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Simply Love

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2006

    A a wonderful heart-wrenching story of redemption..

    I was introduced to this author by a friend who knows of my enjoyment of regency based novels but didn't know this author. I've come to thank my friend for the hours of enjoyment I've received because of this introduction. In this book, I liked the fact that Ms. Balogh reintroduces characters that can be found in her previous books. The flow of the book was very easy and if previous books had not been read, there was more than enough background in this book to give the basic history of the central and secondary characters. (Also, had I not read the 'Slightly' series, I would go back and read it now.) As for 'Simply Love', Sydnam and Anne are flawed. Besides her being an older female charater and him a younger male character found in books of this type, they have also weathered hardships that are not usually found in these stories. But they are both in pain. Neither of them trusts easily as a result of horrible events that have occurred in their lives. They think they are alone in the world even though they are surrounded by others who love, respect and care for them. Still, they are lonely and lost. With the help of some well meaning friends, and unbeknownst to them, they take big steps, to overcome their issues of trust, when they find a kindred spirit in each other. They both must travel hard, difficult roads to be able to live a full life. But the journey is worth it because in the end they find not only each other but they find themselves. Excellent work Ms. Balogh. Thank you. Looking forward to the next two installments.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2006

    This is a terrific Regency tale

    Twenty-nine-year-old Anne Jewell may be a pariah in some circles as an unwed mother to nine year old David, but she enjoys her independence and teaching at Miss Martin¿s School for Girls, a place with a well earned reputation of providing a fine academic education to girls from all social classes. Her only friend from a decade ago when she fled Wales, Marquess Joshua Moore and his wife wants to acknowledge David as their cousin. They invite Anne and David to spend the summer at the Bewcastle estate in Wales where she once was governess and home to David¿s father.----------------- Aristocrat Sydnam Butler wears a patch to cover the eye he lost in the Peninsula Wars, but has nothing to hide his missing right limb. He has become a recluse, but earns his bread as steward to the Duke of Bewcastle. Neither Sydnam or Anne are in the market for a spouse however neither anticipated the kindhearted Bewcastle clan having enlisted David as one of them deciding that this mentally wounded pair make a perfect match. However, in spite of their efforts, it remains a question of whether Anne or Sydnam trust love nurtured in a style unlike what either once dreamed of.------------------------ This is a terrific Regency romance starring two delightful protagonists who have suffered in life, but with the help of others may have found happiness if they can step outside the barriers that traumas have placed around their hearts. The delightful plot is a simple love story made complex by the insecurities and loneliness of Sydnam and Anne. Mary Balogh is at her Regency best with this strong SIMPLY LOVE tale.------------------ Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2014

    A wonderful read

    All her books are worth reading but this one is especially good. You feel for the people in the story and get very involved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

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  • Posted May 1, 2013

    Love this book!

    I couldn't put this book down. In fact, I read it twice! I love all of Mary Balogh's novels and this is one of her best. It is part of her series in the "Simply" books. It tells how two people who are scarred physically and emotionally can overcome those obstacles and other prejudices and fall in love. The male character, Sydnam, is the younger brother of Kit Ravensberg, now a viscount. Both had served together as spies in Great Britain's war against France and where Sydnam had been captured and tortured leaving him scarred for life. Both men were featured in Balogh's earlier book, "A Summer to Remember."

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    Okay but...

    This book was good but filled with horrible tragedy. It was hard to get past the fact that Syd was horribly disfigured because they talked about it non-stop. Anyway....it was nice to hear more about the Bedwyn family.

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  • Posted May 21, 2009

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    Loved it...until the last few chapters

    I've recently started reading Mary Balogh's books and have enjoyed them all so far. I admired the character of Anne Jewell from the start. I liked the fact that she is written as a strong, fiercely independant woman determined to make it on her own. My admiration slipped a little in the final chapters. Mary Balogh changes Anne from the strong woman I admired into an easily forgettable character. I suppose she was trying to make us believe it is best to forgive and forget; unfortunately, I felt Anne's response to certain events was largely unbelievable.

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  • Posted April 17, 2009

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    SIMPLY LOVED IT!

    I have never read a story like this and my hats off to Mary Balogh for daring to go where another author would have rejected writing a love story based on a disable person. I cried, laughed and rejoiced throughout the book and it will definitely be one I will remember for a long time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2007

    the bedwyns are back in a setting of passion and beauty

    I have yet to finish it, but the moment I had come to realize just how involved the Bedwyns will be through out this tale I was so excited. I love the Bedwyn family and the fact that they had links to the Simply books had drawn me to them. This book had proved to be a joy to read and has yet to bore me even for a moment. The language and passion that Mary Balogh gives to her characters creates a world which I cant wait to read more of.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2007

    Simply love this book!

    This is an great storyline. For those who haven't read it yet I won't go into any details but this book gives you a since of hope. Despite the brokeness of the main characters there was beauty and healing that touches the reader. Being a graduate student and working 2 jobs limits my time for pleasure reading but once I picked up this book I couldn't put it down until I was finished.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2007

    Balogh has done it again!!

    The first book I ever read by Mary Balogh was slightly wicked, and from there I was hooked. I remember most of the characters from 'a summer to remember,' and the slightly and simply series. Anyone familiar with these books will feel like they are hanging out with old friends while reading this book. Anne and Sydnams story is so beautiful because of the fact that they are kindred spirits whose souls are incomplete until they meet and are able to heal their past hurts. Read this book. Its story will touch you. These character will make you smile, laugh, and feel good inside. My only regret about reading this book is that eventually it ended and now I have to wait til the end of march for simply magic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2006

    Wonderful Book

    I have really enjoyed the fact that this book is not like others that I have read in where the heroine is 16 or 18 and the hero is perfect in looks. I appreciate that the hero had some disfigurements and the heroine is older an more mature. And it was fun to have all the Bedwyn's in this story.

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