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Simply Unforgettable - Mary Balogh

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Genre: Fiction / Author: Mary Balogh / Edition: New Ed / Paperback / 352 Pages / Book is published 2006-08-03 by Piatkus Books

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      31.05.2011 07:06
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      Not one of her best offerings.

      After reading a few books by "Mary Balogh", I have been actively searching out further books in her repertoire for my perusal, with one of those books being subject of this review.

      The book in question is - "Simply unforgettable".

      Frances Allard is reasonably happy with her lot. After managing to get herself out of a certain situation three years previously, she has managed to turn her life around.

      Now teaching at "St Martins" girl for schools. She teaches her favourite subject, with this being music, and feels that she is moulding the lives of the girls in her care, which is a favourable task indeed, as this is the era of the 18th century, where girls are not required or even deemed clever enough to educate, with the girls only expected to learn the pianoforte and then marry well!

      After spending Christmas with her two elderly great Aunts, Frances finds herself nearly run off the road she is travelling along, after a very inconsiderate and arrogant driver tries to overtake her own carriage on a very snowy night.

      When both carriages end up getting stuck into a snow drift, thus rendering them both useless a truce is called between Frances and the over bearing and arrogant Lucius ( though not until after Frances tells him exactly what she thinks of him and his drivers driving!), and they find a small local inn to send the night in.

      What develops between them is swift, but ends with them spending two wonderful and passion filled nights together, both of them falling deeply in love with each other, the end of this love story.....of course not, this would be far too easy!

      After escorting Frances back to her school in Bath is transpires that she is a lowly school mistress of questionable background, whilst he is in fact not just Lucuis Marshall, but soon to become Viscount Sinclair, she feels they are worlds apart, so ends there brief but torrid affair.

      Will they be able to go on with their lives, or will they have become too entangled to be able to carry on?

      I have to say I have probably made this sound much more exciting than it actually is!

      The majority of the books that I have previously read by this author have had the same premise, this being the romance of a couple, one from the stature of Lord or from what was considered at that time as "good breeding" and one from questionable stock, with the story usually them both over coming their own and other people's prejudices to find their love.

      This story is no different, but feels much more staid in it's journey towards conclusion, with it feeling quite stale and slow in places, and even though the conclusion was as I expected and reasonably quick, it seemed to take a lifetime to get there.

      There is a small amount of sexual content within the book, with the first tantalisingly taking place within the first few chapters, but even this struggled to help elevate the book from being ok, to good!

      This is all regency era, so there is a lot of "sense and sensibilities" within the text, which I do normally really enjoy, but this book just didn't grab me like the previous offerings.

      Price wise his is available via www.amazon.co.uk for mere pennies, but would really recommend that you borrow and try before you buy.

      This was an ok read, but no where near as good as other titles in her repertoire.

      Thanks for reading x

      ISBN 0-7499-0787-8


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