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The Survivors' Club: Six men and one woman, injured in the Napoleonic Wars, their friendships forged in steel and loyalty. But for one, her trials are not over.... Since witnessing the death of her husband during the wars, Imogen, Lady Barclay, has secluded herself in the confines of Hardford Hall, their home in Cornwall. The new owner has failed to take up his inheritance, and Imogen desperately hopes he will never come to disturb her fragile peace.

Percival Hayes, Earl of Hardford, has no interest in the wilds of Cornwall, but when he impulsively decides to pay a visit to his estate there, he is shocked to discover that it is not the ruined heap he had expected. He is equally shocked to find the beautiful widow of his predecessor's son living there. Soon Imogen awakens in Percy a passion he has never thought himself capable of feeling. But can he save her from her misery and reawaken her soul? And what will it mean for him if he succeeds?

©2015 Mary Balogh (P)2015 Recorded Books

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An interesting story.

The heroine is one of the survivors, so is still dealing with her pain and suffering.
The hero is a typically rich young man of the time. Baring a few hiccups, he has skated through life surrounded but friends and family.
His income and life is so good, that even on inheriting his title, he ignores it. Only on turning thirty, feel bored and disenchanted with what he has, he goes to check out what he has inherited.
There he meets the heroine, who finds him frivolous, she decides to have a break from her austere life. She can have an affair and then return to the life she has planned for herself.
The secondary characters are good, with more than one budding romance in the making.

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Beautifully performed quite interesting story

This is pure escapism from a modern world with all of its day to dY problems

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The best so far

Mary Balogh is one of my favourite authors and her ability to tug at the heartstrings is beyond comparison. I have wondered throughout my listening to the Survivors series of novels what Imogen’s story was going to be, one lone woman in the middle of a war of men. We know from listening to the other books that she had witnessed awful things, including the torture and death of her husband by the French, but not until the end of this one do we learn her dreadful secret, and the last chapter had me reaching for a tissue more than once.

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Exciting

I loved this book. Read lots of Mary Balogh, never disappoints.
Rosalyn Landor, is excellent narrator, for me she brings the story to life.

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delightful read

as always Mary Balogh's characters are believable and likeable. Her storylines embrace the period in which they are based with great credibility.

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  • Kelli
  • 17-09-15

Tragic Heroine and Carefree Dandy

Mary Balogh below has to be one of my favorite authors I love the way that she get you to feel the characters emotions, she gets you on one of their sides backing them rooting for them.

I also like the way she doesn't write about the "perfect" character. Her main characters always have a flaw that instead of making them unappealing makes the character actually very appealing.

I wouldn't sure how I would really feel about the hero of the story he just seemed to be such a wastrel with no direction. He is actually the perfect choice for Imogen. I thoroughly enjoyed this book

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  • anne
  • 04-11-15

The Charming Duke

Lady Barclay (Imogene) is a member of the Survivors Club. The death of her husband Dickie during the war has haunted her for 10 years. When her husband's father dies, a distant cousin named Percy assumes the title of Duke and descends on the estate and changes the lives of all who live there including the two old Aunties/Cousins and the ugliest dog on earth who follows Percy everywhere. He also changes Imogene's life with his irascible sense of humor and utterly charming personality. Imogene and Percy are drawn to each other almost from the first, but the courtship is fraught with hurdles. They are not too high for our intrepid hero however. He'll do anything, sacrifice anything to be with the woman he loves.

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  • pamela
  • 03-02-16

Maybe the best of the Survivors series!

Ms Balogh at her best! The story is tight, the conclusion awesome, and the reader is a treat! Something to listen to again and again.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 04-05-16

I liked this better than the last one

This was quite good but then I love the series. I found this more enjoyable than the preceding book. The narration is pretty much perfect.

I've been waiting for Imogen's story and it was a sad but good one. A few twists. I thought the last chapters were a bit rushed but, overall, this was another hit.

Now on to the final book in the series. Sad to see it end.

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  • Ida Walker
  • 03-09-15

LOVE TWICE SUCESSFULLY

What did you love best about Only a Kiss?

THAT SHE FOUND LOVE TWICE WITH HAPPINESS

What did you like best about this story?

THE STORY WAS WONDERFULLY TOLD AND ALL PARTIES WERE AMAZINE

What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

JOY AND A GREAT DEAL OF UNDERSTANDING OF THE PLOT OF THE STORY

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

WHEN HE FOLLOWED HER AND MADE HER FEELED CHERISHED

Any additional comments?

THE WEDDING SOUNDED BEAUTIFULLY AND I THINK SHE EARNED TO BE HAPPY

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  • Avid reader and shopper
  • 02-01-16

Not her best, or even close...

I love MB books. They are usually corny, romance novels with steam. This one felt contrived. Everyone that followed the series was probably, like me, looking forward to Imogen's story. I was expecting a better storyline.

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  • Cam
  • 08-04-18

I keep thinking the next MB will have less mind babble and ...

I keep getting disappointed. All the page fillers not only have a negative impact on the writer but also do not encourage great following. I can not even finish this book as the first couple of hours were about stray cats and dogs and then about how the hero hated having everyone in his inherited home and then all of a sudden attraction where there was none before. Not a well written story but performance was fabulous.

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  • Peggy
  • 19-03-16

Great listen!

Very happy to have found this on sale. The plot had an unexpected twist and Rosalyn Landor's acting of the intense scenes was exquisite.

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  • HZ
  • 03-10-15

can Great be redundant?...too heavy on the formula

Would you try another book from Mary Balogh and/or Rosalyn Landor?

yes

Would you be willing to try another book from Mary Balogh? Why or why not?

yes

Did Rosalyn Landor do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

yes

What would have made this romance irresistible?

if the whole book was as good as the climatic reveal of the heroine's past experience and the hero's fight for her

Any additional comments?

I love Mary Balogh, Rosalyn Landor is a reliably great narrator, and the survivor club series is one of my favorites! Unfortunately after listening to SO many audiobooks you start to notice patterns. With the exception of the finale/climatic part of the story [which is 5 star excellence!!!] the characters behave predictably according to their character flaws, while speaking with the voices Rosalyn uses for every hero/heroine. It feels like M Balogh had the excellent short story of what happened to this heroine during the war and then had to add a novel around it. Generally speaking this is a great book & well worth the credit, BUT if you've read all Mary Balogh & listened to tons of Rosalyn Landor you may find it a little TOO familiar.

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  • Mb4pax
  • 07-09-19

Outstanding book in an outstanding series

Lady Imogen Barclay, the only woman of The Survivor's Club, is content living in the dower house on her deceased husband's estate. Then Percival, the bored and new lord of Hardcastle, arrives and stirs up the entire countryside. With extraordinary detail and character development, Ms Balogh continues her amazing series of seven English survivors of the Napoleanic Wars. As with her previous books, it is gritty, charming, sad, joyful and all those other often pesky human emotions. Adding to my enjoyment is the narration of Rosalyn Landor who brings all those emotions and drama to the listener. A pure pleasure.

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