Simply Magic (Simply Quartet Series #3)

Simply Magic (Simply Quartet Series #3)

by Mary Balogh
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Simply Magic (Simply Quartet Series #3) by Mary Balogh

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Mary Balogh's The Secret Mistress.

On a splendid August afternoon Susanna Osbourne is introduced to the most handsome man she has ever seen . . . and instantly feels the icy chill of recognition. Peter Edgeworth, Viscount Whitleaf, is utterly charming—and seemingly unaware that they have met before. With his knowing smile and seductive gaze, Peter acts the rake; but he stirs something in Susanna she has never felt before, a yearning that both frightens and dazzles her. Instantly she knows: this brash nobleman poses a threat to her heart . . . and to the secrets she guards so desperately.

From the moment they meet, Peter is drawn to Susanna’s independence, dazzled by her sharp wit—he simply must have her. But the more he pursues, the more Susanna withdraws . . . until a sensual game of thrust-and-parry culminates in a glorious afternoon of passion. Now more determined than ever to keep her by his side, Peter begins to suspect that a tragic history still haunts Susanna. And as he moves closer to the truth, Peter is certain of one thing: he will defy the mysteries of her past for a future with this exquisite creature—all Susanna must do is trust him with the most precious secret of all. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440336792
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/27/2007
Series: Simply Quartet Series , #3
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 49,666
File size: 558 KB

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 Magic 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Snoozbunny More than 1 year ago
In the last three months I have read as many of Mary Balogh's books as I am able to find. Her characters are fully formed, endearing, or hated. The plots have real romance not inane silliness. The settings are historically accurate, and so appealing that I wish I could view photographs. I have read the entire 'slightly' series, all of the 'simple series', and am anticipating the newest book to be published in May 2009. Since I have kept all of the books so far, obviously they will become part of my permanent library along with Judith McNaught and Catherine Coulter. Read any of Ms. Balogh's books - you won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Simply Magic' is a dramatic and sensual story about two individuals who fall in love, only to discover their love is complicated by a disturbing interwoven past. Peter Edgeworth, Viscount Whitleaf has been a perfect gentleman of the ton, while avoiding all of the eligible marriageable young ladies his mother has put in his path. It is on a walking path on the estate of a friend that he meets the beautiful and independent school teacher Susanna Osbourne, saying to himself, 'There she is.' Struggling with unrecognized love at first site, no matter how much Peter attempts to avoid Susanna, he constantly finds himself drawn to her. They quickly become close friends, walking the estate paths and discussing many topics, while at the same time fighting a growing desire for each other. The innocent Susanna realizes as a viscount there can be no future with Peter, but she is also saddened as he does not seem to recognize her from the past as a young girl when she lived at a nearby estate where her father was a steward. But many do not recognize the beautiful Susanna as the young twelve year old girl who suddenly disappeared after the sudden suicide of her father. She has lived with the pain of this secret for years, growing in beauty and intelligence as a teacher at the very school she attended as a charity pupil, due to the kindness of none other than one of the famous Bedwyn family. Having a holiday with friends is a delightful vacation that becomes a bit disconcerting and she finds herself counting the limited days she can spend with Peter. When friendship turns to desire that builds to an intense afternoon of passion, Peter takes her innocence. When he offers carte blanche instead of marriage, Susanna runs back to her school, but finds she cannot run from her heart. Simon misses his dear friend and realizing his mistake and that he loves Susanna, he creates a plan to earn back her friendship and love. But soon their intertwined intense past is revealed. Will their love be strong enough to overcome the shocking revelations? There is nothing simple about Mary Balogh's 'Simply' Series. Once again she has proven that she is the modern Jane Austen in this beautiful and heartwarming tale. For Regency romance fans, Ms. Balogh has the talent to take readers back to the Regency Period, making them feel they are there and intimately involved with the characters. Each book builds from previous stories and dearly loved characters return to be interwoven with new. Simply Magic is a truly pleasurable read like many of the other Balogh Regencies. A romance fan's delight would be a long vacation alone with a stack of Balogh Regencies reading them in order, enjoying an arm chair travel back in time to the Regency period!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read another book by the author and enjoyed it very much. This book dragged on and on. Very contrived and boring.
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curlyloulou More than 1 year ago
This has been my favorite of this series so far but Mary needs to quit dragging these stories out. It feels like they are beating a dead horse with the same ideas and the characters thinking the same things over and over. I did like both Peter and Suzanna but other than that it was a pretty textbook MaryB.
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