Mary Balogh : The Escape (The Survivors Club #3)
Back Blurb :
After surviving the Napoleonic Wars. Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to move on, his body and spirit in need of a healing touch. Never doe’s Ben hope to imagine that hope will come in the form of a beautiful woman who has seen her own share of suffering.
After the lingering death of her husband, Samantha McKay is at the mercy of her oppressive in-law’s – until she plot’s an escape to distant Wales to claim a house she has inherited. Being a gentleman, Ben insist’s that he escort her on the fateful journey.
Ben want’s Samantha as much as she want’s him, but he is cautious. What can a wounded soul offer any woman? Samantha is ready to go where fate take’s her, to leave behind polite society and even propriety in her desire for this handsome, honorable soldier. But dare she offer her bruised heart as well as her body? The answer’s to both their question’s may be found in an unlikely place : in each other’s arm’s.
My View :
It has taken a bit of time due work and various other thing’s going on but I have finally finished this book and I have to say it was never a chore or hard work, Mary Balogh is an absolute joy to read and this “The Survivors Series” is one of my favorites of her’s. It is engaging and simply delightful. The characters are likable and so well written that they do feel very real.
The story line as ever with this series follows the lives of a group of severely scarred men and one woman who have been through the war and have come out the other side with horrific injuries. Some are very obvious like Ben and some aren’t so like Hugo but they band together to get each through their own personal hell and that is what is so engaging for me the real life of what these brave men and women have been through and what they are going through now to get their lives back on track.
Balogh has done an amazing job with each one of the characters, each one is so well researched and real and that is what make’s Mary Balogh such an incredible author.
This one tell’s the story of Ben and Samantha, both suffering in one way or another both have been through some horrific thing’s and you can see how that has effected them both, but once they are together there is a real magic and chemistry.
Through out the book Ben keep’s saying that he would love to dance that, that is is one dream and I love the fact that with Samantha’s careful and tender care of him he manages to for fill his dream and that for me is the scene of the book where Ben and Samantha get to do the Waltz it is a beautiful scene.
The orchestra struck an open chord and the lilting music filled the ballroom. Soon couples were twirling past the alcove.
“I always thought” she told him, “That the Waltz was the most romantic of dances”.
“But you do not want to dance it tonight?”
“Oh I do” she said “I want to dance it with you”.
He laughed softly “Perhaps,” he said “We can close our eyes and imagine it, like rising above the rain clouds in our hot air Balloon”.
She wanted to Waltz with him, he thought.
“Stand up Ben” she got to her feet.
He gathered his canes and stood, did she imagine he could dance? she took his canes from him just as she had done with one of them when he stepped into the sea with her, he remembered and set them aside.
“Put your right arm around me” she said.
He set it on her waist and took her hand in his, she did not set her other hand on his shoulder but about his own waist to support him, and she gazed into his eyes laughter and perhaps anxiety in her own.
Good lord! She was serious.
And they Waltzed.
The only thing I do have against Mary Balogh’s work is that it can be a little long winded there is an awful lot of long unnecessary conversations and I do think those rare moment’s do spoil these incredible book’s.
Balogh is an incredible author and The Survivors Series is so good it doesn’t need the overly long conversations that do seem to drag on a bit, but apart from that yet again this is another winner.