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This review is from: A Summer to Remember (Get Connected Romances) (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.
So as not to frighten away people searching for a good Regency romance with generous splashes of eroticism in it, I must say that actually this is just such a book and not a psychological novel; on the other hand, it is a better novel than many other romances. Ms. Balogh's heroes and heroines tend not to be the standard protagonists, which in my opinion makes them more interesting. Of course I (as always) find it peculiar that protected maidens of the 19th century so willingly part with their virginities, but that is neither here nor there, and it doesn't mean that I don't enjoy reading about it, as Ms. Balogh is never clumsy writing the erotic scenes.
A Summer To Remember is one of the best by Ms. Balogh I've read so far. I am eagerly waiting for the story of Kit's brother, Sydnam Butler, to appear in paperback.
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Initial post: 13 Jun 2011 19:24:52 BDT
Katherine Lewis says:
Have really enjoyed A summer to Remember and One Night of Love and totally agreed with your comments. Gwendoline, Lady Muir appears in both these books and would love to read what happens to her? Any idea if there is a book about her? Thanks
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2011 22:29:06 BDT
Elina H. says:
I have been wondering about the same thing, as she seemed quite an interesting person and the kind that have a tendency to pop up in a book of their own. If I find such a book, I will let you know. Elina H.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Aug 2012 14:11:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Aug 2012 14:16:53 BDT
Elina H. says:
I now located the book that you asked for: 'The Proposal'. I haven't had the time to read it yet, so I can't vouch for it, but it exists.
By the way, I find it interesting that so many authors write books on some person that they have casually come across in their earlier books. The same has happened to me in my own writing; somehow a person that just showed up will become more and more interesting to me, and the story around him/her will get more exciting to me than the original one. (Nowadays, most often it is the parent of some young person, somebody roughly in my own deplorable age...)
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