Tag Archives: Mary Balogh

Someone to Love, by Mary Balogh

16 May

This is my (very) late entry in SuperWendy’s TBR Challenge for February. As with my January read, I actually managed to read the book on time¹ but I just haven’t been able to string more than a couple of sentences together for months.

Ah well, c’est la vie, non?

Warning: otherization/fetishization of the one Asian character in the novel.

Someone to Love, by Mary Balogh

This is the first novel in a series about the family of the late Earl of Riverdale, and how his death–and the secrets he kept until then–have affected their fortunes and their very lives. I found the premise very intriguing and read the book quickly and with general enjoyment.

While we are introduced to a rather large cast of characters (I had to check the family tree a couple of times during the first few chapters), as the author is setting up a series of books, the story moves along smoothly, at a sustained pace, to the last chapter or so.

But more on that below. Here, have a blurb:
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The Heart of Christmas Anthology (Mary Balogh, Nicola Cornick and Courtney Milan)

25 Apr

The Heart of Christmas Anthology

After reading and enjoying Courtney Milan’s work, I have been keeping my eye out for a copy of this anthology, which contains her print debut, the novella “This Wicked Gift.” I am very, very happy to report that it didn’t disappoint—to the contrary, I enjoyed it soooo much!

But hold on, let me get this review back on track.

The anthology consists of three Christmas themed stories by Mary Balogh, Nicola Cornick, and Ms Milan. Here is the back cover blurb: Continue reading

Simply Perfect, by Mary Balogh

24 Feb

Simply Perfect, by Mary Balogh

Once upon a time, a wee innocent reader discovered a used book by one Mary Balogh. A couple of days later, an obsessed reader scoured used book stores, libraries and bookstores (both online and brick and mortar) for Ms Balogh’s backlist. After a long glomming session, my appreciation of this author’s work became somewhat mixed-there are books I can re-read often and others that left me so indifferent I have to read a few pages in the middle to remember whether I read them or not.

Fourth and last title in Ms Balogh’s Simply series, Simply Perfect harkens back to what I like about her writing. The conflict is realistic for the characters involved-even if some of the reactions from secondary characters were a tad too accepting, open-minded, happy, and so on, to be consistent with the main character’s motivations for his secrecy.

Here’s the truly awful back cover blurb: Continue reading

Slightly Dangerous, by Mary Balogh

10 Feb

Slightly Dangerous, by Mary Balogh

In my recent review of Slightly Married I alluded to my favorite novel in that six-book series-Slightly Dangerous, the last title of the sextet, is it.

It has excellently done humor, great characters, and excellent pacing, as well as clever plotting and much better writing than the other five titles put together. Plus, we finally see the Duke we all love to hate get his comeuppance what’s not to love?

Here’s the awful blurb: Continue reading

Slightly Married, by Mary Balogh

29 Jan

Slightly Married, by Mary Balogh

As many of you know, I’ve been introducing (gently, I hope :grin: ) my significant other to all and sundry subgenres of romance. Given that he has always been an avid and discerning reader in many genres (the man owns and has read repeatedly multiple copies of Shakespeare’s complete works and Good Omens, as well as Pratchett, Gaiman, Asimov, Heinlein and many more), I have taken pains to chose the better writers and novels in each subgenre.

So far, he tells me I’ve succeeded.

*pause for cheers* Yes, little ones, we will convert every other person to romance *evil cackle in background*

Occasionally, though, there’s a dud. Continue reading

The Ideal Wife, by Mary Balogh

9 Sep

The Ideal Wife, by Mary Balogh

With very few exceptions, I’ve enjoyed every Balogh novel I’ve read, to different degrees. The Ideal Wife, while not one of those exceptions, is not a book I’ll reread often (if at all). It is a fun quick read, but it’s definitely not without problems if one stops to think.

Here’s the (horribly melodramatic) back cover blurb: Continue reading