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The Arrangement | [Mary Balogh]

The Arrangement

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.
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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.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Christina DENVER, Colombia 04-23-14
    Christina DENVER, Colombia 04-23-14 Member Since 2010
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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.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 04-21-14
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 04-21-14 Member Since 2009

    Books are better than TV -- Except for Outlander. That rocks!

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    "Ah, Rosalyn . . ."

    So lovely. A romance in the best sense. I especially love the insight (so to speak) into what it feels like to be blind. It's such a beautiful story, and Rosalyn Landor breaths life into it like magic.

    This is a yearly re-listen for me, and each time I find things and feel things as if for the first time. Love it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    PattiC2 maine 11-05-13
    PattiC2 maine 11-05-13

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    "Loved it!"

    I loved this book from beginning to end. A lovely story by one of my favorite narrators.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Equusdreamer Vermont, United States 10-10-13
    Equusdreamer Vermont, United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2010

    Day dreaming book lover!

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    "Sweet!"

    Sometimes an old fashioned romance is really what you want. Mary Balogh's books fit the bill. Her characters are generally not perfect like other romance novels but they really touch the wounded parts of ourselves and touch on emotions. They are not "hot", or sexy in a way that is over the top. If this is what you are craving, then I say "go for it!"

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alaine Clatence, NY, United States 09-24-14
    Alaine Clatence, NY, United States 09-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great New narrator but should listen to old narrat"
    Any additional comments?

    I love Rosalyn Landor as a narrator; however, when she takes over for an old narrator, she should try to continue their character portrayals. Her voice for Hugo was completely in contrast with his personality as portrayed in the first book. New narrators are fine, but continuation within a series is also important.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jay TX, USA 10-06-13
    Jay TX, USA 10-06-13

    I am quiet and love being comfortable. I love curling up in a corner either reading or listening to a nice romantic book.

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    "Wonderful"

    This is one of those romances you want to read over and over again. It was refreshing and interesting without a villainous plot to it. Sophia and Darleigh were great together. Wish it was longer so we could have known what baby they got and what happened maybe in a years time but guess it is left up to the imagination. This book does not indicate but it would made a great follow on with some of the friends. Overall, a good day's listen.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kristina 10-10-13
    Kristina 10-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Cookie cutter boredom"
    What disappointed you about The Arrangement?

    I liked Mary Balogh when she was writing about the Bedwyns, those novels were interesting, had real characters and storyline.
    For a while now, I feel that she has run out of new ideas for stories and people to write about. This book in particular has nothing that I have not read from her before. Same repetitive sentences, characters, literally the only difference between this novel and others are the hair / eye color, names, and bosom size of the main characters.
    Disappointingly boring, could not even finish it.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dabeyba HALLANDALE BEACH, FL, United States 02-17-14
    Dabeyba HALLANDALE BEACH, FL, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Don't even try it"
    Would you try another book from Mary Balogh and/or Rosalyn Landor?

    I like Rosalyn Landor, the problem was the history.


    What was most disappointing about Mary Balogh’s story?

    Very I couldn't wait for this book to be over sooo boring, lack sparks.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rosalyn Landor?

    Rosalyn was the only good part of this book.


    What character would you cut from The Arrangement?

    All of them


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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