Tuesday, August 05, 2014

"The Escape" by Mary Balogh


SERIES: The Survivors' Club #3
GENRE: Historical Romance
SOURCE: Publisher
LINKS: Goodreads | Book Depository

After surviving the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to move on, his body and spirit in need of a healing touch. Never does Ben 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-laws—until she plots an escape to distant Wales to claim a house she has inherited. Being a gentleman, Ben insists that he escort her on the fateful journey. Ben wants Samantha as much as she wants him, but he is cautious. What can a wounded soul offer any woman? Samantha is ready to go where fate takes her, to leave behind polite society and even propriety in her desire for this handsome, honourable soldier. But dare she offer her bruised heart as well as her body? The answers to both their questions may be found in an unlikely place: in each other's arms.


What a perfect escape! I keep devouring Balogh's The Survivors' Club series book after book and it's clear by now that I will always find a special attachment to every character.

Ben and Samantha are two wounded souls but make no mistake, they're not weak and most certainly they're not the whining type. They have uncertainties and insecurities caused by different reasons/events, but they both fight to reach happiness at its fullest. Problem is, they may have two different paths to take in order to get that, but for now they're on the same road and their journey is definitely one full of surprises... There's a touching tenderness and an attraction that entices the reader from beginning to end, appreciated even more because of a beautiful, genuine relationship development. This gives both story and characters a great strength and makes you love reading how Ben and Samantha try to find their place in the world even more.

I love Mary Balogh's writing, feeling the emotions every character feels is guaranteed every time, as sure as being drawn into a lovely read. Needless to say, I totally recommend this and each of The Survivors' Club instalments.

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