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Subject: Favorite Mary Balogh Book
Date Posted: 10/16/2009 5:51 PM ET
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I just read my first Mary Balogh Book - The Secret Pearl and WOW - I loved it. Any others you would recommend? I prefer the heartwrenching storylines best but its not essential. Thanks!

Date Posted: 10/16/2009 6:51 PM ET
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I'm also a big fan of the heartwrenchers. Get on the WL for A Precious Jewel, it will be reprinted soon.

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Subject: Mary Balogh
Date Posted: 10/16/2009 7:07 PM ET
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I've never been disappointed by any of Mary's books. I don't think you can go wrong with any of them.

Date Posted: 10/16/2009 7:58 PM ET
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A couple that are in the system you might like are One Night For Love and Simply Love.

Date Posted: 10/16/2009 10:34 PM ET
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I have 2 Mary Balogh books on my shelf, Simply Love and Web of Love, and right now I'm doing a 5 for 1 deal for anthing on my shelf of 50 romance books.  Check it out if you're interested.

Date Posted: 10/16/2009 11:43 PM ET
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Some of my favorites that are readily available (though less heartwringy) are Slightly Married, Slightly Dangerous and A Summer to Remember.

Date Posted: 10/17/2009 1:27 AM ET
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I've only read 3 or 4 so far (liked 'em all), but A Summer to Remember was fantastic.  I rank it up there among my favorites.

Edited to clarify: When I say A Summer to Remember is one of my favorites, I don't mean just out of Mary Balogh's books, I mean out of all books that I've read.  :-)

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Date Posted: 10/17/2009 1:44 AM ET
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I agree with those who recommended Summer to Remember.  My favorite so far of the Huxtable series was Then Comes Seduction, but I haven't read the final one yet (Seducing an Angel).

I've seen the opinion that the earlier Balogh's are better, for whetever that's worth.

Date Posted: 10/17/2009 6:05 AM ET
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Simply Love is one of my favorites of hers. I cried and cried at it. It tugged at all my heartstrings. It reminded me of why I'd fallen in love with her writing years ago.

Date Posted: 10/17/2009 7:13 AM ET
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The first book I ever read of hers was one of the Slightly books, and then I devoured them all. I just loved the duke.

Date Posted: 10/17/2009 11:04 AM ET
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My favorite is Slightly Dangerous, Wulfric's and Christine's story -- When she finally admits to herself she's in love with the Duke in the Dovecote.... and when he tries to show the human side of himself while still being the Duke -- I just like it... It's my go to story when I need something warm and fuzzy -- even though he's not at all warm and fuzzy... You do need to read the others first to get a sense of his character -- It's fine as a stand alone but I think you wouldn't feel as kindly for him if you just read it at face value and didn't know how time and again he stepped in to save the day for his family.

So far her Slightly and Simple books are my favorites though there are some stand alones that are great too.

Subject: earlier Mary's are more hw
Date Posted: 10/17/2009 11:16 AM ET
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Earlier MB's are definitely more heartwrenching.  I adore her-she's a shopping list author for me.(meaning that I'd read her shopping list if she wrote it).  However, I truly prefer her earlier work.  Not that her current works are bad-they are absolutely NOT-but while I enjoy her current work, it doesn't slap me upside the head and say "re-READ me NOW". 


It's one of the reasons that her earlier work is so hard to find-once people get them, they tend to hang on to them. 


So, in the category of easier to find-One Night for Love and Summer to Remember.  Under the Mistletoe should be easy to find and contains my favorite Christmas story of hers-The Wassail Bowl.  Think her very first book-Masked Deception-is being re-released soon.  Even after more than 25 years(yes, she was the first Regency I ever read), it's still one of my favorite marriage of convience(sp?) books. 

And I prefer the latest quartet-starting with Then Comes Marriage-over the Simply books-for whatever that's worth.  The Simply books (imo) rely alot on previously introduced characters, and if you haven't read them, you might not "get" alot of the backstory.  But then I tend to not want to read a series(any series) out of order. 


And if you want a challenge, Tempting Harriet, Dancing with Clara, Silent Melody, Longing all are at the top of my keeper shelf. 

Date Posted: 10/17/2009 11:22 AM ET
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Is it possible to read one Balogh and not read all the related stories? The entire Bedwyn series (One Night + Summer to Remember + all the Slightly stories), the Miss Martin's School for Girls series (the Simply stories), and the Huxtables series are all wonderful!

BTW, Margie, Secret Pearl was a standalone (and, you're right, it's a great story), not related to other Balogh books. But now you're hooked... '-D

Date Posted: 10/17/2009 12:55 PM ET
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I have enjoyed all of Mary Balogh's book (at least the one's I could get my hands on) with the exception of THE DEVIL'S WEB. I just could not make myself see James Purnell as a hero. I usually like my heroes to be a little rough and tough but he was too much of a jerk for me to ever see him in a HEA setting.  and oh yes, I love Wulfric Bedwyn too.

Date Posted: 10/17/2009 6:59 PM ET
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I second A Summer to Remember...I loved it.

I didn't like Wulf's story as much because I didn't like Christine! (And I loved him.)

Date Posted: 10/17/2009 7:29 PM ET
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I second the mention of Slightly Dangerous.  Before that book it had been a long time since I've read anything by Balogh, but I devoured Slightly Dangerous.  And I respectfully disagree with the previous poster - I LOVED Christine.  She is one of my favorite heroines lately!

Date Posted: 10/17/2009 8:39 PM ET
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Oh now I remember the Secret Pearl!  That was a great one!