Mary Balogh is a New York Times bestselling author. A former teacher, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada. For more information visit www.marybalogh.com
Stranded in a remote country inn by a blinding snowstorm, music teacher Frances Allard and Lucius Marshall, Viscount Sinclair, give in to one night of unforgettable passion that blossoms into something unexpected-and that Frances knows can never be. A persistent hero who refuses to settle for less than love, a conflicted heroine running from a scandalous past, and a memorable cast of well-defined secondary characters refresh a classic Regency plot with humor, wit, and the sizzling romantic chemistry that one expects from Balogh. Well-written and emotionally complex, this is the first in a projected quartet of novels about four female teachers at a girls' school in Bath. Balogh (Slightly Dangerous), a veteran writer, currently of Regency-set historicals, lives in Canada. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
'A powerful love story with the special touch only Mary Balogh can bring.' Jo Beverly 'A grand mistress of the genre.' ROMANTIC TIMES 'With this series, Balogh has created a wonderfully romantic world fo Regency culture and society. Highly recommended.' LIBRARY JOURNAL 'Like all other feel-good romances, this one is so captivating one is loath to reach the last page.' BOOKLIST 'Balogh's protagonists are complex and charismatic- the kind of people you hope to be sitting next to at a party. With its impeccable plotting and memorable characters, Balogh's book raises the bar for Regency romances.' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
What happens when a haughty, rakish aristocrat and a prim, beautiful schoolteacher are stranded in a deserted country inn together during a snowstorm? They fall in love, of course. But as all this takes place in fewer than 100 pages-and as this is a fairly conventional Regency-era romance-the story doesn't end so quickly or easily. Instead, Frances Allard denies her feelings, pushes Lucius Marshall away by refusing his offer to join him in London and, when they're coincidentally thrown together again in Bath, attempts to ignore him-all of which makes Lucius try even harder to get her attention. A devastating secret from Frances's past keeps her from giving in, even when Lucius proposes marriage, but this secret turns out to be so unsurprising and so easily surmountable that Lucius's 200 pages of pursuit hardly seems worthwhile. Readers will feel some satisfaction when this well-matched duo eventually come together, and as usual Balogh peppers her tale with vibrant, amiable secondary characters, including a handful of Frances's colorful schoolteacher friends and Lucius's merry sisters. However, this romance, which launches a new series focusing on the young ladies' academy where Frances works, is far more forgettable than Balogh's popular Bedwyn family Regencies. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.