The Proposal (Survivors' Club Series #1)

The Proposal (Survivors' Club Series #1)

by Mary Balogh
4.3 68

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The Proposal (Survivors' Club Series #1) by Mary Balogh

“This is Mary Balogh at her riveting best.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber
Gwendoline, Lady Muir, has seen her share of tragedy. Content in a quiet life with friends and family, the young widow has no desire to marry again. But when Hugo, Lord Trentham, scoops her up in his arms after a fall, she feels a sensation that both shocks and emboldens her. Hugo is a gentleman in name only: a war hero whose bravery earned him a title, a merchant’s son who inherited his wealth. He is happiest when working the land, but duty and title now demand that he finds a wife. Hugo doesn’t wish to court Gwen, yet he cannot resist her guileless manner, infectious laugh, and lovely face. He wants her, but will she have him? The dour ex-military officer who so gallantly carried Gwen to safety is a man who needs a lesson in winning a woman’s heart. But through courtship and seduction, Gwen soon finds that with each kiss, and with every caress, Hugo captivates her more—with his desire, with his love, and with the promise of forever.
“[Mary Balogh] writes with wit and wisdom. . . . The Proposal is both moving and entertaining and the beginning of what promises to be an outstanding series.”—Romance Reviews Today
“A historical romance of unusual thoughtfulness and depth.”—Publishers Weekly

Includes a preview of Mary Balogh’s The Arrangement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345533579
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Series: Survivors' Club Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 20,315
File size: 3 MB

About 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. A former teacher, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada.

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The Proposal: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt the author did a marvleous job, as always...this one didn't disappoint, and I am a big fan of hers anyhow. I just love the style and flow of her words and could read her books all day. She held my attention for the entire length of the book, and I didn't want it to end. Beautiful story and I left with a wonderful feeling that stayed with me long after I put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms Balogh has recovered her status as a great writer to me, because the "secrete mistress" was written so bad i was willing to not ever read anything else by her.
CAJ45 More than 1 year ago
I liked The Proposal. I read it in one sitting but in certain places the book would have the same sentence a few lines down. I would go back to check to make sure that I wasn't reading the same paragraph again. I wasn't it was just the same sentence. This bothered me a little. Both the Gwen and Hugo were likeable. I wanted a little more something, anything to happen other than him just courting or considering courting Gwen. It got to be a bit boring and when I thought there might be some action or a twist nothing ever became of it. Evaporated with some small explanations of why it happened. I liked it but I wanted more, it left me wanting more out of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first book by this author, I thought it was a very good read. It left me wishing to know more about their life together; but since I see that the author is a series writer, I'll make sure I get the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story very much. Well developed characters, light humor and entertaining.
ramore More than 1 year ago
II'm going to start this review off with a quote from the book: “'You are not by any manner of means the sort of woman I am in search of as a wife,' he said, 'and I am in a totally different universe from the husband you hope to find. But I feel a powerful urge to kiss you, for all that.'” I loved this paragraph and it certainly sets a tone for the entire book. “He” is Hugo, and the object of his “powerful urge” is Gwendoline. They come from different social classes, but fate has brought them together. They are both irritated to be in each other's company. But at the same time each is intrigued by the other. It is not difficult to see where this will lead, but the path to that endpoint is a thoroughly entertaining read! There are no plot twists or suspenseful moments, no intrigue and no mystery. This book is straight romance. I would call it Regency-like, since it strays from the common theme of nobility courting nobility, and mixes strong characters of different social backgrounds. What's more, you find out that a) there is hardworking middle class in Regency England and b) the ton and the middle class are not necessarily oil and water. I liked the refreshing look at that time period. Ms. Balogh is an entertaining storyteller. If you enjoy romance, historical or otherwise, I recommended you check out The Proposal!
Critiqua More than 1 year ago
I completely agree with the previous reviewer who both loves and is annoyed by this wonderful author. Mary has created characters and situations so real and memorable that they bring you to tears and stick with you for years afterwards. At the same time, she also has certain tricks of the trade--the unnaturally stilted dialogue, the characters who end each and every utterance with the self-deprecating rhetorical question, and the dreaded please God not again pursing of the lips--that recur to a greater or lesser degree in many of her books. I am sorry to say that this is a book where the latter outweighs the former. Anyone with a fondness for Gwen from previous books will want to know how her story ends, but this book will not be on my shelf of Balogh keepers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love her family series' and eagerly awaited Gwen's story. Hugo is a troubled war hero who helps Gwen unlock the shell of loneliness she wrapped herself in after her husband's untimely death while she in turn helps him out of his own self imposed exile. Another Balogh keeper. Cannot wait to see how their lives progress as this series comtinues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Mary Balogh, I both love and are annoyed by her books. There were some things that bothered me in this one, like the fact that I think they opened up to each other way to soon, but other than that I really enjoyed this book. Most of Balogh's books revolve around "The Big Misunderstanding", which can be very frustrating for the reader, but this book was thankfully devoid of that (though we all love that in Balogh's book too sometimes). Overall I was satisfied with Gwen's happy ending, and I look forward to the other books in this new "Survivors Series".
van65 More than 1 year ago
Good characters and plot line. A very enjoyable read. I love when the stars of a novel aren't perfect and know it.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
this is the first in the survivor series. each person is wounded by war in a different way, and comes to the duke's home to recover. while hugo happens upon a wounded gwen on the side of a hill. she has sprained her ankle. after a courtship, they marry. mary writes heart warming stories that leave you smiling.
VincaBooks More than 1 year ago
Gwendolyn, Lady Muir, has been through a lot. Her husband is dead, her old friend's husband has just died, and she has discovered halfway through her visit that her friend is the reigning queen of whining. Yet it is a simple walk that proves to be her worst decision. A sprained ankle and a handsome stranger later, she finds herself a guest at Penderris Hall in the midst of what seems to be a reunion that she is clearly eintruding upon. Hugo, Lord Trentham, is one of seven members of The Survivor's Club: a group of six men and one woman who have seen and experienced the worst a war can offer, and have only found comfort in each other. Each year, the seven members meet to relax and catch up on each others' lives and recoveries. Hugo is hoping to have a few weeks of quiet at Penderris before he starts searching for a wife, but after Gwen intrudes on his solitude and he is forced to her rescue, he begins to see things differently. His only problem now is convincing Gwen they want the same thing before she leaves forever. I have been a fan of Mary Balogh's work ever since I discovered the Simply and the Slightly series in 2011, and the Survivor's Club is no different. Brilliant characters and twisting storylines keep the reader's attention until the very last page, and in some cases long after. The Proposal is the first book in the Survivor's Club Series, four of which I'll be reviewing this month. The seventh and final book comes out in May 2016, so I will probably review the last three sometime next year. I really enjoyed Hugo and Gwen's story. Mary Balogh's characters are always quite complex, and the reader often learns their pasts as they reveal them to others throughout the story. This book had me hooked from the first chapter, and there was never a dull moment. As with most romances there are steamy scenes, but they are not overpowering to the storyline nor the characters, and indeed they are handled quite well. I would recommend this book (and the series) to anyone who enjoys a good storyline and well-built characters in their romances. I would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who enjoys Balogh's other works. Vinca Books Rating: 4.5 Stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started off in a different style and was a pretty good read. A little bit of Pride and Prejudice style characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read this twice. The first time was a couple of years ago when it first came out. I have the Survivor series up to the last one written and am awaiting its arrival somewhat impatiently.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her books are gentle and very caring. Her heroes are all interesting. There is a lot of history that is painless to read.
all-about-that-fictionCB More than 1 year ago
I was a bit disappointed in this book. Balogh was for lack of a better word... Wordy! She took pages and pages to give a recap of events that happened just five pages earlier. I am starting book 2 ( The Arrangement) because I am hoping this isn't the style for the series. Still a big fan, but this one was a dud. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Bedwyns were a wonderful read and I am just as pleased with the crossover to this sensitive new series and how it deals with the traumas of war. Touches my heart for all survivors yesterday, today and tomorrow. LORRAINE
kronan1 More than 1 year ago
Boring....................................................... Dull and plodding book about a couple with no chemistry and an overload pf guilt.   Got halfway through and am putting it on the DNF pile.  Painfully slow .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me wanting more. So good
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Absolutely excellent. Highly recommended.
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