Thursday, November 7, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition #6

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Happy Thursday, everyone! And welcome to a new feature on Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.

What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday.

The Historical Romance Edition:
Since Mary of Buried Under Romance and I are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, we've decided to focus on our beloved genre.

Here are our rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008.

This week, I'm featuring the book that made me a fan of Mary Balogh's stories for life:

Simply Love by Mary Balogh, published February 2007


New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh returns to the elegance and sensuality of Regency England as she continues the enthralling story of four remarkable women -- friends and teachers at Miss Martin’s School for Girls. At the center of this spellbinding novel is Anne Jewell, a teacher haunted by a scandalous past ... until she meets a man who teaches her the most important lesson of all: nothing is simple when it comes to love....

She spies him in the deepening dusk of a Wales evening -- a lone figure of breathtaking strength and masculinity, his handsome face branded by a secret pain. For single mother and teacher Anne Jewell, newly arrived with her son at a sprawling estate in Wales on the invitation of an influential friend, Sydnam Butler is a man whose sorrows -- and passions -- run deeper than she could have ever imagined.

As steward of a remote seaside manor, Sydnam lives a reclusive existence far from the pity and disdain of others. Yet almost from the moment Anne first appears on the cliffs, he senses in this lovely stranger a kindred soul, and between these two wary hearts, desire stirs. Unable to resist the passion that has rescued them both from loneliness, Anne and Sydnam share an afternoon of exquisite lovemaking. Now the unwed single mother and war-scarred veteran must make a decision that could forever alter their lives. For Sydnam, it is a chance to heal the pain of the past. For Anne, it is the glorious promise of a future with the man who will dare her to reveal her deepest secrets ... before she can give him all her heart.

There are scarred heroes and there are Mary Balogh's scarred heroes -- and she writes them so well! What I loved about Sydnam Butler was the contrast of his outward appearance and his inner workings. Simply Love is an example of what I call "an impossible love" and it's always so compelling to see how writers will come up with a convincing love story.

To find out more about Mary Balogh and her books, click below:

Head over to Mary @ Buried Under Romance for her pick for Throwback Thursday.
Ki Pha of Doing Some Reading also joined us, so make sure to visit her blog for her pick this week.^_^

Fellow historical romance readers are welcome to join us. Enter your link below so we can visit your TBT: HR Edition post for the week! (Then go here to copy the Link code to your blogs.)


  1. Scarred heroes~ I just love them deeply to the core. Mary Balogh is exceptional! I really need to read her earlier works.

  2. I love reading about scarred heroes. They seem like the type who would love so very deeply. :) I actually haven't read Mary Balogh yet but I have her The Secret Pearl in my TBR pile.

  3. @Camille, I love that book! It's one of Balogh's books that made me a fan.

    @Mary and Ki Pha -- I love her Simply series. The women are all very special individuals and Mary chose very interesting men to pair them with. ^_^

  4. I have only read Mary Balogh once many years ago, it was Slightly Dangerous, and I liked it quite a bit, and I need to get back to reading this author. I do love the colors on the cover of this one though with the reds and yellows. Definitely going to keep this title in mind on my next visit to the library.

  5. Simply Love is one of my all-time favorites! I fell for Sydnam when we first met him in A Summer to Remember and was so happy that he got his own story. Great choice!

  6. Hi, Renee! Her Bedwyn series is very popular -- I read that after I finished her Simply series. Agree on the cover -- I love how simple and elegant it is. ^_^

    Hi, Jennifer! Thank you! Are you following Balogh's new series? Would love to hear your thoughts on them. ^_^

  7. Glad I stumbled across your site, I have been looking for a new book to read since finishing a great heartfelt historical romance, "A Thousand Years of Johnny Von" by Edith M. Cortese I loved the author's unique style of writing. I am looking for other great authors, and looks like I may have found the book. Thanks so much for posting this. Can't wait to read it!

  8. Simply Love sounds like a really lovely book, and I enjoyed this review. Ashley, your book is very interesting. Thanks for sharing :-). Cheers.



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