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by Mary Balogh

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ISBN: 070894177X
ISBN13: 978-0708941775
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Author: Mary Balogh
Language: English
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd; Large Print Ed edition (February 1, 2000)
Pages: 344 pages
ePUB size: 1151 kb
FB2 size: 1610 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 423
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The beginning was better than the torturous last half, where Balogh dragged out the misunderstandings with character behavior that was illogical and unacceptable. So weak was the motive and circumstance that she had to keep explaining how the divide between these to could have happened. The more she over-explained, the less we bought the convoluted explanation. There is no way the wailing, grieving heroine would have believed her father about the letters. No. No. No! The result of this was that all of them looked stupid. And this was only one of a slew of weak actions that ruined the character. The scenes where they find out what machinations drove them apart 6 years earlier were half written and ended abruptly to merely prolong the story. Very irritating. Any normal person would have talked about what they had just discovered, not walked away. One of the most frustration books I have read in a long time. I know this is an older book and she has so many great books in recent years it's not easy to write how I felt about this book. She has written some of the best, but this book failed for me. By the time the heroine asked "Do you think it can work?" This reader was convinced these two idiots deserve each other and their constantly strived for unhappiness. No. It won't work, and neither did the book.
Mary Balogh has become a go-to favorite for her recent 'Bedwin' and 'Simply' series. I was having a little withdrawal, so decided to pick up some of her past releases, to mixed results. This is iffy at best. The protagonists spend most of the book being antagonists - nasty, bitter, angry, resentful. If there's a negative emotion, these two hurl it at each other like blasts from a machine gun. Ugh. There are funny well written secondary characters (one of the reasons I like Balogh so much) but these two? Wait for the next Balogh release. Not her best work. And skip the sequel 'The Wood Nymph'. Same issue on steroids.
I've been reading Balogh's older books as they become available on Kindle. This story started out great. Then a surprise "I never saw that coming" part of the storyline really got me going. But... from then on - one humongous misunderstanding which was not resolved until the very end of the book. Frustration abounds within the pages of this book for the reader who does not enjoy angst upon angst. Ugh! I should have read some reviews before I grabbed this one.

Two and one half stars. No sweet savoring in this book except for one or two pages.
I have every other book written by Mary Balogh. If this was the 1st that I had read, it would have been my last. The book seemed to be more of a short story that had to be filled in to make it a book. It also does not seem to have neen written by the named author since the writing style was so different. The woman was made to appear to be insipid, indecisive and weak. The man, childish and petulant. Almost like 2 high school kids playing at their idea of romance.
In a nutshell, this book was a disappointment.
I love regency romances! I've read many of this author's books and liked most of them. I enjoyed this book all the way through to the end. The premise was intriguing - former lovers re-meet after years of separation. The heroine, Miss Elizabeth Rossiter, was compelling - beautiful, smart, strong, and mature, until the ending when she suddenly turned stubborn and immature. The hero, Robert, the Marquess of Hetherington, was also compelling - handsome and aristocratic, until the end when he became autocratic. They had good chemistry, not great. The storyline was interesting and entertaining, until the end when it became contrived and silly. With a better ending, this would have been a good book.
It was a dud. It was pain and misery from start to finish. I should have been paid to read it. It was my first book by this author and you may be sure that it will also be the last. When I read a book I expect to be entertained. And there was no pleasure in reading this one.
I know some of the reviewers of this book are hard on it, but remember it was on of Mary Balogh's early efforts. I actually liked it. Elizabeth and William were in love and married but were separated. Each thought the other responsible. Of course it would not be Mary Balogh without a HEA. I really enjoyed the follow on book The Wood Nymph--Robert's story.
I really enjoy some of the older stories. There is so much emotion and angst. Elizabeth is a governess in a country home. Robert comes with a group of friends to stay in the neighborhood. It becomes obvious that there is some history between Elizabeth and Robert, but it is slow to become apparent. There is a point when you wonder if there will be the HEV for these star-crossed lovers. I will read this again and again.