After surviving the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to move on, his body and spirit in need of a healing touch. Never does Ben imagine that hope will come in the form of a beautiful woman who has seen her own share of suffering. After the lingering death of her husband, Samantha McKay is at the mercy of her oppressive in-laws - until she plots an escape to distant Wales to claim a house she has inherited. Being a gentleman, Ben insists that he escort her on the fateful journey. Ben wants Samantha as much as she wants him, but he is cautious. What can a wounded soul offer any woman? Samantha is ready to go where fate takes her, to leave behind polite society and even propriety in her desire for this handsome, honorable soldier. But dare she offer her bruised heart as well as her body? The answers to both their questions may be found in an unlikely place: in each other’s arms.
©2014 Mary Balogh (P)2014 Recorded Books
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
Genre: Regency romance
Rosalyn Landor provides her usual wonderful performance. I truly enjoy her work.
This is the third in The Survivor's Club series. The male protagonist was introduced in the first book of the series, The Proposal, and mentioned in passing in The Arrangement, the second book.
The protagonists, Mrs. Samantha McKay and Sir Benedict Harper, are well rounded. They both have their individual challenges: hers is dealing with the overbearing, puritanical family of her late husband, and his is coming to terms with his disability. The plot is engaging. There aren't any huge conflicts, but there are a couple of minor ones. Hmm. I would say this is almost two stories with a road trip in between. The first part focuses on Samantha's situation and Ben's restlessness. The hero and heroine start out disliking one another, though Ben feels a grudging responsibility for Samantha. The road trip shows the gradual change in the relationship to liking and respect. The second part focuses on the relationship between Samantha and Ben, as well as Samantha's adjustment to life in Wales. It is a nice progression.
The novel is followed by an amusing novela, The Suitor, which is set immediately prior to The Arrangement, though the hero is introduced in The Proposal. I'd tell you more about it, but that might spoil it for you.
I highly recommend this audio production. It is worth the time and credit.
And as usual, it was another very good Mary Balogh story. This was a great fairy tale but I couldn't put it down, so to speak. I loved it. Also enjoyed Roslyn Landor's performance. Great combination of author and narrator equals a great review.
I bought this as buy one get one and had not read or listened to the author before. Because it was BOGO I was expecting a book only half worth the listen. I had to slow down my listening speed to accommodate the accent of the narrator and was worried at first that there were just too many characters to get to know. This ranked in my top third of audio books.
I guess I might slightly compare to a Jane Austen book.
I felt time was taken with the characters and that I got to know them. It is hard to pick a favorite, but I did love Benedict! The main piece I found enjoyable was that the author took her time, the story was not rushed, the ending, was satisfying, there wasn't too much drama, more what felt like natural reactions from people considering their situations.
Did make me smile.
Compelling and engaging.
Finally. A book where characters are mature and don't self doubt or go on with their contradicting mind babble. I really enjoyed reading this book. The story was very well balanced and believable. I also loved that she fell in love with his character and not looks. So tired of romance books that are solely based on looks. Great job by Mary Balogh, fun read, good narration.
I have 2 hobbies Audible and knitting. I have earbuds growing out of my ears.
Mary and Roslyn will always be a great combination for a good listen.
Mary writes with wonderful description and can set a scene well while Roslyn can bring it to life
The Escape was a good listen. It's not in my top 10, but it is worth the credit if you're a Mary Balogh fan.
The most memorable moment was when Sir Benedict realized how much freedom he found in the water.
Rosalyn Landor brings each character to life so it is easy to follow even if you have distractions around you.
I was moved by Sir Benedict's realization that he was still able to find new freedom in the water.
This wasn't the best Mary Balogh book I ever listened to. However, it was a nice, solid story that did not disappoint.
Mother of an adorable, eight-year old Autistic child. Always ready to listen to a good book because I can never sit down to just read. LOL
Loved the story and the magical imagery that was woven for the reader. Can't wait to read the next book.
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