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Simply Unforgettable (Simply Quartet Series #1)
     

Simply Unforgettable (Simply Quartet Series #1)

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by Mary Balogh
 

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New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh returns to the seductive world she knows so well–Regency England–in a new novel filled with her trademark wit, sensuality, and breathtaking storytelling. With this, the first in a dazzling new quartet of novels, Balogh invites us into a special world–a select academy for young ladies–a

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3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Once_Upon_A_Chapter More than 1 year ago
Frances Allard is on her way back to Miss Martin's School for girls where she teaches. Frances spent her Christmas break with her two elderly great aunts. The weather is making a turn for the worse when her carriage is over taken by a speeding hellion. Just a short way down the road disaster strikes. The hellion has had to stop and Frances' driver is unable to stop in time. The carriage ends up in a snow drift but Frances is rescued by Lucius Marshall, Viscount Sinclair. The turn in weather makes travel impossible so Frances, Lucius and their drivers seek shelter in an inn. The innkeepers are away but they have left behind Wally, a pretty much useless servant. Frances and Lucius spend the next few days bickering, laughing, frolicking, learning each other and loving. Both Frances and Lucius understand that once the weather improves they'll be saying good-bye. It's this knowledge that allows Frances to take the risk and live in the moment. When the time comes; however, Lucius doesn't see why saying good-bye is necessary. Frances is an independent woman and won't live as someone's mistress or even as a kept woman. She can only accept marriage and that isn't an option. Lucius must marry by summer's end and is all but betrothed to another. Frances doesn't want to leave Bath or her teaching position. Fate has other ideas and keeps throwing them together. Lucius is a strong male role and at times was almost overbearing. Really he was just a determined man who knew his woman was holding back and needed to help fix it. In the end he was a caring man who would do anything to see Frances happy. Frances spends so much time worrying how every thing is going to turn out that she forgets to live. She is content where she is and won't allow herself to reach for happiness, so Lucius reaches for it for both of them. The secondary characters added greatly to the book as well. I found myself wanting to know Lucius' family more. Frances' colleagues were just there enough to make me wonder what secrets their stories hold. I'm looking forward to finding out! Simply Unforgettable is the type of book that will ruin all others for awhile after you finish it. It is that good. Balogh takes a standard stranded together themed book and twists and shapes it into something new and stunning. Lucius seems doomed to a marriage with someone else and Frances has a mysterious past that stands between them. I was worried about her past and if it was really as big a deal as we were being led to believe. I wasn't disappointed. It isn't an insurmountable problem but it wasn't a small problem either. Simply Unforgettable is great for someone looking to slip to London for a tea or soiree. If you've read the Wallflower series by Lisa Kleypas, I don't doubt for a minute you'll love Simply Unforgettable by Mary Balogh!
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
Simply Unforgettable by Mary Balogh is a wonderful read. I love the characters in this well written book. Frances and Lucius's story is about Lucius's pursuit of Frances and her determination to stay in her role as teacher at a school for young ladies. Simply Unforgettable is loaded with drama, humor and this one has a low heat index for those of you that don't like too much sex in your books. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from Mary Balogh in the future. Simply Unforgettable is book 1 in the Simply Quartet Series, but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
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Thoroughly enjoyable series. This one was no exception. LORRAINE
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Perfect read!! Very captivating!!! Could not put the book down!!! A must read!!! :-)
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curlyloulou More than 1 year ago
This book could have been a lot shorter than it was. I also have a difficult time imagining a Viscount continually being rejected by the same woman and not giving up. Thats all.
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Part of the reason why I picked this up was because I've read Mary Balogh before and she's never been a disappointment. But this book definitely was. There was a cast of five main characters and none of them were interesting or unique enough for me to be able to tell them apart. As the book went on, the characters became somewhat more realistic. I developed sympathy for James and Madeline because they were far more compelling than the main duo. Edmond and Alexandra were dull and completely unbelievable in the role of lovers. They had no passion between them. Nothing of interest happened in the book, which was far too long anyway. When an author writes her characters well, a reader doesn't care how long the book is so long as they can continue to be inside the heads of such fascinating, exciting and REAL people. And the story doesn't always have to involve an exciting mystery and several dead bodies. It can simply be a tale of two people who manage to find love and happiness together despite the odds. I will say this, though. This is a classic novel that Mary Balogh wrote back in 1989. She has improved significantly since then. Her style has changed so much that she's barely recognizable as the same author. Judith McNaught is the opposite. Some of the books she wrote years ago are much better than the stuff she has out now. Whitney, My Love, a classic that was written in 1985, is one of the most beautiful love stories I've ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved loved loved this book. It was the first I have read by this author, and had to go back and read any other book I could get my hands on. It contains so much feeling and emotion between the main characters, that I couldn't put it down.