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Simply Love by Mary Balogh
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Anne and Sydnam both carry wounds and scars but it is only as they reach out to help each other that they begin to heal and embrace what life holds for them. I enjoyed the connections with the Bedwyn family. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Jan 16, 2018 |
In this tender and moving story we find two lost souls, a physically and emotionally wounded soldier Syndam Butler and an unwed mother Anne Jewell. Both know the reality of living within the fringes of society, silently baring their pain and loss. The loving and caring Bedwyn family members who love nothing more than a matchmaking challenge bring these two individuals together for a holiday at their Welsh estate, where Syndam is the steward for the Duke of Bewcastle and Anne and her son David are guests. A second son and former artist who was tortured by the enemy, we met Syndam in a previous story about his brother Kitt. We have also met the beautiful Anne as well, as she was the governess who put herself in the path of a wicked nobleman and was raped, instead of her mentally challenged charge, Pru. Bringing these two wounded secondary characters together from previous stories in the Bedwyn series is simply outstanding. Syndam and Jewel are drawn to each other immediately and a deep friendship develops. As their desire grows and they meet for a passionate afternoon, it is a slight diappointment for them both, and they come away feeling that maybe a life shared with another is not meant to be. But when Anne becomes pregnant once again facing motherhood without marriage, Syndam marries her. Afterward, as they begin their life together, they discover that families can be brought together and old wounds and relationships can be healed simply by love. This is a story not to be missed. The entire series is a must read, as not one of the books in the series is a disappointment. Mary Balogh has the talent to write beautiful stories about complex characters that come alive on the pages so that the reader feels they are there and intimately involved in the story with the characters and their families. Each book builds on the previous books with characters that develop and mature even further from their previous introduction. Simply Wonderful! ( )
  AlexisLovesBooks | Feb 9, 2016 |
As a huge fan of Mary Balogh, I was greatly disappointed with this book. It was simply boring. I have read her Slightly series of the Bedwyn family and enjoyed them. If readers haven't read the Slightly series before picking up this book, I would think it would be highly confusing for them with the appearance of the entire Bedwyn clan and their children. This book really was just a Bedwyn family reunion with a boring and lackluster romance thrown in. This book claimed to be about love, healing, and forgiveness; however, I didn't like how the author handled the heroine's situation with her family. Their explanation for the deplorable treatment of her and paltry show of remorse just didn't sit well with me. I understand that she needed to forgive them so she could let go of the pain of the past and move on with her life; however, to welcome them with open arms after a few words of "I'm sorry" was not believable, unless she was headed for sainthood. ( )
  Susan33 | Apr 3, 2014 |
  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
3.5 stars ( )
  Kaetrin | Aug 13, 2012 |
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The crocodile of schoolgirls neatly uniformed in dark blue that was making its way along Great Pulteney Street in Bath at the spanking pace set by Miss Susanna Osbourne, one of its teachers, was proceeding from Miss Martin's School for Girls on the corner of nearby Daniel and Sutton streets in the direction of Pulteney Bridge and the city itself on the other side of the river.
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New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh returns to the elegance and sensuality of Regency England as she continues the enthralling story of four remarkable women–friends and teachers at Miss Martin’s School for Girls. At the center of this spellbinding novel is Anne Jewell, a teacher haunted by a scandalous past…until she meets a man who teaches her the most important lesson of all: nothing is simple when it comes to love.…

She spies him in the deepening dusk of a Wales evening–a lone figure of breathtaking strength and masculinity, his handsome face branded by a secret pain. For single mother and teacher Anne Jewell, newly arrived with her son at a sprawling estate in Wales on the invitation of an influential friend, Sydnam Butler is a man whose sorrows–and passions–run deeper than she could have ever imagined.

As steward of a remote seaside manor, Sydnam lives a reclusive existence far from the pity and disdain of others. Yet almost from the moment Anne first appears on the cliffs, he senses in this lovely stranger a kindred soul, and between these two wary hearts, desire stirs. Unable to resist the passion that has rescued them both from loneliness, Anne and Sydnam share an afternoon of exquisite lovemaking. Now the unwed single mother and war-scarred veteran must make a decision that could forever alter their lives. For Sydnam, it is a chance to heal the pain of the past. For Anne, it is the glorious promise of a future with the man who will dare her to reveal her deepest secrets…before she can give him all her heart.

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Anne Jewell, a favorite teacher at Miss Martin's School for Girls, is forced to confront the tragedies of the past in order to build a new life for herself and her son after she meets Sydnam Butler, a quiet and gentle hero of the Peninsular Wars.

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