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Summary

From the legendary New York Times best-selling author of Only a Kiss and Only a Promise comes the final book in the rapturous Survivor's Club series - as the future of one man lies within the heart of a lost but never-forgotten love....

For the first time since the death of his wife, the Duke of Stanbrook is considering remarrying and finally embracing happiness for himself. With that thought comes the treasured image of a woman he met briefly a year ago and never saw again.

Dora Debbins relinquished all hope to marry when a family scandal left her in charge of her younger sister. Earning a modest living as a music teacher, she's left with only an unfulfilled dream. Then, one afternoon, an unexpected visitor makes it come true.

For both George and Dora, that brief first encounter was as fleeting as it was unforgettable. Now is the time for a second chance. And while even true love comes with a risk, who are two dreamers to argue with destiny?

©2016 Mary Balogh (P)2016 Recorded Books

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The last of the Surviors

Would you consider the audio edition of Only Beloved to be better than the print version?

I have enjoyed all the stories about the survivors, some more than others and was happy to read the last about the Duke. I was a bit confused as from the other books, I was lead to believed that the Duke loved his wife. Then we find out he had never been her husband in the true sense, however it was a good story and a happy ending.

Would you be willing to try another book from Mary Balogh? Why or why not?

Yes, but I do find that she is a "Hit and Miss type of authoress.

What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Yes I enjoyed her narrative style.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

It would be hard to make a film about one book as they are all interlinked, to make one about all the books would mean short-changing the stories.

Any additional comments?

Worth reading all books, though not all are as good as some.

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I really loved this book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This was a great finish to this series of books and the narrator was brilliant as usual

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Dissapointing

There is NO story! how terribly dissapointing ... it's a " day in the life of"

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-08-16

Repetition, Introspection and Description

Not a lot of action.

Each main character spent ages in angst over how their perfect wedding day was ruined but still perfect and even though it was perfect it was still the worst day ever.

Most of the book is spent explaining the main couple's feelings and their descriptions of the various settings, clothing, furniture, flowers, musical instruments, etc. So each sceen had to be told from each characters point of view. And again everything is perfect except it is just not perfect.

The narrator was very good.

I suggest you only read/listen to this novel only if you are a big fan of the Survivors Series and want to read a post script of those previous stories.

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  • Patricia R.
  • 17-05-16

The best series yet...

I loved the Survivor Series and bought it in paperback and audible versions. they are so good I listen to the, more than once.

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  • Mercy Boujarwah
  • 12-05-16

Great ending to a fabulous series.

I have loved this entire series and I was really looking forward to George's book. As usual, Mary Balogh did not disappoint. Rosalyn Landor is a master narrator, she is always good.

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  • XB
  • 13-05-16

Well paced story

It is nice to have a story that starts with a marriage, since we all know that's where it is going. The twist, unfortunately, is one we have seen before in her other books and is a bit predictable. That said, this was a lovely end to the survivor series.

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  • johnito
  • 05-05-16

Loved this Book!!

I love this narrator as I have heard her perform before! I loved the story because throughout reading the other books in the series I always wondered about George. :)

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  • Bianca
  • 17-05-16

This book has no plot

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

A forty year old divorcee hoping to find love again

Has Only Beloved turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Its a very sweet story and well written

Any additional comments?

8 hours into a 10 hour book and I still have not found the plot. Its a sweet story but incredibly boring which is unfortunate because I enjoy this particular authors books and writing style but this one didn't hit the mark.

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  • T. Thompson
  • 11-10-17

Love this series!

I usually don't like historical romances but this series was so good! I loved each character and did not want it to end!

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  • Ramona C
  • 19-07-17

What a Wonderful Book

Actually, this was my first book in the Survivors Club Series. I do have the others in my library but didn't realize it until now that this was the last book in that series. I am going back to listen to the rest. After listening to this book, I looking forward to the others. The book kept me interested throughout and was so entertaining. There were so many twists and turns. The ending was absolutely wonderful.

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  • AmityShepherd
  • 09-07-17

Grand Finale for Survivors' Series

I think it would be difficult to fully develop characters over a 7 book series where each principle has his or her own book. In this final book, Balogh provides another rich character development. The characters are rich and complex, while some repetition of events in prior books is inevitable, Balogh handled these well and unobtrusively.
Even though I've waited, sometimes impatiently, for each new installment, I'm sorry to see the end of this series.

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  • Jo
  • 30-04-17

Satisfying End to a Great Series

Seeing all the Survivors get their HEA was very satisfying. George's story was as heart wrenching as Imogene's so have a tissue or two handy. I'm just sorry the series is done. I will miss the characters. Rosalyn Landor's narration did not disappoint.

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