Enter the world of New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh, where the magic, romance and mystery of Regency England come vibrantly to life . . .
Ralph Stockwood prides himself on being a leader, but when he convinced his friends to fight in the Napoleonic Wars, he never envisioned being the sole survivor. Racked with guilt over their deaths, Ralph must move on . . . and find a wife to secure an heir to his family's title and fortune.
Since her Seasons in London ended in disaster, Chloe Muirhead is resigned to spinsterhood. Driven by the need to escape her family, she takes refuge at the home of her mother's godmother, where she meets Ralph. He needs a wife. She wants a husband. So Chloe makes the outrageous suggestion to strike a bargain and get married. One condition: Ralph has to promise that he will never take her back to London. But circumstances change. And to Ralph, it was only a promise.
'A matchless storyteller' RT Book Reviews
'A romance writer of mesmerizing intensity.' Mary Jo Putney
'Mary Balogh just keeps getting better and better.' The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
'Balogh can always be depended on to deliver a beautifully written Regency romance with appealing, unusual characters.' Publishers Weekly
The fifth Survivor's Club Regency romance (after Only Enchanting) introduces a fine specimen of Balogh's trademark wounded heroes: Ralph Stockwood, Earl of Berwick, who returned from war scarred inside and out. Unable to forgive himself for the deaths of his school chums, he has little interest in society but knows he must eventually secure an heir. While visiting his grandmother, Ralph meets her young companion, Chloe Muirhead, who believes herself to be unmarriageable. Chloe surprises them both by proposing a loveless but mutually respectful alliance, and Ralph accepts her offer, promising her a secluded life in the country. But when Ralph's grandfather dies, the young couple become the Duke and Duchess of Worthingham, and Chloe must face the family scandal that caused her to flee London. As her cold husband becomes a pillar of strength, Chloe begins to yearn for more than passion in the dark, not realizing Ralph feels the same way. No one does a marriage of convenience like Balogh, and this series entry will leave the reader longing for the next book.