Book Review

‘The Proposal’ by Mary Balogh

mb tpSTORY: Gwendoline, Lady Muir, has seen her share of tragedy. Content in a quiet life with friends and family, the young widow has no desire to marry again. But when Hugo, Lord Trentham, scoops her up in his arms after a fall, she feels a sensation that both shocks and emboldens her.

Hugo is a gentleman in name only: a war hero whose bravery earned him a title, a merchant’s son who inherited his wealth. He is happiest when working the land, but duty and title now demand that he finds a wife. Hugo doesn’t wish to court Gwen, yet he cannot resist her guileless manner, infectious laugh, and lovely face. He wants her, but will she have him?

The dour ex-military officer who so gallantly carried Gwen to safety is a man who needs a lesson in winning a woman’s heart. But through courtship and seduction, Gwen soon finds that with each kiss, and with every caress, Hugo captivates her more—with his desire, with his love, and with the promise of forever.

REVIEW: ‘The Proposal’ is an excellent example of two people who have been deeply saddened by loss come together to help one another heal. Both Hugo and Gwendoline have wealth, yet Hugo is a simple man at heart. Together, they find trust, friendship and love.

The humor that Ms. Balogh has added to this novel is essential to the journey to help the couple heal from their pain. I certainly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

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MEL’s THOUGHTS: I’m 100% in agreement with Connie. This was a classic Mary Balogh. It was perfection. I honestly don’t know how she does it. She is consistent and I have yet to find anything wrong with her writing. Not that I’m looking.

I eagerly await every book she writes because I know I’m in for a treat and assault on all my senses. I welcome it. I want you to be assaulted, to be enveloped in her prose and her clever plotting.


Which author is consistently giving you pleasure of their work?

1 Winner who has never read Mary Balogh will get 1 print copy! 

13 thoughts on “‘The Proposal’ by Mary Balogh”

  1. I’ve been on a Grace Burrowes kick ever since I read one of her books about a year or so ago. I’ve enjoyed every one that I’ve read and know I will enjoy more of them.

  2. There are several authors I eagerly await books from: Sue-Ellen Welfonder, Karen Ranney, Tawny Weber, and Sabrina Jeffries. I have never read any of Mary’s books, but have heard she is a wonderful author. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. It would be hard to choose one author because there are so many I admire but I have to say that Stephanie Laurens, Lisa Kleypas, and JR Ward captivate me.

    I have never read one of Mary’s books so it would be a real treat to win! Thanks for the opportunity.

  4. Mary Balogh is one of my favorites and always a keeper.. there are so many great writers… Dana Stabenow writes awesome stories about Alaska…

  5. I have read Mary Balogh, so count me out for the giveaway. I read this book awhile ago, but plan on a reread when the 3rd book comes out. I have a couple of authors that never miss – Kristan HIggins & Laura Florand. Both contemporary romance.

  6. There are so many authors I enjoy reading! Mary Balogh is one of my favorites. I know I will enjoy “The Proposal” also.

  7. I just finished reading an ARC of “The Escape” which is the last of the trilogy. What a beautiful novel. I did not want it to end. I will have a review written soon.

  8. The authors whose books I most look forward to are Lara Adrian, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Grace Burrowes, Janet Chapman, Kresley Cole, Dianne Duvall, Jeaniene Frost, Diana Gabaldon, Lorraine Heath, Elizabeth Hoyt, Larissa Ione, Alexandra Ivy, Lynn Kurland, Monica McCarty, Karen Marie Moning, Elisabeth Naughton, Lynsay Sands, Gena Showalter, and Kerrelyn Sparks.

  9. I’m a recent serial reader. That is, I used to pick up books from the library but never really paid attention to the authors until FB a couple of yrs ago and now I’m a follower of Shana Galen, Lara Adrian, Alexandra Ivy, Elisabeth Naughton, Jennifer Ashley, Gena Showalter, and Kresley Cole, among others but they are my always to go authors. I’ve heard of Mary Balogh but never had the pleasure of reading her work. It would be a pleasure to start now since PNR and Historical are my favorite genres.

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