Books by Mary Balogh

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The Notorious Rake

I enjoy Regencies every so often, but of all those I have read, I have kept only three. The typical Regency is lightly humorous, full of witty dialogue and charming characters. Even the best ones tend to have an interchangeable quality about them. The Notorious Rake is different. First of all, it is ...

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The Last Waltz

Mary Balogh can create some of the most thoughtful, complex conflicts around. She can also write "Big Misunderstanding" plots that make you want to knock the main characters' heads together. Unfortunately, The Last Waltz falls into the latter category. While the book is enjoyable for its charming se ...

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Lord Carew's Bride

Lord Carew's Bride is a Regency Romance about a very unlikely couple. Though the hero is wealthy and titled, he is plain and hindered by a disability. The heroine is beautiful and popular, but she is avoiding love. It is magical to watch their initial friendship grow into love. Samantha Newman is vi ...

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Irresistible

Irresistible is very nearly so. While its flawless descriptions of life in Regency England are effectively combined with an intriguing romance, it misses the mark in this way. Regency norms and morés dictated a strict limit to the range of emotions people were allowed to openly express. When these ...

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Thief of Dreams

Mary Balogh's new book Thief of Dreams is an historical novel set in the Georgian period. When the book begins, Cassandra Havelock is preparing to celebrate her twenty-first birthday, come out of mourning for her father, take her place as mistress of Kedelston, and assume the title, Countess of Wort ...

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Unforgiven

Unforgiven is the second in a series about four friends from the army. The first book in this series was Indiscreet, which I enjoyed very much. I bought this one with a feeling of pleasant anticipation since Mary Balogh is one of my favorite authors. I was very disappointed. Unforgiven ...

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The Famous Heroine

Mary Balogh's The Famous Heroine is an amusingly lighthearted Regency romance. The author manages to imbue her witty writing with some surprising and moving emotional intensity and has written wonderfully well-rounded characters to boot. The author gives the hero and heroine elbow r ...