The Escape (Survivors' Club Series #3)

The Escape (Survivors' Club Series #3)

by Mary Balogh
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read the first two books and the extended novels, I must agree with a previos review in that something was missing here. I loved Ben's character but I don't think enough thought was given to his strength in overcoming his handicap and too much to him remembering his past. Still a good read in an excellent series. LORRAINE
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 3 in the Survivors' Club series. Having survived his injuries during the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict (Ben) Harper is trying to figure out what he is going to do with the rest of his life. Having known that the life of a military man was his desired future, he never contemplated doing anything else. When those dreams are crushed, he ends up a lose ends. To pass the time, he visits his sister in the country while she is recuperating from an illness. While out riding his horse, he literally runs over Samantha McKay whom he soon learns is a young widow still in deep morning. Samantha has been living with her uptight sister-in-law since the death of her husband and had to get out of the house for some fresh air. She didn't know that she would be accosted by horse and rider. Having not started out on the right foot, Ben gets his sister to take him for tea at Samantha's home where he finagles time for an apology. They soon become friends of a sort and when Samantha's father-in-law demands that she comes and lives with him, she goes to Ben for help. They are soon on their way to Wales where Samantha has an old shack that has been left to her from her great aunt. They must travel as husband and wife so that Samantha is not totally ruined by traveling alone with an unmarried man. In close confinement and learning more and more about each other, Ben and Samantha find that they are fighting their attraction to each other. What will happen when they reach Wales? Will they both find what they are looking for? After reading Vincent's story in book 2 of the series, I didn't think that I could love the lead male character any more. I was wrong!! I LOVED Ben in this story. As with the other Survivor Club members, we've met Ben in the other stories but we see just a glimpse of him.  We know that he is determined to walk again and has a good since of humor (you have to with all the other club members teasing each other all the time), but you don't get to see the depth of his character. I guess that is the same with any series you read, you learn the most about the character when it is their story. But I was just blown away by Ben, I wanted to take him home with me!!  Samantha was also a very strong character. She went into her first marriage head over heals in love with her husband and he didn't turn out to be the man she thought he was. Even knowing that, she stuck by him and nursed him after being wounded in the wars. After his death, Samantha just wants some freedom. The shack in Wales is her only way to get it and Ben is the only one that can take her there. I can't say enough about this story. I really enjoyed reading it and didn't want it to end. The next story in the series is about Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, whom is a stutterer. I'm very interested to see where Balogh takes this story as I have a personal connection to a stutterer. Thanks go to Random House via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Even better than the other survivor books.
literature1 More than 1 year ago
As I have greatly enjoyed Ms. Balogh's previous works I was disappointed in the quality of this writing.While It appears that Ms. Balogh   prepared the outline of the story It was as if the editors wrote the story.  Coming across such sentences as "I have feelings for her" seemed to have been written by someone who has little knowledge  of early 19th century England and its use of the English language. 
SadieHunt More than 1 year ago
Granted, it’s been a while since I read the first two installments in the Survivor’s Club series, but I sure seem to remember liking those books a whole lot more than I liked The Escape. And Mary Balogh has long been one of my absolute favorite romance authors. Maybe my expectations were just too high. The Escape left me feeling blah – like I could take it or leave it. What a disappointment. There were definitely good parts to the book. For instance, characters with serious hurdles to overcome are always a nice departure from the generally frivolous obstacles put in the paths of most Regency protagonists. And the characters and their romance are both well drawn – it is beautiful to watch two people begin unsure and awkward and develop deep and heart-warming feelings for each other. But this story ultimately lacked Balogh’s usual spark, that little something extra – humor, passion, chemistry – that has always set her books apart. Verdict: Adequate but ultimately lackluster performance from one of my favorite authors. Disappointing. 3/5
judiOH More than 1 year ago
this is the third in the survivor series. each of the seven have been woulded in the war, each in a different way, and have come to the duke's home to heal. when ben leaves for his own home, he meets a young lady that captures his heart. mary writes heart warming stories that will leave you smiling.
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
The Escape is an awesome read by Mary Balogh. Ms Balogh has been consistent in impressing me with the wonderful characters in her books. The Escape is no exception. Ben and Samantha's story is packed with drama, humor and heat. The Escape is a well written historical romance that will take you from England to Wales as Ben and Samantha's tale unfolds. I enjoyed The Escape and look forward to reading more from Mary Balogh in the future. The Escape is book 4 of the Survivor's Club Series, but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
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nova66 More than 1 year ago
Mary Balogh's latest "Survivor's Club" book is a terrific read. It is great to see how the members of the club grow and overcome their disabilities and find happiness. Mixed with the emotional growth is the message that life continues on and can be fulfilling in the process of healing physically. I have really enjoyed meeting these fine people and look forward to each story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok.
LesiaCh4 More than 1 year ago
Well done Mary Balogh! Wonderful storytelling! She did a lovely job of bringing us through the lives of two very different people who are in need of healing, and to finding a place in this life. This story doesn't need heavy passion to lend it substance, rather they discover so much more before they find their passion. This is the first book I've read from the Survivor's Club, and I can't wait to read the first two. Mary Balogh did an excellent job writing Ben's story, it is very well told. I highly recommend reading The Escape!
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If you are a fan of Mary Balogh, you will find her latest book, The Escape, a wonderful read. Also included is an additional short story, The Suitor. Enjoy them both. I did!
ly2 More than 1 year ago
I haven't met a Mary Balogh book I didn't love and this was no exception. Highly recommend.
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biblio-filer More than 1 year ago
I've been enjoying this series from Mary Balogh, The Survivor's Club. If you are new to reading her works or this series, I suggest you start with the first one. However, the story stands on it's own as well. I would recommend this, especially to those who enjoy her stories. This series is a further expansion of the world established in two other contemporary series of books she has previously written. Occasionally, a featured character from one of the previous novels is mentioned, and more rarely, turns up in the story for a cameo. I have enjoyed this 'cross-pollination' in these stories.
kronan1 More than 1 year ago
It was OK..................................................... Basically the story of two very attractive very rich people who have had a rough few years finding each other.  No excitement or tension in the story.  Just plods along to the inevitable hea.  If you must read it may I suggest the library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful reading. Could not put it down. I read it and I keep re-reading different parts. It speaks to the heart!!!
Celvia More than 1 year ago
Samantha McKay is a recent widow who trying to find an aspiration in her life. She is without any surviving family and at the mercy of her in-laws. Who are killjoys and they feel they need to tame her one-quarter of Gypsy blood. Sir Benedict Harper has injured his legs during the war. He is also trying to find a place for himself. He thought he would always be a soldier. Ben is restless, but limited by his damaged legs. Samantha and Ben met by a chance meeting. As the story process, they slowly intertwine and come to rely and need each other. Which they come to gradually love each other and can't be together until they can find their purpose in life. I like how they challenge one another while creating laughter. My favorite quote from the book is "You will find what you are searching for, Ben" she said. "You are a kind man". "And the good and kind are rewarded with fulfillment and happiness?" (Ben) "They should be", she said. "Life should work that way, though we know it does not always do so.". That line is what this book is about. Mary Balogh is autobuy for me. I really enjoy her Mistress Series. Mary Balogh' writing capture your attention and invites you to see what is in the next chapter of the story. I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley for an honest review.