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?
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can Great be redundant?...too heavy on the formula
if the whole book was as good as the climatic reveal of the heroine's past experience and the hero's fight for her
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.
Tragic Heroine and Carefree Dandy
- Kelli "I love losing myself in books of any kind"