Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh

Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh is the story of Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, another member of the Survivors’ Club, who were wounded in the Napoleonic Wars. Three of his friends already had their stories told in previous books. There are three more books after this one and I am very eager to read those too.

Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh

Flavian was wounded in the war and now he has a stammer and also has problems with his memory. After he returned home from the war, his fiancée ended their engagement and married his best friend. Her husband died and now she and both their families want for them to get married. The blurb mentions that “who, in a panic, runs straight into the arms of a most sensible yet enchanting young woman” which is not exactly correct. He encountered Agnes Keeping at a ball and after six months or so they meet again. He asks her to marry quite fast and she says yes, but it was not as fast as the blurb suggests.

I enjoyed the story and liked how they developed. It is engaging and nice. What I did not like was that she felt the need to add “only enchanting” a few times in the book. Once would have been enough. There were some other small things, like Agnes’ new maid, which is a 16 year old with a sense of fashion who supervises her choices. Wow?! Agnes, as any middle class woman, would have had at least a maid, even if they never appear in Balogh’s book. So, for these small things the book was not perfect for me and deserved only 4 stars.

Dora, Agnes’ sister, will be the heroine in the last book of the series. I suspected that while I was reading and checked afterwards to confirm. That’s exciting.

Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Piatkus
Year it was published: 2014
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Regency
Pages: 352

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.
Website & Social Media Links: marybalogh

2 thoughts on “Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh”

  • You really are rattling through this series and are obviously really enjoying it. I guess that most books have small holes in their storylines, but I can generally overlook those if the standard of writing and the characters make up for it, and four stars is still a good rating, so you must have felt the same way. I am so tempted to add the books to my list, however I am so snowed under with Blog Tour Reviews, that I just can’t see any space for anything new! I still keep trying to sort out my Goodreads TBR mountain of catastrophe, but I really want to read almost all of the books I have listed, so I only end up by deleting the odd one or two at a time! I hope that your weekend has been good so far. It has rained almost continually here in Somerset, but at least it isn’t cold! 🙂

    • Aww, yes, I enjoyed the book a lot. I couldn’t give it 5 stars though, as it had some off issues, minor, but it made the book less than perfect. I know what you mean about a very long TBR mountain on goodreads, it’s the same for me. Now I try to include only books I can find at the library or I really want to read.
      Here in Liverpool we have a mild weather too, practically no snow. 🙂

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