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  • Mass Market Paperback: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Dell Publishing Company; Reprint edition (1 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440244625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440244622
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.4 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Balogh is a New York Times bestselling author. A former teacher, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada. Visit her website at www.marybalogh.com


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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By CJ VINE VOICE on 17 Jan 2008
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This is one of Ms Balogh's wonderful early Signet regencies originally published in 1991 which has now been re-published.

It goes together with another book called Precious Jewel which I think is also going to be re-issued and links in with a further five books: Dark Angel, Lord Carew's Bride, the Famous Heroine, the Plumed Bonnet and finally Christmas Bride. Its brilliant news that all her old books may start to re-appear in the future as they are all wonderful and very original.

This one is a charming story about Abigail Gardiner who turns up on the doorstep of her very distant relative, the Earl of Severn, looking for a reference. He is not the elderly man she expects but turns out to be young, handsome and in need of a wife to get his mother and sisters off his back. On an impulse they marry and the story is set during the first weeks of their marriage. She has a secret she is reluctant to tell him. The more she falls in love with him, the more scared she is to admit it to him in case it spoils their relationship which is becoming increasingly precious to her. He thinks he has married a quiet mousy creature but finds out she is not at all what he expected. There are some laugh out loud moments and some very tender ones too. A really lovely book and highly recommended.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Nov 2006
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Mary Balogh is a prolific writer whose most recent series, the "Slightly" series, are very popular. However, some of her older books are a treasure - if you can find them - and this is one of them.

Strangely, the flyleaf for the hardback edition of this book had the heading "The Ideal Wife" and then gave blurb about a different book, Balogh's "The Secret Pearl", so the story of this book was entirely unknown to me when starting it.

The Earl of Severn has to get married (a common theme in Balogh's books) and there is a very beautiful woman who his family think will do admirably. In fact, everyone thinks this woman would make him the ideal wife - but he can't face it. He says, jokingly, to a friend that he wants to marry a quiet, dull, plain woman who will bear him an heir and live retired at his country estate. He comes home to find an indigent relative waiting for him in his house with a request that he write her a letter of recommendation so that she can find a job. He offers her a job - the position of wife - as she is the solution to his problems. Two days later they are married.

As the book progresses the Earl discovers that his wife isn't exactly the person he thought she was. She isn't quiet (she's talkative, friendly, impulsive) and she isn't the type to live retired - she seems to be managing his life. However he also finds he rather likes this. But Abigail finds that some of her deep dark secrets are slipping out, some of the embarrassing skeletons in her family closets are turning up at dances and demanding blackmail money... can she manage to pay them off without her husband knowing and wanting to divorce her.

Despite the sometimes serious subject matter of this book it's light, an easy read and there is a very sweet romance.
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By michelle duggan on 30 May 2013
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Love this author, right stunning books, have read all the books she has written, cant wait to read more. Brilliant
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