The Arrangement by Mary Balogh

78%

18 Critic Reviews

There is immediate and convincing chemistry between these two lonely souls, and well-drawn supporting characters round out the story. Future series installments promise more compellingly tormented heroes.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A mesmerizing story of passionate awakening and redemption, Mary Balogh’s new novel unites a war hero consigned to darkness with a remarkable woman who finds her own salvation by showing him the light of love.
 

Desperate to escape his mother’s matchmaking, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, flees to a remote country village. But even there, another marital trap is sprung. So when Miss Sophia Fry’s intervention on his behalf finds her unceremoniously booted from her guardian’s home, Vincent is compelled to act. He may have been blinded in battle, but he can see a solution to both their problems: marriage.
 
At first, quiet, unassuming Sophia rejects Vincent’s proposal. But when such a gloriously handsome man persuades her that he needs a wife of his own choosing as much as she needs protection from destitution, she agrees. Her alternative is too dreadful to contemplate. But how can an all-consuming fire burn from such a cold arrangement? As friendship and camaraderie lead to sweet seduction and sensual pleasure, dare they believe a bargain born of desperation might lead them both to a love destined to be?

Praise for The Arrangement
 
“Balogh understands not only the era, with all its nuances, but [also] knows her characters so thoroughly that readers are swept into her stories. There’s a natural reserve—a calmness and quiet in her prose—that allows the tenderness of the romance to tug at the reader’s heart. This is a beautifully rendered marriage-of-convenience love story that will win a place on keeper shelves.”—RT Book Reviews (4-1/2 stars)
 
“This sexy, touching book revisits the marriage-of-convenience plot, joining two heroic, conflicted characters who are navigating their own versions of darkness and delivering them to the redemptive power of love. Regency best-seller Balogh once again takes a standard romance trope and imbues it with heart, emotional intelligence and flawless authenticity.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
“This touching, totally enthralling story overflows with subtle humor, brilliant dialog, breathtaking sensuality, and supporting characters you want to know better.”—Library Journal (starred review)
 
“Balogh can always be depended on to deliver a beautifully written Regency romance with appealing, unusual characters, and the second in her new Survivors’ Club series (after The Proposal) is no exception. . . . Future series installments promise more compellingly tormented heroes.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“[A] poignant and thoughtful romance.”—Booklist
 
“A compassionate love story with a unique hero and heroine . . . The dialogue is snappy, and the climax . . . is exciting and helps bring about the blissful ending. . . . The Arrangement [is] a must read.”—Fresh Fiction


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About Mary Balogh

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Mary Balogh is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including The Secret Mistress, the acclaimed Slightly and Simply novels, 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.
 
Published August 27, 2013 by Dell. 379 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Arrangement
All: 18 | Positive: 15 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Excellent
on Aug 04 2013

Regency best-seller Balogh once again takes a standard romance trope and imbues it with heart, emotional intelligence and flawless authenticity.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Publiusher's Weekly on Jun 17 2013

There is immediate and convincing chemistry between these two lonely souls, and well-drawn supporting characters round out the story. Future series installments promise more compellingly tormented heroes.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jun 17 2013

There is immediate and convincing chemistry between these two lonely souls, and well-drawn supporting characters round out the story.

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All About Romance

Below average
Reviewed by Alexandra Anderson on Sep 01 2013

I’m not saying I wish this had been a dramatic, heart-wrenching tale of woe and potential marital problems, but perhaps I could have done with fewer rainbows and rays of sparkling sunshine.

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All About Romance

Good
Reviewed by Alexandra Anderson on Aug 27 2013

The book was wonderful, the writing wonderful, the characters wonderful. Vincent and Sophia were lifelike people—both very young and excited to explore the world together. They reminded me some of a few young men and women I know.

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Lancashire Evening Post

Good
Reviewed by Pam Norfolk on Aug 30 2013

Balogh turns up the heat in this captivating story which centres on the sizzling, slow-build romance between Vincent and Sophia whose personal chemistry certainly sets all the action on fire.

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Fresh Fiction

Excellent
Reviewed by Lee Erin Berryhill on Aug 04 2013

The uniqueness of THE ARRANGEMENT makes for a must read, and readers will want to read all the books in Balogh's Survivors' Club series.

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Reading Reality

Good
Reviewed by Marlene Harris on Sep 13 2013

They grow towards each other from an unusual start, making this an odd sort of combination arranged marriage/friends-into-lovers combination.

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BookNAround

Above average
Reviewed by Kristen on Sep 03 2013

It is a nice novel populated by nice people who have hurdles to overcome, certainly: Vincent's dependence because of his blindness and Sophie's feelings of insignificance and shyness.

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Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Sharin Galligar Chance on Sep 13 2013

I was absolutely charmed by this story. I enjoy Regency romances to begin with and Mary Balogh is so good at delivering a lively story with plenty of description, and a cast of interesting characters in her tales.

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The Romance Dish

Good
Reviewed by Janga on Aug 26 2013

I highly recommend this book to readers who appreciate a character-driven romance that keeps the focus on the hero and heroine and their growth as individuals and as a couple.

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Broken Teepee

Good
on Mar 01 2013

I enjoyed the story and loved the ending. What more can you say for a romance novel? These two were certainly a couple to root for.

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bookworm2bookworm's Blog

Good
Reviewed by Connie on Aug 19 2012

The sensitivity with which Ms. Balogh wrote this novel expressing the emotions of Vincent as a blind person and the hurt Sophia knew as a child are very well done.

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It's My Genre, Baby

Above average
Reviewed by Meoskop on Aug 30 2013

The first half of The Arrangement is stronger than the second. Sophia doesn't really get her sainthood rolling until after she meets Vincent's friends. Characterization is stronger before Sophia is demoted from new friend to care coordinator.

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A Chick Who Reads

Excellent
Reviewed by The Mistress of the Dark on Aug 28 2013

Mary Balogh is a master of regency romance. The Arrangement is an enjoyable read, though a bit considering the plot. At times the novel seemed to drag, with mundane things about Sophia and Vincent.

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http://urbangirlreader.com

Good
Reviewed by Sherri W. on Sep 11 2013

If you enjoy historical romances focused on the main characters then this is one that you shouldn’t miss.

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Let Them Read Books

Above average
Reviewed by Jenny Q on Sep 02 2013

It was a very sweet story, and certainly not a bad book by any means--there's no such thing as a bad Mary Balogh book!--but at the end, there was really nothing memorable about it to make it stand out from the crowd.

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Fiction State of Mind

Good
Reviewed by Fiction State of Mind on Aug 27 2011

I don't want to give away what Vincent’s did ability it adds a unique element to the story and the romance. This book also has a wonderful group of supporting characters.

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