Sunday, September 22, 2013

Review; The Arrangement By: Mary Balogh

The Arrangement (The Survivors' Club #2)The Arrangement by Mary Balogh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**************** This is a First Read from Goodreads Giveaway, Thank You Gooreads **************

Sometimes the only obstacle standing between two people are themselves. Enter the second installment of The Survivor's Club and the story of Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh. Wounded in war, Vincent has lost has lost his sight and gained a title. Being the youngest in a family filled with women, who smother him and have their hearts set on a marriage, he decides to run away, which at twenty three seems impulsive but is good for his independence.
When Vincent returns to his family home, where he grew up, he is beset upon with the townspeople and with the Marchs. Nothing is better for their daughter than a titled man, even if he is blind, and thus a dirty plan is set in motion to make it impossible for Vincent to do anything but propose. That is until Sophia (the mouse and distant relation ignored by the family) foils the plan and ends up betrothed to none other than the Viscount.
An arrangement is made that they both wish to live independent, they both have goals and wishes that do not necessarily include a spouse or child, and through the marriage after one year's time they can live the lives they so desperately long for. They are perfectly matched and as Sophia finds new ways for Vincent to gain his independence further she wonders if over time he will no longer need her.
A wonderful world Ms. Balogh creates, filled with characters that you are sure to remember and want to come back to. This time I think she outdid herself with such complex characters - one blinded and therefore physically wounded and the other emotional wounded through neglect and harsh, ugly words. As romances go this is one story you will recall and look forward to the next installment in the Survivor's Club.

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