• Marilyn Rondeau

The Proposal by Mary Balogh

Updated: Mar 3, 2020

Series: (The Survivors' Club #1)

As a matter of fact this is a re-read of a series I read some years ago, and after reading several psychological thrillers in a row I needed to come back to sweet and embraceable. In choosing one of my favorite authors, Mary Balogh, I knew she would enfold me in a seductive novel of drama and romance.

Gwendoline, Lady Muir, is a widow, a woman comfortable in her solitude yet she is ready to abandon that loneliness when temptation enters her heart, when a daring war hero shows her how truly extraordinary she is. It was a freak accident which took her husband much too soon. Content in a quiet life with friends and family, the young widow had no desire to marry again. But when Hugo, Lord Trentham, scoops her up in his arms after a fall, she feels a sensation that both shocks and emboldens her.

Hugo never intended to kiss Lady Muir, and frankly, even though his heroism had earned him a title where he is now a Lord, he tends to judge most aristocrats including Lady Muir to be a spoiled, frivolous – if beautiful – aristocrat!

He knows how to act the part of a gentleman: yet continues to consider himself a merchant's son who inherited and worked for his wealth. He is happiest when working the land, but duty and title now demand that he find a wife. He doesn't wish to court Lady Muir, nor have any role in the society games her kind thrives upon. However, Hugo has never craved a woman more; Gwen's guileless manner, infectious laugh, and lovely face have ruined him for any other woman. He wants her, but will she have him knowing he has no noble bloodlines the aristocracy and her family would approve of? Hugo has never wooed a woman, especially not a LADY and he needs lessons in winning a woman's heart.

*** Balogh’s characters are superbly drawn and you can’t help but love the “in your face, plain speaking” Hugo! He tells it like it is! And in spite of being shocked by some of the things most gentlemen would never mention in the presence of a lady, Gwendolyn couldn’t help but be intrigued by him. Just as she couldn’t help having a physical ache that had never been anything she’d ever experienced in her life!

Despite a cautious nature, Gwen can’t ignore the attraction. As their two vastly different worlds come together, both will be challenged in unforeseen ways.

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