4 of 5 stars
I enjoy Ms. Milan's writing. Her characters are colorful, interesting and do unexpected things. The plot twists are always surprising. In the Countess Conspiracy, I couldn't quite connect with Violet Waterfield, the heroine of the story. There was so much bitterness at every turn that it got old. I understood exactly what the author was trying to do, but all of that internal "I'm not good enough," "I'm not worthy" began to grate on me. Sebastian Malheur, on the other hand, was such an infectious character. He was charming, likeable and vulnerable - everything that a hero should be.
What I did appreciate was the scientific storyline - how women felt they needed to hide their intelligence from the men in their lives. I cannot imagine how that would feel not to be able to express your opinion on anything besides strictly "women's" safe topics. Ms. Milan did an excellent job of explaining the hardships women of the era faced and this is what kept my interest in the story. Plus, of course, I wanted to know what happened with Sebastian.
While this wasn't my favorite book by this author, I still enjoyed it and would definitely recommend the other novels in "The Brothers Sinister" series.
I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.