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Balogh's 1985 historical romance presents Elizabeth Rossiter, who comes to the small English town of Granby as governess to Cecily Rowe. Her real purpose, however, is to escape her past, especially the memory of Robert Denning, the man who broke her heart. Unbeknownst to Rossiter, Denning is not far behind. Order Severn House books at a discount at 800-830-3044.
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About the Author

Mary Balogh is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Slightly novels: Slightly Married, Slightly Wicked, Slightly Scandalous, Slightly Tempted, Slightly Sinful, and Slightly Dangerous, as well as the romances No Mana (TM)s Mistress, More than a Mistress, and One Night for Love. She is also the author of Simply Love, Simply Unforgettable, Simply Magic, and Simply Perfect, her dazzling quartet of novels set at Miss Martina (TM)s School for Girls. A former teacher herself, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers; 1st Hardcover Ed edition (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727822543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727822543
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,602,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Balogh is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Slightly novels: Slightly Married, Slightly Wicked, Slightly Scandalous, Slightly Tempted, Slightly Sinful, and Slightly Dangerous, as well as the romances No Man's Mistress, More than a Mistress, and One Night for Love. She is also the author of Simply Love, Simply Unforgettable, Simply Magic, and Simply Perfect, her dazzling quartet of novels set at Miss Martin's School for Girls. A former teacher herself, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada.

Customer Reviews

I have to say I enjoy Mary Balogh's earlier works.
JL
She keeps readers guessing about Elizabeth's past and what Hetherington has to do with it, and when the truth was revealed some way into the book I was stunned.
Dr W. Richards
There was still some interesting character development afterwards, but the main premise behind the whole novel seemed entirely too predictable to me.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dr W. Richards on March 16, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Elizabeth Rossiter is a governess working in a small town in the south, well away from London and polite society. And that's the way she likes it. Nothing unexpected ever happens; she takes care of her charges, who will soon be launched into Society, and her employers treat her as a member of the family. She's safe.
Even when the new owner of the local big house, Ferndale, arrives to view his property, Elizabeth has no notion that her life is about to be completely disrupted. And why should it? William Mainwaring, the new owner, is perfectly polite and amiable, if a little shy in company. Interestingly, he seems to show a partiality for Elizabeth, despite her position as governess.
But Mainwaring has company on his visit to Ferndale, and one of his guests happens to be Robert Denning, Marquess of Hetherington - a man whom Elizabeth had hoped never to see again. And she'd been successful for more than six years. Until now; until he'd appeared without warning in the place where she'd found sanctuary. And then he seems to be around everywhere Elizabeth goes, giving her disapproving looks, making pointed remarks about mercenary behaviour and even, at one point, warning her off Mainwaring in such terms as make it clear that Hetherington believes that she's only after Mainwaring's money. And, even more insulting, Hetherington even tells Elizabeth that if she needs money she only need apply to him and he will supply it - the implication being that he would be relieved to be able to pay her off.
What was Hetherington and Elizabeth's past relationship? Why does he hate her so much? Why are her feelings for him so clearly torn between hatred and a deep, deep longing? What about Mainwaring's interest in Elizabeth?
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Client d'Amazon on May 1, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Elizabeth Rossiter lives a peaceful life as a Lady companion in Granby, far from the stifled scandal that drove her away from London six years earlier. Taking care of the young Cecily Rowe is all she needs for an uneventful and pretence of a somewhat happy life...
... until shadows of her past come back to haunt her unexpectedly.
They come in the shape of the local manor owner, William Mainwaring, who arrives at Ferndale to get acquainted with the neighbourhood and possibly make Ferndale his main residence. Unfortunately for Elizabeth, Mr Mainwaring brought a party with him, and most especially his best friend Robert Denning, the Marquess of Hetherington, who is obviously involved in whatever drove Elizabeth to leave the high society six years earlier and seek employment.
The first half of the book is purely fascinating. Balogh keeps dropping hints at what happened between Elizabeth and Robert to make them both so cold and cruel to each other. Each of their encounters makes a chill course down the reader's spine, and the hatred between them is extremely well portrayed. Besides, William Mainwaring's behaviour towards the heroine opposes a nice contrast to Robert's iciness.
However, after the high peak of the story, which appears about halfway through (a stunning and very clever revelation that was actually very unexpected, but made a lot of sense), I felt that the plot was dragging on. Until the big revelation, I had been thoroughly enthralled, and the thirty pages immediately following it were probably the best part of the novel. However, what came afterwards seemed to me like unnecessary means to keep the main characters apart.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr W. Richards on May 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Elizabeth Rossiter is a governess working in a small town in the south, well away from London and polite society. And that's the way she likes it. Nothing unexpected ever happens; she takes care of her charges, who will soon be launched into Society, and her employers treat her as a member of the family. She's safe.
Even when the new owner of the local big house, Ferndale, arrives to view his property, Elizabeth has no notion that her life is about to be completely disrupted. And why should it? William Mainwaring, the new owner, is perfectly polite and amiable, if a little shy in company. Interestingly, he seems to show a partiality for Elizabeth, despite her position as governess.
But Mainwaring has company on his visit to Ferndale, and one of his guests happens to be Robert Denning, Marquess of Hetherington - a man whom Elizabeth had hoped never to see again. And she'd been successful for more than six years. Until now; until he'd appeared without warning in the place where she'd found sanctuary. And then he seems to be around everywhere Elizabeth goes, giving her disapproving looks, making pointed remarks about mercenary behaviour and even, at one point, warning her off Mainwaring in such terms as make it clear that Hetherington believes that she's only after Mainwaring's money. And, even more insulting, Hetherington even tells Elizabeth that if she needs money she only need apply to him and he will supply it - the implication being that he would be relieved to be able to pay her off.
What was Hetherington and Elizabeth's past relationship? Why does he hate her so much? Why are her feelings for him so clearly torn between hatred and a deep, deep longing? What about Mainwaring's interest in Elizabeth?
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