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Mary Balogh

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Mary Balogh was born in Swansea, Wales on March 24, 1944. She received a B.A. with honors from the University of Wales in 1965. From 1967 to 1988, she taught high school English in Saskatchewan, Canada, becoming principal of the school in 1982. Her first novel, A Masked Deception, was published in visa mer 1985 and she won the Romantic Times Award for best new Regency writer. Since then, she has written more than 60 novels and has received a lifetime achievement award for her work in the genre of historical romance. Her works include The Wood Nymph, Christmas Promise, The Plumed Bonnet, Famous Heroine, A Matter of Class, No Man's Mistress, More than a Mistress, One Night for Love, and Only a Kiss. Her title's Someone to Hold and Someone to Care made The New York Times Bestseller List. (Bowker Author Biography) Mary Balogh grew up in Wales. She later came to Canada to teach & there she began a second career as an author. (Publisher Provided) visa färre
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Verk av Mary Balogh

Slightly Dangerous (2004) 1,266 exemplar
Slightly Married (2003) 1,159 exemplar
Slightly Scandalous (2003) 1,070 exemplar
Slightly Wicked (2003) 1,027 exemplar
A Summer to Remember (2002) 1,003 exemplar
Slightly Tempted (2004) 972 exemplar
Slightly Sinful (2004) 967 exemplar
First Comes Marriage (2009) 958 exemplar
Simply Unforgettable (2005) 916 exemplar
Simply Love (2006) 905 exemplar
Then Comes Seduction (2009) 860 exemplar
At Last Comes Love (2009) 856 exemplar
Simply Magic (2007) 790 exemplar
More than a Mistress (2000) 784 exemplar
The Secret Pearl (1991) 768 exemplar
Simply Perfect (2008) 728 exemplar
Seducing an Angel (2009) 724 exemplar
One Night for Love (1999) 720 exemplar
A Secret Affair (2010) 677 exemplar
The Proposal (2012) 656 exemplar
No Man's Mistress (2001) 633 exemplar
The Ideal Wife (1991) 609 exemplar
The Gilded Web (1989) 601 exemplar
A Matter of Class (2009) 578 exemplar
The Arrangement (2013) 548 exemplar
Irresistible (1998) 519 exemplar
The Devil's Web (1990) 497 exemplar
Web of Love (1990) 477 exemplar
The Secret Mistress (2011) 459 exemplar
A Precious Jewel (1993) 445 exemplar
The Escape (2014) 427 exemplar
Someone to Love (2016) 421 exemplar
A Christmas Promise (1992) 398 exemplar
Only Enchanting (2014) 393 exemplar
It Happened One Night [Anthology 4-in-1] (2008) — Bidragsgivare — 355 exemplar
Silent Melody (1997) 349 exemplar
Heartless (1995) 346 exemplar
Indiscreet (1997) 341 exemplar
Someone to Wed (2017) 331 exemplar
Only a Promise (2015) 331 exemplar
Only a Kiss (2015) 326 exemplar
Only Beloved (2016) 294 exemplar
Someone to Hold (2017) 283 exemplar
Someone to Care (2018) 257 exemplar
Someone to Trust (2018) 254 exemplar
The Heart of Christmas (2009) — Bidragsgivare — 251 exemplar
Unforgiven (1998) 247 exemplar
It Happened One Season (2011) — Bidragsgivare — 246 exemplar
Someone to Honor (2019) 245 exemplar
Longing (1994) 215 exemplar
The Temporary Wife (1997) 212 exemplar
Truly (1996) 188 exemplar
Someone to Romance (2020) 179 exemplar
Someone to Remember (2019) 179 exemplar
Lady with a Black Umbrella (1989) 177 exemplar
Lord Carew's Bride (1995) 177 exemplar
Dancing with Clara (1994) 175 exemplar
Thief of Dreams (1998) 171 exemplar
The Famous Heroine (1996) 171 exemplar
Tangled (1994) 163 exemplar
Beyond the Sunrise (1992) 161 exemplar
The Plumed Bonnet (1996) 161 exemplar
Dark Angel (1994) 158 exemplar
An Unlikely Duchess (1990) 156 exemplar
Bespelling Jane Austen [Anthology 4-in-1] (2010) — Bidragsgivare — 155 exemplar
The Obedient Bride (1989) 155 exemplar
Someone to Cherish (2021) 154 exemplar
A Christmas Bride (1997) 147 exemplar
The Last Waltz (1998) 146 exemplar
The Notorious Rake (1992) 141 exemplar
Someone Perfect (2021) 140 exemplar
An Unacceptable Offer (1988) 136 exemplar
The First Snowdrop (1986) 136 exemplar
A Masked Deception (1985) 135 exemplar
Tempting Harriet (1994) 134 exemplar
Remember Love (2022) 134 exemplar
A Chance Encounter (1985) 132 exemplar
The Incurable Matchmaker (1990) 130 exemplar
Snow Angel (1991) 129 exemplar
The Double Wager (1985) 127 exemplar
Love's Legacy [Anthology 11-in-1] (1996) — Bidragsgivare — 125 exemplar
A Counterfeit Betrothal (1992) 123 exemplar
The Ungrateful Governess (1988) 123 exemplar
Courting Julia (1993) 115 exemplar
A Certain Magic (1991) 114 exemplar
Christmas Keepsakes (1998) — Bidragsgivare — 114 exemplar
Christmas Belle (1994) 113 exemplar
Daring Masquerade (1989) 111 exemplar
The Suitor (2013) 110 exemplar
The Trysting Place (1986) 110 exemplar
Red Rose (1986) 110 exemplar
A Promise of Spring (1990) 107 exemplar
Deceived (1993) 104 exemplar
Christmas Beau (1991) 100 exemplar
Secrets of the Heart (1988) 100 exemplar
Rakes and Rogues (5-in-1) (1993) — Bidragsgivare — 99 exemplar
The Wood Nymph (1987) — Författare — 94 exemplar
Gentle Conquest (1987) 87 exemplar
A Gift of Daisies (1989) 87 exemplar
A Regency Valentine II (5-in-1) (1992) — Bidragsgivare — 82 exemplar
The Constant Heart (1987) 82 exemplar
Dashing & Dangerous (5-in-1) (1995) — Bidragsgivare — 70 exemplar
A Regency Valentine 1 (5-in-1) (1991) — Bidragsgivare — 69 exemplar
Captured Hearts (5-in-1) (1995) — Bidragsgivare — 69 exemplar
Full Moon Magic (5-in-1) (1992) — Bidragsgivare — 68 exemplar
Moonlight Lovers: Five Love Stories to Enchant You (1993) — Bidragsgivare — 62 exemplar
Once Upon a Dream (Anthology 2-in-1) (2016) — Bidragsgivare — 62 exemplar
Angel Christmas [5-in-1 anthology] (1995) — Bidragsgivare — 60 exemplar
Remember Me: Phillippa's Story (2023) 60 exemplar
Blossoms: Five Stories (1995) — Bidragsgivare — 59 exemplar
Tokens of Love (5-in-1) (1993) — Bidragsgivare — 56 exemplar
Now a Bride (2011) 55 exemplar
From the Heart: Five Love Stories (anthology) (1994) — Bidragsgivare — 44 exemplar
A Regency Summer (5-in-1) (1992) — Bidragsgivare — 41 exemplar
Second Chances [4 in 1 anthology] (1992) — Författare — 17 exemplar
The Betrothal (Anthology 3-in-1) (2010) — Bidragsgivare — 6 exemplar
No Room at the Inn (1993) 6 exemplar
Playing House 4 exemplar
The Best Christmas Ever (1991) 3 exemplar
Racconti di San Valentino: Valentine Tales (2003) — Författare — 3 exemplar
A Handful of Gold (1998) 2 exemplar
The North Tower 2 exemplar
Spellbound (2008) 2 exemplar
The Bond Street Carolers (1997) 2 exemplar
Ballando Con Clara 1 exemplar
Guarded by Angels 1 exemplar
The Surprise Party (1995) 1 exemplar
Another Dream (2016) 1 exemplar
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A Precious Jewel had a few precious moments and overall was a sweet and simple romance with an emphasis on the simple. Some of the things I appreciate about Balogh's style of writing is her more nuanced world. Her books tend to have some symbolism and are a bit more "literary", for lack of a better term. The plot of this was fairly straightforward, but it was intriguing and fun. I like the idea of a mistress turned wife. Since her stories are simple, so are her characters, but this is where she falls short. While they do have layers, there's an over-arching dimness to them that doesn't dissipate, mainly because there's no great trial to rid them of it.

Take the hero Gerald: we are immediately told that he's not particularly strong or handsome. Just average looking. Later on, we learn he's not particularly smart, quick, a good dancer, athletic, nor brave or generous. Normally, I like reading about realistic characters, and there's nothing more realistic than an average person all too aware of their shortcomings and who are self-conscious of them. But when I read romance, I want the exciting fantasy. I don't need a hero who's both Hercules and Prince Charming, but I want someone with redeeming qualities. Gerald has none. Just a tale of woe that should make me pity him but doesn't. It doesn't help that he continually sees the heroine as his property, an object, and refuses to see her as a human being with a past and feelings.

Which brings me to the manic pixie dream girl heroine. Priscilla Wentworth certainly has a past, hobbies, a personality, desires, fears, strengths and weaknesses. She can play the piano and can balance accounts. She's a very compelling character. I like her, but I can't for the life of me understand why she falls for Gerald. The only reason I can think of is that he's easy to please in bed. She literally just lies there. After a few sessions of this, she falls in love. Even after he's rude and dismissive towards her, she still loves him. It's beyond my comprehension.

This book is a missed opportunity. With Balogh's style of writing and world-building, this should've been a home run. Instead, we have a male wish-fullfillment fantasy novel, which has no place in the romance industry. Sorry not sorry. There are already enough of those out in the world.
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readerbug2 | 14 andra recensioner | Nov 16, 2023 |
I preferred The Plumed Bonnet over The Famous Heroine. The former was a solid 4 for me with an intelligent if somewhat flighty heroine and a hero who goes back and forth between dashing and rakish. In spite of all his faults, Stephanie wasn't a pushover, and I appreciated that about her. I really believed their happily ever after, and I think they're a good match.

When you like a book, it's easy to praise, but disliking a book is so much more complicated. There are a few reasons why I didn't like The Famous Heroine that contributed to its 2 stars that I gave it. First of all, Cora (the heroine) is the most insipid character I have read in a while. I can't stand stupid women, and she is as stupid as they come. Readers are supposed to see her good heart because she's willing to dash into danger to save someone, but she ends up being reckless and endangering everyone more. Her inability to think under pressure is extremely aggravating to read about.

The second thing I disliked was her relationship with Francis. Throughout the story, Balogh shows us how Francis is never taken seriously by his friends and family in anything because of how he dresses and because he can always laugh away a bad situation. He's supposed to love Cora because she constantly makes him laugh at silly situations. What I wish is that Cora had the ability to see the hero in all his dimensions. She never appreciated or even noticed his more introspective moments. She never saw anything behind the mask he showed society. That's not an equal relationship, and I was disappointed in her shallowness of character.

Overall, this installment was middling for me. Perhaps someone else will enjoy reading about a hero who carries the emotional weight of the relationship and prefers a simple story. If you want something a little more complex and interesting (but not overly so), I recommend The Plumed Bonnet.
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readerbug2 | 3 andra recensioner | Nov 16, 2023 |
The book started out cute with a marriage of convenience, and Balogh did a good job of piquing interest about the heroine's past by dropping hints. Unfortunately, the ending didn't deliver on the promising setup.

Personally, I don't like vapid heroines, and Abigail was as vapid as they come. This was weird because she supposedly took care of her three siblings and her ailing father for a few years; yet, everyone (including the heroine) says she's not sensible and too impulsive to make a good bride. The mismatch pulled me out of the story.

My biggest pet peeve with romances is when other characters explain the situation to the hero or heroine. Instead of the heroine conquering her fear and talking to the hero, her brother does it for her. As a result, the characters didn't grow. Abigail didn't learn to communicate with her partner better, and the hero didn't learn to assert himself. This is especially noticeable in the climax, or what's supposed to be the climax when the two confront the antagonist of the story. However, it's literally avoided. As in, they show up and then leave without confronting anybody. How does this resolve their issues? How does this help them grow as people and lovers? I'll tell you: it doesn't. There's literally no change in their characters, which made this dull reading.

If you really just want to read something light and fluffy, this is for you. Personally, I like a little more depth to my stories.
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readerbug2 | 14 andra recensioner | Nov 16, 2023 |
These two stories were both so sweet! What I loved most about these stories is that the heroines weren't your typical heroines. They were older and disappointed in both life and love. One even had children, though I realize that's not all that unusual in contemporary romances.

I definitely have a favorite, and it's a Christmas Bride. Helena was such a complex character. She wasn't a good girl, as she'd wronged someone close to her in the past. In my opinion, her sin wasn't unforgivable, but I could see how she viewed it that way. In the hands of a less skilled writers, a heroine's insecurities often come across as wishy-washy and foolish. However, Balogh manages to capture the complexity of Helena's insecurities and show how she powers through them. I really enjoyed reading about her redemption. And, I really enjoyed the hero's perseverance in helping his wife. So romantic!

A Christmas Beau was a huge letdown after that. It actually made me downright uncomfortable at times. The heroine, Judith Easton, is physically uncomfortable and sometimes afraid of the hero for about 2/3 of the book. Reading about her fear of him made it difficult to view his actions as romantic. He literally stalks her, following her around in the park and only going to parties she'll attend. It's super creepy.

Towards the end, it also got very didactic about the power of Christmas, which became nauseating by the end of the book. Because it's Christmas and because everyone loves each other and everything is so wholesome, no one gets angry, not really. No one fights or shouts. By the end of the story, the characters were flat and unrealistically sweet, like in those basic Christian novels where God solves everything and the characters don't even have to lift a finger. Except, instead of God here it was the spirit of Christmas spread by God.

Depending on how saccharine you like your stories, one or the other of these two Christmas stories will appeal to you. Personally, I like a little drama and realism mixed in, and if you're like me, then you'll really like A Christmas Bride.
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readerbug2 | 7 andra recensioner | Nov 16, 2023 |



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