Mary Balogh is able to write so well, that the stories rise above the genre of Regency tales. Well worth the read, then pass it on. :)
Not a typical Regency at all, which is one of the reasons I loved it. But don't get me wrong... Regencies are my favorite genre; it's just quite difficult to find brilliantly written ones with very different characters. Mary Balogh surpasses herself with this one: the hero and heroine are much older than in typical Regencies--both are 36--and Lady Helena Stapleton is as independent and flawed as she is beautiful. These two are seen in other Balogh books as minor characters: The Famous Heroine and A Precious Jewel are two where they're prominant. A very different story, certainly not all lightness and fluff. A book you won't soon forget. Brilliant.
Its nice how this book ties in a lot of the characters from her previous regency books. And these two characters are so original. The dialog between them is sharp. Well worth the read!
I love to read Mary Balogh's stories. When you read, you feel the story as opposed to watching the story unfold. This book is a prime example. You immediately feel Helena's pain and Edgar's reluctance at being in the "ton". Edgar is a lawyer and makes money in trade. Helena is a widow who is atoning for her perceived past sins which you don't discover until close to the end of the book. Hope you will enjoy it, too!