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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (9 Jun. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034940531X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349405315
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.7 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,524 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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The Survivors' Club: Six men and one woman, all wounded in the Napoleonic Wars, their friendship forged during their recovery at Penderris Hall in Cornwall. Now, for one of them, striking a most unusual bargain will change his life forever . . .

About the Author

Mary Balogh is a New York Times bestselling author. A former teacher, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LEP VINE VOICE on 16 Jun. 2015
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An enjoyable series, however like one of the other reviews, Kindle version, I couldn't remember at first which one of the Survivors Ralph was.
Ralph has come back from the Peninsular Wars badly physically injured but emotionally shattered and the latter has left him a reserved, emotional cripple frightened of allowing himself to feel. His has survivors guilt, he blames himself for the death of his 3 close friends, who all at the age of 18 followed him into the army. Perhaps somewhat arrogantly, he feels that he controlled them and they only joined up because he did, thereby denying that they had wills of their own and merely followed him like sheep. Ralph the grandson and heir of a Duke, has the honorary title of Earl. His grandfather is in his 80's and in poor health, so his grandmother summons Ralph to the ducal estate to remind him that it is his duty to marry and beget an heir and that he better get a move on with the process. Although Ralph realises that he must marry he is reluctant because he thinks that beyond position and money, he has nothing to give a wife i.e. no emotion/feelings.
Chloe Muirhead is a guest of Ralph's grandmother, her grandmother was a friend of the Duchess. Chloe has had a bad time at the hands of the ton. Her debut season was ruined and cut short by the antics of her younger sister, then last year another catastrophy occurred and Chloe's fight or flight reaction to problems tends to be flight. She is now 27 years of age and all she wants is a nice husband, a home of her own and children, but is not likely to get any of those. Upon hearing the marriage conversation between Ralph and his grandmother, she is bold enough to approach Ralph to offer him a marriage of convenience.
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By MaureenB on 3 July 2015
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In ‘Only a Promise’ we meet Chloe Muirhead, a twenty seven year old woman with not a lot going for her. Ever since her seasons in London went terribly wrong, Chloe is convinced she will live the rest of her days as a spinster. But when Chloe meets Ralph Stockwood and hears his conversation with his grandmother about his need to find a wife she decides to make him an offer: a marriage without emotion a romance. This seems to be a great plan for both Chloe and Ralph. But when everything changes they begin to realize that maybe this plan isn’t so good.

The cover of Piatkus has a quote on it which says: ‘Once you start, you won’t be able to stop’. This is a quote that fits this book perfectly. From the moment I started reading ‘Only a Promise’ I just didn’t want to stop. Although this is a historical romance and the author definitely uses words fitting for the era she writes about, the writing is good to follow and there aren’t any words I didn’t understand. The author also did a wonderful job with the beginning. I soon felt like I’d known the characters for years. That made this book a very nice, romantic and fun read.

The story is very interesting and I really enjoyed it from the very first page. The main characters Chloe and Ralph are definitely characters I liked. Especially Ralph, even though he seemed to be a very unkind man in the beginning, I liked him from the start. The war where he lost his friends changed him forever, and he just doesn’t know how to go on. He knows he needs to find a wife, since he needs an heir, but he just doesn’t want to burden someone with his history. He just was so broken that it really made me want to go give him a hug.

The romance in this book is very well developed. You know it’s coming, but you still get excited.
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I've had mixed feelings about the Survivors' Club Series of books. Although I've read most of them, they've not been my favorite of Ms. Balogh's books. I would have to say the Bedwyn Series is my favorite among her offerings. But I decided to read this recent book and found myself truly dialed into the story. Now, here's where I must admit that the Survivors' Club members have been so low on my interest barometer that I didn't even recall the character of Ralph Stockwood, much less his back story. Basically, Ralph suffered serious wounds in the Napoleonic Wars, but the most serious wounding of all was the guilt he struggled with for talking his three best friends into signing up with him. This guilt has consumed his life for several years resulting in an actual type of death to his emotions and now he walks about as a type of "living dead" person - kinda like a zombie now that I think of it. He has managed to learn how to survive from day to day mostly through the help of The Survivors' Club members who are the only people in his life for whom he can actually acknowledge any type of feelings of love. Of course he does have feelings for his family members but he was so emotionally devastated following the war, he lived for three years at the retreat provided by the Duke of Stanbrook where he struggled with taking his own life. He's damaged, pure and simple.

Ralph has come to a time in his life when he is being pressured by family and circumstances to get married. He reluctantly decides to take a wife from among the offerings on the Season's Marriage Mart but it will not be a marriage that includes love - he has nothing to give.
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