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A Summer To Remember: Bedwyn series: Book 2

A Summer To Remember: Bedwyn series: Book 2 [Kindle Edition]

Mary Balogh
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The second book in Mary Balogh's BEDWYN series - where Regency-era romance comes vibrantly alive

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Kit Butler, cool and dangerous, is one of London's most infamous bachelors and marriage is the last thing on his mind. Desperate to thwart his father's matchmaking, Kit needs a bride . . . fast. Enter Miss Lauren Edgeworth . . .A year after being abandoned at the altar, Lauren has determined that marriage is not for her. When these two fiercely independent souls meet, sparks fly - and a deal is hatched. Lauren will masquerade as Kit's intended if he agrees to provide a passionate, adventurous, unforgettable summer. When summer ends, she will break off the engagement, rendering herself unmarriageable and leaving them both free. Everything is going perfectly - until Kit does the unthinkable: he begins to fall in love. A summer to remember is not enough for him. But how can he convince Lauren to be his . . . for better, for worse, for the rest of their lives?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 485 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (7 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049MPHFI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,303 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally satisfying, wonderful 25 Mar 2004
By E's
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Again Mary Balogh has given us a work of believable emotion that goes beyond the superficial (though usually enjoyable) wit, games and flowery love of other romances, to give us a satisfying journey into the hearts of two people. I contentedly sobbed my way both with joy and sadness through several sections of the second half of this book, and was very glad I had not given up on it as I was almost tempted to do at the beginning.
Initially I found neither Lauren or Kit particularly sympathetic characters. Lauren especially is so tightly locked up inside herself that she seems to have little to live for and little desire for a life. However along comes Kit Butler. Kit's older brother has died and Kit is now expected to give up the life he has made to go home, learn to be the heir and marry the woman his estranged father has chosen. Kit, understandably, is determined to avoid a marriage to the woman who had abandoned Kit to become engaged to his older brother. Though his initial thought is to marry someone totally unsuitable, to spite his family, he is mature enough to go in the opposite direction and pick out the most proper and suitable Lady he can find, Lauren Edgeworth. He sets about cold bloodedly courting her.
This is the bit of the book that is difficult to get through, they are stilted and superficial and you keep waiting, impatiently in my case, for them to start communicating with each other. And that is the point, once they do it's like watching a flower open as they get to know each other. Kit produces his calculated marriage proposal, Lauren turns him down, then much to her surprise demands an expanation of him as to what is going on.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent story with hidden depths 29 Oct 2006
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is a semi-sequel to "One Night For Love" which told the story of Neville Wyatt, Earl of Kilbourne, and the discovery on his wedding day to Lauren Edgeworth that his former wife Lily, that he believed dead, was alive. One Night For Love tells the story of Neville and Lily and Lauren appears in that as a cold, hard woman.

A Summer To Remember is Lauren's story and picks up a year after "One Night For Love". She has continued living in the dower house attached to Kilbourne's estate and so is constantly reminded of her wedding day disaster. She is enticed to London by her friend, the Duchess of Portfrey, who is due to give birth and wants London doctors. Lauren believes she can safely go to Town with the Duchess as she won't be required to go to ton events and be laughed at as the jilted bride.

Kit Butler, Viscount Ravensberg, is a misbehaving rake who continually gets into scrapes. He first lays eyes on Lauren whilst brawling with 3 labourers in a park and then being kissed enthusiastically by a milkmaid. But he has a problem - his father is arranging a marriage for Kit and Kit doesn't want to go along with this - he needs a bride of his own choosing.

He decides to choose Lauren, sight unseen, and court and woo her. And so he begins, knowing she has a reputation as an ice maiden but relishing the challenge. Lauren's well-meaning relatives warn her off him which causes her to spend time with him - time which is fun and different from anything else. When they realise that a fake betrothal would serve for both of them to extricate them from awkward situations they agree to it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 27 Feb 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In the course of my life-long search for an author to be compared to Georgette Heyer, I have come across Mary Balogh, and I now notice that I have half a shelf of her work above my metre-long row of G.H. There must be a reason to this. I don't love her books, but I must say I like them.

Ms. Balogh, though there is humour in her texts, is not a wizard of sparkling wit (compared to G.H. nobody is). On the other hand, her persons are psychologically coherent and believable, and they develop in a very endearing way during the course of the book. This goes for A Summer To Remember, too. Kit Butler is a wild and rakish, funny and sexy care-for-nobody who is shown to have a deeper, darker side hidden from the world, a side that he has to learn to handle before being able to live his life as a happier person. Lauren Edgeworth is beautiful and "perfect", and the greatest marvel about this book is how Ms. Balogh can make out of this very controlled and reserved person (as such totally contrary to my poor self) someone so thoroughly sympathetic and deserving my warmest regard. She doesn't suddenly change into a wildly romantic and hilariously witty person after coming to contact with Kit, whom at first she despises and little by little learns to like and trust; instead I seem to learn to understand her while she learns to understand herself. She allows herself to breathe more freely and finds ways to let herself love herself and her Kit, and this happens without a total change in her fundamental personality. On the other hand, this personality, in the beginning of the book unsympathetic, has during the course of the book become something lovable and understandable to me. Is this evidence of good authorship? I think that it is.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Mary Balogh is one of my favourite authors. On the whole her books are consistently good. This one is no exception the characters are well drawn and the storyline is interesting. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jangler
3.0 out of 5 stars Fulls in those periods
I guess after reading about her in the More than a Mistress, it was nice to know more about her and to bring some happiness her way. Read more
Published 13 months ago by catalina40
5.0 out of 5 stars A typically excellent Mary Balogh romance.
Mary Balogh never fails to provide a gentle story of awakening love between apparently incompatible protagonists. Read more
Published 13 months ago by MDG
4.0 out of 5 stars A Summer to Remember.
Mary Balogh never disappoints. This story was well up to her usual standard, with a good plot
and interesting characters.
Published 17 months ago by Catherine George
5.0 out of 5 stars The other side of the Bedwyn family
I had not bothered with this book because I thought that as one of the last in a long series the author would be running on empty. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2012 by East End Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars xxsue xx
Kit Butler, Viscount Ravensberg...He is tall sexy and very bad, he turns heads where ever he goes, he likes people thinking the worse of him, or at least he thinks he... Read more
Published on 7 July 2011 by susiewilson
3.0 out of 5 stars Anything is possible through the Summer
Review taken from my Blog Post (#52) in December 2010 after borrowing the book from the local library:

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Published on 13 Dec 2010 by Toodles Book Club
5.0 out of 5 stars A Summer to Remember
Mary Balogh just gets better and better!! I totally enjoyed A Summer to Remember. Her characters are so believable and the emotions so real that I found myself reading with a... Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2003
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