Simply Love (Simply Quartet Series #2)

Simply Love (Simply Quartet Series #2)

by Mary Balogh
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Simply Love (Simply Quartet Series #2) by Mary Balogh

New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh returns to the elegance and sensuality of Regency England as she continues the enthralling story of four remarkable women–friends and teachers at Miss Martin’s School for Girls. At the center of this spellbinding novel is Anne Jewell, a teacher haunted by a scandalous past…until she meets a man who teaches her the most important lesson of all: nothing is simple when it comes to love.…

She spies him in the deepening dusk of a Wales evening–a lone figure of breathtaking strength and masculinity, his handsome face branded by a secret pain. For single mother and teacher Anne Jewell, newly arrived with her son at a sprawling estate in Wales on the invitation of an influential friend, Sydnam Butler is a man whose sorrows–and passions–run deeper than she could have ever imagined.

As steward of a remote seaside manor, Sydnam lives a reclusive existence far from the pity and disdain of others. Yet almost from the moment Anne first appears on the cliffs, he senses in this lovely stranger a kindred soul, and between these two wary hearts, desire stirs. Unable to resist the passion that has rescued them both from loneliness, Anne and Sydnam share an afternoon of exquisite lovemaking. Now the unwed single mother and war-scarred veteran must make a decision that could forever alter their lives. For Sydnam, it is a chance to heal the pain of the past. For Anne, it is the glorious promise of a future with the man who will dare her to reveal her deepest secrets…before she can give him all her heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440241973
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/27/2007
Series: Simply Quartet Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 155,984
Product dimensions: 6.86(w) x 4.10(h) x 1.16(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling, multi-award-winning author Mary Balogh grew up in Wales, land of sea and mountains, song and legend. She brought music and a vivid imagination with her when she came to Canada to teach. There she began a second career as a writer of books that always end happily and always celebrate the power of love. There are over four million copies of her Regency romances and historical romances in print.

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Simply Love 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
MollyJG More than 1 year ago
All her books are worth reading but this one is especially good. You feel for the people in the story and get very involved.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anne and Syd were great characters! I felt such sympathy and addmiration for them both! This had a beauty and the beast theme to it, which is my personal favorite. I was a little weary of spending the $7.99 on this book, but am glad that I did. It didn't disappoint! I highly recommend this book!
sallymel More than 1 year ago
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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