Books by Mary Balogh

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Only a Kiss

I recently fell in love with a movie which Variety said “moves as slowly as a somnolent turtle”. I suppose that makes me the perfect reviewer for this book. While I definitely think the pace was a bit faster than that of a turtle, the story certainly had the feel of being as slow, and sweet and ...

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Beyond the Sunrise

Mary Balogh's 1992 novel Beyond the Sunrise boasts a storyline quite unlike those found in the other books of hers I've read in that it’s mostly plot, rather than character driven. That isn’t a criticism, however, because I enjoyed this new audiobook very much. It isn’t without its problems, t ...

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Only a Promise

This is the fifth book in the Survivor’s Club series by Ms. Balogh and the book highlights one of the things I love most about her work: Relationships between mature adults who know how to hold a conversation. The ability to communicate is at the heart of this story since the romance begins with a ...

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Only Enchanting

This is the fourth installment in Mary Balogh's Survivor's Club series, and while I have enjoyed each of the other books, Only Enchanting is the best to date. It's a beautifully wrought and gently moving story of two emotionally wounded people trying to navigate their way through the issues that hav ...

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The Escape

Mary Balogh is the author of some of my very favorite novels. She is easily my favorite historical romance author. Most of her books, for me, invite an immediate re-read since they are far too good to experience just once. This novel, while good, did not cause any of that urgency in me but I did tho ...

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The Arrangement

Mary Balogh is, I will admit, one of my very favorite authors. She has a gentle, sophisticated style to her writing that never fails to charm me. Although this was perhaps not my very favorite of all her books, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Vincent and Sophia are young and a tad naïve, but on the whole ...

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The Secret Mistress

Narrated by Anne Flosnik When Edward Ailsbury, Earl of Heyward, rescues Lady Angeline Dudley from the consequences of her impetuous actions, he sees an improper young woman who is far from any lady he could ever consider marrying. Angeline sees Edward as the man she will someday marry. Edward ...

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The Proposal

Gwendoline, Lady Muir, has been a secondary character in some of Mary Balogh's most beloved books. Her story has been one hotly anticipated by fans. It can be hard to deliver under that kind of pressure, but Mary Balogh shows herself to be up for such a daunting task. Not only was I delighted with G ...

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The Secret Mistress

In the musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers there is a song about going courting. It speaks to one of my very favorite aspects of romance - the period of time when two people are just getting to know each other and just starting to fall in love. There is no author out there who captures those mom ...

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A Secret Affair

Mary Balogh closes out her Huxtable series on an oddly uneven note with A Secret Affair. At her strongest moments, she brings readers the story of two mature, intelligent lovers told in the graceful, subtle prose I've come to love from Balogh. And at other times? Well, readers might well wonder i ...