Only a Promise by Mary Balogh

Only a Promise by Mary Balogh is book #5 in the Survivors’ Club Series. This is the story of Ralph Stockwood and Chloe Muirhead. Like the others in the series, Ralph was in the Napoleonic Wars, and came back with scars and mental health issues, after three of his close friends died in the war. She is the sister of one of his school colleagues, with quite a few skeletons in the closet.

Only a Promise by Mary Balogh

Chloe’s last season in London was a disaster and she thinks she might never find a husband, Ralph needs to find a wife, but would like to avoid the balls and courtship. Chloe proposed they should get married and he agrees. I liked this book a lot, how both of them evolved and changed, were faced with hard choices. Of course, it’s a regency novel, so everything is sorted out in the end, but, even so, there are turns that proved unexpected and also I’m glad she didn’t make the story unrealistic, by adding everybody to a big-happy-family sort of thing in the end. So, it’s a 5 stars book, without a doubt.

Only a Promise by Mary Balogh

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Piatkus
Year it was published: 2015
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Regency
Pages: 394

About the author: Mary was born in Wales in 1944. After graduating from University in 1960s, she moved to Canada. There she was a high school teacher. She got married to the Canadian Robert Balogh and they had three children. Besides writing, she also loves music, knitting, watching tennis and curling.

Mary Balogh started writing as a hobby, in the evenings. Her first book, A Masked Deception, a Regency love story, was published in 1985. After 20 years of teaching, in 1988, she retired from teaching to pursue her dream to write full-time. She has written more than seventy novels and almost thirty novellas since then. Her best known series are the New York Times bestselling ‘Slightly’ sextet and ‘Simply’ quartet. She has won numerous awards, including Bestselling Historical of the Year from the Borders Group. She has won seven Waldenbooks Awards and two B. Dalton Awards for her bestselling novels, as well as a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award.
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5 thoughts on “Only a Promise by Mary Balogh”

    • There are two more books. I am not keen on book 6, a long review will follow for that one, but I enjoyed the rest, so, overall, I’m happy with the series. 🙂

  • Wow! you really are rattling through this series at a great speed, only 2 more books to go, you must really be enjoying them! Do you think you will take a short break from the genre after this, or will you move on to one of Mary’s other series? I see that she has at least two new books coming out in 2021, but they are both part of the ‘Westcott’ series. I have a real mix of books in my schedule now, and I deal with them in strict date order, so I never know what’s going to come next! Have a good weekend and take care! 🙂 x

    • I started the next one today and I’m about 60 pages in. Book 6 is not as good, but still enjoyable. Right now, reading these books is a bit of a break from the others that wait from me, on wars and politics, a break after finishing an essay earlier this week. Pretty soon I will resume my non-fiction reading and other genres too.
      I read the Westcott series, a very interesting series too. I was hoping that I will find those two at the library, as I haven’t bought that series and I hope I will not have to buy only a book or two from it, as I run out of space on my bookshelves.

      Have a great weekend too!

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