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The Escape (Survivor's Club Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Mary Balogh
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)

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Book Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In this poignant novel of longing and salvation, a hopeful widow and a resilient war hero discover the promise of love’s magic and new beginnings.

 
After surviving the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to move on, his body and spirit in need of a healing touch. Never does Ben imagine that hope will come in the form of a beautiful woman who has seen her own share of suffering. After the lingering death of her husband, Samantha McKay is at the mercy of her oppressive in-laws—until she plots an escape to distant Wales to claim a house she has inherited. Being a gentleman, Ben insists that he escort her on the fateful journey.
 
Ben wants Samantha as much as she wants him, but he is cautious. What can a wounded soul offer any woman? Samantha is ready to go where fate takes her, to leave behind polite society and even propriety in her desire for this handsome, honorable soldier. But dare she offer her bruised heart as well as her body? The answers to both their questions may be found in an unlikely place: in each other’s arms.

Includes Mary Balogh’s charming short story, “The Suitor.”

Praise for The Escape
 
“Bestseller [Mary] Balogh delivers an outstanding third installment of her Survivors’ Club series. . . . This exquisitely written Regency will appeal to Balogh’s legions of fans.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“A heroine who has never felt valued and a hero in search of a new purpose learn to take life as it comes and live each moment to the fullest. This tender, deeply insightful, and beautifully plotted romance shimmers with hope, possibility, and love.”Library Journal (starred review)
 
“Regency romance star Balogh continues her poignant Survivors’ Club series with a quietly intense love story that speaks to open-heartedness, courage and faith in new beginnings.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“A beautifully rendered love story of two wounded and lost souls who find each other and together discover strength and love. Tender, touching and mature, Balogh’s story slowly unfolds, reaching deep into the characters’ emotions demonstrating how love empowers, heals and redeems. Everything about this story is lovely and near perfect.”RT Book Reviews (4-1/2 stars, Top Pick)
 
The Escape is such an apt title—two people escape from unhappy pasts, finding love in their mutual journey. Their capacity for happiness astonishes and delights them and the reader, as they both so deserve their hard-won happily-ever-after.”Heroes and Heartbreakers
 
The Escape is full of excitement, adventure, and enchanting romance. The main characters are so well-developed, and Mary Balogh does such a wonderful job giving the reader a window into their thoughts, that by the end of the book you feel as though you know them intimately.”Fresh Fiction


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“Bestseller [Mary] Balogh delivers an outstanding third installment of her Survivors’ Club series. . . . This exquisitely written Regency will appeal to Balogh’s legions of fans.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“A heroine who has never felt valued and a hero in search of a new purpose learn to take life as it comes and live each moment to the fullest. This tender, deeply insightful, and beautifully plotted romance shimmers with hope, possibility, and love.”Library Journal (starred review)
 
“Regency romance star Balogh continues her poignant Survivors’ Club series with a quietly intense love story that speaks to open-heartedness, courage and faith in new beginnings.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“A beautifully rendered love story of two wounded and lost souls who find each other and together discover strength and love. Tender, touching and mature, Balogh’s story slowly unfolds, reaching deep into the characters’ emotions demonstrating how love empowers, heals and redeems. Everything about this story is lovely and near perfect.”RT Book Reviews (4-1/2 stars, Top Pick)
 
The Escape is such an apt title—two people escape from unhappy pasts, finding love in their mutual journey. Their capacity for happiness astonishes and delights them and the reader, as they both so deserve their hard-won happily-ever-after.”Heroes and Heartbreakers
 
The Escape is full of excitement, adventure, and enchanting romance. The main characters are so well-developed, and Mary Balogh does such a wonderful job giving the reader a window into their thoughts, that by the end of the book you feel as though you know them intimately.”Fresh Fiction

About the Author

Mary Balogh is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including The Proposal and The Arrangement, the acclaimed Slightly and Simply novels, the Mistress trilogy, and the five titles in her Huxtable series: First Comes Marriage, Then Comes Seduction, At Last Comes Love, Seducing an Angel, and A Secret Affair. A former teacher, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1426 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (July 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HP3POEC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,802 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Series So Far July 2, 2014
By arc
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is much better than the preceding two and is the kind of Mary Balogh writing I love. These are GROWN-UPS! Neither Benedict nor Samantha are hysterical, whiney, self pitying, or dumb. They don't make assumptions about each other without asking questions to test the accuracy of their assumptions (those erroneous assumptions are at the heart of too many hysteria driven romance novels which would have no plot at all if the people involved actually talked to each other.) They both face challenges and they recognize what they must do to overcome them. Balogh's best couples do talk to each other, a lot. They converse, argue, tease, laugh, disagree, get angry and make up - in short they actually get to know each other before they make life long commitments. They approach attraction and sex like the normal human activities they are, expressive of desire, tenderness, affection and mutual pleasure. Its not cosmic. They don't pretend they can't live without each other. They in fact know they can (because real people do) and that they will even recover from the heart break if necessary but fortunately don't have to. No one is trying to kill or kidnap anyone else. Samantha's background is a bit mysterious to her but when she fills in the details it is nothing horrible. My only complaint is that the author seems to need to tie up all the loose ends. John and Matilda were not nice characters and Balogh did not have to redeem them in any way to end the story. That felt rather inauthentic. They disappeared from relevance much earlier in the story and should have stayed there.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The world had stopped and they had stepped off" July 3, 2014
By lark
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This is a story of sublime beauty. For the past six years Ben and Samantha suffered the ravages of the Peninsular War. Ben, whose legs had been smashed, had spent that painful time in grim determination to walk again. Samantha, now widowed, had devoted those years to nursing her wounded husband.

Having lost his military career, Ben was searching for a purpose in life. Visiting his sister on a neighboring estate before beginning some aimless travels, Ben and Samantha meet. While there is an attraction between them, their relationship is amicable but distant. Until, that is, Samantha learns she is to be immediately forced to again live with her tyrannical and oppressive in-laws. Desperately seeking the comfort of her friend, Ben's sister, she finds Ben instead.

While agonizing over her prospects, Samantha remembers her mother having briefly mentioned a cottage in western Wales that had been willed to her, whereupon Samantha decides she must immediately set forth toward that cottage, her only sanctuary. Ben is horrified by the prospect of her traveling alone and unprotected, and insists that he accompany her. Thus begins the escape.

The journey had an almost dreamlike quality to it. It was during this journey that time briefly stood still..."The world had stopped and they had stepped off."

What followed was a beautiful development of deepening friendship. They had fun; they enjoyed each other. Samantha was sunny, kind, intuitive, and innocently pragmatic. Ben was thoughtful, protective, kind, and with a sly sense of humor. Their friendship then gently unfolded into a profound love.

Exquisite writing! Exquisite story! Such a joy to read! Every word was a pleasure.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sloooower Than Molasses July 11, 2014
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The characters in this book were very well drawn - problem is, they were too drawn out. Thirty percent of the way into the book, we are still hearing the thoughts over and over in Samantha's head about the 5 years she spent taking care of her husband supposedly without even one hour of freedom? Oh, did I mention she spent five long years taking care of her husband without any. type. of. a break. If not, let me say it one more time just so you won't forget this fact - indeed, five. long. years. of nursing her husband. By the way, he was a total jerk and when he passed, his even jerkier sister came to boss Samantha around - insisting that she wear horrible mourning clothes that did not fit, no drapes open in the house, heavy veil, no social life at all except to church once each week and Samantha allowed this for far too long. Finally... Samantha begins to stand up for herself. Plus, we have Benedict mulling over and over in his mind about what he can do to have an interesting life - he has basically allowed his younger brother and his family to take over his property and doesn't feel comfortable asserting his rights to oversee it. Man up and go get your property back if you think that will help - we're tired of reading about it.

I thought the romance part of the story would never get going and finally, about 40% of the way into the book, when Benedict and Samantha actually got going somewhere - thankfully - even if it was to Wales, then I thought okay, now, perhaps some real action.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
Mary Balogh never disappoints! I definitely recommend this book!
Published 4 days ago by C. McClanahan
3.0 out of 5 stars Not long enough, wasn`t ready for it to end ...
Not long enough,wasn`t ready for it to end..Val
Published 5 days ago by Val
3.0 out of 5 stars this does not seem like a Mary Balogh book
As others have said, this does not seem like a Mary Balogh book. She is my favorite author, but right from the start this does not seem like her writing. Read more
Published 12 days ago by D. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Yes!
Love The Survivors Club Series, but this was my favorite so far. Interesting people and fantastic Hero and Heroine. Read more
Published 16 days ago by D. M. Crane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love all of her books. I take them on vacation to relax.
Published 21 days ago by Jamie Montero
5.0 out of 5 stars I have to admit I very nearly gave up on this story about a quarter of...
I am so enjoying the survivors club stories. How does she create such powerfully emotive story lines. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Kate Hawkes
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this entire series
Love this entire series!!!! Mary Balogh brings to life every character & what they're dealing with. Will make you smile, laugh & cry - all at the same time!
Published 24 days ago by Dee Foster
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm not going to waste my breath as there are already loads of reviews
I'm not going to waste my breath as there are already loads of reviews. I had this book in my TBR folder for nearly 5 months and only read it now because I'd preordered 'Only... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Sandy Milan
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything is low key & while some may find that boring, I find it...
Historical romance with sex.

This is the 3rd of the Survivor Club series. You can read it as a stand alone, though the rest of the survivors make an appearance. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Cynthia M. Keller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I have enjoyed all the survivors club books and this is no exception!!!
Published 29 days ago by gloria morgan
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More 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 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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