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One Night For Love: Bedwyn series: Book 1 [Kindle Edition]

Mary Balogh
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Book Description

Neville Wyatt, Earl of Kilbourne, awaits his new bride at the altar - when a ragged beggar woman races down the aisle instead. The cream of the ton see him stare, shocked, then declare that this is his late wife! One night of passion is all he remembers of Lily, the woman he'd wed, loved, and lost on the battlefield in Portugal. Now he must endeavour to honour his commitment to her - regardless of the gulf that lies between them.Lily wants only to start a new life - with a husband who truly loves her. She leaves Wyatt to learn how to meet his world on her terms and upon her return Lily soon becomes the toast of the ton, every inch a countess fit for the earl. Wyatt vows to prove to his remarkable wife that what he feels for her is more than desire, that what he wants from her is much more than simply one night for love . . .

Editorial Reviews Review

Mary Balogh's latest historical romance, One Night for Love, will delight readers with the skillfully woven tale of Neville Wyatt, Major Lord Newbury, the Earl of Kilbourne, and Lily Doyle, beautiful but common-born daughter of Kilbourne's sergeant, who has spent her life following her father and England's army. When Lily's father is mortally wounded, Neville promises the dying man that he will protect Lily by marrying her and giving her his name; as an officer's wife--and a viscountess to boot--Lily will be treated with respect in case of capture. But the two share only one glorious night of passion and discovery after their wedding, for the next day Neville watches in horror as Lily, his wife and the woman he loves, is killed in a skirmish with the French. He, too, is severely wounded and barely escapes with his life. Eighteen months later, Neville is again preparing to be married, this time to the eminently suitable young woman his family has always planned for him to wed. However, one of the guests, albeit uninvited, has grounds to object to the union; the groom is already married--to her! Neville and Lily struggle to wed their worlds together while overcoming the horror of Lily's capture and imprisonment, while a secret lurks nearby that threatens to destroy their growing love. Balogh's latest effort is an extraordinary tale of love found, lost, and found again. --Alison Trinkle

From Publishers Weekly

Bestselling author Balogh (The Last Waltz) bursts the bounds of genre in this emotionally complex Regency. Enchanting and lovely Lily Doyle, a sergeant's daughter, is hurriedly married to Neville Wyatt, Major Lord Newbury, in Portugal, after her father is killed in a military skirmish: if she's captured by the French, her status as an officer's wife will protect her. Another battle ensues, and Neville, who's wounded, wakes up believing that Lily has been killed. More than a year later, back in England, a very much alive Lily interrupts Neville's second wedding. Aside from one jilted bride, all's as it's meant to be. But whatever seemed right and good in Portugal is suddenly terribly wrong in England. Lily's no lady: illiterate and rough around the edges, she's hardly the proper material for an earl's wife. Love may not conquer all. A passionate novel with mature, compelling characters who struggle for self-knowledge and for the survival of their loves, this is one of Balogh's best. (July)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 486 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (October 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049MPHGW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,923 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary story April 4, 2001
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It's a perfect spring day, and Nevill Wyatt, Earl of Kilbourne, waits for his bride to walk down the aisle towards him. When she does, he is shocked, because although his wife is walking towards him, she is not the woman he'd intended to marry that day. Instead, she's the woman he married on a battlefield eighteen months before and thought was dead.
Lily, the illiterate daughter of a sergeant, had survived the attack which severely wounded Neville, but she'd then been captured and had been held prisoner for many months. Her captors had refused to accept that she was an officer's wife and she had become the sexual slave of one. Finally, she was released and she walked through Portugal before she managed to get transport back to England and Neville.
But, once reunited with the man who had married her as a death-bed promise to her father that he would protect her, Lily realises just how far apart they are. Neville is a member of the nobility, surrounded by family and friends who are just like him. She doesn't know how to dress, to make polite conversation, to behave among the upper-classes; she can't even read, write or play the piano-forte. Much as she loves Neville, she just doesn't fit in. She's not even sure, at first, whether Neville wouldn't have preferred her to be dead, although before long he shows her in the most perfect way that he still loves her.
But she still doesn't fit in... and then Neville finds out that their marriage was never registered, which means that they aren't legally married. He instantly tells her that he will take her to London to marry her again, legally this time, but she refuses. She will not stay with him in a world where she doesn't belong. He has a second chance, without her.
Enter Elizabeth, Neville's aunt, and a wonderful character.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, but a somewhat hard story to read November 22, 2004
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In many ways, this is one of Mary Balogh's best books. It is beatifully written, with a strong sense of emotion throughout. But I found that I really didn't like it, and even stopped reading the story halfway through when I first read this book a year ago. I came back to this book when I started "A Summer to Remember" and realized that Lauren, the heroine of that book, is the same Lauren as "One Night for Love". I enjoyed this story more the second time around, when I realized that Lauren will have a happy ending eventually, and I also found it helpful in understanding "A Summer to Remember". While Lauren is first introduced in this book, she is definitely a developed person here, and it makes "A Summer to Remember" much more meaningful when I have already met Lauren in the previous book.

But I still didn't like this book too much. Not because this is not well written - this is probably one of the most beautifully written books that I have ever read. Just that it is so sad, in so many ways.

Every romance book has to have an impediment to everlasting happiness between the h/h - otherwise there wouldn't be a story. Sometimes outside forces (the easiest way to accomplish this is when they are from different worlds - class differences in an historical novel, or in a contemporary - different ways of life - construction worker/intellectual, rich/poor, etc.), sometimes it is the personalities of the two people themselves, oh, the list can be quite long depending on the ingenuity of the writer herself. In this book there are quite a few obstacles to everlasting happiness between Neville, our hero, and Lily, who is the designated heroine of this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable! Sweet story! March 24, 2004
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I really liked this book! I am a Mary Balogh fan, and this is my favorite thus far! Lily, the heroine, is a plucky sergeant's daughter, and Neville, an officer from the upper crust rebelling against authority. He left her for dead in Portugal, just after their marriage-of-necessity had been consumated. Now he is getting married again, and guess who shows up, very much alive?
While the idea of a blue-blooded earl actually marrying a commoner in those days may be somewhat far-fetched, I still loved reading about it. I loved how Lily kept her own personality, despite being molded into a countess of much renown. I loved how Neville cared for her so deeply. I loved the fairy tale "happily ever after" thoughts that pervaded the book. I kept telling my husband, this story is so sweet!"
Mind you, it has lots of good scenes of intimacy, just to keep it interesting ;-). Don't expect it to be rated G just becuase the story is sweet, the racy bits are definitely "hard R". Grab some chocolates and this book and prepare for a great evening of entertainment.
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29 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A premise that wasn't explored thoroughly enough January 4, 2003
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Neville Wyatt, the Earl of Kilbourne, is standing at the altar, waiting for his bride, when a woman dressed like a beggar barges into the church. Much to the shock of the beau monde gathered for the occasion, Neville immediately recognises the intruder as Lily Doyle, the woman he secretly married on a battlefield in Portugal one year earlier, their union the result of an honour-bound promise made to Lily's father as he died.
Neville thought Lily was dead; the day after their wedding and one night of passion mingling with their mourning for Lily's father, they'd been caught in an ambush and both of them were shot. In fact, Lily was made a prisoner and despite the protection of her marriage to an officer, she was forced to become her jailor's sexual slave before she was freed and could travel back to England to find Neville -- a traumatising experience that is somewhat underused.
But back to the general premise... Neville had been taken away from the ambush scene unconscious. He had woken later, had been told that Lily was dead, and had gone back to England and Newbury Abbey, where he'd proceeded get on with his life as the Earl of Kilbourne. This included a marriage to his cousin and childhood friend, Lauren, betrothed to him by birth.
One reviewer wonders why Neville didn't bother to look for Lily, and although I wouldn't put it in quite as strong terms, it is an interesting question. Neville was an army officer at the time, and one who'd just escaped from what could have been a lethal bullet wound. If he'd loved Lily that dearly, why hadn't he looked for her instead of running back home and gone back to his life? Lily forgives him and even claims there was no guilt to begin with, but I wasn't convinced myself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful love story!!!!
One of the very best I have read in a long while! Lilly and Neville are perfect!! Great characters....I fell in love with all of them!!
Published 1 month ago by Vanessa Ortiz-Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book, as are all of her books. I enjoyed reading it.
Published 1 month ago by Bonnie J. Gary
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Mary Balogh is an excellent writer of love stories.
Published 1 month ago by Clara Inman
3.0 out of 5 stars excellent story, shameful editing
When the plot and characters of a book are inhibited by misspelled words, misplaced punctuation and absolutely wrong words, then it cannot be fully appreciated as the jewel it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tracey A. Kassman
5.0 out of 5 stars so believeable
With all the dirt and evil of war out there to be experienced, the protagonists suffered it all and got through without miricules but suffered like we all must and survived on... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Howard Heneson
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good series from Mary Balogh
I enjoyed this tale from Mary Balogh, as I do most of hers. This is the start of the Bedwyn Saga, and I purchased all of them and am into book 3 now. Read more
Published 2 months ago by OHM
4.0 out of 5 stars Mary Balogh writes the best regency books of any writer that I know
Mary Balogh writes the best regency books of any writer that I know, there is so much detail in every story one can't read enough of her books . Read more
Published 2 months ago by margaret weightman
5.0 out of 5 stars One Night for Love
This was the an awesome book. It drew me in from the first page to the last. I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!
Published 2 months ago by Jacqueline Lansdell
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Mary Balogh
It has been awhile since I read one of Mary's book but she has always been a favorite. She knows how to tell a good story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brenda C Barbour
4.0 out of 5 stars quick read
Quick read and while a predictable storyline, an entertaining read. Lots of typos but not too distracting since one could guess what the word was supposed to be.
Published 3 months ago by hkyoon
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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.


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