Beschreibung bei Amazon New York Times bestselling author Mary Bologh has been a prolific novelist since she penned her first historical romance in Since then she has written close to one hundred novels and numerous novellas with her most famous being the New York Times bestselling Slightly series, which follows the always intriguing Bedwyn siblings, and the Simply series which follows four teachers at Miss Martins school for girls in Bath, England. As a result of her incredible writing career she has won many awards over the years including the Borders Group Bestselling Historical of the Year, several Waldenbooks Awards, two B. Also, her novel Simply Magic was a finalist in the Quill Awards.
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Maybe even more times than that? But no. It still feels fresh each time. For me, this book is Mary Balogh at the top of her game. Both MCs are emotionally damaged by events in their pasts. Luke was harshly kicked out by his family at the tender age of twenty, and built a shell around his emotions in order to survive. Anna has had to be the mother figure to her younger siblings after the loss of their parents. She has also had her life ruined by a creepy stalker who is obsessed with her.
But slowly and steadily they form a deep and loving connection. The creepy stalker is eventually and very satisfactorily dealt with. A wonderful aspect of this book, quite apart from the beautiful relationship between Anna and Luke, is the fantastic range of secondary characters. Lady Sterne and Theo, the middle-aged lovers who scheme to successfully bring Anna and Luke together. And the rest of their varied families.
All of them are realistic and believable. I also love the attention to detail in the costumes and settings. The beautiful Georgian clothes! But still so masculine. And when he lets that long black hair down in the privacy of their bedroom. Oh my! It all adds up to a perfect book, for me. But I think the real power in it is the saving of the delightful Anna from her horrid former life, and the redeeming of Luke himself.
As his tragic past is unfolded, and he has to come to terms with the terrible things that happened, his emotions start to work again. And it hurts! Those moving moments are so beautifully written.
I love the way both Anna and Luke are written. Overall for me this book is enjoyable on every level, and I highly recommend it. The plot is too convoluted and confusing in that one, although you do get some lovely glimpses of Anna and Luke a few years later. Then you turn over and see the full picture of them together.
REVIEW: Heartless by Mary Balogh
Maybe even more times than that? But no. It still feels fresh each time. For me, this book is Mary Balogh at the top of her game. Both MCs are emotionally damaged by events in their pasts. Luke was harshly kicked out by his family at the tender age of twenty, and built a shell around his emotions in order to survive.
Your older, angstier books are generally reliable in that even if when they are flawed, they make it easy for me to turn the pages. Such was the case with Heartless. It is the Georgian-era story of Lucas Kendrick, Duke of Harndon, and Anna Marlowe, the woman he marries after having only known her for a week. Ten years before, Luke had a falling out with his family after a duel with his older brother, and even the death of that brother eight years later did not bring him to England immediately. Despite having cultivated ennui, indifference and heartlessness along with French mannerisms while abroad, Luke is dazzled by Anna, as she is by him. But Anna has an enemy, one who blackmails her, sends her threatening letters, and stalks her.