Books by Mary Balogh

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First Comes Marriage

Narrated by Anne Flosnik I reviewed First Comes Marriage for AAR in 2009 granting it DIK status and it was my love of its story line that carried my favorable experience with the audio version. Anne Flosnik performs adequately as narrator although her sluggish delivery along with the failure to c ...

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A Matter of Class

A Matter of Class is a short novel by Mary Balogh. Not only is it short, but it has large print and lots of white space. Those of you who are frugal might want to check it out at the library, or look for a nice discount. If money is no object – go on and buy it. But whatever your preference, d ...

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A Christmas Promise

I picked up my copy of A Christmas Promise at a library book sale a couple of months ago for a dime. My experience in the past with Mary Balogh has been spotty, but I thought there was a chance this might have resale value and my initial investment was hardly steep, so decision made. When this book ...

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Gentle Conquest

I miss Signet Regencies. One day when I had a hankering for a quality Regency, I did something I'd been longing to do but never got around to: I went down to the library and parked myself for three hours with an old Mary Balogh I'd never before read. By page 45 I was panicking. W ...

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Seducing an Angel

For the last of the Huxtable siblings, Mary Balogh creates an emotional story revolving around two complex characters and a difficult situation. Lucky for us readers, it’s one that’s certainly well worth the read. Cassandra Belmont, Lady Paget is penniless and desperate, but ...

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At Last Comes Love

Duncan Pennethorne, the Earl of Sheringford, left London five years ago as the subject of a most juicy piece of scandal. Upon wooing a beautiful young woman - in what seemed to be a love match, no less - he practically left her at the altar only to run away with his future brother-in-law's wife. The ...

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Then Comes Seduction

When I asked for Mary Balogh’s Then Comes Seduction for reviewing, I had not read the first book in the series, First Comes Marriage. Fortunately my copy arrived soon after, and I read it with great enjoyment. I also read the teaser from Then Comes Seduction, but with far less satisfaction. In fac ...

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First Comes Marriage

It’s amazing that I have read only four of Mary Balogh’s books in light of her vast selection of titles and the fact that I consider her one of romance’s best. It is probably due to the length of her interconnected Slightly and Simply series since I could never shake the feeling that I needed ...

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The Ideal Wife

When I read a few entries in the author's Simply series about a year or two ago, I was underwhelmed by Mary Balogh and haven’t read anything by her since. However, I very much enjoyed the reprint of this 1991 book and will be giving her backlist another look. Miles Ripley, Earl ...

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Simply Perfect

One of my favorite devices in romance is the juxtaposition of character types. I love it when a too-serious hero or heroine is confronted with a partner who knows instinctively how to deflate those over-inflated egos with surgical precision. Think Lizzie and Darcy. Or, more to the point here, Wul ...