danger, like a fly being tempted toward a spider, she and the once icy Earl become entangled in a web of their own making, one of mounting desire for each other.
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ISBN: 0759222509
ISBN13: 978-0759222502
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Elizabeth Chater
Language: English
Publisher: (December 1, 1999)
Pages: 140 pages
ePUB size: 1502 kb
FB2 size: 1608 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 374
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This is a must read for Elizabeth Chater fans! I can't speak for those who don't understand Chater's sense of humor, as is obviously the case with the lame two-star review containing three paragraphs of copied text from the novel's own summary.

A very bedraggled Cozette shows up unannounced on the London doorstep of Lord Stone on a cold, rainy evening. She pushes past the uppity butler and demands to see Lord Stone. It's 1792 and she has narrowly escaped from Paris with a very precious delivery - Lord Stone's nephew and heir. After several, very lively exchanges between Cozette and the earl, they decide she will remain as governess and companion for four-year old Lex.

Lord Stone is one of the most overbearing "heroes" I've ever encountered in a Regency/Georgian romance, but this is not unusual for Chater (ie: The Marriage Mart or Lady Dearborn's Debut). But come to think of it, he's about on par with Dominic Alistair, Marquis of Vidal in The Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer who was forever imposing his will on the heroine. What was a bit unususual for Chater was how sexually forward the earl is; almost right from the start he's propositioning Cozette which was also similar to Lord Vidal. Maybe he was Chater's inspiration? It's still a clean novel with nothing beyond kissing, but I wouldn't hand it to my thirteen year old.

Sparks fly as Cozette and Lord Stone continue to butt heads with each other and their chemistry and attraction grows. Chater adds interest with several disapproving relatives, Cozette's loyal pursuit of Prime Minister Pitt and Prinny to help King Louis, daily interactions with Lex and the servants, and Cozette's missing father to create a lively, almost swashbuckling tale. The unifying element is the relationship between Cozette and Lord Stone. Overall I thought this was a fast, fun read with a very satisfying ending and I would read it again.
Very refreshing to note that the Author took some time and included both English and French History during the Period/Rule of Napoleon I and the Regency period of George III and of the early reign of George IV. I believe that mixing History and Fiction definitely adds definition and continued interest to the entire plot. For both the sake of the Author as well as the next Reader, I will not delve into the plot. All I will state is that the Author did an excellent job throughout. Thanks for your time.
I had not realized that the rape and ravishing of innocents was the natural occupation of English nobility. I have never read such classless prose as the way the (sarc on) Hero (sarc off) treats a servant under his care; one who has saved his heir at great cost to herself. I think Ms. Chater got off on the wrong tack and I don't know how she plans to get back to decency. I am only 1/3rd of the way through and will continue in the hope that the author (a fave of mine) can make this despicable read worth my time.
The main female character is strong and sweet. The hero is oh so English.
She does all she can to protect the Earl's nephew and falls in love along the way.
The author captures the emotions of a girl who has been educated by a loving father but is basically innocent of how the world works as she fits into the household of the English nobility.
Falling in love with the Earl isn't something she plans but the author captures the conflicting emotions perfectly.
What an excellent read. Elizabeth Chater is one of my favourite authors. Thanks again for a sensible, decent and morally clean story.
I liked the historical aspects of the story as well. Very informative.
I very much enjoyed and appreciated the story line with the characters and their shared emotions. The writing was very well done and did not seem contrived which makes the reading so much more interesting and pulls the reader into the story.
The Earl and the Emigree was a good read . The book was pleasant and fun light reading. The characters were likeable,and there were no obnoxious scenes between the characters.
It was interesting to read about a time period other than England during the Regency period. Having a French heroine also added the right amount of novelty.