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The Proposal by Mary Balogh (Excerpt)

The Proposal by Mary Balogh (Excerpt)

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Published by Romance At Random
“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
“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

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Publish date: May 28, 2013
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librarydanielle_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
sweet but kind of slow moving.
conkie_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I loved this book!
Ms. Balogh does subtlety and nuance so well. Her stories do not lead the reader around by their nose. The characters act and talk with consistency throughout AND her H/H's are never perfect; thankfully so.
I am looking forward to the next installment to the "Survivor's Club" series, which is a real change for me. I have grown very weary of the historical romance genre.
NOTE Audio Listeners: I think you'll find Rebecca de Leeuw's voice and read a very positive change from past Balogh books read by Anne Flosnik. Ms. de Leeuw "gets" Mary Balogh's writing.
read2me2010 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
I have read all of the other books in the Bedwyn's series and enjoyed them very much. The Proposal, which is the first in the Survivor's Club series and is as well another Bedwyn prequel was very hard to read. I loved the lead characters, how they interacted with each other and with each others' circles, but too often felt as though author Balogh relied on psychological discussion that, while fitting today, seems altogether too modern for the early 1800s.
judycroome_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
A gentle, sweet romance with enough chemistry between Hugo & Gwen to keep the tension ticking along. I love complete books that are part of a series - and The Proposal is not only the first in a new series but also the love story of an old friend. We first met Gwen in One Night Of Love and I'm so glad she met Hugo, the gentle giant, whose scowling countenance hides a deep emotional intensity.As always with Balogh's stories there are gentle philosophical comments on love and life seamlessly woven into her story, adding depth and strength.Perhaps at times there was some repetition, but that's to be expected when the characters we meet in this book have peopled her stories for so long. The cameo appearance by the delicious Wulfric Bedwyn was great, and as A Summer to Remember ranks in my top 6 Balogh stories I was pleased at Lauren's role in The Proposal.A slow soft read which exactly suited my reading mood today.
aoifet_4 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
This is an excellent start to a new series and once again Mary Balogh creates a case of wounded survivors. Gwen, Lady Muir is introduced in A Night to Remember, a prequel to he Bedwyn series. The Proposal is her story. Mary Balogh creates an engaging story blending philosophy, human emotions, and basic drive to survive. This is a book that not only engages the reader but also makes the reader contemplate life. I highly recommend this book.
onyx95_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Spending time at Penderris Hall would be enjoyable this year. After missing the previous year reunion because of the death of his father, Hugo Emes (Lord Trentham) looked forward to joining his fellow "survivor club members" at the Duke of Stanbrook's mansion on the beach. Venturing out to the beach for some time alone, time to think, turned out to be anything but lonely. Having been a widow for many years, Gwendoline Grayson (Lady Muir) had agreed to help a friend, Vera Parkinson, deal with her new widowhood. After an argument between the two ladies, Gwen feels unsettled and decides to take a stroll and clear her head. Promising not to go far because of her physical limitations, Gwen started walking the beach. Finding herself farther away than she had originally planned on going, she chose what she thought would be a shorter route back to Vera's house. Spraining her ankle suddenly became more of an issue than she would have ever thought when the mysterious Hugo stepped in to rescue and help her.Book 1 ..... Such a large cast of characters and a great way to set up for a new series by Mary Balogh. The members of the "Survivors Club" all need to find someone and so I can easily see this series progression. While I liked Hugo and Gwen in general, something was keeping me from having an emotional connection with either of them. I like the nervous "man's man" when he starts to have and realize he has true feelings, but there was never any real intense connection for me. I have liked several of Mary Balogh's books in the past and really enjoyed them, I hope to see more of the "Survivor's Club". I was lucky enough to receive this early reviews addition and hope to read more of this series.
the_book_queen reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Mary Balogh has talent, being able to write a story that makes the reader sigh and dream of their own HEA. She writes with an eloquence that fits perfectly with the historical period in which the book is set. These are just a few reasons why Balogh's books always please the readers—and they apply to her newest novel, The Proposal, too. The heroine and hero of this story were flawed, imperfect—realistic, in a sense. They both have dark pasts that they are struggling to overcome. Their story is not a light, carefree romance, but it does have brief scenes where the banter and conversation help to lighten the slightly dark mood that follows both characters. I liked Gwen, a strong heroine who is past the first bloom of youth. She's had a terrible time since her husband's death (suicide), as she blames herself. She's determined never to remarry, and after almost 10 years, she's learned to accept it. When it seems that fate has stepped in and thrown her into the path of the mysterious Lord Trentham, Gwen slowly begins to rethink her pledge. But can she overcome her past and reach for a new future? Hugo is a tortured hero, one who has seen the brutalities of war and lived to tell the tale—even when many of his fellow soldiers did not. After returning to England injured (nor physically, but mentally), the country calls him a war hero—but he thinks himself a broken killer instead.Originally from the upper working class, he doesn't want anything to do with the ton, but upon his return his finds himself a titled gentleman, a “gift” for his time at war. He doesn't fit in with the high society crowd, and he doesn't want to. But for his younger sister, he'll brave the ton so she can attend a few balls. To do so, he'll need the help of a woman—will Lady Gwen fit the role? More importantly, can he forget his past, as well as their difference in class, and offer up his heart to Gwen? Will she even accept....Although there were a few parts during the book when I skimmed a couple of pages, overall this was a really good story, if lacking a bit in action. Towards the end, the sigh-worthy moments were more dominant, and I had a smile on my face from it. Always a sign of a good book! :) 4 STARS! A lovely historical romance, one filled with interesting characters who break the cookie-cutter mold just a bit. I look forward to the next book in this new series—like Hugo, the rest of the Survivors' Club members seem to have their own personal obstacles to overcome, and I think each of their stories will be quiet the adventure! A perfect book for any fan of the genre, The Proposal is sure to be a keeper on your shelf! This review is property of The_Book_Queen (TBQ's Book Palace). You may also find this review on my blog, as well as BN, Amazon, and GR.
dotland101 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
This is the first of Mary Balogh's books I've ever read, and I like it. Although this novel has a few novels in other series connected to it of which the main heroine (Gwendoline) appeared in as minor character, but it doesn't make this novel pale in the least. This is Gwen's own story. Interestingly, the main characters in this story, both the hero and heroine are less than perfect from the norm of the usual of which we often read in other historical romance books. Each has flaw, scars, imperfection, and from a different world. In fact, each even despises, wary and uncomfortable with the other's when first met, we couldn't find two people more different. Balogh found a way to bring the two persons who are so different in just about every way together, overcome their imperfections and differences with love and understanding. It is an unlikely love story with lessons in life that Balogh cleverly laced in through out the story. It is a balmy good love story I would recommend to historical romance fans. One might get a few lessons out of this story if nothing else. As for me, for my own curiosity, I will have to find the "other" novels that Gwen was in and read them. But readers do not need to read those books prior to this novel which is the first in its own new series. It's a stand alone novel, with enough romance to satisfy fans and an easy reading.
flemmily reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Mary Balogh can get a little wordy, and a little emo even. The Proposal starts out that way, with a lot of naval gazing and some obvious series exposition.However, it ends up being very engaging indeed. The couple is likeable and real. Hugo is one of my favorite romance heroes- he's got the perfect balance of gruffness and sappyness. And there are quite a number of really beautifully heart stopping moments.
xorscape reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I received a copy of The Proposal by Mary Balogh from Librarything’s Early Reviewers. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story centers on our hero, a member of the Survivor’s Club, and our heroine, herself a survivor of adversity with the added bonus of being a character from the Bedwyn saga and its prequels. This new series concerns seven people who suffered serious physical or emotional wounds from the Napoleonic Wars. These seven spent several years at Penderris Hall, the home of the Duke of Stanbrook, trying to recover. They meet each year to continue the support.Gwen, Lady Muir, is the widowed sister of the Neville, Earl of Kilbourne. She was permanently injured in a riding accident that also took the life of her unborn child. Her husband died a year later from a fall in their home. Hugo Emes, Lord Trentham, received his title for bravery, but suffered severe psychological problems from his war experience. He is from the affluent middle class and believes he should marry to help his family and carry on as his father wanted.These two meet when Gwen falls and sprains her ankle. Hugo is attracted to her but believes she is pampered and useless. She thinks he is morose, blunt and rude. The story follows their attraction and dislike. I think I enjoyed the story so much because they were honest with each other. This isn’t one of those stories where the only plot is miscommunication (or no communication). It is a story of real class differences and two people’s journey to find a way to make their relationship work.There are, of course, bad guys and good guys and the people caught in circumstance or illness. These parts of the story serve to give us an insight into the story and time, but I wish these had a stronger presence. Oh, and the Duke and Duchess of Bewcastle make an appearance. I am always glad to see them. I only gave the book 4 ½ stars because the action was thin, but then again, I wasn’t bored.

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