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  1. Lady Wesley Lady Wesley says:

    Dora Debbins was enjoying a hot cup of tea after a trying day of teaching music to the children of Inglebrook in Gloucestershire She mostly enjoyed her life but she still missed her younger sister Agnes who had lived with Dora for a year after she was widowed She had raised Agnes twelve years her junior from childhood after their mother fled from her unhappy marriage But Agnes had recently married Flavian Arnott Viscount Ponsonby and moved away; both she and her husband had encouraged Dora to live with them but Dora preferred feeling useful She was very very thankful for her modest pretty cottage and her independent employment and lonely existence No not lonely – solitarySometimes however her mind wandered back to a party at nearby Middlebury Park where Dora had played the harp and pianoforte after dinner The Duke of Stanbrook had been especially kind to Dora and she had felt like a celebrity He had paid a call at Dora's modest cottage last year when attending the festivities surrounding Agnes' and Flavian's wedding Flavian's illustrious friends who called themselves the Survivors' Club had again gathered at Middlebury Park and again Dora felt alive than ever in her entire life But as a thirty nine year old spinster Dora allowed herself to entertain no romantic notions Meanwhile at Stanbrook House in London George Crabbe waved farewell to his house guests and settled into his comfortable library chair reflecting how nice it was to know that he could do anything or nothing with his time During the past two years he had traveled hither and yon attending the weddings of all six of his closest friends all members of the Survivors' Club Now the weddings were over and George was lost in reflection He had become the Duke of Stanbrook at the age of seventeen married at eighteen and become a father at nineteen but both his wife and his son had died twelve years ago He was wealthy popular and handsome at the age of forty eight And yet “He was lonely damn it To the marrow of his bones and the depths of his soul He almost always had been” George did not want to engage a mistress or marry a girl half his age He did not need an heir as his nephew was ideally suited to succeed to the title What had occurred to his mind last night was that marriage might bring him companionship possible a real friendship Perhaps even someone in the nature of a soul mate And yes someone to lie beside him in bed at night to soothe his loneliness and provide the regular pleasure of sexImagine Dora's shock when George appears unexpectedly in her parlor announces that he has just arrived from London and asks “I wondered Miss Debbins if you might do me the great honor of marrying me” Dora is understandably taken aback and George rather bungles his explanation at first In the end though he overcomes his Darcy like beginning Or is there a chance that you too would like a friend and companion all your own that you too would like to belong exclusively to one other person and have him belong to you Is there a chance that you would be willing to leave your life here and come to Cornwall and Penderris with me Not just as my friend but as my life's partnerThus begins the seventh and final book in Mary Balogh's Survivors' Club series The survivors – five men and one woman – each suffered traumatic injuries in the wars agains Napoleon and the Duke of Stanbrook whose son had died in battle opened his estate in Cornwall as a convalescent home Out of than two dozen officers who lived there six had stayed for some three years and the bond between them was stronger perhaps than family Each of the six previous books focused on one survivor's struggles their sometimes incomplete recovery and their path to happiness in marriage Although these are romances Mary Balogh does not sugar coat the realities of war and its aftermath For this she is to be commended although sometimes it makes for uncomfortable reading Only Beloved is uite different from the others however George was not a soldier injured in war His only child was killed in battle and shortly thereafter his wife took her own life Opening his home to those in need of longer term care was one way of assuaging his grief He has appeared in all six books as a kind of loving father figure to the others but we know very little about him really And contrary to the standard romance plot this books begins with the proposal and the wedding and only afterwards tells the story of George and Dora truly falling in love This is a uiet book Some readers may find the first half or so a bit slow but I did not probably because George and Dora are so well written and their relationship so beautifully and gradually revealed As an ahem older reader I reveled in the notion that this mature couple could find romance and even passion as they experience the ordinary events of everyday life But if you're looking for adventure this book is not for you There is no Great Villain or Big Secret shadowing their lives There are however a villain and some secrets – things which complicate but do not overshadow George and Dora's lives It becomes apparent to Dora that George the deeply compassionate man who took on everyone else's burdens has never had anyone to share his George has suffered tremendously but he is reticent to share his experience with anyone until his fear of losing Dora convincers him to open up There is a bit of a mystery here which was rather well done; I did not anticipate the answer Dora has conflicted feelings about her parents Her life was almost ruined when her father publicly accused her mother of infidelity After her mother fled with her supposed lover her parents divorced and Dora gave up her hopes for a Season in London to stay home and raise Agnes The two women have never forgiven their mother and also have some degree of resentment toward their rather distant father for his imprudent public accusation When Dora learns that her mother happily remarried for some twenty years lives in London that Agnes' husband has been to see her and that Agnes refuses do likewise she is torn She benefits from George's huge talent for compassion and understanding as he supports her through her decision whether to reestablish a relationship with her mother George and Dora are expertly drawn Dora is intelligent modest and sensible Becoming a duchess does not make her giddy as I believe it would me Rank is not her purpose in marrying George and she blossoms under his love and attention George is downright adorable His thoughtfulness – buying a harp for Dora bringing her old piano to Penderris encouraging her to play and sing for him – made me fall a little bit in love with him myself They are the focus of the plot but there are several vivid secondary characters I was especially touched by the story of Dora's mother and her husband and repelled by the gossipy Mrs Parkinson I adored the story of George and Dora It was great fun to visit with all of the survivors their spouses and their growing families The author spends a good deal of space on the backstory of the Survivors' Club which I found distracting While technically this could be read as a standalone I think that something would be lost from not knowing about the survivors Mary Balogh has been writing for than thirty years with seventy novels and almost thirty novellas to her credit I believe that the Survivors' Club series is her crowning achievement; all seven books are excellent stories of damaged people struggling to achieve some degree of recovery and happiness despite their injuries I urge you to read them all

  2. Caz Caz says:

    I've given this a B at AAR so that's 45 starsOnly Beloved is the seventh and final book in Mary Balogh’s Survivor’s Club series about a group of people – six men and one woman – who sustained injuries and trauma both physical and mental as a result of the Napoleonic Wars I’ve enjoyed all the books and think it’s been one of the strongest and most consistent series around in the historical sub genre in the last few years Ms Balogh has created a cast of memorable and engaging characters in the Survivors and their partners and has not sugar coated their various ordeals or glossed over the difficulties they have experienced during their recoveriesThe group met when one of their number George Crabbe the Duke of Stanbrook decided to turn his Cornwall home of Penderris into a hospital for wounded combatants who needed intense and extended care than could be found elsewhere After several years most of the patients had returned to their homes and families but there were six who remained needing a longer convalescence and it’s these six whose stories were told in the previous books George has been a permanent presence in all of them and his story – or what we know of it so far – is also a tragic one His son was killed in the war and his wife committed suicide by throwing herself off the cliffs not far from the house yet he has not shared the whole of the story with the six people he loves most in the world putting their healing above his own and because he feels those secrets are not his to divulgeAs George waves off Imogen and Percy from Only a Kiss after their wedding he can’t help feeling that perhaps it’s time he made a similar change in his own life At forty eight he has been a widower for twelve years and admits to himself that he doesn’t want to spend the rest of his life alone He would like to find a mature like minded woman to be his friend his companion and – hopefully his lover George doesn’t want love or passion emotions he associates with the fervor of youth and with his own disastrous youthful infatuation for the woman he was or less pushed into marrying when he was just seventeen – but friendship affection and physical intimacy certainly those things are not too much to hope forWhen George considers the prospect of marriage he is somewhat surprised to discover that the thought brings with it the image of one particular woman and that somehow the idea of marrying is tied up with his thoughts of her Dora Debbins is the older sister of Agnes who is now married to Flavian Arnott one of the Survivors Only Enchanting and who now lives alone in the small village of Inglebrook in Gloucestersuire close to Middlebury Park home of Vincent and Sophia from The Arrangement where she makes her living as a music teacherDora is stunned when the Duke of Stanbrook whom she met briefly a year ago turns up unannounced on her doorstep and asks her to marry him She has not seen him during that year although she can’t deny that she was just a little smitten with him before and is as attracted to him now as she was then George’s proposal is honest and sweet – ”I like the idea of looking at you every day of the rest of my life” – and Dora who had never thought to marry and who like George can’t deny that she is lonely – acceptsOnly Beloved is a gently moving and poignant story about two mature people falling in love and discovering that age is no bar to romance or passion I suspect that some readers may feel it’s too slow but I certainly didn’t because the characters are so well drawn and their relationship is so very well developed It’s not the sort of book where the romance evolves through large gestures or sweeping events; here it’s the little everyday things that reveal so much of the depth of feeling that lies between Dora and George like the pleasure he takes in listening to her play the harp or the piano or the obvious pleasure they find in each other’s companyThat’s not to say that everything is plain sailing however There is an important secondary plotline that was begun in Only Enchanting when it was revealed that Dora and Agnes had been affected by the terrible scandal that ensued when their mother ran off with another man and their father divorced her This happened as Dora was about to make her début so she never had her season or the chance to make a good marriage and instead stayed at home to raise five year old Agnes George senses that Dora is conflicted about her mother and that she needs to find some sort of closure encouraging her and supporting her through her decisions in a way which shows very clearly what a wonderful support he must have been to the Survivors too a man with a huge capacity to love those who need it and to offer comfort and understandingYet he is as Dora comes to realise weighed down by troubles of his own that he is reluctant to share He wants the past to stay in the past and is intent on enjoying his life the way it is now but not even a duke has the power to prevent the past from intruding on the present in a highly painful way There is a moment towards the end of the story which smacks of melodrama and is so different in tone to the rest of the book that it jars somewhat; but with that said it is probably meant to come across that way given that the person involved is so obviously unhinged It is also the event that finally shocks George into sharing his deepest secrets and the pain and grief he has kept hidden for so long and which finally means that he and Dora can face the rest of their lives together unencumbered by sorrowful recollections and can remember the past with fondness rather than with upsetI thoroughly enjoyed the novel which has a rather lovely autumnal feel about it This is no whirlwind romance or heated passion – although George and Dora are certainly physically attracted to each other and enjoy making love together – but a beautifully written romance in which two lonely people come together for the sake of companionship and find much There’s a sweet epilogue in which we get to meet all the Survivors and their families – although keeping track of who’s who among all the children is difficult – which nicely and neatly rounds out the series and which allows readers a little time to say goodbye to the members of the Survivor’s Club that we’ve come to know over the past few yearsOnly Beloved may not be my favourite book of the series but it’s close to the top of the list – and anyway each has been so strong that even a non favourite rates highly than the majority of the other books I’ve read recently I’m sorry to say farewell to the Survivor’s Club but have enjoyed every entry and am sure I’ll be revisiting some if not all of them in the future

  3. Lyuda Lyuda says:

    Once again Mary Balogh weaves her magic and creates a wonderful story full of goodness and little sadness story that is both uplifting and just a tad melancholicThe book final in the series is George's and Dora’s story He is the man who brought all the members of the Survivors' Club together He was like a father figure to them older than the rest and mourning the death of his wife and son She is a minor character in one of the Survivors’ Club storiesThe plot is deceptively simple two lonely middle age people got married to provide comfort and companionship to each other and to help hold the loneliness at bay There is a little action at the end but mostly it’s a uiet and beautifully told story of two protagonists slowly falling in love and discovering that There was a romance of middle age toouieter and less demonstrative but nevertheless well romantic Both George and Dora experienced life shattering events that altered their lives forced them to suppress their longings and aspirations but also made them better peopleWe find Dora’s backstory fairly early on and its resolution is both realistic and wonderfully portrayed George’s story is complex and shrouded in secret Having read many of the author’s books I guessed his secret almost right away as it reminded me of the other MB storyBoth characters are EXTREMELY likable and in case of George almost fall into a saintly category It’s thanks to the author’s masterful stroke that he didn’t uite go that way but remained with a human race How can you not love a man who say things like this You do not cling to what you love You give it wings instead and let it fly I love love their mature age 4839 and that they behave according to their age There was no silly over drama no constant lustful thoughts no stupid miscommunicationmisunderstandings The protagonists’ relationship is that of mutual respect and affection that gradually turns into love There was almost an absence of the thing that frankly made me crazy in other stories of the series rehashing of the same events from the protagonists’ points of view again and againAlso the author had shown an admirable restraint in what I always thought is not her forte description of sex scenes Usually they come across as too clinical and cringe worthy This book is definitely not a clean read but most sex scenes do fade into darknessI have to say that although I’m a huge fan of the author the Survivor Series has never been a favorite series of mine This book is definitely one of the best in the series And the epilogue just added to the feeling of comfort and content for me

  4. Sophia Sophia says:

    Can you both dread and anticipate the same book Yes you can when you're getting the last book in a favorite series Naturally my dread is for the fact that I must say good bye to a series and cast of characters that I have loved but the anticipation came from who was the last of the Survivor's Club to get his story Not just a few times I wondered about the strong wise gentle and patient man who was the backbone of this group older and with his share of heartbreak and grief And who was to be his heroine The story that unfolded was a gentle marriage of convenience that became so much for which has become something of a stock in trade for this author As I've just said this is the final book in The Survivor's Club series While some of the books in the series can be taken out of order or as standalones this one leans toward needing to be read behind the others just because it not only gives the latest pair's romance but wraps up the series and brings it full circle with a huge cast of characters that would confuse a new reader to the seriesThe story opens with George Crabbe Duke of Stanbrook waving good bye to the last of his guests after the London wedding of his friends and realizing that all the Survivors are now married found love and have families that is all except him But George has been considering what to do about his loneliness and daringly sets his plan into actionDora Debbins is firmly on the shelf She is content with her cottage and teaching music to people in the village If she looks wistfully at her sister's happy marriage and wonders what would her life be like if their mother hadn't run off with a man and the scandal resulting in divorce hadn't ruined her chance to have a season well that just makes her normal But her wistful dreams are interrupted by the man who as starred in her daydreams for over a year with the most outlandish and out of the blue proposal Dora wed a duke in a big society weddingGeorge and Dora prepare for their nuptials both a bit shy and both secretly happy and worried that something bad will come to mar things George holds a secret that even his closest friends doesn't know and he is convinced that the past must remain firmly left there and that he and his new bride will live in the present and for their future Dora isn't so sure and knows that whatever George is holding back might be spilling into their future because even though George takes care and gives comfort to everyone else there has been no one to take the dark shadows away from his own life But love might find a way if a vengeful man from George's past doesn't get to them firstThe story is rather gentle as things go for a marriage of convenience but it made sense because this pair of lovers are older and have weathered tough times in their past They are mature and act like it This is not to say that there is no conflict or that it is easy Dora brings her unresolved issues over her parents' past actions and George's secret past is rising up to cause them both lots of trouble They have the awkward proposal scene wedding night jitters and adjustments to being a married pairThe bulk of the story is George and Dora's romance which isn't devoid of its passionate moments and time of personal healing but there were several scenes with all the Survivors that made for a satisfying farewell book I can easily recommend the book to those who like slightly spicy heartwarming character driven historical romance that isn't afraid to touch on some tough issues that people can face at the timeMy thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review

  5. ♥Rachel♥ ♥Rachel♥ says:

    45 StarsMary Balogh’s historical romance series has been lovely The past characters have come through the Napoleonic Wars with physical mental and emotional scars but survived and triumphed with the help of the fellow Survivors’ Club members These members met and recuperated at Penderris Hall and its owner George Crabbe the Duke of Stanbrook helped each of them Forty eight year old George didn’t fight in the war but his son was killed and soon after his wife threw herself off a cliff because she was so overcome with grief that she didn’t want to live Twelve years later George is at a point in his life where he doesn’t want to be alone any The idea of marriage and companionship is something he can’t stop thinking about but only with one woman in his mind Dora Debbins George met Dora while at one of the Survivors’ Clubs yearly gatherings and was taken with her understated beauty “serene dignity” and amazing musical talent And so George goes to propose a marriage of contentment companionship and physical relations but without the offer of romantic or passionate love George felt like he was past the age to offer that kind of fanciful romance but of course I was hoping he’d be proved wrong Why should age exclude someone from that kind of love Thirty nine year old Dora is considered a spinster and has given up any hope of marriage at this point However she doesn’t regret putting her life on hold to care for her younger sister when their mother left while Dora was just seventeen and Agnes was five Plus Dora has a fulfilling life as a music teacher something Dora loves to do and makes a decent living at Even if she is lonely at times Dora still leads a mostly content and happy life But when George arrives and proposes her stomach turns to butterflies because she can hardly believe she’d have a chance to experience the joys of marriage physical and emotional closeness and with a Duke no less With George’s offer on the table Dora can now admit that she was impressed and infatuated with him when she met him all those months ago And it feels like her life has turned into a fairytale Dora uickly realizes that while George is an excellent and compassionate listener deriving happiness from helping others work through their past pain he is very tight lipped about his own demons Dora wonders if he’ll ever open up to her and allow her completely in or will she have to accept that her husband will always keep a portion of himself closed to her This romance was very touching and it was gratifying to see Dora get her happily ever after after putting her life on hold and giving up on the idea of marriage George and Dora gave so much of themselves to help others so I wanted nothing but happiness and love for them This story was very much about how the past shapes us and George was very instrumental in helping Dora reconcile with the past and move away from some of the hurt George just needed a little time accepting reciprocal help I appreciated the patience and understanding Dora showed not pushing too hard but showing her willingness to accept whatever George told her without judgment Ms Balogh skillfully creates multi layered characters with an insightful look into what makes them tick I loved the gradual increase of respect affection and love between George and Dora I loved that it was a mature romance with older characters yes there is life after forty thank you so much And as icing on the cake I couldn’t have asked for a better ending and epilogueupdate on the past characters in the series It was so very heartwarming to see how far everyone has come and their continued happiness in the future With that said Only Beloved can easily be read and enjoyed as a stand alone The entire series is wonderful and I think it would be a winner for any historical romance fan A copy was kindly provided by Signet in exchange for an honest reviewThis review is also posted at The Readers Den

  6. Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews} Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews} says:

    A wholly unremarkable read While this novel certainly paints a wonderful image of the regency era coupled with the mannerisms etiuette and societal issues it was simply not enough to draw me fully into this story however believable it may or may not have beenDora Debbins is a 39 year old spinster who had lost all hope of marriage after a scandal occurred during her debut season After the dust settled she wound up being the caretaker of her younger sister and had dedicated her life to her sister Since then Dora has become a music instructor and her sister has recently married The Duke of Stanbrook George was a young groom when he was married only seventeen and at the age of forty eight he finds himself a widow for a good amount of years and even lonely For a time he opened his mansion up to become a hospital for wounded soldier's during the war and now he finds himself utterly lonely and considering the idea of marriageThat is the premise of the novel and while it is uite a lovely one that promises wholesome romance it fell short in many ways The characters are fairly flat and while you gain some insight into their thoughts than some the book is mostly internal monologue it was overdone I was unable to connect to the characters because when they were in play they were flat they expressed emotion inside their minds than what they did from character to character They were very one dimensional and it was overall difficult for me to get into themI admittedly skimmed roughly 100 pages of this book why Well there is only so much internal thinking I can deal with rehashing events that occurred in the previous chapter and what not After reading some of the reviews and comparing my notes to them I found myself wondering Did we read the same bookNo I did not read the previous books and you don't necessarily need to I don't know if I'll ever read the others as this particular book didn't compel me to explore the others or the authors work The twists and turns in the plot were easy to pick out before they occurred so there was never really an element of surprise So between flat characters flat plot this was a dud for meWas the world built in it stunning Yes Was it a believable period book Yes There were just one too many drawbacks for me to give this book anything higher than a 2BlogInstagramFacebook

  7. StMargarets StMargarets says:

    Nice older hero 48 and older heroine 39 romance They marry at the beginning of the story so it's also an interesting look at the adjustments to a first year of marriage The conflictmystery is delving into the past of the hero the duke who took in all of the war casualties and provided the listening ear to everyone in the Survivor's club There have been rumors that his first wife didn't die of suicide after their only son died but that he pushed her off the cliff The first wife's brother is the villain in this he disrupts their wedding and then tries to kill the pregnant heroine by pushing her off of a cliff the night of their first ball It's only as the villain is trying to kill the heroine that she finds out the whole story of the hero's disastrous forced marriage The first wife was pregnant by her ongoing lover half brother and never had sex with the hero The hero was too noble to tell anyone which annoyed me because in this MB universe the heroine's mother was divorced for a much lesser sin Yes the hero's a nice guy but enough is enough It's great that fate in the form of Mary Balogh sent him a second marriage and two kids but he might have had a bit agencyThis hasn't been my favorite series of MB's While she raised some serious issues and told some angsty stories about war tragedy and healing the characters never felt real to me There was the blind guy and the PTSD guy and the handicapped guy well you know what I mean Lots of sloganeering and lots of telling especially how much they loved each other rather than showing Many scenes felt I don't know glib is the only way I can describe it Not a lot of nuance here once a character passed their hurdle in their Survivor's Club book then they're never unhappy again And by the end there's no infertility or flashbacks or worries of any kind Just 30 characters having the best day ever at the beach

  8. Ira Ira says:

    45 starsCertainly better than The ProposalThe way these English upper class keep their secret is astonishing and scary eventhough they suffered as a resultThe hero here is The Duke who provide his money place and time to help out young men who went to war and returned home wounded his son one of the war's victim who died at seventeenOur heroine is 39yo spinster who have to gave up her dream to taken care her sister after their mother left them for another man yes a big scandal which made no one from the right family wanted her as a wifeBut our Duke is old enough he is 48yo to do whatever he want without bother too much with other people opinions and these two are perfect for each other and so we got another lovely romance treat from Ms BaloghThis is a sweet romance but not exactly a light read and I like it very much

  9. Vintage Vintage says:

    A beautiful end to a wonderful series Mary Balogh has her share of duds but when she is on she is on The Survivor’s Club is an example of her on her A game I haven’t read them all and they all aren’t four stars but for a series it is beautifully doneThe Survivor’s Club centers around six men and one woman and their physical and emotional PTSD wounds from the Napoleonic Wars If anyone thinks that we are the first generation to experience PTSD this series puts it to endThis last story centers around the George a Duke and his second chance mature romance MOC George is the center of the groups as he is the one that gathered various survivors and rehabilitated them The SC are the ones he became closest to the ones in this series in part as a replacement to his own lost familySomething about the friendship the camaraderie and the love between the main characters was really touching to me The group serves as a backdrop to the romances which vary in intensity and enjoymentThis story also has a mature friends to lovers MOC which works as well as a suspense driven noir murder mystery that I have mixed feelings aboutIt also has one of the best Epilogues ever as it gives the characters I appreciated and loved their happy endings with humor and hopeMy two favorites in the series are Only Enchanting hero stutters and he and he and the h are plagued by an exceedingly narcissistic evil OW and The Arrangement hero is the youngest of the group and blind

  10. Julie Julie says:

    Only Beloved by Mary Balogh is a 2016 Signet publication It is always sad when a series comes to an end but it helps tremendously if it gets a solid satisfying conclusion sending it riding off into the sunset with style I rarely get the chance to read a series in order from start to finish but I managed to do that with the ‘Survivor’s Club’ Each story has been centered around a survivor of the Neapolitan war each one needing a little emotional healing than is usually provided But the one person we never got to know was George the Duke of Stanbrook the man who so graciously opened up his home for the survivors George has nurtured listened consoled and bolstered everyone who sought refuge with him but now that all the survivors have found love are starting families and moving forward with their lives he finds that he feels empty lonely and in need of companionship At the thought of re marrying the first person that comes to mind is the woman he met briefly a year ago Dora Debbins George doesn’t let grass grow under his feet He immediately seeks Dora out and wastes no time in making an offer of marriage which she doesn’t hesitate to accept Both of them feel uite content with the knowledge they will be very good friends companions and lovers sans the sweeping romantic gestures and proclamations of true love Theirs is a mature relationship based on mutual respect and a genuine fondness for each other But their wedding day is fraught with unforeseen drama when George’s former brother in law barges in making all manner of ugly accusations against George intimating his first wife’s death was than it appears Could there be any truth to these slanderous accusationsFor Dora the prospect of getting married without her mother present has her contemplating the prospect of reaching out to the woman who abandoned her and her two siblings running away with her alleged lover never once attempting to make contact with them again Is it too late to forge a relationship Is there to the circumstances than meets the eye Can Dora forgive her mother after all this time To me Mary Balogh is the ueen of Regency romance She sets the story around this era of time but provides mature adult characters with real depth and meaty dilemmas for them to face and work out while writing the most sensuous and romantic love stories I have ever readWhile the story does not lead up to a wedding which is usually the way a romantic story concludes this one begins with a wedding but don’t let that fool you This couple is laboring under the illusion that all that romantic love and starry eyed romance is only for the young but soon find that is not the case Watching Dora slowly draw George out getting him to open up about his sad first marriage and the loss of his only son is very emotional but it’s time for George to receive a little healing himself But the most rewarding part of the story was how I felt as though I was right there with George and Dora as they got to know each other faced challenges adjusted to married life and delighted in one another’s company falling hopelessly and helplessly in love with each passing day right before my very eyes Big sigh But be warned this almost whimsical part of the tale will lure you into a false sense of security because while George and Dora may be blissfully happy others are still harboring dark bitter thoughts and could be plotting a horrifying plan of retribution giving this story a true edge of suspense I had not anticipated Just like in the other segments of this series the backstories are uite emotional and once again I found myself swallowing back a lump in my throat on a couple of occasions George’s story is sordid and horrifying but while love is patient so must we be with good things coming to those who wait and the wait for Dora and George was worth it as they receive every good thing they deserve and Overall this love story was the perfect ending to a near perfect series I loved touching base with the other survivors and seeing George finally have his very own happily ever after especially after he selflessly gave so much to others

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Only Beloved [Ebook] ➠ Only Beloved ➦ Mary Balogh – From the legendary New York Times bestselling author of Only a Kiss and Only a Promise comes the final book in the rapturous Survivor's Club series where the future of one man will be decided by a los From the legendary New York Times bestselling author of Only a Kiss and Only a Promise comes the final book in the rapturous Survivor's Club series where the future of one man will be decided by a lost but never forgotten love For the first time since the death of his wife the Duke of Stanbrook is considering remarrying and finally embracing happiness for himself With that thought comes the treasured image of a woman he met briefly a year ago and never saw again Dora Debbins relinuished all hope of marrying when a family scandal left her in charge of her younger sister Earning a modest living as a music teacher she's left with only an unfulfilled dream Then one afternoon an unexpected visitor makes it come trueFor both George and Dora that brief first encounter was as fleeting as it was unforgettable Now is the time for a second chance And while even true love comes with a risk who are two dreamers to argue with destiny'Mary Balogh is the writer I read for pleasure' Susan Elizabeth Phillips'A matchless storyteller' RT Book Reviews.