Friday, July 3, 2015

Review 'Only A Promise' by Mary Balogh 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, for one of them, striking a most unusual bargain will change his life forever . . .

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.

My Review:

I’ve been a fan of historical romance for a while now. So when I received ‘Only a Promise’, I couldn’t wait to start reading. The cover by Piatkus looked very beautiful, and it definitely made me want to pick it up even more.

In ‘Only a Promise’ we meet Chloe Muirhead, a twenty seven year old woman with not a lot going for her. Ever since her seasons in London went terribly wrong, Chloe is convinced she will live the rest of her days as a spinster. But when Chloe meets Ralph Stockwood and hears his conversation with his grandmother about his need to find a wife she decides to make him an offer: a marriage without emotion a romance. This seems to be a great plan for both Chloe and Ralph. But when everything changes they begin to realize that maybe this plan isn’t so good.

The cover of Piatkus has a quote on it which says: ‘Once you start, you won’t be able to stop’. This is a quote that fits this book perfectly. From the moment I started reading ‘Only a Promise’ I just didn’t want to stop. Although this is a historical romance and the author definitely uses words fitting for the era she writes about, the writing is good to follow and there aren’t any words I didn’t understand. The author also did a wonderful job with the beginning. I soon felt like I’d known the characters for years. That made this book a very nice, romantic and fun read.

The story is very interesting and I really enjoyed it from the very first page. The main characters Chloe and Ralph are definitely characters I liked. Especially Ralph, even though he seemed to be a very unkind man in the beginning, I liked him from the start. The war where he lost his friends changed him forever, and he just doesn’t know how to go on. He knows he needs to find a wife, since he needs an heir, but he just doesn’t want to burden someone with his history. He just was so broken that it really made me want to go give him a hug.

The romance in this book is very well developed. You know it’s coming, but you still get excited. It was sweet, fitted the story perfectly and it definitely makes you want to read the book again. I loved the way the characters interacted with each other and I could definitely imagine myself sitting beside them. 

I loved this book and really can't wait to read more books in this series. 


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About the Author:

Mary Jenkins was born on 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK. After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high-school English, on a two-year teaching contract in 1967. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curling.

Mary Balogh started writing in the evenings as a hobby. Her first book, a Regency love story, was published in 1985 as A Masked Deception under her married name. In 1988, she retired from teaching after 20 years to pursue her dream to write full-time. She has written more than seventy novels and almost thirty novellas since then, including the New York Times bestselling Slightly sextet and Simply quartet. She has won numerous awards, including Bestselling Historical of the Year from the Borders Group, and her novel Simply Magic was a finalist in the Quill Awards. She has won seven Waldenbooks Awards and two B. Dalton Awards for her bestselling novels, as well as a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more information about Mary Balogh and her books please visit her website and Facebook

I received this book in exchange for my honest review from the Little, Brown Book Group.

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