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Genre: Regency Period, Historical Romance, England
Balogh understands not only the era, with all its nuances, but she knows her characters so thoroughly that readers are swept into her stories. There’s a natural reserve — a calmness and quiet in her prose — that allows the tenderness of the romance to tug at the reader’s heart. This is a beautifully rendered marriage-of-convenience love story that will win a place on keeper shelves.
Blinded during the war, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, has come to terms with his condition, but his overprotective family hasn’t. Fleeing their suffocating love and matchmaking schemes, Vincent reclaims his country home and independence. He and his trusted valet begin life in the old, musty, dusty house. Miss Sophia Fry is a poor relation living on her guardian’s sufferance. When she saves Vincent from being caught in an unwanted marriage, she is thrust out in the cold. Vincent offers her a proposal: marry him. Sophie can one day have her dream cottage, and he will never have to worry about marriage again. Little do they realize how their friendship will grow, with passion blossoming and love flourishing. (DELL, Sep., 400 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: September 2013