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The Proposal

by Mary Balogh

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Series: The Survivors' Club (1), Bedwyn Series (Prequel 3)

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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 does not 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.… (more)

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I’m so glad that Gwen got her HEA since her first marriage was difficult (& what a great telling of misunderstood mental illness in the early 19th century). I’m looking forward to learning more about the Survivors’ Club and their stories. ( )
  spinsterrevival | Jun 2, 2020 |
The Survivor’s Club - a seven book series by Mary Balogh

I tore through this series, nonstop, in little over a week of July’s hottest days. It makes no sense to review each title separately. I enjoyed these books for their connected characters, although each story does stand on its own. On one level, they are predictable Regency romances. The plots follow well trod formulas. The historical setting is mostly a costume drama, not exactly inaccurate in detail, but also not filled with any significant historical events. There’s a standard amount of sexual content, not overly explicit or gratuitous, but definitely adult. There’s a guaranteed happy ending. I’m tempted to give these books a 4 star rating. It’s only the formulaic nature of the plots that keeps my star rating down. It’s average writing. My entertainment rating is higher.

There is a historical premise for this series. The books take place in the aftermath of the Napoleonic wars. Six men and one woman, all emotionally, and sometimes physically, scarred by war experience, are attempting to return to ‘normal’ lives after years of convalescence. They are deeply attached to each other, as people in a close knit therapy group might become, but each individual has different demons to confront as they return to their rich and aristocratic lives. To add interest to each romance, each survivor finds a partner who also carries some form of personal trauma. This created a surprising amount of depth in a genre that doesn’t usually have much impact.

I listened to these books. All but the first one were performed by Rosalyn Landor. As usual, I enjoyed her work.
So now, a bit about each title:

The Proposal - audio performance by Rachel De Leeuw ( a 5 star audio, even if it wasn’t Rosalyn Landor)
Hugo, Lord Trentham meets the widow, Gwendolyn, Lady Muir. Hugo is a reluctant aristocrat, having received his title for heroism. Lady Muir is a widow, traumatized by the tragic death of her first husband. The romance is enhanced by instant sexual attraction, but severely complicated by class prejudice and lingering trauma. Hugo’s crashing blunt speech is comical. His sincerity is endearing. ( )
  msjudy | Aug 13, 2019 |
3.5 stars

This felt strangely dispassionate in its passion. Maybe too stiff upper lip for me? Not sure but I really started to enjoy the couple more towards the end when they began to warm up to each other, teasing and being a little feisty. Definitely keeping on with the series.
Thank you to all that recommended :) ( )
  WhiskeyintheJar | Feb 14, 2019 |
A man rescues a woman who in turn rescues him.

Lady Gwendoline Muir lost her husband to a freak accident and developed a limp after a horseback accident. She's now trying to comfort a friend, Vera Parkinson, who is caught up in her own misery and life and has no empathy at all with anyone else's pain. Gwen escapes to the beach and there she injures her ankle; Lord Tretham rescues her, after joking that he's going to find a woman on his walk and marry her. They find themselves attracted to each other, but can he get over some of his issues to create a future with her.

Enjoyable with some great moments between the two characters. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Sep 5, 2016 |
This book was awesome! I really enjoyed how it played out. Can't wait to read the next one. Gwendoline is a strong miss, once married, once widowed, once scarred; she never thought she'd find love again. Hugo was a soldier, honored by the king of his realm with a title and with his fathers wealth he is very well off but the war had scarred him and although he expected to find a wife and make an heir he hadn't expected to find her off the beach with a sprained ankle. No, he had expected to find someone he could respect and live with, not love. No, never love. So when these two find each other things are a bit hairy - for one she's in pain and in fear because he's a big burly man and there's no one around to see her die. Not that he kills her, he takes her up to his friends home and takes care of her in his gruff, unsmiling manner. Slowly things fall into place into which they realize they can't live without one another but they continue to deny it until they can't anymore. If that's what is called 'stubborn' I don't know what is. Fantastic book. ( )
  mariahsidhe | May 12, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Balogh, Maryprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
de Leeuw, RebeccaReadermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Andreozzi, LynnCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bánki VeraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Books, RecordedPublishersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Estevez, HermanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tengs, SvenjaÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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