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Only Enchanting: A Survivors' Club Novel

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The Survivors' Club: Six men and one woman, all wounded in the Napoleonic Wars, their friendship forged during their recovery at Penderris Hall in Cornwall. Now, in the fourth novel of the Survivors' Club series, Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, has left this refuge to find his own salvation—in the love of a most unsuspecting woman.…
 
Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, was devastated by his fiancée’s desertion after his return home.  Now the ...

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Overview

The Survivors' Club: Six men and one woman, all wounded in the Napoleonic Wars, their friendship forged during their recovery at Penderris Hall in Cornwall. Now, in the fourth novel of the Survivors' Club series, Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, has left this refuge to find his own salvation—in the love of a most unsuspecting woman.…
 
Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, was devastated by his fiancée’s desertion after his return home.  Now the woman who broke his heart is back—and everyone is eager to revive their engagement. Except Flavian, who, in a panic, runs straight into the arms of a most sensible yet enchanting young woman.
 
Agnes Keeping has never been in love—and never wishes to be. But then she meets the charismatic Flavian, and suddenly Agnes falls so foolishly and so deeply that she agrees to his impetuous proposal of marriage.
 
When Agnes discovers that the proposal is only to avenge his former love, she’s determined to flee. But Flavian has no intention of letting his new bride go, especially now that he too has fallen so passionately and so unexpectedly in love.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/22/2014
In Balogh’s Survivor’s Club series, six men and one woman seek recovery from the travails of the Napoleonic wars. Their close friendship and somewhat anachronistic but heartwarming mutual support helps them rebuild their lives. In this often poignant fourth entry (after The Escape), Flavian, Lord Ponsonby, is possessed of looks and fortune, but he suffered a mental breakdown after returning home from battle and was repudiated by his fiancée. While his friends have dealt with physical injuries, Flavian wrestles with unseen demons. He impulsively proposes to the quiet and calming Agnes Keeping to protect himself from being hurt again, not realizing that Agnes has fallen wholeheartedly in love with him and is determined to capture his heart. There is always great pleasure in reading a new book from Balogh, and this one is no exception. Agent: Maria Carvainis, Maria Carvainis Agency. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-09-09
A widow clinging to a safe, dull life falls in love with a former soldier recovering from a head injury in this entertaining novel.Balogh builds on her many past successes with the fourth book in her Survivors' Club series, which features six men and one woman who have all been irreparably damaged during the Napoleonic wars. Agnes Keeping's life was changed forever when her mother ran off with a lover when Agnes was 5. As a result, Agnes grew up thinking of romantic passion as her biggest enemy, one that might steal her reason and cause her to hurt the people she most cares about. So she was quick to embrace an unexciting marriage with William Keeping, "a neighboring gentleman of sober address." When he dies, Agnes moves to the village of Inglebrook, where her spinster sister, Dora, teaches music. There, Agnes befriends the new Viscountess Darleigh, whose husband is a member of the Survivors' Club. At their home, Agnes meets Flavian Arnott, Viscount Ponsonby, a golden god of a man whose stammer is the only outward sign of the trauma and tragedy he experienced during the war. For Agnes, falling in love with Flavian is a risk to her tranquil life of painting watercolors and taking tea with the viscountess. For Flavian, Agnes represents a safe harbor from the manipulations of his family. Their precipitous marriage is a shock to Flavian's mother and sister, who want him to marry Velma, the widowed Countess of Hazeltine. Velma was once betrothed to Flavian, but she abandoned him for his best friend when he returned home injured from the war. Fortunately, Agnes refuses to be cowed by the self-important Arnott family. Although it lacks pizzazz, Balogh's latest effort is a comfortably entertaining read.
Library Journal
★ 10/15/2014
With his memory still full of holes and his behavior unpredictable, war survivor Flavian Arnott, Viscount Ponsonby, knows he's a dangerous if charming risk. Gentle, sensible widow Agnes Keeping knows it, too, despite her growing feelings and their startling attraction to each other. Then Flavian proposes marriage, surprising them both and setting off a series of reactions that will either bring them closer together or pull them apart. Secrets, scandal, and a malicious, spiteful woman up the ante in this mesmerizing, compelling read. VERDICT With her classic flawless execution and insight, Balogh highlights the importance of communication and explores the true meaning of love through two emotionally scarred characters. Another profoundly touching novel that is nothing short of "enchanting"; a brilliant addition to this satisfying series. Balogh (The Escape) lives in Canada.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451469663
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 10/28/2014
  • Series: A Survivor's Club Novel Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 72
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Balogh is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including the acclaimed Slightly and Simply novels, the Mistress trilogy, and the five titles in her Huxtable series: First Comes Marriage, Then Comes Seduction, At Last Comes Love, Seducing an Angel, and A Secret Affair.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2014

    Good

    I think after Vincent's story this was my favorite. The love was steady and the realization came slowly for the hero and even for the heroine. It was not a grand passion with lots of boiling emotion but a kind of love that lasts through termoils and gets stronger through the years. I really like both Flavine and Agnes. It was funny that Flavine could see, in his opinion, all of Agnes's physical flaws and he still felt an attraction to her that he couldn't figure out. I am really loking forward to George's story. I hope she would hook him up with Agnes's sister since she was such a sweet girl. I guess we have to waite a while for that story to come.

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  • Posted October 29, 2014

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    A sweet and emotional historical romance, Only Enchanting was a

    A sweet and emotional historical romance, Only Enchanting was a lovely read. It wasn't quite as good as I hoped it would be, but it was still an enjoyable romance.

    Agnes was the type of heroine that was quietly strong. She was resilient and, when she was determined, nothing could shake her. I thought she was an overall lovely character.

    Flavian was a cutie. He went through, and was still going through, a lot of turmoil from his injury. It altered his entire life but he didn't allow it to make him bitter. He was sometimes confused and occasionally unable to organize his thoughts, but he was also sweet and a great hero.

    The romance was okay. The thing is, I'm used to deep and rich relationships from Mary Balogh. For some reason, I didn't quite get that. I never felt like Agnes and Flavian truly knew each other or got the sense that they felt deeply devoted to each other. And it was annoying how none of Flavian's family gave him or Agnes enough credit with how they all assumed that he married Agnes for petty revenge. His friends had faith in him but his mother and sister didn't and that was frustrating. However, I still liked Agnes and Flavian as a couple. They both understood and accepted each other as they were. I just wish I had gotten a deeper look into their relationship.

    The plot was steadily paced and kept me interested the entire way through. Despite my issue with the romance, I still enjoyed the romance and the ending was lovely.

    Only Enchanting was an enjoyable romance. With deep emotions and a sweet romance, it was a nice read. Romance lovers, this might be something you want to look up.

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

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