Author: Mary Balogh ISBN: 9780440241980 3/2008 HISTORICAL Publisher: DELL
Time Period: Regency
On a splendid August afternoon Susanna Osbourne is introduced to the most handsome man she has ever seen . . . and instantly feels the icy chill of recognition. Peter Edgeworth, Viscount Whitleaf, is utterly charming—and seemingly unaware that they have met before. With his knowing smile and seductive gaze, Peter acts the rake; but he stirs something in Susanna she has never felt before, a yearning that both frightens and dazzles her. Instantly she knows: this brash nobleman poses a threat to her heart . . . and to the secrets she guards so desperately.
From the moment they meet, Peter is drawn to Susanna's independence, dazzled by her sharp wit—he simply must have her. But the more he pursues, the more Susanna withdraws . . . until a sensual game of thrust-and-parry culminates in a glorious afternoon of passion. Now more determined than ever to keep her by his side, Peter begins to suspect that a tragic history still haunts Susanna. And as he moves closer to the truth, Peter is certain of one thing: he will defy the mysteries of her past for a future with this exquisite creature—all Susanna must do is trust him with the most precious secret of all. . . .
RRAH's THOUGHTS AND PONDERINGS:
Viscount Whitleaf, Peter Edgeworth, has a mother that is eager to marry him off. But heís only twenty six and feels heís got time for loveólater. That is, until he meets Susanna Osbourne. Then, everything changes. The two have a slight misunderstanding, brought on by an interlude at Barclay Court that brings on a fit of guilts for him and abject determination for her. The unsnarling of their emotions is almost as interesting as what led up to it! The reaction Peter gets from his mother when he tells her heís chosen a bride is priceless. I think I will grin over the exchange for a long time to come.
All in all, SIMPLY MAGIC by Mary Balogh is just thatómagic. This is a smooth read, a soft and tender Regency romance that is sheer pleasure to read. There isn't anything not to like about this story. It is an example of good, solid storytelling at its best.