Simply Love by Mary Balogh

Simply Love
#2 in the Simply Series
Author: Mary Balogh
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Library
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Synopsis: Anne first spied him in the deepening dusk of a Wales evening — a lone figure of breathtaking strength, his handsome face branded by a secret pain. For teacher and single mother Anne Jewell, Sydnam Butler is a man whose sorrows — and passions — run deeper than she could have ever imagined.

As steward of a remote seaside manor, Sydnam lives a reclusive existence. Yet he senses in Anne a kindred soul, and between these two wary hearts, desire stirs. Unable to resist the passion that has rescued them both, Anne and Sydnam share an afternoon of exquisite lovemaking. As scandal looms, suddenly the unwed mother and the war-scarred veteran must make a decision that could forever alter their lives … – via GoodReads

What I Loved: If you love yourself a tortured hero look no further than Syndam Butler! Anne and Syndam have had bad luck handed to them several times over. Syndam is a war survivor. He was tortured for secrets pertaining to his brother. Secrets he refused to give up and now carries the scars for. Anne is an unwed mother in a society that goes beyond looking down on women and scandal. (Of course a man can never be blamed!) Both characters have quite a lot to get through emotionally. Watching them get through it and come out the other side is something like magic.

What I Could Have Lived Without: Really? Everything in this book was great! I didn’t have much to complain about. Simply Love flowed smoothly, the characters were great, and the romance was fiery and sweet.

Recommended For: Lovers of historical romance or tortured heroes.

Avoid If: Don’t!

10 responses to “Simply Love by Mary Balogh”

  1. I love Lee Child! Possibly one of my favorites 🙂

    I think he may just be one of the most brilliant Thriller writers out there!


    1. Oh my goodness! Another romance reader who likes Lee Child?! I thought I was alone. 🙂 Maybe some romance readers are closet suspense/thriller readers?


  2. Lol I like that Avoid If: Don't!

    I have never read anything by this author but I always see her many historical romance series all over the place. Next time I'm at half price books I shall have to see if they have a copy of something by her. 🙂

    Thanks for the great review, so glad you liked this one. I must admit I'm a fan of the tortured hero!


    1. Okay, this comment should have popped up under Simply Love by Mary Balogh but it's showing under Tripwire and Simply Magic as well. I think I have some conflicting plug ins!

      Simply Love had an amazingly tortured hero! If you do decide to read it, I hope you enjoy it!


      1. How sad that my comments are not working right. I'm so glad you enjoyed Simply Magic though and I might have to get my hands on this series. Plus I'm OCD about reading books in order! lol


      2. I deleted the plugin that seemed to be causing the problems so it should straighten out.

        OCD about your books?! No! 😉 I am crazy OCD about reading order. Then I found out that the secondary characters in the Simply series are mostly from the Slightly series and then there are prequels. *sigh I'm all out of order.


  3. There is no such thing as too much mystery in my historical romance!

    Seriously how come I have not heard of this book—it seems right up my alley: romance, mystery, history…..

    This one is going high up on the TBR (maybe 3rd) for buying!

    Great Review!


    1. Okay, this comment should have popped up under Simply Magic by Mary Balogh but it's showing under Tripwire and Simply Love as well. I think I have some conflicting plug ins!

      The secret of the past was hinted to so often and never really discussed until the reveal. If you decide to read it, let me know what you think!


  4. brazenbookworm Avatar

    Though I'm somewhat meh about the Simply series, I ADORE this book. You know what I especially love? That Peter's just a nice guy. He doesn't have any ulterior motives, he's not trying to manipulate Susanna, etc. He's just an ordinary, everyday guy, erm, viscount who wants to win the girl. IMO, this is one of Balogh's best!


    1. Wasn't it awesomesauce?! And you are right. Peter is just this nice guy who fell in love with a girl and has to do some thinking and growing to win her. It was a great read and the ending made me so happy.


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