Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Review: The Proposal by Mary Balogh

Series: Survivor's Club Book #1
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 311
Rating: 3.5 Stars
How I Got It: Borrowed from Library
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Delacorte Press

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads
Gwendoline, Lady Muir, has seen her share of tragedy, especially since a freak accident took her husband much too soon. 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 never intends to kiss Lady Muir, and frankly, he judges her to be a spoiled, frivolous--if beautiful--aristocrat. He is a gentleman in name only: a soldier 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. He doesn't wish to court Lady Muir, nor have any role in the society games her kind thrives upon. Yet Hugo has never craved a woman more; Gwen's guileless manner, infectious laugh, and lovely face have ruined him for any other woman. He wants her, but will she have him?
The hard, dour ex-military officer who so gently carried Gwen to safety is a man who needs a lesson in winning a woman's heart. Despite her cautious nature, Gwen cannot ignore the attraction. As their two vastly different worlds come together, both will be challenged in unforeseen ways. But through courtship and seduction, Gwen soon finds that with each kiss, and with every caress, she cannot resist Hugo's devotion, his desire, his love, and the promise of forever.


This was my first Mary Balogh book and I picked it up because of the DBSA podcast. I'm sure you're surprised. It did have my catnip all over it-the whole series does.

It was a solid book with strong characters. Gwen and Hugo are well-written characters who have gone through a lot. And I appreciate that Hugo has so many emotions to deal with from is time in the military. He can be stoic, but also shows his emotions, at least to some people, which is nice to read about.

The romance was nice. They have good banter and joke a lot which I like in a romance. I also thought it was fairly tame sexually. She does go into detail but it isn't constant or too much. Plus, a huge part of it was social-differences story since Hugo comes from the working class. These are some of my favorite conflicts/story lines and Ms. Balogh navigated it well.

Overall, I enjoyed this, but there was something about the writing that bothered me. Sometimes I felt a little distant from the characters and that frustrated me.

I do pan on reading more Mary Balogh books to see if she could be for me. In fact, I already bought the book that follows Gwen's brother because that story interested me.

Thanks for reading!

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