Balogh begins a new series with one of her most beloved characters, Lady Gwendolyn Muir, in the tender, heart-tugging story of a wounded soldier and an emotionally scarred woman who find unexpected love. It is a mature romance with unforgettable characters, and a sweetness and depth of emotion that only Balogh can create.
Gwen developed a limp after a spill from her horse and lost a beloved husband to a tragic accident. She needs peace and solace. When she falls on the beach and is rescued by war hero Hugo Emes, Lord Trentham, she is caught off guard. Hugo is making his yearly visit to the Survivor’s Club, consisting of six men and one woman, who have gone through the worst of war and are still healing from its effects. The gruff former soldier and the beauty form an unusual alliance, and as they build their relationship, the magic of love tears down barriers and makes them both believe in second chances. (DELACORTE, May, 320 pp., $26.00)