Title: The Escape
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Mary Balogh
Publisher: Random House, Dell, July 1, 2014
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
In this poignant novel of longing and salvation, a hopeful widow and a resilient war hero discover the promise of love’s magic and new beginnings. After surviving the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to move on, his body and spirit in need of a healing touch. Never does Ben imagine that hope will come in the form of a beautiful woman who has seen her own share of suffering. After the lingering death of her husband, Samantha McKay is at the mercy of her oppressive in-laws—until she plots an escape to distant Wales to claim a house she has inherited. Being a gentleman, Ben insists that he escort her on the fateful journey. Ben wants Samantha as much as she wants him, but he is cautious. What can a wounded soul offer any woman? Samantha is ready to go where fate takes her, to leave behind polite society and even propriety in her desire for this handsome, honorable soldier. But dare she offer her bruised heart as well as her body? The answers to both their questions may be found in an unlikely place: in each other’s arms. Includes Mary Balogh’s charming short story, “The Suitor.”
Mary balogh is right up there in my Top-10 Historical Romance authors. She does not disappoint with this new book in the Survivor’s Club series. She has the ability to evoke emotion and drama pertinent to the era with a lyrical mastery. This is not a quick read; it starts out slow but keeps us riveted to the plot. Her characters are complex with differing facets to their personalities. There is Samantha’s understandable reluctance to give up her freedom, her fears and her ambivalence about her feelings for Ben. Ben is still struggling to find himself after his war ordeals and the aftermath, leaving him insecure in his manhood. Their romance is inevitable but society and their own fears intrude to keep them apart.
I highly recommend this book to all historical romance lovers. It is a standalone novel but treat yourself to the first two in the series; THE PROPOSAL and THE ARRANGEMENT.