Monday, October 5, 2015

Review 'Only a Kiss' by Mary Balogh
The Survivors' Club: 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?

My Review:

‘Only a Kiss’ is already the sixth book in the Survivors Club Series by Mary Balogh. It is the second book in this series I read. The first one I read was ‘Only a Promise’, the fifth book in the series and I absolutely loved that book. Although this is a series, this book can be read as a standalone.

In ‘Only a Kiss’ we meet Imogen, a widower since she lost her husband in the Napoleonic Wars almost eight years ago. Imogen still lives in her late husband’s old home, Hardford Hall in Cornwall, but since her father-in-law also died two years ago there is a new owner. But since the new owner still hasn’t visited Hardford Hall, Imogen is determined to live her life in peace in the only place she calls home.
One day, after celebrating his thirtieth birthday, Percy, the Earl of Hardford decides to escape his perfect but boring life, and travel to his estate in Cornwall. There are some big surprises waiting for Percy in Hardford Hall, but the biggest one is meeting Imogen, the woman he soon calls the Marble Lady.

I just love historical novels. And ever since I read the fifth book in the Survivor Club Series, I couldn’t wait to read more books by Mary Balogh. So I was over the moon when I received this book and I was not disappointed. The writing is yet again very nice to read and easy to follow. And everything is really well described. I could easily imagine the characters walking through Hardford Hall.
‘Only a Kiss’ is a sweet, funny and passionate book that is perfect for reading with a nice cup of hot tea in your hands. It just screams coziness if you ask me. And I love the etiquettes of these times and the way everything just seemed more romantic.

The two main characters are fun to read about, and I especially loved reading about how Imogen and Percy’s relationship came from despising one another to loving each other.
I loved strong female characters, and Imogen really is all that. I loved her character and how she stood up for herself. But above all I loved her stubbornness. It really made for some interesting encounters with the Earl.

This book was very enjoyable and I would really recommend this series. 

My Rating:

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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