This book really is the beginning of the "Slightly" Series about the Bedwyn family, because they become known in "A Summer to Remember," which is the sequel to *this* book. "One Night for Love" is a terrific book, not at all what you'd expect from the rather silly title, which actually *does* have quite a bit of significance once you get deep into the story. Terrific characters, brilliantly written, as always by Mary Balogh.
A touching Regency Era story of a couple from very different stations in life brought together and torn apart during wartime. After 18 months apart they are suddenly reunited but must struggle to overcome their obvious differences.
Balogh writes convincing characters with...character. They seem to have personalities of their own and realistic strengths and weaknesses. Balogh includes subtleties in personality and situation that gives richness to the genre.
This story was nice in that the characters had realistic worries about each other, and yet they didn't doubt each other very much. Not laden with misunderstandings, the characters simply had apparently insurmountable obstacles in the way of their relationship.
The resolution was obvious pretty early on, but satisfying nonetheless.
Balogh also includes a number of sensual scenes but I'm not a fan of her style in this area. The penetration = orgasm love scene just seems unrealistic to me. I am also tired of characters who are barren.
Sensuality - PG13
Bestselling author Balogh (The Last Waltz) bursts the bounds of genre in this emotionally complex Regency. Enchanting and lovely Lily Doyle, a sergeant's daughter, is hurriedly married to Neville Wyatt, Major Lord Newbury, in Portugal, after her father is killed in a military skirmish: if she's captured by the French, her status as an officer's wife will protect her. Another battle ensues, and Neville, who's wounded, wakes up believing that Lily has been killed. More than a year later, back in England, a very much alive Lily interrupts Neville's second wedding. Aside from one jilted bride, all's as it's meant to be. But whatever seemed right and good in Portugal is suddenly terribly wrong in England. Lily's no lady: illiterate and rough around the edges, she's hardly the proper material for an earl's wife. Love may not conquer all. A passionate novel with mature, compelling characters who struggle for self-knowledge and for the survival of their loves, this is one of Balogh's best.
It's a very sweet story with an strong emphasis on character development. If you have never read Balogh, you will notice that is a major focus in all her books. So it takes a lot of patience to read since the majority of the action is done in the characters' head.
There is some element of danger to keep things interesting but for the most part it's really about Lily learning to find a place for herself in her new life and Neville learning to let go.
Good read although slower than I usually like.
One night for love was a very good read. Exciting, thrilling and had me holding my breath several times.
I love the way Mary Balogh takes me to a time and place that I couldn't have otherwise experienced.