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Simply Love

by Mary Balogh

Series: Simply Quartet (2)

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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, 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.Contains mature themes.… (more)
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What I Loved: If you love yourself a tortured hero look no further than Syndam Butler! Anne and Syndam have had bad luck handed to them several times over. Syndam is a war survivor. He was tortured for secrets pertaining to his brother. Secrets he refused to give up and now carries the scars for. Anne is an unwed mother in a society that goes beyond looking down on women and scandal. (Of course a man can never be blamed!) Both characters have quite a lot to get through emotionally. Watching them get through it and come out the other side is something like magic.

What I Could Have Lived Without: Really? Everything in this book was great! I didn’t have much to complain about. Simply Love flowed smoothly, the characters were great, and the romance was fiery and sweet.

Recommended For: Lovers of historical romance or tortured heroes.

Avoid If: Don’t! ( )
  stephaniedloves2read | Aug 8, 2021 |
Anne and Sydnam are the brokenest of broken people, and I’m so glad that they found each other for their HEA. This was a wonderful read as usual, and it was cool to encounter Sydnam again after reading about him in my first Balogh almost nine months ago. ( )
  spinsterrevival | Feb 13, 2021 |
A beautiful story, very touching and emotional. There were points in the story where I had to stop because I couldn't bear to read more. Some of it was painful but worth in in the end. This was classic Balogh in touching all of the emotions. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Jan 9, 2020 |
Simply Love -Balogh
Audio performance by Rosalyn Landor
3 stars
One of four books in the ‘Simply’ series. Each book features a teacher at Miss Martin's School for Girls in Bath. Very faint shades of Jane Austen. Hero, Sydnam Butler is a traumatized aristocratic amputee. Worthy poor teacher, Anne Jewell, is a rape victim and unwed mother. It’s a very unlikely HEA, but it is relaxing escapism. ( )
  msjudy | Nov 3, 2019 |
Mary Balogh is a classic romance author, and I have been wanting to pick her up more and more. In Simply Love we have a story of two lonely people who need each other. Our heroine, Anne Jewell, teaches at a girls school in the country, and has a nine year old son she has had to raise on her own after being forced years ago. Then the cousin of the father of her son, invites Anne and her son to a house gathering for a month, many are relatives of her son. So she agrees, planning on keeping to herself and letting her son enjoy being with boys his own age. But there she meets the Duke of Bewcastle's steward. Sydnam, is a man who once was a talented artist, but sought out to prove himself. So he went to fight in the war, he came back after being tortured, scarred and damaged. He has built a new life for himself, but he still feels alone until he meets Anne who fills a space inside him that has been empty. Sydnam and Anne form a friendship which slowly turns into something more....can Anne and Sydnam find a future together?

I was really overwhelmed in some ways by this story, but not quite in the way that you would expect. Simply Love is a powerfully written story that is beautiful and one of the most poignant stories that I have ever read. There is so much you want for both of these two people. Anne and Sydnam both deserve to find happiness especially when you see how much they have dealt with and overcome. However both of them are pretty stubborn as well. Their friendship is what is the primary focus of the story, I did feel that the actual romance was lacking. That is really the only reason for the lower rating, I was expecting the romance to be more stronger than this story turned out to be. But it was wonderful seeing characters from the Bedweyn series being connected to this story.
“Life so often becomes a determined, relentless avoidance of pain - of one's own, of other people's. But sometimes pain has to be acknowledged and even touched so that one can move into it and through it and past it. Or else be destroyed by it.
Simply Love is a romance that will inspire and elighten, leave you happy and craving more stories just like this one!! SIMPLY MEMORABLE. ( )
  addictofromance | Mar 23, 2019 |
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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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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, 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.Contains mature themes.

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