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  • Posted July 9, 2014

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    This is book 3 in the Survivors' Club series. Having survived h

    This is book 3 in the Survivors' Club series.

    Having survived his injuries during the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict (Ben) Harper is trying to figure out what he is going to do with the rest of his life. Having known that the life of a military man was his desired future, he never contemplated doing anything else. When those dreams are crushed, he ends up a lose ends. To pass the time, he visits his sister in the country while she is recuperating from an illness.

    While out riding his horse, he literally runs over Samantha McKay whom he soon learns is a young widow still in deep morning. Samantha has been living with her uptight sister-in-law since the death of her husband and had to get out of the house for some fresh air. She didn't know that she would be accosted by horse and rider.

    Having not started out on the right foot, Ben gets his sister to take him for tea at Samantha's home where he finagles time for an apology. They soon become friends of a sort and when Samantha's father-in-law demands that she comes and lives with him, she goes to Ben for help.

    They are soon on their way to Wales where Samantha has an old shack that has been left to her from her great aunt. They must travel as husband and wife so that Samantha is not totally ruined by traveling alone with an unmarried man. In close confinement and learning more and more about each other, Ben and Samantha find that they are fighting their attraction to each other. What will happen when they reach Wales? Will they both find what they are looking for?

    After reading Vincent's story in book 2 of the series, I didn't think that I could love the lead male character any more. I was wrong!! I LOVED Ben in this story. As with the other Survivor Club members, we've met Ben in the other stories but we see just a glimpse of him. 

    We know that he is determined to walk again and has a good since of humor (you have to with all the other club members teasing each other all the time), but you don't get to see the depth of his character. I guess that is the same with any series you read, you learn the most about the character when it is their story. But I was just blown away by Ben, I wanted to take him home with me!! 

    Samantha was also a very strong character. She went into her first marriage head over heals in love with her husband and he didn't turn out to be the man she thought he was. Even knowing that, she stuck by him and nursed him after being wounded in the wars. After his death, Samantha just wants some freedom. The shack in Wales is her only way to get it and Ben is the only one that can take her there.

    I can't say enough about this story. I really enjoyed reading it and didn't want it to end. The next story in the series is about Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, whom is a stutterer. I'm very interested to see where Balogh takes this story as I have a personal connection to a stutterer.

    Thanks go to Random House via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2014

    This is a must read!

    Mary Balogh's latest "Survivor's Club" book is a terrific read. It is great to see how the members of the club grow and overcome their disabilities and find happiness. Mixed with the emotional growth is the message that life continues on and can be fulfilling in the process of healing physically.

    I have really enjoyed meeting these fine people and look forward to each story.

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  • Posted August 7, 2014

    Well done Mary Balogh! Wonderful storytelling! She did a lovely

    Well done Mary Balogh! Wonderful storytelling! She did a lovely job of bringing us through the lives of two very different people who are in need of healing, and to finding a place in this life. This story doesn't need heavy passion to lend it substance, rather they discover so much more before they find their passion. This is the first book I've read from the Survivor's Club, and I can't wait to read the first two. Mary Balogh did an excellent job writing Ben's story, it is very well told. I highly recommend reading The Escape!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    Highly recommended. Check it out!

    If you are a fan of Mary Balogh, you will find her latest book, The Escape, a wonderful read. Also included is an additional short story, The Suitor. Enjoy them both. I did!

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  • Posted August 1, 2014

    Loved it!

    I haven't met a Mary Balogh book I didn't love and this was no exception.
    Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    The Escape - Wonderful

    Wonderful reading. Could not put it down. I read it and I keep re-reading different parts. It speaks to the heart!!!

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    Posted July 1, 2014

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  • Posted July 1, 2014

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    Deeply emotional and very sweet, The Escape was a fantastic hist

    Deeply emotional and very sweet, The Escape was a fantastic historical romance read. I really liked this book. It was deep, thoughtful, and truly lovely.

    Samantha was a wonderful heroine. She was strong, determined to live life on her own terms after being closely watched over the last few years. And, she was also a kind and rather likable character. I thought she was great.

    Ben was amazing. I liked that, as with Samantha, he was a deep character who had a lot to him. After 6 years of learning to cope with his injuries, he has accepted the reality and, now, doesn't know what to do with it. He was fiercely independent and strong, determined not to let his crippled legs keep him from doing something with his life. And, he was so sweet and adorable. He was wonderful.

    The romance was very sweet. Samantha and Ben were so great together. I loved how they simply understood each other, since they both had seen the full cost of war. This romance, like Balogh's other books, is focused on the emotions, and they were well portrayed. There was some steaminess and the chemistry between them was constant. They were a perfect couple.

    The plot was well paced and I was drawn in the entire way through. There were a few secrets along the way that took me by surprise. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

    The Escape was a fantastic historical romance. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful book. From the sweet romance, to the deep emotions, this book was lovely. Romance lovers, this is a book you won't want to miss.

    *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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  • Posted July 1, 2014

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    I love to read Mary's books. She has a flow that keeps you readi

    I love to read Mary's books. She has a flow that keeps you reading. She comes up with excellent characters. She can have you read a humorous stretch and then hit you with a tissue load of sadness. You really feel for Sir Benedict who was not able to walk without 2 canes due to war injuries.Samantha married into a non-loving family. Her late husband kept her at his side until he passed. His family detested her. Ben helped her escape from them. Samantha knows nothing of her past due to early deaths of her parents.There is a lot going on here to help her get through life. Ben also gets to move along too. Please read this book. Also read the novella "The Suitor". It is as good a book, just in a mini version. Enjoy!

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