Saucy pickpocket Simone Dougherty relies on her nimble fingers and quick mind to work London’s streets. However, using her wits to survive in the East End is one thing. Using her wits to pose as the wife of the attractive Lord Temple Wellington is another thing altogether. Especially when her rebellious heart refuses to listen to reason. Restless and bored with the life he’s carved out for himself, younger son and black sheep Temple Wellington determines to turn over a new leaf in the wilds of Canada. Somehow he never imagined embarking on a new life would involve marriage to a fetching thief with a penchant for trouble. A thief with mysteries of her own. When Temple unexpectedly becomes the new Earl of Leavenby, will both his and Simone’s dark pasts rise up to haunt them? Or are they strong enough together to fight for their happiness?
A.M Westerling's "The Countess' Lucky Charm" is a keeper. Combine "Pygmalian" (with a happily-ever-ending), throw in a smidgeon of "Oliver Twist," add a healthy dose of love and passion, a trek through the Canadian wilderness and a host of finely drawn secondary characters, and you'll find a terrific read. Westerling paints a picture of Regency Era English values and its cruel hypocrisy to dramatize the chasm separating Simone, a charming East End pickpocket, and Temple, the younger son of a peer, into one that only true love can conquer. Minor points off for confusion arising from her misuse of courtesy titles, but in the scope of the book's overall excellence, it did not detract from my enjoyment of this story. I look forward for more from this talented author.