Mary Balogh : The Arrangement (The Survivor’s Club #2)
Back Blurb :
Blinded by a cannon blast on the Napoleonic battlefield’s, Vincent Hunt; Lord Darleigh, need’s to escape the well-meaning meddling – and matchmaking – of his family.
Luckily, he is saved by a stranger, a lady with a captivating voice. When Miss Sophia Fry’s intervention on his behalf find’s her unceremoniously booted from her guardian’s home, there seem’s only one solution: Marriage.
But Sophia fear’s her attraction to this handsome yet heartbrakingly vulnerable man. Could an arrangement born of desperation lead them both to love destined to be?
My View :
Mary Balogh is always a winner to me, she write’s well thought out and captivating novel’s they are light and full of emotion and strife especially The Survivor’s Club Series. With Balogh you don’t have your fast paced action packed stories that you do with such author’s like Gaelen Foley and Elizabeth Hoyt but that doesn’t take anything away from Mary Balogh she is a very talented writer, a writer that you know your not going to be disappointed when reading.
I love the simplicity of her book’s, the raw emotion and challenge’s that the character’s go through to get their happy ending is always entertaining. The Arrangement is no different, I have read this one so many time’s, it is one of those that you can never get bored of, the main character’s are as always with Balogh are an absolute delight to get to know. Sophia is just amazing the way she goes from being the neglected young girl, who is ignored and forgotten by her entire family to the courageous, intelligent and kind Viscountess who not just come’s out of her own shell but she pull’s Vincent out of his too. Once Sophia come’s out of her shell and start’s actually becoming her own person she is quite a feisty character, she is so full of self denial and self loathing at first but you see her become this incredible thoughtful person and the woman she become’s is provocative, hugely protective with an endearing slightly eccentric charm.
There is something very endearing and charming about Vincent and Sophia they are your classic match made in heaven couple as soon as they first appear on the same page as one another you know instantly that they are just made for each other, there isn’t this will-they-won’t-they there relationship, you know that they are just right for each other right from that first meeting and it is really lovely.
I urge all those that haven’t read any of Mary Balogh’s book’s to pick one up and give her a try, i would definitely start with this series. The Survivor’s Club is hugely enjoyable and I think it is a must for any Historical Romance reader and even more so if you are like me and have a certain fondness for the more damaged and tainted character’s then this is the series for you.