The Proposal by Mary Balogh

The Proposal by Mary Balogh is the first book in The Survivors’ Club Series. I was in the mood for a romance story. While I read a lot by Mary, this was the first time I read this particular book. The heroine, Gwen, appears in other books too, when her cousin is getting married and her best friend, so I wanted to “hear” her story. It is enjoyable, but sometimes dragged on, so I gave it 4 stars. That being said, I would recommend it, if you are in the lookout for a lovely romantic, cute book. I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series.

The Proposal by Mary Balogh

In The Proposal, Mary tells us the love story of Lady Gwendoline Muir, a woman with a dark past. She lost her husband in what seems as a stupid accident, she also lost her child after falling from horseback. Another result of her accident is that she broke her leg, which did not heal properly and now she has a noticeable limp.

While she is in her early 30s, she does not plan to marry again. She meets Lord Hugo Tretham. He is a war hero from the Peninsula Wars (Napoleonic wars). He led a Forlorn Hope and, amazingly, managed to escape without a scratch. In the process he received honours including a title. Both of them have a dark past and this affects the way they interact with others around them.

The Proposal by Mary Balogh

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My rating: 4/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: piaktus
Year it was published: 2012
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Regency
Pages: 309

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

5 thoughts on “The Proposal by Mary Balogh”

  • Gosh, I didn’t realise Mary wrote over 70 books, that’s super impressive. I am not sure I have read any. I should check the list of her books on Goodreads. This romance sounds intriguing.

  • Hi Anca,
    I have already marked this series for the future, following our discussions on Goodreads. Although I don’t read from the genre on too regular a basis, I quite often fancy a ‘nice’ read in amongst all the psychological, mind-bending thrillers. I have to admit that I generally rate most of my books 4 stars, unless they really move or inspire me, however I often wonder if I am being a little disingenuous to the authors. But then if I rated every book I liked 5 stars, where is the distinction for those exceptional books? Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend 🙂

    • This would make for a good read between thrillers. I finished the second book in the series yesterday and I loved it. I will review that one pretty soon.

      I rate a lot of books with 5 stars because I do enjoy them a lot. I thought of this, how do I make the difference between two 5 stars books, but, then I thought that if I liked a book enough, I should give it 5 stars instead of 4.

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