The Countess Conspiracy
Series: The Brothers Sinister #3
Author: Courtney Milan
Published: December 17, 2013
Genre: Historical / Regency Romance
There is so much more to this book than what is hinted at in the synopsis. It is a great book about an intelligent woman who had the misfortune to be born in an era when a lady did not aspire to be more than a wife, mother and homemaker. A little charity or social work on the side was acceptable, as long as that is all it was, and it did not interfere with what was expected of her.
This is not who Violet, the Countess was, she was a scientist to the core. She lived and breathed her work and it was interesting to read about how she and Sebastian had to plot and plan to have her work seen by scholars without anyone knowing that she was the one responsible for the sometimes ‘shocking’ revelations. The fear of discovery was always there, in the background, and their need for secrecy took over their lives. Added to this was the fact that they were not married, and as this was the 1860′s they could not meet openly to work, which added to the strain and was the reason for their rather unusual working and living relationship.
I loved this book, and loved reading about Violet and the problems she faced as an intelligent woman in an era that frowned on free thinking women. It makes me wonder how many brilliant discoveries were made over the years by women, but attributed to the men in their lives.
I have enjoyed this series and look forward to Book 4 - The Mistress Rebellion