Books by Mary Balogh

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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 ...

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Slightly Wicked

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor One of the many things I love about audiobooks is that they’re a great way for me to catch up with older titles that, with the best will in the world, I’m unlikely to get around to reading for at least the next ten years or more. Another great thing is that it’s s ...

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Someone to Hold

Mary Balogh’s Westcott series revolves around an earl’s family discovering upon his death that he was a bigamist with a wife and child kept hidden from everyone.  When the truth comes out there are devastating ramifications for the family left behind.  Someone to Hold is the second book of the ...

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Someone to Love

Mary Balogh's latest novel, Someone to Love has divided opinion among AAR staffers.  Caz Owens loved it while Kristen Donnelly and Keira Soleore were less than impressed.  Here are their thoughts on the book. In Someone to Love, an orphan discovers she’s actually not one and a duke reali ...

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Someone to Love

I don’t know where the time is going, but it seems hardly any has elapsed between turning the last page of Only Beloved, the final novel in Mary Balogh’s Survivor’s Club series – and reading Someone to Love, the first story in her new, eight-part Westcott series.  The story revolves around ...

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Tangled

This 1991 title by Mary Balogh has engendered very mixed reactions over the years, and although I can understand why, I enjoyed it, principally because the author is so skilled at portraying the emotional lives of her characters in a way that makes them feel very real to the reader. The book op ...

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Only Beloved

Only Beloved is the seventh and final book in Mary Balogh’s Survivor’s Club series about a group of people – six men and one woman – who sustained injuries and trauma, both physical and mental, as a result of the Napoleonic Wars. I’ve enjoyed all the books and think it’s been one of the ...

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Indiscreet

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor I’ve been delighted to see a number of Mary Balogh’s older titles are at last being released in audiobook format, and have eagerly pounced on each one as soon as they have been released. The most recent to appear is Indiscreet, which was originally published in 1 ...