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Review: Only a Promise by Mary Balogh


I am a big fan of romance novels and have just started to get back into reading after a really long break. I've started reading the Survivor's Club series by Mary Balogh. This book was an easy and enjoyable read and I liked it. 

Here's the description from Amazon:

The new Survivor’s Club novel from the New York Times bestselling author. 
The Survivors’ Club: Six men and one woman, all wounded in the Napoleonic Wars, their friendship forged during their recovery at Penderris Hall in Cornwall. Now, for one of them, striking a most unusual bargain will change his life forever.…  
Ralph Stockwood prides himself on being a leader, but when he convinced his friends to fight in the Napoleonic Wars, he never envisioned being the sole survivor. Racked with guilt over their deaths, Ralph must move on...and find a wife so as to secure an heir to his family’s title and fortune.
Since her Seasons in London ended in disaster, Chloe Muirhead is resigned to spinsterhood. Driven by the need to escape her family, she takes refuge at the home of her mother’s godmother, where she meets Ralph. He needs a wife. She wants a husband. So Chloe makes an outrageous suggestion: Strike a bargain and get married. One condition: Ralph has to promise that he will never take her back to London. But circumstances change. And to Ralph, it was only a promise.

 I loved how the author explored the characters and emotions of the main characters and dealt with after effects of war. The main characters were not perfect and dealt with complicated problems. I also liked that there was no great grand plot to get them to fall in love or confess their love. The gradual progression of feelings was very well done and I liked that.

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