Simply Unforgettable by Mary Balogh

This amazing book, Simply Unforgettable by Mary Balogh, is the first in the Simply Quartet Series. Followed by Simply Love, Simply Magic, and Simply Perfect.
I discovered Mary Balogh many years ago. A friend of mine, came back from a long holiday in Britain with a lot of romantic regency books and she lend me a few. It was the first novel I’ve read in English. That is quite funny as in the last 6 years I’ve only read in English; how things change. Mary Balogh’s style is wonderful, I like her characters and how the story evolves. Of course they are predictable, it’s a romance and not a drama, but that doesn’t spoil the story at all.
See here the other books I’ve reviewed by her, including the ones in this series.

Simply Unforgettable by Mary Balogh

Their story is lovely, written in Mary’s lovely style. I loved the book, a 5 stars for me. Frances is teaching at Miss Martin’s School in Bath. The Simple Series is about three teachers and Miss Martin.

Frances and Lucius meet in a snowstorm. She is a young teacher from Bath, he is a Viscount. They obviously fall in love, but she has a secret (actually 2). While her secret is not exactly shocking by our modern standards, this wouldn’t have been the same in 19th century England, in high society.

Lucius asked Frances to marry him. She said no, but he doesn’t give up. He eventually finds out her secrets. I’m not going to say more, in case you want to read the book.

Simply Unforgettable by Mary Balogh

Details about the picture: Frances is invited for tea with scones with strawberry jam. I’ve made a batch of fresh scones with homemade jam, clotted cream and only appropriate, served with Earl Grey tea. Beside an Wedgwood vase.
My rating: 5/5 Stars.
Would I recommend it: Yes!
Published by: Piatkus
Year it was published: 2006 (the first edition in 2005)
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Fiction. Regency
Pages: 343

About the author:
Mary was born in 1944 in Swansea, Wales. After University, she moved to Canada. There she was a high school teacher, in 1967. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and 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, is a Regency love story. It was published in 1985. After three years, 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. Her novel Simply Magic was a finalist in the Quill Awards. 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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