by Mary Balogh

April 2007
ISBN: 978-0-385-33823-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Delacorte Press

So far, two of Claudia Martinís schoolteachers have found their true love on the pages of Mary Baloghís novels. Now, with Simply Magic, a third couple will embark on the perilous path to romance.

A former charity student, Susanna Osbourne, loves being a teacher. Orphaned at a young age, she was fortunate to find her way to Miss Martinís school, and it has been her home ever since. She has enjoyed her work in the classroom and counts the other teachers as her closest friends. She is looking forward to spending two weeks with Frances Marshall, a former teacher, and her husband at their estate. It will give her a chance to catch up with one of her closest friends and to relax in the country. She never expected to encounter Viscount Whitleaf or to react so strongly to his presence.

Peter Edgeworth, Viscount Whitleaf, delays his return to his estate in order to avoid another of his motherís disastrous attempts at matchmaking. Since the age of 21, she has been keen to marry him off, and he has resisted so far. It is not that he doesnít want to marry, he just wants to decide for himself who his bride will be. He has too much affection for women to make a shambles of his one chance for wedded bliss. He wants to be sure. In the meantime, he continues his flirtatious ways, making every woman he meets feel special, no matter what their age or station. It is just his charm.

Peter feels an immediate attraction to Miss Osbourne when they are introduced, but she is not impressed with his glib tongue. In fact, his attempts to charm her fail miserably. But she cannot deny that there is something there between them.

The path to true love is never smooth, and this couple has more in common than they realize. Both of them suffered loss at a young age that has affected them into adulthood. Once again, the skillful Ms. Balogh tugs at her readerís emotions with this tale of passion and deeply buried pain. Simply Magic will simply enchant.

Reviewed in March 2007 by Paula.

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