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Mary Balogh has won seven Waldenbook Awards and a B. She is one of the romance genre’s most popular and bestselling authors. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Although the most dashing bachelor in London, Viscount Fairfax, overlooks her exquisitely beautiful cousin and proposes to her instead, Miss Jane Matthews puts pride before mad desire and risks saying no to the handsome lord.

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Showing of 13 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. I love stories about second chances. Mary Balogh’s at her best with stories about second chances. This story really appeals to me because the heroine is so level-headed. That doesn’t mean that she doesn’t make the mistake of loving a man who, five years earlier, would not have given her a second glance.

But she knows what the situation is, accepts it and makes her choices accordingly. She knows that when she fell hopelessly in love with him she ruined her chance to make a perfectly “respectable” match with someone else. She set her sights so high that any other man falls so far short that she cannot bring herself to accept him.

He is not a perfect man, he just looks perfect. Everything has come easily to him for most of his adult life until recent years.

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He has to reexamine his choices, and how to avoid making the same mistakes. He has orphaned children who need a mother. He’s ready to sacrifice a lot in terms of his personal preferences in order to provide his children with a loving mother.


The situation has changed five years later. She has matured at 23 and is more self confident. When he returns to London to the marriage mart, her feelings about him have not changed. She believes she can accept marriage if she gets a respectable offer until the hero walks in the room.

She’s right back almost where she began. The conflict between the heroine’s love of him and what she wants from marriage versus what he thinks he wants from her is the basis of the book.

Mary Balogh writes about life and growth and learning from life’s experiences. This story is about second chances and Mary Balogh excels when she writes about second chances. I recommend this book. She saw him at a ball before he married his wife. He was now a widow with two children. She and her younger cousin Honor meet he and his friend Joseph while they are visting where they are staying. Jane is surprised when Michael asks her to marry him. She thought he would want her beautiful cousin.

She realizes he only wants someone to take take care of the home and children. She turns him down for those reasons even though she loves him. Joseph seem to like her as a person so she accepts his proposal.

She thinks that Michael will ask Honor now to marry him. She loves one man and is going to marry another. She has to do the right thing but what man will she finally chose? One person found this helpful. After a few paragraphs, I was spellbound and submersed into Regency England. She has snappy dialogue and strong prose. The hero, extraordinarily handsome but dull family man, is Viscount Fairfax.

The heroine, Jane Matthews, is a mildly pretty spinster who has been secretly infatuated with the hero for five years. Other reviews have summarized the plot well, so I won’t belabor the point. The only reason this is a 4-star for me instead of a 5-star book is because at their initial meeting and a few subsequentFairfax acknowledges he is not attracted to Jane.

I find the lack of chemistry, even at the onset, disappointing. It’s dubious this relationship has staying power without it, particularly as good and frequent sex appears to be very important to Fairfax and near the top of his wish list for a second wife.

Later, Fairfax thinks Jane is not unattractive but it’s after she becomes engaged to another that he begins to think of her as pretty. Then, in the music room, he practically pounces on her in the grip of sexual attraction, which he tells her was a result of being without a woman for so long.

He “falls in love” with Jane after she becomes unavailable, after he sees her tender affection toward his beloved daughters. All these factors made me question whether his change of mind was permanent. The disparity in their appearances and his initial lack of sexual interest became roadblocks for me to cheer for Michael and Jane’s HEA.


It’d have been more believable if they were of near equal looks or if there’d been some heat between them before the music room scene. Balogh missed an opportunity to allay those concerns by the sideways mention of a kiss that got out of hand in the Templeton library.

That scene should have been included in the book to show Jane and Michael were sexually compatible. Michael could have admitted then that Jane crossed off every requirement on his wish list. I wasn’t absolutely positive I liked this Balogh, at first. I thought it was kind of silly for the heroine to engage herself to a man she wasn’t absolutely in love with, since she’d just turned the hero’s proposal down because she realized the hero didn’t love her.

But after considering it, and re-reading the story a few weeks later, I began to understand her reasons, and can recommend the book.

It began to make sense to me: It was a gentle romantic feeling that promised to become more. Her refusal of the hero’s proposal was actually his wake-up call!

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Hmmmm, I don’t know if I can describe this book unaccepgable do it justice. This book was very good, one of the best of Ms Balogh’s for Signet. The characters were all engaging and one rooted for everyone to have a happy ever after. I will be dropping by their lives to relive the experience again and again.

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