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Simply Perfect: Number 4 in series [Paperback]

Mary Balogh
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5 Feb 2009 Simply (Book 4)

Tall, dark, and exquisitely sensual, Joseph Fawcitt is the epitome of male perfection. Not that Claudia Martin is looking for a lover. Or a husband. As headmistress of Miss Martin's School for Girls, she long ago resigned herself to a life of spinsterhood - until now.

Irresistibly attracted to Claudia, Joseph embarks on an outrageous plan of seduction. But as heir to a prestigious dukedom, the Marquess of Attingsborough is expected to carry on his family's legacy, not dishonour it. Yet Joseph is determined to make Claudia his at any cost. Even if that means breaking every rule for a love that is simply perfect...

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (5 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749909099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749909093
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,482 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

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The brand new and final novel in Mary Balogh's SIMPLY series of historical romances

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fourth story in the Simply series 12 Jan 2009
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This story is an excellent completion to Mary Balogh's 'Simply' series which followed the lives of four schoolteachers from Miss Martin's School for Girls in Bath. 'Simply Perfect' takes as its heroine Miss Claudia Martin herself, an on-the-shelf spinster whose life is bound up in the school and whose antipathy towards dukes and other members of the aristocracy is well known. At the start of this story Claudia finds herself showing the Marquess of Attingsborough around the school before travelling with him to London in order to drop off two pupils at their new positions and to visit her man of business.

Claudia soon finds that there's more to the Marquess of Attingsoborough than she first assumed. Initially appearing to be rather a wastrel aristocrat who just lives for parties and entertainments she soon realises that there is more behind his handsome and charming exterior - an unexpected female in his life, one he has to keep away from society.

Claudia and the Marquess, Joseph, find themselves thrown together a great deal. This story also includes a roll-call of almost every character Mary Balogh has included in her last dozen or so novels including all the Bedwyns, the women and their husbands from the other books in the Simply series, Neville and Lily from 'One Night for Love' and Lauren and Viscount Ravensberg from 'A Summer to Remember'. For those who haven't read any of Balogh's other books these extra characters might feel rather overwhelming.

Another character from 'Simply Unforgettable' also appears, Portia Hunt, the jilted potential fiancée of Lucius Marshall.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just because it's a Mary Balogh. 17 April 2009
Not one of Ms Balogh finer work. Passable, but of course I am more demanding when it comes to her work.If this was by any other author I would be more than happy to give out this 4* but I am comparing this book to other Ms Balogh books.
Though I find I like the heroine, Claudia Martin, and I find I like the hero, Joseph Fawcitt, liking her humour, her dry sense of humour. I wasn't as keen on the hero. He seems a bit insipid. I still find I prefer Wulfric, the Duke of Bewcastle the almost perfect hero.
It was hard for me to change my image of Claudia from old schoolmistress to sensual female. This was not Ms Balogh fault, she actually did a very good job in the way she change her from schoolmarm to an almost beauty.
Of the four books in the series I would rate it the best of the lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect........... 27 Aug 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the story of Claudia Martin who was Freyja Bedwyn's governess who is also headmistress of Miss Martin's School for Girls in Bath and is a confirmed spinster. She is independent and now no longer needs the support of her long-time secret benefactor who unknown to her is Freyja Bedwyn. She naturally hates the Bedwyn's but finds herself in contact with them. The hero is Joseph Fawcitt, Marquess of Attingsborough who is such a nice person. He however has a secret. He has a daughter by his mistress who is visually impaired. He seeks Claudia out to see if her school will be suitable for his daughter. The story progress very well from Bath to London and you will meet all the H/H of the Simply and Slightly series. Claudia also meets and old boyfriend and finds her well organised life shaken. She finds that she likes and respects Joseph and the Bedwyn's are not so bad afterall.
A perfect ending to both series. A must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Perfect Read in the "Simply" Series 31 Mar 2013
Review taken from my Blog Post (#72) after borrowing this book from the library in 2011:

Actually, this story was Simply Perfect in every way .... a 5 ***** Star read, and highly recommended.

The final story in the 'Simply Series' of the severe and spinster Claudia Martin, Founder and Headmistress of Miss Martin's School for Girls, and Josepth Fawcitt, Marquess of Attingsborough (heir to a Dukedom).

He is a perfect gentleman in every way, handsome, rich, titled and she a spinster with an aversion to Dukes, or any aristocrat come to that.

Joseph does have a secret though, one that would dishonour his family. There was a man in her past too that caused her aversion to the elevated title, plus dealings with the Bedwyn family that she finds it difficult to overcome ... can they come together in a simply perfect match.

You will have to read it to find out, but know this .... I cried for a full 5 minutes at the end of this one.
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