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Posted August 28, 2013
I'm sure the book itself is great. I love Mary Balogh. However, the book is blank on every single Nook I try to open it on, from my Nook Color to my Nook app on my phone and tablet (iPhone and Android respectively) to my PC. DO NOT BUY THE NOOK VERSION. Go to Kindle. I bet theirs works. I am also getting ZERO satisfaction from Nook/B&N customer service over getting this and another book that I bought which will only open on one or two of the above devices either refunded or a new digital copy somehow. B&N is corrupt and horrible. Don't buy from them.
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Posted August 29, 2013
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Posted August 27, 2013
I have been a fan of Mary Balogh since she started writing in the mid 1980’s. I looked forward to reading The Arrangement and I was not disappointed! This is the second full book in the Survivors series and it was excellent. The story centers on Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh and his marriage to Miss Sophia Frye. Vincent is running from his family home and escaping the well-meaning matchmaking efforts of his mother and sisters. He ends up in his childhood home of Covington House in the small town of Barton Coombs. Vincent was blinded during the war and realizes that Covington House is so familiar that he can get around with relative ease and possibly be left alone with only his best friend and valet Martin. His hopes are dashed when he discovers that the entire village knows he is there and in fact has planned an assembly to welcome him back. He escapes a clumsy attempt to entrap him into marriage through the efforts of Sophia, who lives with her relatives as an unwanted burden and unpaid companion. When her actions get Sophia booted from her relative’s home, Vincent finds himself proposing to her and making an arrangement for a one year marriage after which they can both live separate lives if so desired.
I really enjoyed the characterization of these two wounded souls, Vincent physically and Sophia, emotionally. He is good looking, wealthy, has a loving family, but no freedom to speak of. She is unwanted, unloved, plain and thin with only a quirky sense of humor and a talent for drawing to recommend her. He likes her voice and she likes the feeling of belonging he gives her. They have a common love for telling stories and wanting a peaceful life. I loved how Sophia learns more about her husband and strives to give him the sense of freedom he so desires while being supportive at the same time. He realizes how her past has made her feel unimportant and invisible and works to make her feel beautiful and necessary. There is great dialogue between them and other characters throughout the book that provides humor and emotion at different times.
It was fun to see the members of the Survivors Club again and especially Hugo and Gwen from the first book. The only bad thing I can say about this book is that it ended too soon and the wait for the next one seems like it will be forever. I’m guessing it might be about Ben from some of the comments but I will be happy to read about any of the group!
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Posted September 6, 2013
I saw everyone was saying they were having problems opening this after they bought it so I was leery to purchase it but the story sounded so good and I didn't want to pass it up. It's worked fine for me so I don't know what's happened with the others. I have a samsung galaxy tab 2 so I just have the nook app. Don't know if that's the difference in actually having a nook but so far I've had no problems. Don't pass this up if you want to buy it, I'm sure whatever the issue, B&N is working on it. Enjoy! :)
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Posted August 30, 2013
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Posted June 30, 2014
Mary you can better - luke warm friendship between two lovely people - this was no Christine and Wolfgang. Too tepid - is sex all about the guy? In this book, yes. I was waiting for thar true moment of connection and it was tepid. Love Mary ..hope for more next time!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 25, 2014
This book was okay. I usually really enjoy Mary Balogh books
but this one was just passable. I felt I'd already heard this story before. Like it was an older book of hers that was reissued.
Posted December 13, 2013
Looking for a profoundly moving regency romance? Mary Balogh offers a world of depth, with immaculate character development. I've read, and re-read, all of her books. I suggest that you start at the beginning though, with One Night for Love, then follow it with A Summer to Remember before moving on to the Slightly and Simply series. You will not regret it.
This particular book displays her unrivaled skill in portraying the world through the eyes, no pun intended, of an unlikely hero and heroine. Very moving and simply brilliant!
Posted November 16, 2013
Posted November 14, 2013
Just a sweet, satisfying read--and I had no problems whatsoever with the Nook version of it.
While it's true that this read lacked any major conflict and drama, the characters themselves were just so earnest, sweet, and well-intentioned that I just had to love them--and the book by extension--anyway.
The Arrangement was a satisfying read all around. I loved the idea of a blind hero--and the differences between how his family treated him and his blindness (We must protect him! We must do everything for this poor, helpless boy!) and the way Sophie and Vincent's fellow members of the "Survivor's Club" treated him was very telling. I especially enjoyed all of the ways Sophie came up with to help her new husband deal with his handicap and become more self-sufficient--it's exactly what the overly coddled hero of the first few chapters needed.
Really, the only drama in this book--beyond Sophie's Cinderella-like existence in the beginning--came from the minds of the hero and heroine themselves. They definitely could have solved their "problem" much earlier with an honest conversation, but at the same time I completely understand why they didn't--neither was willing to risk what they had together without a little more encouragement from the other.
In a nutshell: if you're looking for a big, dramatic read--you're not going to find it here. If, on the other hand, a sweet and gentle story about two characters who are perfect for each other gradually discovering that fact is what you're after...then look no further than Mary Balogh's The Arrangement.
Posted November 10, 2013
My first book by Mary Balogh, not that exciting. I had no difficulty opening the book so evidently that has been fixed. Doubt that I will read any further of this survivor series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 8, 2013
Posted November 3, 2013
This is the first installment of the Survivor Series, and Mary Balogh is off to a great start. The plot is very unique and very moving. I loved it and am anxious to read additional books from this series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 1, 2013
As I long time fan of Mary Balogh I was really looking forward to reading this book and let me tell you I was not disappointed! This is such a sweet story with one of the most dashing heroes I’ve ever come across. Sophia might not be a star of the London Ton but she is so very appealing and I found her to be delightful, as did the hero.
The lead couple is just so darn likable that I couldn’t help but be engaged by even their most mundane interactions…I loved watching the friendship develop and deepen between these two. The romantic in me believes that no one should marry as a solution to problems but when you go in to the arrangement with your eyes wide open, it’s amazing the possibilities that arise.
I know that this is another treasure by Ms. Balogh that I will find myself rereading if only to fall under her spell again. And I’m looking forward to more in the series.
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