The Captain and The Countess set in England in 1706
By Rosemary Morris
Release date 21/02/21014
The Countess of Sinclair remained in the doorway, her cool blue eyes speculative.
Captain Howard whistled low. Could her shocking reputation be no more than tittle-tattle? His artist’s eyes observed her. Rumour did not lie about her Saxon beauty.
Her ladyship was not a slave to fashion. She did not wear a wig and her hair was not curled and stiffened with sugar water. Instead her flaxen plaits were wound around the crown of her head to form a coronet. The style suited her. So did the latest
fashion, an outrageous wisp of a lace cap, which replaced the tall, fan-shaped
fontage most ladies continued to wear perched on their heads. Paris
Did the countess have the devil-may-care attitude gossips attributed to her? If she did, it explained why some respectable members of society shunned her. Indeed, if Lady Sinclair were not the granddaughter of his godmother’s deceased friend she might not be received in this house.
The lady’s fair charms did not entirely explain what drew many gallants to her side. After all, there were several younger beauties present that the gentlemen did not flock around so avidly.