Books by Mary Balogh

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Someone to Care

Be still my heart: Someone to Care is a love story starring two damaged and flawed grownups. Two years after learning that her marriage was bigamous, Viola Kingsley, once the Countess of Riverdale, is by no means recovered. All the love showered on her by her devoted family is not enough to lift her ...

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Slightly Dangerous (#7 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on May 22, 2004  To put my assessment of this book in perspective, I haven't loved every book ever written by Mary Balogh and I've found the Slightly series to be more uneven than it seems many readers did. With that said, though, I most assuredly do l ...

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A Certain Magic

A Certain Magic is one of thirty Regency Romances that Mary Balogh wrote for Signet between 1985 and 1998. Most of those have been out of print for some time, but fortunately for those of us who missed them when they first came out, a number of them are gradually making their way back into circulati ...

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A Summer to Remember (#39 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on June 17, 2002 Most romance readers think of Mary Balogh as a dark, intense writer, but she has proven in books like The Famous Heroine and Lady With A Black Umbrella that she can handle the lighter side as well. A Summer To Remember is not a farce, bu ...

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A Christmas Beau

I know holiday romances tend to be a love-it-or-hate-it phenomenon with lots of readers. Personally, I love to sink myself in Christmas and other holiday romances. This year just hasn’t felt as festive, so I have to admit that I haven’t read as many as usual. However, the TBR Challengewas the p ...

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Someone to Wed

Someone to Wed is the third book in Mary Balogh’s series following the fortunes of the Westcott family as its members struggle to put their lives back together after the revelation of a long-buried family secret impacts all of them in many different ways.  The author once again proves herself to ...

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More than a Mistress (#56 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on August 6, 2000 "What's in a name?" asked Shakespeare. A lot, as it turns out. What we call each other, what we allow others to call us, sets the parameters of our relationships. But sometimes a relationship bursts past the limits of names and descript ...

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The Secret Pearl (#85 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on August 15, 2000 The Secret Pearl is a book that grips you by the throat from the very first scene, and never lets you go until the end. The first chapter of this book is utterly shocking. A man we have barely met hires a prostitute we know nothing abo ...

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Simply Love (#91 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance review originally published on August 16, 2006 It’s been some time now since I had a good cry over a book, but toward the end of Simply Love I had to get out several handkerchiefs. When Mary Balogh is on top of her game, she is hard to beat and she has a real winner here. ...

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The Temporary Wife / A Promise of Spring

The Temporary Wife is one of those perfect romances, where the emphasis is on romance rather than a lot of extracurricular activity. And within the scope of the category-sized story, Balogh delivers a master class on how to write a Marriage of Convenience plot. Anthony Earheart, the Marquess of S ...