Sunday, May 6, 2012

On My Bookshelves #27: Two Mary Balogh Romance Novels

My Sunday book meme
highlights books that I own,
but have somehow never gotten to,
as well as those wonderful books
I would love to re-read!!

Here are my picks for this week!

Mary Balogh
Hardcover, 352 pages
Delacorte Press
March 26, 2008
Genre: Historical Romance

From the Goodreads Synopsis

Set against the seductive backdrop of Regency England, New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh’s latest novel sweeps us into the sensual, enthralling world of an elite academy for young ladies. Here, amid music lessons and garden parties, whispered confessions and secret yearnings, one of the school’s teachers—headmistress Claudia Martin—will find her well-ordered world jolted by love when she meets a man who would make the perfect husband…for somebody else.

Need I mention how much I love
this stunning blue cover?

Mary Balogh
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
July 13, 1999
Genre: Historical Romance

From the Goodreads Synopsis

It was a perfect morning in May . . .
Neville Wyatt, Earl of Kilbourne, awaited his bride at the altar—when a ragged beggar woman raced down the aisle instead. The cream of the ton saw him stare, shocked, then declare that this was his wife! One night of passion was all he remembered as he beheld Lily, the woman he'd wed, loved, and lost on the battlefield in Portugal. Now he said he'd honor his commitment to her—regardless of the gulf that lay between them...

Oh, and I also happen to like
this pale, cream-colored one! 
(Although not quite as much as
the blue one...)

She is the incomparable master
of historical romance,
in my opinion, and most especially
of the Regency romance.
I have yet to be disappointed by
any one of her books that I've read!
They always sweep me away
on a tide of beauty and passion,
and I always regret coming
to the very last page, since I can't help
but fall in love with her characters!
The men are dashing and noble,
and are inevitably attracted to women who
are spirited and anything but docile!
Reading a Balogh novel is, for me,
akin to savoring a fine wine...
something to be done slowly, and well.
Ah, romance!

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