This review was originally published on Goodreads on February 3, 2011.
This is the first book I ever read by Mary Balogh. I was familiar with her name, but had never so much as read the back cover of one of her books. I was discussing favorite authors with a friend of mine (the owner of a local second-hand bookstore) one day, and she asked if I’d ever read anything by Ms. Balogh… when I said I hadn’t, she said I really should give her novels a try, and promised to look through her stock and find something really good for me to read. A couple days later she handed me a copy of this book.