This book was a strong beginning of a new series by Mary Balogh. It took a few chapters to build the setting and the characters, which Balogh does very well. The storyline is classic Regency until it isn't. There is the handsome, well-liked earl with a fine home and gracious family, who engages in the peccadillos common to his peers. When the oldest son strenuously objects to the presence of his father's mistress at a fete at the family home, it all falls apart. The son is banished and enlists to fight Napoleon. His returns after years of war to the title and home he has inherited and the family that is still broken. Can there be redemption and reconciliation? Read the book and see.. Balogh bravely shows a character strongly objecting to the excesses of an overindulgent lifestyle and the damage it does. .
Love Mary Balogh books! Such great detail and scene setting in this book. Feels like we are set up for a series (fingers crossed because I can't wait to read more). Although it may feel slow in the beginning, stick with this one - you will NOT be disappointed.
Though best friends with his brother Gwyneth has secretly been in love with his older brother, Devlin. And Devlin has been pining away for Gwyneth. Then, at a fete, Devlin asks Gwyneth for her hand in marriage. But before they return to the ballroom Devlin catches his father having sex with another woman-not his mother. Devlin is incensed and loudly and angrily confronts his father- in front of the assembly. But Devlin is the one who is banished and he leaves that next morning for the military. He also abandons Gwyneth- though out of shame and anger and the knowledge he has nothing to give her now that his family has fallen apart. After 6 years at war he finally comes home, a hard man, a depressed man. He must confront anew how his actions- and his father’s actions- have torn everything apart. But Gwyneth still loves him, she realizes, and goes to him to renew his proposal. She vows she will love him and he begins to feel his hidden feelings. He begins to Remember Love. They get their HEA.
Ms. Balogh’s wry understated humor is present throughout the book, which allows current fans to relax into the story like visiting an old friend and pulls in new readers with delight. And the story is another triumph of Mary Balogh’s. Perhaps the triumph is that we as readers get to enter another Balogh world.As always, you fall in love with the main characters and the secondary characters also have life. Yes, it is a plot we have seen before in romance but it is told with freshness. I will happily recommend this book to my patrons.
6 years ago Gwyneth and Devlin shared a magical day together, professing their love before a family scandal tore them apart. Returning from the war after 6 years Devlin is no longer the innocent and idealistic young man he used to be. Gwyneth has tried to move on and fall in love with someone else she might be happy with but could never quite forget Devlin.
This book has a promising premise but I found that it dragged on and on. The beginning of the book lasts way too long; probably all the set up could have been done in one prologue chapter. The characters all do a lot of thinking and have long inner monologues. This is seems to be book one of a new series focusing on the Ware family, which I will keep reading, but I hope future books are more fun to read.
This one was... ok. It was just ok. Not the best or worst I've read from Balogh. It definitely suffered from "first book in a series" syndrome because so much of it was clearly setting up the huge cast of characters that will be featured in the following books in the series, and that led to the couple in this series not getting as much screen time and relationship building time. Unfortunately it read more like a forgone conclusion romance, and I didn't love the time jump because I'm getting pretty sick of the whole "man goes off to grow up and has sex with lots of different women while the woman stays put and remains virginal and patient for his return." To me it would be far more interesting if the man returned to find that the woman had not been waiting for him, had had lovers or even been happily and contentedly married while he was gone. I'm starting to feel like Balogh thinks having her heroine wear trousers occasionally while out riding horses where no one can see her is "feminist enough" and I'm kind of needing a bit more than that at this point. The story was well written, as usual for Balogh, and the story was just fine. Some of the characters introduced are definitely compelling and I'm excited to see where their stories go but this particular book was just "ok" all in all.
Balogh introduces another cast of interesting characters in her new Ravenswood series. Devlin Ware grows up thinking he had a perfect life, until he discovers his father's infidelity and makes a decision that tears his family apart and banishes him to the army. Several years later, he returns from fighting in the Napoleonic Wars a changed man. Gwyneth Rhys, his neighbor and childhood love, is determined to help him really come home, whether or not he still loves her.
This was a very emotional story. Devlin's relationships with his mother and siblings are broken, and he doesn't think he's capable of loving anyone anymore. I appreciated that Gwyn wanted to help him, but also set healthy boundaries for herself and didn't try to "fix" Devlin.
Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for the ARC to review. All opinions are my own.
A wonderful love story that explores the whole idea of honor -- in families, in choices, and even in love. As always, Mary Balogh draws us in immediately with appealing characters and just enough tension to keep us turning the pages. I look forward to recommending this to readers who enjoy traditional Regency era romances.
I was happy to see that Mary Balogh is beginning a new series! While the Ravenswood series concept has much in common with her previous Westcott one--insofar as it's about a family impacted by a traumatic event and the various members finding love and healing in the aftermath--it's nice to meet a fresh cast of characters and I liked the main couple and setting. The pacing initially felt a little off, as I was expecting less time to be devoted to the set-up in the past sections and more to the later part beginning six years afterward, but the story did pick up once it got to the latter. A good intro to Balogh,and I'm looking forward to future Ravenswood stories.
Being the start of a new series, this historical romance starts slowly with introducing family members, supporting characters, and detailed descriptions of the setting. But once the story actually begins taking shape, I found myself thoroughly hooked. Devlin and Gwyneth have plenty of obstacles to overcome before each of them is willing to work for their happy ending, but I enjoyed their journey and am looking forward to future entries for the Ware family siblings. Author Mary Balogh never disappoints.
This book is the start of a new series so the author has to setup the whole background for the series. There is lots of descriptions of characters and the setting as normal in a new series. I did enjoy this book as I do like this time period and this author
Not may favorite Mary Balogh novel but still enjoyable..
I liked the two main characters and thought they were written really well, I did find the deep love that the had when they were younger hard to believe, since they barely spoke to each other.
Since she was setting up a new series I personally found that the description of the family and setting a bit much. Which is why I personally enjoyed the second part of the novel more than the first. .