One of the more charming (reserved?) historical romances I've read. The romance is akin to gentle, continuous waves on the beach as opposed to a high tide during a storm that would take take everything in its wake. I appreciate the complexity of the more important supporting characters, something many authors completely neglect.
I do feel like everyone was entirely too accepting, particularly Gwen's family. I was expecting a bit more resistance from her family since everyone single one of them was titled and of high birth. I had doubted they would truly want her to marry someone not born into aristocracy regardless of her age or marital status as was displayed in the book. Most often I've seen mothers just as much concerned about their status even if they want to rid of their widowed/spinster daughters. They were all just very sensible which was a surprise to say the least.
I do not know if I want to continue reading the series. I should read it because, from what I've gathered here, the author's writing is good, the main characters will most likely do a lot talking and self-reflection, and no unnecessary drama seems to be brewing. It is all so very charming and...boring.
The first installment in the series .This book has everything--great sexual tension , sensuality and emotional intensity, compelling characters, and a historical authenticity that you can almost touch, it's so vivid... with an added lesson about how love can heal all wounds.
I love this story. I've read it over several times. I love the way Mary Balogh makes characters come to life by endowing them with insecurities, regrets, and self-doubt that causes them to almost miss out on second chances at love. Each of the main characters have been deeply hurt by people they have loved. Trentham has also been traumatized by serving during wartime. Each them are strongly attracted to one another despite their preconceptions. Sometimes I found myself cringing at the way Trentham was so inarticulate but so absolutely true to the character. I don't want to give it away but Mary Balogh made me love these people and cheer when they began to trust one another and their own feelings. I recommend this book to anyone who longs for completely developed story and is not just looking for erotica. It's a beautiful, adult, romantic read.
15/08 - This wasn't too bad, but I would have enjoyed much more if Trentham had been less clinical during the sex scenes. I felt like I was reading a step-by-step manual - 1. put your hand here 2. now kiss her here, and so on. I felt like saying to Balogh "just because they're old (30s), doesn't mean everything has to feel rehearsed or choreographed, they can be just as spontaneous as the younger couples of other romance books." I enjoyed the relationship between Trentham and the rest of the Survivor's Club, and if Balogh writes more about them I'll look forward to ???'s (the young boy/teenager who is blind) story.
I agree, not as good as her other books, but still a decent read. I did love the premise of the story but I found Trentham just too dour. I wish he would have put to words everything he was thinking. What actually came out of his mouth was hardly romantic. Thank goodness we could read what he really felt for Gwen because it would have been a boring story if we weren't privy to his thoughts.
This was a perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon. I would agree that it is not as good as some of her other books, but it has its own pleasures.
This is a nice story for a rainy day. It is nowhere near as good as some of her others, though.
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