Books by Mary Balogh

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Web of Love

What struck me first when looking at the reissue of Mary Balogh’s Web of Love is how much I prefer the new cover to the old. The old cover is Signet at their worst: lots of browns and a couple dancing in a scene which does have its counterpart in the novel, but the facial expressions of both hero ...

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Simply Magic

Reading Simply Magic brought to mind an excellent ATBF column about Regencies in Disguise, books that are European Historicals in length and sensuality, but Trad Regencies in tone and societal mores. So many historicals set in the Regency are completely modern in voice and character behavior. Not ...

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The Gilded Web

I enjoyed Mary Balogh’s last reissued book, The Secret Pearl. However, The Gilded Web, originally published in 1989, falls well short of the high standard set by that one. Alexandra Purnell, in search of a quiet moment outside the crowded ballroom, finds herself kidnapped and tied to a strange ...

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Indiscreet

Mary Balogh has created some of the most tormented of heroines in modern romance, and Catherine Winters is no exception. When Rex Adams, Viscount Rawleigh, and his friends accompany his twin brother Claude Adams and sister-in-law Clarissa to their country estate for a house party, Mrs. Winters mista ...

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Simply Unforgettable

I’m going to say it right up front. Ms. Balogh’s books have always been hit or miss for me, with a few more misses then hits in the mix. So what prompted my request to review Simply Unforgettable? Can I tell you a secret? A colleague, who generally loves most of this author’s work, didn’t li ...

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The Temporary Wife

A kindhearted young gentlewoman, in financial straits through no fault of her own. An unrepentant rake, titled, of course, who doesn’t believe in love. A marriage of convenience. A gruff Papa duke. A country estate brimming with relatives and old grudges. A cornucopia of Regency cliches, yet on ...

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Slightly Sinful

Certain writers seem to have beloved premises that they revisit again and again. With Lisa Kleypas, it's cross-class romance. Brockmann likes vulnerable tough guys who just can't get involved with their fellow team members. And Mary Balogh never met a prostitute plot she didn't like. Slightly Sinful ...

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Slightly Tempted

Slightly Tempted is the fourth book in the Slightly series that follows the fortunes of the Bedwyn family. Eighteen year old Morgan Bedwyn, sister of the Duke of Bewcastle, is with friends in Brussels on the eve of the battle of Waterloo. Gervase Ashford, the Earl of Rosthorn, an ex-pa ...

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Slightly Scandalous

I had the interesting experience of reading all three Slightly books back to back to back. Immersed in all things Bedwyn, I did at times get a little weary of Bewcastle's quizzing glass and the abundant hauteur of the rest of the clan. But on the whole I am finding this series entertaining, and Slig ...

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Slightly Wicked

The time is ripe for a reminder about how subjective the reading experience can be. It is probable that many Balogh fans will greatly enjoy Slightly Wicked. As for me, despite being a long-time fan of Balogh, I found the generally well-loved A Summer to Remember surprisingly mediocre and clichéd, a ...