That explains why I am so impressed with this book, Ms. Balogh manages to blend tragedy and romance to sheer perfection, without one ounce of angst. My heart broke for Lily, a heroine I will not soon forget. She clung to an unrealistic dream to make it through the horror tha Historic Romance Such depth! She clung to an unrealistic dream to make it through the horror that befell her, only to come through, reach that dream, and realize that it wasn't enough. Yet, at every step, her irrepressible strength, her self-respect shines through.
I so admire the decision she makes at the midpoint of this novel, in fact, I don't think I've seen the like in another romance novel, this is definitely a one-of-a-kind plot. Here are a couple of my favorite quotes: She had lost her innocence. And yet, it clung about her still like an almost visible aura. Love was not enough. She loved him - she adored him - to the depths of her soul, but it simply was not enough.
I felt the hero needed a bit more fleshing out, but the secondary characters are wonderful. I read this in Kindle format, which had some typo and grammar issues, but not enough to overwhelm the plot. Although, I just remembered, I almost gave up on the novel in the middle of chapter 3, which is written in an oddly disjointed tense. Fortunately, that's the only chapter written that way. The novel is not clean, there are at least three intimate scenes in detail. There are no bad words.
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Nov 18, Bill rated it really liked it. Which leads to the Slightly series and the Simply series. Not only is it a good story in and of itself, it adds a lot of detail to the character of Lauren, the heroine of ASTR. Just as Neville is about to marry Lauren, his childhood friend, a woman in worn cloths enters the church. Neville instantly recognizes Lily, his wife, who he thought had been killed in an ambush by the French in the war in Spain.
He had married her because he loved her and wanted to protect her after her father, his sergeant in the 95th Rifles, was killed. A day after the marriage she was killed, or so he thought. But now he is an Earl and she is an illiterate commoner. ONFL is the story of their struggle to become man and wife for the long haul.
And it is darker than I realized when I started. Their difference in birth is not the only obstacle they must overcome. View all 3 comments. Dec 20, Ira rated it really liked it. I like Lily, I give her 5 stars and only 3 stars for Neville. I don't like him much: The storyline rather dark for this one, the whole situation really bad because the hero is weak, his decision destroyed the women who love him. He lied to everyone to suit his need, I know he loves Lily but his action incredibly selfish!
Halfway in the story I'm glad Lily left him, because I couldn't convince with his love declarations to her. But I do believe him later on. Note, if you have rape trigger, you probab I like Lily, I give her 5 stars and only 3 stars for Neville. Note, if you have rape trigger, you probably need to avoid this book, our heroine been tortured and raped for months.
No ugly description but it mentioned and you got a flashback couple of times. I wanted to read Lauren's story now, the jilted bride. She is very gracious in the whole situation, poor thing! Neville might not love her but she think she love him so I'm glad she will get her own hero in the next book Aug 12, Denise rated it really liked it. Even though this story was filled with every contrived and cliched historical romance plot ever written, from amnesia not a big part but mentioned in chapter 2 , secret wedding, first spouse not really dead and shows up at second wedding, rags to riches, servants secretly raising child of peerage to save her life, evil family villain, etc etc etc I still loved this book!
In particular, I loved Lily. She was refreshing and sweet. I loved how she and Neville never gave up on their love for e Even though this story was filled with every contrived and cliched historical romance plot ever written, from amnesia not a big part but mentioned in chapter 2 , secret wedding, first spouse not really dead and shows up at second wedding, rags to riches, servants secretly raising child of peerage to save her life, evil family villain, etc etc etc I loved how she and Neville never gave up on their love for each other, it endured a lot of horrors thrown in their way and it was believable!
I will say though that my favorite character was the Duke of Portfrey. Well almost never : I also felt very bad for Lauren, the jilted bride. Well she was not really jilted at least not intentionally and I look forward to reading her story in the next book. View all 5 comments. Sep 02, Marulett rated it really liked it.
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Buddy read with Aly and Sarah : Loved this story!! Really looking forward to the rest of the series. Feb 22, Elizabeth rated it really liked it. The book opens with a young woman, Lily looking like a beggar making her way to an estate. When she appears at the home of the Earl of Kilbourne the servants mistake try to give her a coin and send her on her way. The next morning as the Earl's fiance Lauren is about to walk down the aisle to marry him, Lily appears and the Earl, aka Neville, recognizes her as his wife.
They had married 18 months ago while in Portugal in the Penisular wars. The marriage was quick and occured to offer Lily protec The book opens with a young woman, Lily looking like a beggar making her way to an estate. The marriage was quick and occured to offer Lily protection after her Papa dies. After one night of love, Lily is shot by the French and left for dead. She survived and held captive, eventually making her way back.
Balogh does not take the easy way out and even though they were married - Lily does not want to stay with the Earl, esp. The remainder of the tale allows them to get to know each other better, develop as persons, and fall truly in love.
As with her other books, Ms. Balogh spends a lot of time in the characters' heads where they contemplate their lives, their growing feelings, their confusion. Balogh paints the psychological make-up of her characters well and embues her heroines with a defining trait - one that changes with each book.
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Here Lily has a strong sense of self-awareness and living in the moment, something she developed much further during her horrifying captivity. She made it through the horrors and moves forward by living for now. I am this. He would have sheltered and protected her and made her forever uncomfortable and unhappy. It was not a pleasant admission to make to himself.ophfotboimenyl.ml
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Rated on my five star romance novel Coltish Count - Two appearances No uses of the "frisson" Of the other two I've read, one I loved and the other I didn't like at all. I think, however, of Mary Balogh as superior to most HR writers because she writes some of the most historically accurate books I've read. I rarely get the feeling I did while reading this book. It was almost like reading Jane Austen. The aristocracy, all high and mighty, looking down on the rest and being harsh with their expectations and rules, even those among their ran 4.
The aristocracy, all high and mighty, looking down on the rest and being harsh with their expectations and rules, even those among their ranks who are in essence good people. I cannot adequately explain how much I appreciate that in HR writers. I won't say much about the story.
Firstly, I think the blurb says more than enough and I mean it in a negative way , and, secondly, I believe it will be better for everybody to go into this not knowing too much and just let the story speak for itself. That way you'll probably enjoy it better. I simply adored the characters in this book.
The hero was unbelievably and indescribably sweet. What do you think of when you hear the term beta hero? Well, that's probably how Neville is and I loved him. He's only outshined by the wonderful heroine who is one of the strongest heroines one can find in a romance. How many times people take the easy way out and do what's wrong for them and for others? Many times, I think. But that's not Lily. She is a heroine that will try to do the right thing and that will think of the consequences before acting.
Lily is a person that gave time to herself, time to other people and time for a situation to come full circle and she came out winner. The only reason ONfL doesn't get 5 stars is because of the slow start. I was a little confused, but as the story progresses their personalities and their feelings unfold before our eyes and they are so, so good together. Just a small warning: this book has a serious, dramatic undertone to it so it's probably not your best option if you're in the mood for a light, fluffy read.
View all 4 comments. Aug 11, Rachel McMillan rated it really liked it. This is a good one. The guy is a dish.
The plot is romantic at turns but also tragic. There was also a whiff of mystery that I spent the whole of the book untangling. May 19, Brenda rated it really liked it Shelves: to-own , sweet-romance. Three people suffering and no one to blame, what an embarrasing situation! It was real love, you know :. Mar 06, Tina rated it really liked it Shelves: audiobook , romance-historical , reads. After having read eleventy billion Balogh books, most n0tably The Bedwyn Saga six books , The Simply Quartet 4 books , The Survivor's Club seven books - all loosely connected and shares some characters across the books and series, I decided to revisit this book that jump started it all.
This one begins with a lovely cringey moment where Neville, Earl of Kilbourne is waiting at the altar for his bride. He is to marry Lauren, his childhood friend and cousin who waited patiently for him to go o After having read eleventy billion Balogh books, most n0tably The Bedwyn Saga six books , The Simply Quartet 4 books , The Survivor's Club seven books - all loosely connected and shares some characters across the books and series, I decided to revisit this book that jump started it all. He is to marry Lauren, his childhood friend and cousin who waited patiently for him to go off to war and come back and finally make good on the long understood but informal arrangement that they'd marry.
Except Neville never told anyone about the his quick wartime wedding that lasted one whole day. She died and it would have served no purpose. Except she didn't die. In fact she shows up at the wedding in just the nick of time to stop him from marrying Lauren. I upped my original rating of this from a 3 to a 4 because I think I can appreciate better now than I originally did, how carefully Balogh crafted the journey of Lily, Neville's long lost bride.
From the commoner interloper who is still recuperating from the ravages of captivity and feels like an outsider to the young woman who painfully and painstakingly seeks to rebuild herself from the inside out to fit into a world that is alien to her. Another thing I also appreciated is that Neville was very clear about his feelings and his love for Lily from the day he married her the first time. It is Lily who has to overcome all sorts of doubts and demons. Beyond the two mains, this book also includes Balogh's favorite -- the big ass family. There are a lot of characters who are close and extended family and who contribute to Lily's sense of discombobulation.
There are some good characterizations, most notably Elizabeth who takes Lily under her wing and Lauren who struggles between her innate decency and her humiliation over what happened on her aborted wedding day, as well as her bitterness toward Lily and Neville. Lauren of course goes to her own book I plan to get to that on next where we first meet the formidable Bedwyns. There is a plot twist somewhat that relies on a huge coincidence which I kinda just said "of course" but I can't get too mad at it.
It adds to the overall uplifting feeling of the book and completes Lily's triumphant character arc. Jul 14, Pauline Ross rated it it was amazing Shelves: year , genre-regency , 5-star , price-gift. This book is perfect. The end. Hmm… I suppose I should write a bit more than that. Neville Wyatt, the Earl of Kilbourne, is awaiting his bride at the altar. And then the unthinkable happens - a simply-dressed poverty-stricken woman rushes into the church and Neville recognises her. Now this is all sorts of delicious, right from the start.
What an appalling situation! But it soon becomes clear that there is a ray of hope, for this was a love match. One word of warning: this is NOT a romance in the conventional sense, because the protagonists are already in love and married, even! But it is a love story, and a beautiful piece of writing which I shall remember for a long time.
Five stars. Sep 29, Junipaurora rated it liked it Recommends it for: everyone who digs a story of love overcoming all extraordinary circumstances. Shelves: mary-balogh , rich-guy-falls-for-poor-girl , impossible-love-story. Visit here to read this review with spoilers. I loved the first half of this book. A rebel aristocrat besotted with an illiterate girl he met at war? Has anyone else noticed this? Lily is the daughter of a poor sergeant. But despite all, her soul remained pure. She has the ability to shut herself down to her surroundings and disappear into her own world.
I found this Pollyanna quality in her simply fascinating. What a heroine, huh? Half-way through the book, I was frenzied. The second half of the book starting precisely with Chapter 15 , unfortunately, broke all the charm of this gem of a character. What was until then a perfectly story of an impossible love between two characters of utterly different backgrounds, lost its appeal which was the harmony of contrast, my golden rule for a perfect story. I don't want to say anymore because I don't want to spoil it for anyone.
But that is basically why this book lost two stars from me. Still it is a beautiful love story with a very well-developed heroine. I like Neville too he is head over heels in love with Lily, what more can I ask? I felt as if the author didn't pay much attention to the hero which is most of the time the other way around in historical romance novels, so this one gains points for breaking that rule : Nevertheless, Neville is a hero who knows the right thing to say at the right moment. I promise he won't keep you hanging! Sensuality rating: Warm according to All About Romance Jun 10, Sarah Z rated it it was ok.
This was an odd one for me. I love Mary Balogh and the thing about some of her books is that even when some of them start off slow, she always wins me over in the end. This one just didn't quite get there. One of my main issues with this book is the first two thirds of the book. It was just so slow and I just couldn't connect with the characters.
I had to force myself to pick it up and read a little before I put it down again.
I loved the last third of the book, but it was almost too 2. I loved the last third of the book, but it was almost too late. Neville just didn't do it for me. He was really a very secondary character. The book really just felt like the story of Lily. Lily, Lily, Lily. I didn't want to read her name one more time. I liked Lily, moreso than Neville. She wasn't the perfect, Mary Sue heroine, which I actually liked for a change, but her character kind of felt all over the place. I dunno, it's hard to explain. The biggest disappointment was the fact that I didn't feel the chemistry between the characters, I didn't feel their love.
I started to towards the end, but again it was too late. I'm not sure where it went wrong. Maybe it was the fact that they were already in love when the book started and that their characters weren't developed enough for me. I feel like I barely got to know Neville and had a tough time picturing him. I knew he had blond hair and a scar but that was it. No real personality. I actually enjoyed the secondary characters more. I loved Elizabeth and I really kept rooting for her and the Duke. I'm excited to read Lauren's story.
I forgot to mention that I had already read the Bedwyn series and didn't even know about the two prequels till after I had already started it. I had enjoyed the Slightly series so much that this one paled a little in comparison. I've read reviews and it seems that the next book, Summer to Remember, seems to be one of the favorites in the series.
I hope reading it in the order I did doesn't hurt that one too. Aug 20, Misfit rated it liked it Recommends it for: no one. A silly, trite and oh so predictable regency romance 2. The story opens as Neville Wyatt Earl of Killbourne is preparing to wed his childhood friend and in walks the bedraggled Lily - the wife he thought dead and no one knew existed. Back flash to a year ago when Neville served in the military and Lily's father died and Neville married her for protection - a bit of a stretch there as her father was a sergeant and Neville heir to an earldom and a major.
Oh well. They have "one night of love" A silly, trite and oh so predictable regency romance 2. They have "one night of love" and then Lily is believed to have died after suffering from a gunshot wound. Now flash back to present and Neville's got a sticky wicket on his hands with an illiterate lower class wife, although he is still in love with her. There's also a mystery about her true parentage and she has several mysterious accidents -- is someone trying to kill her? Did I make that sound exciting enough to make you run out and buy this? I hope not, as while reasonably entertaining as a regency romance it's certainly not the best out there either.
One dimensional characters with incredibly silly names at that and a very very predictable plot figured most of it out before page all add up to a very average read IMO, although it does well enough for when one is in the mood for a mid-work week non brain taxing read. If you are dead set on reading this, get it from the library first and then buy it if you love it. Nov 23, Courtney rated it did not like it. I had recently started reading Mary Balogh's books, and I found myself liking her style, so I decided to try more by her. But maybe this wasn't the best one to read.
I gave it a chance, and read up to about pages in, and it did seem promising at first. The heroine seemed so boring to me, and while I did pity her for having gone through the trauma of having lived in captivity and been sexually assaulted by her captor, I found little else to like about her. I don't know about other people, but I like an educated heroine. To be fair, she did not have a typical upbringing, what with a army sergeant father who by all accounts could barely read himself, and living life in places like India and Spain during wartime, but she just didn't "grab" me.
The hero, Neville, was all right, but again, he didn't really grab my attention in a way that compelled me to keep reading. I think part of the problem was that there were so many other characters, and I didn't even know how most of them related to the two main characters. In the other Balogh book I read, she included a helpful family tree, which made it easy to keep track of the multitude of characters, but in this book, it was easy to get lost. Nov 09, June rated it it was amazing Shelves: mary-balogh , bedwyn-prequels.
Sweet story and a very emotional story. Lily and Neville Wyatt, Earl of Kilbourne nothing can seperate their love for one another, whether it is a person, an event or circumstances they find thrust upon them. Not even themselves. Neville is so kind and tender and steady. Lily is so sweet, yet strong and courageous. A bit of a mystery to this one also. A great pre-quel to the Simply series about the Bedwyn family, and also to the Slighty series where a few of the characters from One Night for Love Sweet story and a very emotional story.
A great pre-quel to the Simply series about the Bedwyn family, and also to the Slighty series where a few of the characters from One Night for Love and the Simply series have their own stories. Aug 24, Robin rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-romance. Neville Wyatt was standing at the alter waiting for his bride when the wife he had thought dead walked down the aisle instead. Shocked to see Lily after all this time, Neville takes her to his family home to introduce her to his family. But Lily doesn't want a husband who is honor bound to stay with her Interesting book. Both the hero and heroine were very likeable.
I will have to look for more of Mary Balogh's books. My rating: 4. Feb 25, Tutti Dolci rated it it was ok Shelves: series , kindle , historical. I'm surprised to see that many people rated this story so highly. Yes, it was sweet and at times, bittersweet , but for the most part, it was oh-so-boring. Didn't DISlike it, but it lacked passion. And not just in the obvious sense. Dec 27, Cheryl rated it it was amazing Shelves: borrowed , historical-romance. Mary Balogh has written a wonderfully romantic story about a couple who's love for one another conquers all and stands the test of rank, time, distance and adversity.
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