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Mary Balogh is a New York Times bestselling author. A former teacher, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada.
This is a new six part series following the lives and loves of the Bedwyn family. The first is about a marriage of convenience with all the romance, humour and compelling characters you could possible want from a regency romance. Cleverly written so that the characters on the periphery are given enough substance to have you longing for the next in the series.
In the first in a dazzling new quartet of Regency novels, Mary Balogh invites us into a special world – a select academy for young ladies – a world of innocence and temptation.
Enter the world of The Survivor's Club, where Regency England, in its drama and romance, comes vibrantly to life Six men and one woman, injured in the Napoleonic Wars, their friendships forged in steel and loyalty. But for one, her trials are not over . . . Since witnessing the death of her husband during the wars, Imogen, Lady Barclay, has secluded herself in the confines of Hardford Hall, their home in Cornwall. The new owner has failed to take up his inheritance, and Imogen desperately hopes he will never come to disturb her fragile peace. Percival Hayes, Earl of Hardford, has no interest in the wilds of Cornwall, but when he impulsively decides to pay a visit to his estate there, he is shocked to discover that it is not the ruined heap he had expected. He is equally shocked to find the beautiful widow of his predecessor's son living there. Soon Imogen awakens in Percy a passion he has never thought himself capable of feeling. But can he save her from her misery and reawaken her soul? And what will it mean for him if he succeeds? 'Mary Balogh is the writer I read for pleasure' Susan Elizabeth Phillips 'A matchless storyteller' RT Book Reviews
Numai disperarea l-ar fi putut aduce pe Duncan Pennethorne, infamul conte de Sheringford, înapoi acasa dupa spectaculosul scandal pe care l-a stârnit cu cinci ani în urma. Caci dependent financiar de bunicul sau, Duncan a primit de la acesta un ultimatum: se însoara în doua saptamâni sau ramâne fara nici un ban. Si iata ca soarta i-o scoate în cale pe singura femeie din Londra care are tot atâta nevoie ca si el sa-si gaseasca un sot.PusA într-o situaE ie jenantA din pricina unei minciuni spuse pe negândite, Margaret Huxtable se vede nevoitA sA accepte cererea în cA sA torie fA cutA de un necunoscut misterios. Dar când descoperA cine se ascunde de fapt în spatele chipului fermecA tor al peE itorul ei, este deja prea târziu: tocmai s-a logodit cu cel mai notoriu seducA tor al Londrei. E i pe mA surA ce pasiunea se aprinde între ei, doi oameni care se cA sA toresc din motive greE ite descoperA cA niciodatA nu este prea târziu sA aparA dragostea...
Dupa o noapte de chef ocazionata de împlinirea vârstei de douazeci si cinci de ani, Jasper Finely, baronul de Montford, îsi pune în joc reputatia de barbat fatal al Londrei pentru o femeie. Pariul facut cu prietenii lui este sa o seduca pe superba si inocenta Katherine Huxtable în maximun doua saptamâni. Dar în ultima clipa, Jasper descopera ca lucrurile nu decurg conform planului, asa ca hotaraste sa puna un pariu cu sine însusi – unul pe care îsi doreste cu ardoare sa-l câstige.Pentru Katherine, care deja se simte foarte atrasA de el, provocarea lui Jasper este irezistibilA : el, cel mai irezistibil crai al Londrei, o sA o convingA sA se îndrA gosteascA . ÎnsA când Jasper ridicA brusc miza, Katherine E tie cA ar trebui sA refuze sA continue acest joc periculos. Dar confruntatA cu izbucnirea unui scandal E i cu riscul de a rA mâne cu reputaE ia pA tatA , ea acceptA , plinA de îndoieli, sA îi devinA soE ie. Abia acum, când pasiunea izbucneE te nestA pânitA , lecE ia de seducE ie poate începe cu adevA rat. Iar de data aceasta premiul cel mare este chiar inima lor...
Enter the world of New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh, where the magic, romance and mystery of Regency England come vibrantly to life . . . Ralph Stockwood prides himself on being a leader, but when he convinced his friends to fight in the Napoleonic Wars, he never envisioned being the sole survivor. Racked with guilt over their deaths, Ralph must move on . . . and find a wife to secure an heir to his family's title and fortune. Since her Seasons in London ended in disaster, Chloe Muirhead is resigned to spinsterhood. Driven by the need to escape her family, she takes refuge at the home of her mother's godmother, where she meets Ralph. He needs a wife. She wants a husband. So Chloe makes the outrageous suggestion to strike a bargain and get married. One condition: Ralph has to promise that he will never take her back to London. But circumstances change. And to Ralph, it was only a promise. 'A matchless storyteller' RT Book Reviews 'A romance writer of mesmerizing intensity.' Mary Jo Putney 'Mary Balogh just keeps getting better and better.' The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 'Balogh can always be depended on to deliver a beautifully written Regency romance with appealing, unusual characters.' Publishers Weekly
The Survivors' Club: Six men and one woman, all wounded in the Napoleonic Wars, their friendship forged during their recovery at Penderris Hall in Cornwall. Now Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, has left this refuge to find his own salvation . . . Flavian was devastated by his fiancee's desertion after his return home. Now the woman who broke his heart is back - and everyone is eager to revive their engagement. Except Flavian, who, in a panic, runs straight into the arms of the nearest young woman. Agnes Keeping has never been in love-and never wishes to be. But then she meets the charismatic Flavian, and suddenly Agnes falls so foolishly and so deeply that she agrees to his impetuous proposal of marriage. When Agnes discovers that the proposal is only to avenge his former love, she's determined to flee. But Flavian has no intention of letting his new bride go, especially now that he too has fallen so passionately and so unexpectedly in love . . . 'Once you start reading a Mary Balogh book, you won't be able to stop.' Susan Elizabeth Phillips 'A romance writer of mesmerizing intensity.' Mary Jo Putney 'Mary Balogh just keeps getting better and better.' The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 'Balogh can always be depended on to deliver a beautifully written Regency romance with appealing, unusual characters.' Publishers Weekly
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.
A mesmerising 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. Blinded by a cannon blast on the Napoleonic battlefields, Vincent Hunt, Lord Darleigh, needs time away from the well-meaning meddling - and matchmaking - of his family. But anonymity proves impossible, and soon another marital trap is sprung. Luckily, he is saved in time by a stranger with a captivating voice that stirs something deep inside. And when Miss Sophia Fry's intervention on his behalf finds her unceremoniously booted from her guardian's home, Vincent can see a solution to both their problems: marriage. At first, quiet, unassuming Sophia rejects Vincent's proposal. But when such a gloriously handsome and heartbreakingly vulnerable man persuades her that he needs a wife of his own choosing as much as she needs protection from destitution, she agrees. Dare they believe a bargain born of desperation might lead them both to a love destined to be?
Mary Balogh's charming and warm-hearted eBook original short story is a testament to the steadfast devotion of true love, as a young miss on the marriage mart cleverly plots to claim her one and only. If circumstances were different, Philippa Dean would be happy to fall in love with Viscount Darleigh. He is certainly the perfect gentleman and everything her parents want: titled, handsome, respectable. His blindness only reinforces his quiet power and strength. But Philippa does not love him. Her heart is already taken and there is only one thing she can do: Thwart the matchmaking plans. Julian Crabbe is desperate to rescue the woman he fell in love with two years ago. Then, he was a reckless cub, justly earning Philippa's parents' scorn. Now, he is every inch a respectable suitor and determined to prove it before it is too late. Intrude on the viscount's house party? Gladly. Interrupt the match of the season? Happily. For nothing can stop the power of a love that will not be denied. Includes a preview of Mary Balogh's delicious new novel, The Arrangement! Praise for The Proposal ';This is Mary Balogh at her riveting best. Everyone loves a wounded hero, and Balogh introduces us to an unforgettable one who discovers the healing power of love.'Debbie Macomber ';[Mary Balogh] writes with wit and wisdom. . . . The Proposal is both moving and entertaining and the beginning of what promises to be an outstanding series.'Romance Reviews Today ';A historical romance of unusual thoughtfulness and depth.'Publishers Weekly
Lady Gwendoline Muir has experienced her fair share of tragedies in her short life: she lost her husband to a freak accident and developed a limp after falling from horseback. Still young, Gwen is sure that she's done with love and that she will never be married again. Gwen tries to be content with her life as it is and to live through the happy marriages of her brother and her best friend, Viscountess Ravensberg. She's happy for them and for years that is enough for her . . . until she meets Lord Trentham - a man who returned from the Peninsula Wars a hero but is unable to escape the bite of his survivor's guilt. For he might just be the man who can convince her to believe in second chances.
Lady Angeline Dudley's longs for a simple, ordinary suitor with a kind heart and good nature, so when Edward Ailsbury, the new Earl of Heyward, rescues her with unmatched civility from the advances of a scoundrel, Angeline thinks that she has found her true love. However, Edward has his future neatly mapped out and hopes to wed his steadfast companion, a woman who shares his values of loyalty, respect, and decorum Angeline is the last woman on earth for Edward and yet a stolen kiss in the moonlight awakens something deep and primal within him. He offers marriage but Angeline knows that Edward's proposal is born of duty, not love. However, deep down she believes that Edward's dedication to convention will melt behind closed doors, where sensuality and seduction play wicked games. For a proper wife by day can become a husband's secret mistress by night, when delicious desire rules.
In this captivating novel, Mary Balogh, the premier writer of Regency romance, invites you into a world of scandal and seduction, of glittering high society and intrigue, as an arrogant duke does the unthinkable he falls in love with his mistress. She raced onto the green, desperate to stop a duel. In the mle, Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham, was shot. To his astonishment, Tresham found himself hiring the servant as his nurse. Jane Ingleby was far too bold for her own good. Her blue eyes were the sort a man could drown in were it not for her impudence. She questioned his every move, breached his secrets, touched his soul. When he offered to set her up in his London town house, love was the last thing on his mind. Jane tried to pretend it was strictly business, an arrangement she was forced to accept in order to conceal a dangerous secret. Surely there was nothing more perilous than being the lover of such a man. Yet as she got past his devilish faade and saw the noble heart within, she knew the greatest jeopardy of all, a passion that drove her to risk everything on one perfect month with the improper gentleman who thought love was for fools.
Lord Ferdinand Dudley is accustomed to getting what he wants...that is, until he appears at the door of Pinewood Manor, attempting to claim his rightful estate, and is met by the bewitching fury of Lady Viola Thornhill. She refuses to cede him the home she calls her own. He refuses to leave. So the contest begins. Each day under the same roof brings its share of frustration...and temptation. But Viola knows it is a battle she cannot afford to lose. Marriage is out of the question, and she will be no mans mistress even as Dudleys unnerving presence threatens to melt her resolve. Against his better judgment, Lord Ferdinand Dudley is beguiled. This maddening beauty has stirred him as no woman had before. And now he is bound and determined to make her his own.
While Lady Angeline Dudleys pedigree dictates that she must land a titled gentleman, the irrepressible beauty secretly longs for a simple, ordinary suitor. No wild rakes like the men of her family, just a kind heart and good nature. So when Edward Ailsbury, the new Earl of Heyward, rescues her with unmatched civility from the advances of a scoundrel, Angeline thinks that she has found her true love. Persuading the earl is another matter entirely. Edward has his future neatly mapped out. He hopes to wed his steadfast companion, a woman who shares his values of loyalty, respect, and decorum. But arriving in London to take his seat in the House of Lords, he is derailed by Angeline, an exquisite bird of paradise seemingly devoted to sending his predictable life into chaos. From the brilliant hues of her fashion to her hoydenish antics, Angeline is the last woman on earth for Edward. And yet a stolen kiss in the moonlight awakens something deep and primal within him. Naturally, being a gentleman, he does the right thing after compromising a lady: He offers marriage. Angeline knows that Edwards proposal is born of duty, not love. But denying something so provocative and passionate is easier said than done. Deep down, Angeline believes that Edwards dedication to convention will melt behind closed doors, where sensuality and seduction play wicked games. For a proper wife by day can become a husbands secret mistress by night, when delicious desire rules.
Now a Bride is what fans of New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh's Mistress series have been clamoring for: more passion and more drama featuring the Dudley siblings.In anticipation of the enticing third book in the Mistress trilogy, The Secret Mistress, here are never-before-published scenes from More than a Mistress and No Man's Mistressplus Mary Balogh's new epilogue for the series.*; JOCELYN AND JANE: Three new scenes';The Proposal,' ';The Wedding,' and ';Return to Acton Park'spark more fiery passion from charmingly arrogant Jocelyn and spirited Jane.*; FERDINAND AND VIOLA: Two unpublished scenes';The Wedding' and ';Home to Pinewood Manor'prove once again that this unlikely but perfect couple is made for each other.*; THE REUNION: FIVE YEARS LATER: Enjoy a brand-new chapter that reunites readers with all three Dudley couples and their children and answers every fan's biggest question: What happened after the last page was turned?NEW: The enchanting prequel to the Mistress series! Readers got to know madcap Angeline and straitlaced Edward through the romantic adventures of the Dudley brothers.But Angeline and Edward have their own story of passion to tell in The Secret Mistress.BONUS: This eBook includes an excerpt from Mary Balogh's The Secret Mistress.
Lord Ferdinand Dudley is accustomed to getting what he wants - that is, until he appears at the door of Pinewood Manor, attempting to claim his rightful estate, and is met by the bewitching fury of Lady Viola Thornhill. She refuses to relinquish the home she calls her own. He refuses to leave and so the contest begins. Each day under the same roof brings immense frustration - and temptation. But Viola knows it is a battle she cannot afford to lose. Marriage is out of the question, and she will be no man's mistress even as Dudley's unnerving presence threatens to melt her resolve. Against his better judgement, Dudley is beguiled. This maddening beauty has stirred him as no woman had before. And now he is bound and determined to make her his own.