Friday, June 27, 2014

The Escape by Mary Balogh

The Escape (The Survivor's Club, #3)
Release date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Bantam Dell
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance 
Series: The Survivors' Club #3

In this poignant novel of longing and salvation, a hopeful widow and a resilient war hero discover the promise of love’s magic and new beginnings.

After surviving the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to move on, his body and spirit in need of a healing touch. Never does Ben imagine that hope will come in the form of a beautiful woman who has seen her own share of suffering. After the lingering death of her husband, Samantha McKay is at the mercy of her oppressive in-laws—until she plots an escape to distant Wales to claim a house she has inherited. Being a gentleman, Ben insists that he escort her on the fateful journey.

Ben wants Samantha as much as she wants him, but he is cautious. What can a wounded soul offer any woman? Samantha is ready to go where fate takes her, to leave behind polite society and even propriety in her desire for this handsome, honorable soldier. But dare she offer her bruised heart as well as her body? The answers to both their questions may be found in an unlikely place: in each other’s arms.

My Rating: 5 Roses

Deeply emotional and very sweet, The Escape was a fantastic historical romance read. I really liked this book. It was deep, thoughtful, and truly lovely.

Samantha was a wonderful heroine. She was strong, determined to live life on her own terms after being closely watched over the last few years. And, she was also a kind and rather likable character. I thought she was great.

Ben was amazing. I liked that, as with Samantha, he was a deep character who had a lot to him. After 6 years of learning to cope with his injuries, he has accepted the reality and, now, doesn't know what to do with it. He was fiercely independent and strong, determined not to let his crippled legs keep him from doing something with his life. And, he was so sweet and adorable. He was wonderful.

The romance was very sweet. Samantha and Ben were so great together. I loved how they simply understood each other, since they both had seen the full cost of war. This romance, like Balogh's other books, is focused on the emotions, and they were well portrayed. There was some steaminess and the chemistry between them was constant. They were a perfect couple.

The plot was well paced and I was drawn in the entire way through. There were a few secrets along the way that took me by surprise. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

The Escape was a fantastic historical romance. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful book. From the sweet romance, to the deep emotions, this book was lovely. Romance lovers, this is a book you won't want to miss.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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