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?
©2015 Mary Balogh (P)2015 Recorded Books
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"Tragic Heroine and Carefree Dandy"
Mary Balogh below has to be one of my favorite authors I love the way that she get you to feel the characters emotions, she gets you on one of their sides backing them rooting for them.
I also like the way she doesn't write about the "perfect" character. Her main characters always have a flaw that instead of making them unappealing makes the character actually very appealing.
I wouldn't sure how I would really feel about the hero of the story he just seemed to be such a wastrel with no direction. He is actually the perfect choice for Imogen. I thoroughly enjoyed this book
"LOVE TWICE SUCESSFULLY"
THAT SHE FOUND LOVE TWICE WITH HAPPINESS
THE STORY WAS WONDERFULLY TOLD AND ALL PARTIES WERE AMAZINE
JOY AND A GREAT DEAL OF UNDERSTANDING OF THE PLOT OF THE STORY
WHEN HE FOLLOWED HER AND MADE HER FEELED CHERISHED
THE WEDDING SOUNDED BEAUTIFULLY AND I THINK SHE EARNED TO BE HAPPY
"Maybe the best of the Survivors series!"
Ms Balogh at her best! The story is tight, the conclusion awesome, and the reader is a treat! Something to listen to again and again.
"The Charming Duke"
Lady Barclay (Imogene) is a member of the Survivors Club. The death of her husband Dickie during the war has haunted her for 10 years. When her husband's father dies, a distant cousin named Percy assumes the title of Duke and descends on the estate and changes the lives of all who live there including the two old Aunties/Cousins and the ugliest dog on earth who follows Percy everywhere. He also changes Imogene's life with his irascible sense of humor and utterly charming personality. Imogene and Percy are drawn to each other almost from the first, but the courtship is fraught with hurdles. They are not too high for our intrepid hero however. He'll do anything, sacrifice anything to be with the woman he loves.
"I liked this better than the last one"
This was quite good but then I love the series. I found this more enjoyable than the preceding book. The narration is pretty much perfect.
I've been waiting for Imogen's story and it was a sad but good one. A few twists. I thought the last chapters were a bit rushed but, overall, this was another hit.
Now on to the final book in the series. Sad to see it end.
Very happy to have found this on sale. The plot had an unexpected twist and Rosalyn Landor's acting of the intense scenes was exquisite.
"Not her best, or even close..."
I love MB books. They are usually corny, romance novels with steam. This one felt contrived. Everyone that followed the series was probably, like me, looking forward to Imogen's story. I was expecting a better storyline.
Loving this series. Each installment is different but equally high quality. One more left. George!
I thought the premise of the story was fine. I just felt that the author's style was a laborious. The two main characters both have issues and instead of gently interjecting those issues every now and again, It was hammered over and over and over. It was found tiresome. Additionally, this is a period piece, and 21st century language was used for a story set in the 19th century; it was irksome. I thought the narrator was good.
"Another Enjoyable One in the series"
Another excellent book in the Survivor series. Enjoyed Imogen's story and never guessed until the reveal over what had been her experience in the war. A little mystery and suspense with the smuggling, lots of romance and some humour and wisdom. Narration perfect!
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