Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Newsletter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SIMPLY LOVE
MARY BALOGH
ISBN# 978-0-385-33883-7
August 2006
Delacourte Press
1745 Broadway, New York, New York 10019
Hardcover
$22.00
320 pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Anne Jewell is fortunate to have her job at Miss Martin’s school. A victim of rape and an unwed mother, she does not have many options. She is content in her job as a teacher and in raising her son, David.

Sydnam Butler has thrown himself into his job as steward to the Duke of Bewcastle at his estate in Wales. His work helps dull the pain of no longer being able to paint. Since his capture and torture during the war, the losses of his right arm and eye have prevented him from continuing his former career.

Anne and Sydnam, two people damaged by life, meet and fall in love one summer in Wales. Anne’s fear of physical intimacy, and Sydnam’s disability, lead them to believe that they can have nothing more than this summer, but fate intervenes.

I am so happy that Ms. Balogh has written Sydnam’s story. He was one of the best characters in A Summer to Remember, and the author has done him justice here. He has learned to deal with his handicap away from his overprotective family, and rediscovered his sense of humor. Anne has suffered equally in her own way, but without the support that she deserved from her own family. I do not know if I could be quite as generous as she was towards them. As usual, the author has captured both the period and the setting beautifully. I can always picture the people, houses, and landscapes of her books so clearly. The boisterous Bewcastles and their spouses and children added much to the story, and it was fun to read what had happened to them since the Slightly series ended. I look forward to Miss Martin and Miss Osbourne’s stories.

Maura
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance
Reviewer for Karen Find Out About New Books