Secrets of the Heart

Secrets of the Heart Mary Balogh
  • Title: Secrets of the Heart
  • Author: Mary Balogh
  • ISBN: 9780451152893
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • Secrets of the Heart Mary Balogh Secrets of the Heart PASSION BEFORE PRIDETheirs should have been the perfect marriage Sarah was as wildly in love with the Duke of Cranwell as he was with heruntil on their wedding night Sarah was forced to reveal the s
    PASSION BEFORE PRIDETheirs should have been the perfect marriage Sarah was as wildly in love with the Duke of Cranwell as he was with heruntil, on their wedding night, Sarah was forced to reveal the secret of her past And that, midst great public scandal, ended their marriage almost before it began.Then in fashionable Bath their paths crossed again The stunningly beaPASSION BEFORE PRIDETheirs should have been the perfect marriage Sarah was as wildly in love with the Duke of Cranwell as he was with heruntil, on their wedding night, Sarah was forced to reveal the secret of her past And that, midst great public scandal, ended their marriage almost before it began.Then in fashionable Bath their paths crossed again The stunningly beautiful Sarah knew it was folly to think this dashing and sought after lord would ever get over her shocking betrayal His fury made it painfully clear that they should separate again, this time forever.Sarah could find a thousand arguments against the wisdom or likelihood of so miserable an edict For one, the duke s ridiculous masculine pride was no match for the sensuous power of her affection for him she counted on love to melt the last shred of his resistance to her passionate surrender
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    About Mary Balogh


    1. Mary Jenkins was born in 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a two year teaching contract in 1967 She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian When she s not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting She also enjoys watching tennis and curling.Mary Balogh started writing in the evenings as a hobby Her first book, a Regency love story, was published in 1985 as A Masked Deception under her married name In 1988, she retired from teaching after 20 years to pursue her dream to write full time She has written than seventy novels and almost thirty novellas since then, including the New York Times bestselling Slightly sextet and Simply quartet She has won numerous awards, including Bestselling Historical of the Year from the Borders Group, and her novel Simply Magic was a finalist in the Quill Awards She has won seven Waldenbooks Awards and two B Dalton Awards for her bestselling novels, as well as a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award.


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    1. As a rule, I love Mary Balogh s books This one, however, was hard to read and hard to finish for 2 reasons the heroine is just too stupid to believe in the hero is not much better and the villain is just too convincing In fact, the villain of this story is such an amazingly convincing depiction of a psychopath that he leaps off the page and turns what is supposed to be a romance into a horror story Not exactly what I was looking for when I started the book

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    2. I actually liked this one while reading it, but after the fact, I thought about it and realized how indignant I really was over Sarah s treatment by the men in her life I understand Winston, because he s supposed to be garbage, but George was so shabby towards her for far too long That being said, something I liked that doesn t happen often is that there was an actual divorce between the two mains It s always threatened in books but never happens, but I felt like this was realistic, because men [...]

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    3. I know a lot of people found it hard to like this one because of the villain I think another reviewer said the villain was so realistically psychopathic, that it turned the book into of a horror story than a romance novel Grantedrhaps.Still, I think the strong villain really makes this story The triumph of the hero and heroine means if the obstacle they must overcome is all that difficult or in this case, evil I did have some serious issues with the behavior of the hero and heroine, but they [...]

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    4. Mary balogh is always a guaranteed good read She also always manages to capture angst, guilt and shame very well The story starts out with the heroine Sarah going to live with a distant cousin in Bath It emerges that she was abused by her step cousin over the course of two summers the first summer he starts touching her inappropriately and thereafter the next year he raped her on three occasions I did feel that there was a degree of realism in terms of her inability to tell her aunt and uncle wh [...]

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    5. 4.5 starsAt the age of 17, Sarah is raped they say ravished by an older cousin who threatened, physically forced her, and ultimately blackmailed her With her parents dead, her only brother feeble minded, and her aunt and uncle beliving their son was the sun and the moon, she had no one in whom she could confide, and she kept the terrible secret She thought herself ruined, buying into the idea that a woman s virtue is her most important asset As sad and as difficult as that was to accept as a pre [...]

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    6. I could not resist searching out and buying this book The mixed reviews intrigued me I suspected the readers who thought Sarah and George should be forthright with each other were responding with twenty first century morays There is a lot of angst here, but I believe the characters fit the ethic of the times Even 50 or 60 years ago people kept their feelings controlled and never shared dark secrets People did not discuss rape, incest, or mental retardation The characters are richly drawn and mu [...]

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    7. Dumb and stressful, what a combination.

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    8. Horrible villain Separation that is seemingly never ending I d give it a one 1 2.

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    9. 18 pagine lette in cui non mi piaciuto l intreccio, ho trovato i personaggi uno pi noioso dell altro e soprattutto non c nessunissima emozione in gioco probabilmente essendo uno dei suoi primi romanzi mary doveva ancora carburare

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    10. This was a 3 star book for me, for most of it, till the end And then the ending was lovely George and Sarah are such a good couple They understand the other, they have similar interests and are attracted to the other But what should have been a happily ever after turns into a nightmare And it is a something which didnt have to be such a big of a deal, because they both would have looked past it But as usual, no one really loves to communicate it seems.The villain, Win, was disgusting It was sick [...]

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    11. I usually like and enjoy Mary Balogh s writing but this one for me crossed the line there s such a thing as a vilain having his way with a younger girl however the resolution of the whole story is in my opinion not enough and rushed there was no need for us to go through the rape scenes no need to assist to every single one if usually I appreciate the author simple and light writing the same plot is getting tiring and wearing thin there s innocence and being naive but the reader finds himself fa [...]

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    12. I couldn t get over the premise, which is a shame since it later became an interesting book The emotions, the blame and shame, etc all rang very true to me, and that was a good read, the conflict continues throughout the whole book, and that is my preference, lots of great angst And yet I was squicked by the beginning, which details the heroine s molestation rape by her cousin in sickeningly almost loving detail The back of the book didn t warn me for this, and it is just simply one of my NO WAI [...]

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    13. Questo stato uno dei primi romanzi che ho letto di Mary Balogh nel 2000 a 17 anni ma negli anni successivi l ho letto qualche volta perch mi era molto piaciuto ma saranno alcuni anni che non l ho riletto quindi il mio voto risale all ultima volta che l ho letto Qui mi ricordo che mi aveva intrigato e anche fatto arrabbiare ma nel senso buono, perch non mi ero arrabbiata per il fatto che era brutto ma per quello che a quella poveretta della protagonista passava Non dico altro per non spoilerare m [...]

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    14. The theme of this one is probably not as politically correct as it could be, but then again the heroine is raped by her cousin but blames herself and then is rejected by her new husband She doesn t dare admit the truth of what happened, but allows him to draw the worst conclusions Interesting bits about the double standard The heroine can be a bit irritating in her paralysis, but at the same time quite credible Good read Balogh was already a convincing writer in the 80 s.

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    15. This is one of those books where the whole misunderstanding conflict could have been resolved with a 5min conversation between the sensitive beta hero and the very beautiful heroine And yet I still found myself very much engrossed to the story because the writing was done so well However, I do agree that the heroine dragged out her secret for far too long that will frustrate most readers.

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    16. This is, far and away, my favorite Mary Balogh book This is not your typical historical romance by any stretch of the imagination, which makes it not just memorable, but also heart breaking and wonderful Please do not let the unusual premise or beginning of this book turn you off to one of the most powerful and emotional stories I have ever had the privilege to read.

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    17. I found the hero unbelievably cruel in his treatment of the heroine, his ex wife He constantly thinks the worst of her and blames her for conspiring to do him wrong I really did not like him at all The heroinie is only marginnally better, but is so self sacraficing, it s annoying I would not reccommend this book to anyone.

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    18. Well written overall, but in terms of pacing and emotional heft, uneven Lots of less than palatable moments when either the hero or heroine come across as annoying, or the villain as, well, villainous.

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    19. Mary Balogh books are always a good and entertaining read This was fun because of the marriage gone awry story line.

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