Only Enchanting

Only Enchanting

A Survivors' Club Novel

eBook - 2014
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The Survivors' Club: Six men and one woman, all wounded in the Napoleonic Wars, their friendship forged during their recovery at Penderris Hall in Cornwall. Now, in the fourth novel of the Survivors' Club series, Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, has left this refuge to find his own salvation'in the love of a most unsuspecting woman.' Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, was devastated by his fiancEe's desertion after his return home. Now the woman who broke his heart is back'and everyone is eager to revive their engagement. Except Flavian, who, in a panic, runs straight into the arms of a most sensible yet enchanting young woman. Agnes Keeping has never been in love'and never wishes to be. But then she meets the charismatic Flavian, and suddenly Agnes falls so foolishly and so deeply that she agrees to his impetuous proposal of marriage. When Agnes discovers that the proposal is only to avenge his former love, she's determined to flee. But Flavian has no intention of letting his new bride go, especially now that he too has fallen so passionately and so unexpectedly in love.
Publisher: New York : Signet, 2014
ISBN: 9780698156081
0698156080
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Irene99
May 22, 2017

It took me a while to get into, but once I was there, it was another lovely story in the Survivors Club series, of romance and healing from trauma.

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hamdave
Mar 29, 2017

I really liked this story, mainly due to the development of the romance between Flavian & Agnes. I only found two negative aspects: the first was his mother's expectation that he would automatically take back the woman who had jilted him (and she even created a public scene - even though she knew more than anybody else about the whole story of their betrothal). The other was the fact that Agnes blamed only her mother for the facts of her parents' breakup and Agnes' subsequent problems. For example, it was her father who selfishly spent the girls' dowries on a divorce that he didn't really need - although he did remarry years later, he already had three children, including a son, as many men want.
Actually, this is one of my very favourite stories, as the above two problems are sort of asides to the main storyline.

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nidofito
Jul 08, 2015

Oh! This was such a beautiful story. There are two things that I love in an HR: sibling love and love after marriage and Only Enchanting had both of those with so much heart felt affection that I ended up tearing up a bit a couple of times.

I would've loved to read about a confession coming from his mom regarding Daniel's death though, particularly because it seemed that Flave's entire family was all too glad of Daniel's death and I would've thought he would've held more resentment towards them because of it.

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Tarheel226
Nov 13, 2014

Mary Balogh is one of my favorite authors and I have enjoyed her Survivors' Club series so far. Only Enchanting really surprised me. I did not expect to like Flavian's story so much. There is a wonderful balance between heartache, romance, and the inevitable happy ending.

Flavian and Agnes are two of Balogh's most appealing characters. They each have had overwhelming difficulties in their lives. Flavian's, of course, is related to injuries he sustained at the Battle of Waterloo.

I'm being very careful not to say so much I spoil the surprises in the story. When they are revealed in due time the reader will completely understand why his disability displayed itself the way it did. I highly recommend this story.

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Irene99
May 22, 2017

"He hated them more than the headaches -- that feeling of dragging self-pity and the fear that nothing was worth anything. It was the one shared mood the Survivors' Club had all fought against most fiercely during those years they had spent together at Penderris. Bodies could be mended and made to work again, at least well enough to enable the person inside them to live on. Minds could be mended to the degree that they worked efficiently again for the one who inhabited them. And souls could be soothed and fed from an inner well of inspiration and from an outer sharing of experience and friendship and love. / But one never quite reached the point at which one could relax and know that one had made it through to the other side of suffering and could now be simply content, even happy, inside a balanced mix of body, mind, and spirit. / Well, of course one did not." (p. 66)

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Irene99
May 22, 2017

"...Flavian discovered that Penderris was not the lunatic asylum he was expecting but a hospital with other patients -- other veterans of the war -- as badly messed up as he. / And he had loved George with a passionate attachment ever since. A funny thing, love. It was not always, or even mostly, a sexual thing." (p. 97)

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