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    Mary Balogh(Author)

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Lord Ferdinand Dudley is accustomed to getting what he wants - that is, until he appears at the door of Pinewood Manor, attempting to claim his rightful estate, and is met by the bewitching fury of Lady Viola Thornhill. She refuses to relinquish the home she calls her own. He refuses to leave and so the contest begins.

Each day under the same roof brings immense frustration - and temptation. But Viola knows it is a battle she cannot afford to lose. Marriage is out of the question, and she will be no man's mistress even as Dudley's unnerving presence threatens to melt her resolve. Against his better judgement, Dudley is beguiled. This maddening beauty has stirred him as no woman had before. And now he is bound and determined to make her his own.

" [H]eartwarming ... fans of the period will savor.... [C]harismatic characters and swift pacing will keep romance enthusiasts riveted to the page." -- "Publishers Weekly" Praise for Mary Balogh and More Than a Mistress: " A stunningly good work of romantic fiction. Mary Balogh reaches deep and touches the heart." -- Joan Johnston, "New York Times" bestselling author of The Cowboy " Mary Balogh is the writer I read for pleasure." -- Susan Elizabeth Phillips, "New York Times" bestselling author of First Lady " More Than a Mistress is a winning, witty, and engaging tale that fulfilled all of my romantic fantasies. A new Mary Balogh book is a gift every woman should give herself!" -- Teresa Medeiros, "New York Times" bestselling author of The Bride and the Beast " Wise, witty and compassionate, Mary Balogh is an incomparable talent. I never miss a book." -- Jill Barnett, bestselling author of Wicked "From the Hardcover edition."

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  • PDF | 352 pages
  • Mary Balogh(Author)
  • Piatkus (7 April 2011)
  • English
  • 7
  • Romance

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  • By MDG on 19 August 2017

    Another of Ms Baloghs delightful romances.

  • By Guest on 4 August 2017

    Just received. Looking fwd to reading it

  • By Gill on 11 September 2017

    good

  • By Elina H. on 19 September 2006

    There are some really disturbing factors about this book that on the other hand is well-written and interesting, with sympathetic and coherent main characters as usual in Ms. Balogh's novels. I find I have to detach the novel from real life in general and from the historical background especially. On the other hand, is not escapism the whole idea with this genre of literature?Contrary to some other reader critics of Amazon.Co.UK, I don't find it unbelievable that Ferdinand was a virgin at around thirty. (In fact, I found this detail to be endearing in him.) There is an explanation in the book for this phenomenon, even if one critic had not found it. I have known (even normal) men who have quite certainly been without sexual experience at thirty. Explanations vary; religion is one of them. They do exist (should I say more's the pity?).It certainly worries me - but then, I am a doctor - that Viola has been working as a courtesan independent of any specific lover. She is even proud of the fact that she had been no man's mistress. She has had lots of customers in a circle with a high prevalence for syphilis (not to mention other venereal infections) in those days - even the famous Beau Brummell was a syphilis victim. Viola's customers must have had similar connections to numerous other women in her profession. It is not credible that she could have managed without catching something. I am totally sorry for having said this.Another worrisome detail is the happy ending of this book. Of course it is right in our opinion that Ferdinand collects his male acquaintance and goes and beats the living daylights out of the man that had forced Viola to work as a prostitute, after which the ton accepts Viola into their midst. But then, this is supposed to be the 19th century. Would any male of the London ton have admitted acquaintance with Viola? That would have led to the conclusion that he was a former client of hers. And would any female of the ton have had even the shadow of Viola's skirt touching hers? I don't think so. Things that are right for us living in the 21st century were not as self-evident to the people living 150-200 years ago.

  • By Kindle Customer on 12 March 2015

    I read the reviews on Kindle and occasionally they put me off reading the books. Thankfully I did not allow the rather hit and miss reviews of this tale deter me and I have been rewarded with an unusual but delightful read.There are a number of negative reviews of this book which frankly I find bizarre.1. I remind myself that this is a novel- it is neither intended to be nor claims to be a serious history ,a social history or a medical treatise.2. I am not therefore in the least bit troubled by the fact that poor Viola did not catch some terrible disease from her clients as the bottom line is not everyone who slept around caught STDs then or now .3. There is nothing unusual about a man being sexually inexperienced though it's generally deemed more interesting for him to be a rake and the female a virgin in novels.4. Not all courtesans remained outside society-look at Elizabeth Armistead who married Charles James Fox: was a celebrated courtesan who had numerous patrons from among the ton ,lived with Fox for many years as his mistress then married him and was generally accepted by society and indeed received a royal pension after his death.So what's not to enjoy !I thought this a lovely story-Viola taken advantage of by an unscrupulous man out of a sense of duty to her family,lovely Ferry having his faith in love restored by both his experience with Viola but also seeing the happy marriages of Jocelyn and Angie.I loved it!

  • By Christina on 29 January 2012

    Found the story entertaining especially with the small twist. One of Mary Balogh's best novels so far as tend to find them slow in places but this one not in the least.

  • By Mrs A Gordon on 15 February 2014

    I find myself reading Balogh's books far too quickly as I'm desperate to reach the inevitable happy ending, and this was no exception. The story was excellent and the characters Devine. I also enjoy the way Balogh let's us see characters from previous novels from another perspective as well as seeing then grow.


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