Simply Love (Book 2 Quartet) by Mary Balogh

4 Stars



Mary Balogh is an author that is always on my radar when in the mood for a historical romance novel.  She is one of the few authors whose historical romances intertwine not only romance but specific details from the time period.  This regency romance kept me engaged and wanting more.  While I enjoyed book 1, I liked the one even more.

Anne Jewell is persuaded by her friends and family to take her son David to spend a month in Duke of Bewcastle’s estate in Wales.  Little did she know that she would meet someone who is just as lonely as she is and understands what it is like to have your heart ripped out.

Ms. Balogh does take the reader on a slow moving journey.  If you are looking for quick sexual explicit scenes, you won’t find them here.  However, you will see how Anne, Sydnam, and David adjust to their new life.  Sydnam has a disability which sometimes hampers him to do what is needed.  As this reader progressed in this story, Anne seemed very familiar.  Later, I found out that she was in fact in another series by Ms. Balogh. “Simply Love” took a while to explain Anne’s story of how she ended up unwed and with a small child.  The issue with Anne’s family’s abandonment did not sit well with this reader.  The explanation was a tad bit unbelievable.

All in all, I would recommend this series.  I will definitely continue with book 3 “Simply Magic”.  Thanks to Tantor for giving me this audio in exchange for an honest review.



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