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The author of the book: Mary Balogh
Edition: Signet
Date of issue: February 6th 1990
ISBN: 0451164040
ISBN 13: 9780451164049
Language: English
Format files: PDF
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Several of Mary Balogh's old Regency romance novels have been reissued in pairs, two novels under one cover. A Promise of Spring was included in one volume with The Temporary Wife, which had been recommended to me, and which I loved. This one, not so much.

It has a couple of interesting twists for a romance novel: Grace Howard is 35 years old, single, and living with her single brother Paul, a rector, who has just died. She's estranged from the rest of her family because, way back in her reckless youth, she got pregnant and had a son out of wedlock when her boyfriend (a neighbor and friend of the family!) abandoned her and married someone else. Her son died when he was only 4 years old, triggering the fight that led Grace and Paul to leave their family.

Sir Peregrine Lampwick, who is 10 years younger than Grace, was her brother's best friend. Perry is truly a good guy: handsome, kindhearted, intelligent, caring ... I'm not sure he has any faults? He's kind of a beta personality, not into conflict. Anyway, Perry has always liked Grace in a platonic kind of way and feels sorry for her, as she'll have nowhere to go now, and for these not-particularly-compelling reasons decides to propose marriage to her. Even Grace's story of her youthful troubles doesn't faze Perry.

So far so good, but after the marriage is when trouble rears its head. Grace told Perry that Gareth, the father of her deceased child, had died as well, but it turns out that's not true. When Perry and Grace visit her family about a year after their marriage to mend fences, Gareth is now the neighboring viscount. When he sees Grace again for the first time in 15 years, he wants her badly (probably because she's now married and contented). It doesn't really matter to him that she's married -- in fact, that seems to make it more of a challenge for him. So Gareth starts pressuring Grace to leave Perry (or not; an affair would be fine with him too) and take up with him. He's that kind of alpha guy.

Grace doesn't want to have anything to do with Gareth's plans, but she's kind of like a deer in the headlights, not sure how to deal with Gareth. Plus she feels guilty about everything, and somehow that makes her think maybe she doesn't deserve Perry and it's her fate to be with Gareth. And when Perry finally figures out what's going on, he thinks he needs to sit back and let Grace make her own decision.

All. The. Drama. People who could solve most of their problems if only they'd be completely honest with each other. It drove me batty. Plus there were a lot of secondary characters (several of them from prior books in this series) that I never developed any interest in. I skimmed most of the second half.

Not recommended.

Content advisory: a mildly explicit sex scene.


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Ebook A Promise of Spring read Online! 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 more 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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