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The Arrangement Audiobook

The Arrangement

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Publisher's Summary

A mesmerizing story of passionate awakening and redemption, Mary Balogh's new novel unites a war hero consigned to darkness with a remarkable woman who finds her own salvation by showing him the light of love. Desperate to escape his mother's matchmaking, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, flees to a remote country village. But even there, another marital trap is sprung. So when Miss Sophia Fry's intervention on his behalf finds her unceremoniously booted from her guardian's home, Vincent is compelled to act. He may have been blinded in battle, but he can see a solution to both their problems: marriage.

At first, quiet, unassuming Sophia rejects Vincent's proposal. But when such a gloriously handsome man persuades her that he needs a wife of his own choosing as much as she needs protection from destitution, she agrees. Her alternative is too dreadful to contemplate. But how can an all-consuming fire burn from such a cold arrangement? As friendship and camaraderie lead to sweet seduction and erotic pleasure, dare they believe a bargain born of desperation might lead them both to a love destined to be?

©2013 Mary Balogh (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Grace 09-12-13
    Grace 09-12-13
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    "A nice story about a special relationship."

    If you are a sucker for a wounded hero, you'll like Vincent. This is the second in the series featuring members of the Survivors Club, a group of veterans of the Napoleonic wars.
    Vincent lost his sight in battle and longs to regain control of his life despite his blindness. He is terribly handsome, "beautiful" is how Sophia describes him.

    Sophia is the "poor relation" of a wealthy family who reside in Vincent's childhood village. She has taken on the persona of a "mouse". Neglected and ignored by a series of relatives, she finds it easier to blend in to the background. She finds solace and an outlet for her true witty personality and imagination through her satirical sketches. The author spends way too much time telling Sophia and us how unattractive she is. I understand the author's point that Sophia and Vincent were not aesthetically equal, but didn't need to be constantly reminded that she wasn't supermodel material.

    Vincent and Sophia meet and through of a series of events agree it would be beneficial if they married. This book tells the story of their relationship. It is a very sweet story that takes the time for the romance to develop and grow. Each provides the other with support and encouragement that allow them to overcome their obstacles.

    This is a lovely romance, period. There really is no drama, no relevant mystery and no single climax to the story that I can specifically remember. While I appreciate that the characters were more realistic and human than those of many romance novels, it would have been a little more interesting if a serious villain was thrown in for good measure. In place of that villain, just plain nasty relatives didn't keep things as interesting.

    In summary, if you want a warm and fuzzy romance, this is a genuinely heartwarming tale and worth the credit. If you like adventure and some "swashbuckling" you may find this a bit lacking.

    Rosalyn Landor is an outstanding narrator. She brings each character to life.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Christina DENVER, Colombia 04-23-14
    Christina DENVER, Colombia 04-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Love Mary Balogh"
    Would you listen to The Arrangement again? Why?

    Yes, it is the only Mary Balogh book I will listen to (I read all her others) because all her other audio books are performed by Anne Flosnick and I literally cannot tolerate listening to her. I'm truly shocked that anyone thinks she can narrate. Such a shame.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-14-16
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Finally! A love based on substance and not looks"

    The love story got built on solid grounds. Respect, devotion, caring and giving mingled with passion lead our H/H to fall in love and it was sweet. A feel good book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Annette Mitchell 05-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Hidden Treasure"

    What a sweet story. No daring rescue. Just two people taking a chance on love.

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    Lisa Crenshaw 07-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "easy listen"

    this was an easy listen, not much conflict but a sweet story of two people falling in love.

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    Heide 07-03-16
    Heide 07-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Light Hearted"

    Very enjoyable! Good story line that keeps the reader intrigued. Will definitely look for more books by this author.

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    jodiod Bay area ca 07-03-16
    jodiod Bay area ca 07-03-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Delightful"

    Bought because it was on sale but enjoyed it very much. Want to read the rest of the series. Roslyn Landor was perfect as usual.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Easley, SC, United States 07-01-16
    Michael Easley, SC, United States 07-01-16 Member Since 2015

    Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.

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    "Cinderella "Rags to Riches" Romance"

    Enjoyable, sweet, but a bit predictable. This was a 4.95 deal. Fun, easy listen. Not sure if I would use a credit. Great narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine 06-28-16
    Elaine 06-28-16
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    "Rooted in Some Reality - Enjoyable Stress Reliever"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, a good natured book showing one's ability to survive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gosh...both of the main characters were great, but I'll have to choose Sophia over Vincent...I'm torn. But I also like the valet!! :)


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    Her variation of voices for the different characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Hmm-mmm...there are several moving moments in the book - two I can mention without being spoilers are;
    * Vincent's discussion of the arrangement with Sophia at the vicar's home
    *Sophia's discussion with one of her uncles or her revelation to Vincent of the situation with Sebastian


    Any additional comments?

    Another good book to take me away from life's stresses. :) I liked this book so much that I'm getting the first in the series...just good wholesome enjoyment plus a bit sauciness. :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "disappointing"

    I adore this narrator. And up until this book, I adored this author. I found this book quite slow moving. At one point I checked to see how many chapters were left, expecting to have around 10 or so. I felt like I was waiting for something to happen. I had two chapters left. Do yourself a favor and choose another book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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