Award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Mary Balogh delights fans with historical romantic tales that touch the heart. After her husband dies in a freak accident, Lady Gwendoline Muir never dreams she’ll love again. So when soldier-turned-nobleman Lord Hugo Trentham stirs feelings in her that have lain dormant for years, she can’t help but imagine his strong embrace. Hugo finds himself drawn to Gwen, but he’s never courted a woman before. Can he muster the right words to make Gwen open her heart and love once more?
©2012 Mary Balogh (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC
Wow ! What a great book. This a very gentle and natual romance. I felt the progression of the romance and bond between the characters throughout the book. The main characters are well written and I enjoyed the strength of both. Even the other minor character are well written. I felt like I was a fly on the wall watching all the wonderful interactions.
The character voices
I was apprehensive at first on buying this book. But was very surprised how much I really liked it. It will be on my list to listen to again and again.
This is a real change to the usual 'Historical Romance' type books about one titled Lady and one deeply troubled, and mentally scarred, Military Officer. It's witty and charming and you can't help but empathise with the two main characters and you end up routing for them both. Hugo should be a dislikeable character but all his shortcomings actually just make you like him all the more.
It made me wonder if there will be more books covering the other members of the Survivor's Club? Narrator was brilliant.
I'm a huge Mary Balogh fan and, in my opinion, no paper was waisted on producing this book for us.
Worth a credit? It's one of those 'addictive' type books - once you start it you just can't stop so it's a definite Yes.
I don't know. Sometimes a narrator can make a bad book good and a good book bad, but I don't know about if it would really make any difference with this book.
Hugo. I loved the dry wit Ms. Balogh gave this character. There were several times I laughed out loud at either Hugo's comments or Hugo himself.
The scene where Hugo tells Gwen that he can't court her because she has a limp and it might embarrass him. Gwen laughed out loud at this comment and then brought it up again in another scene. People who can laugh at themselves are usually happy people.
Or maybe it was the few scenes where Hugo tells Gwen about his robust sexual appetites. It was so nice and honest and even funny. Gwen was quite taken aback, but trudged ahead with the conversation.
I did listen to this book in pretty much one sitting. I started listening very late one night and got to chapter to two and listened to the rest of the book the next day. I loved the book. I just couldn't stop listening.
Mary Balogh always makes one think. In this book she broaches thoughts and feelings of many soldiers who have blessed this earth and she has done it so eloquently.
Gwen and Hugo have a wonderful story. I'll listen to this story again and again. I loved it. I cannot wait to read the other Survivor's stories.
This is one of my all-time favorite books. I will listen to it over and over for years to come.
The narrator Rebecca De Leeuw (also goes by Binca Amato) is on my top 3 list.
A gorgeous passionate and romantic story told by an amazing narrator. The perfect audiobook.
I enjoyed this book so much -- the strong, likeable lovers, Hugo and Gwen. Both were damaged with scars from past hurts but had generous hearts. Neither of them gave up on life no matter their past pain and difficulties. There is humor, too. I also enjoyed reading a love story about older, more mature lovers who have had some life experience.
Just a lovely book -- perfect listening for a summer day. I liked it so well that I listened to it twice.
It was good to see how characters from previous books were doing, too. Neville and Lily, for instance. Mary Balogh's characters become old friends and it enriches the story to have characters from previous books taking part.
With eager anticipation, I look forward to more stories about the Survivor's Club.
"HOPEFUL ROMANTIC" ~~ ( 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Poor, 1 = Awful ) ~~ Reviews should never contain "spoilers" ;-)
This is such a sweet romantic story. Usually I can predict where the story will go but with this one I had no clue. I found it true to life and romantic. Couldn't stop listening. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good old fashioned romance with a good story.
I certainly would. It kept my attention and did not drag in the middle. As a matter of fact I kept listening to it all weekend -- hard to put down.
No, I don't think so. She has a wonderful voice and was perfect. Loved listening to her narration.
This was a lovely story. It centered around two people who had experienced tragic experiences in their lives. They also came from different backgrounds. They were mature, not stupid, silly and clueless like so many characters in other books. Through love and caring they were able to work through their differences. Definitely worth a credit.
This book is better than some of hers.
Love Jane Austen and Agatha Christy. Simple clean romance with lovable characters or non-gory, puzzling and amusing mysteries.
Make the characters more approachable. The hero is such a brute and never seems to soften - even when the writer seems to make him softer the readers voice does not reflect it.
i don't think so
There are a lot of unnecessary characters in it.
the reading was unemotional the characters difficult to enjoy. - awkward sex scenes - the most unromantic "romance" I have read/heard. It is basically dark and boring.
Most definitely. I have read many of Mary Balogh's novels and some are true treasures. I think this might be one of them. Not her best, but very enjoyable. But the best part was the wonderful narration by Rebecca de Leeuw. I can't think of another female reader, aside from Davina Porter, who can transfix you and easily move from one voice to another and do male voices so well. Often the female readers have little quirks about their voices that drive me mad..
The hero, Hugo, as not born to the peerage but who tries to do what's best for his sister, but who refuses to follow all the "gentleman's" rules. And his struggle to forgive himself for what he has taken part in in the war with Napoleon. He's a hero to everyone but himself. It's a real struggle for him to love himself enough to give his love to a woman. I really liked this character.
No, but I'd like to have her do other Balogh stories.
Didn't read the print version
For a change, it showed the aristocrats from a middleclass perspective, as "hangers on" who tend not to have to be responsible for their futures because of their promised wealth either from their families or a potential spouse's family.
I liked that I didn't dislike her performance. She did a great job.
Yes, and it held my interest as I performed a very undesirable task of removing wallpaper yesterday. It made the task a little more tolerable.
I always enjoy Mary Balogh; I've read most of her books.
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