Only a Promise, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


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


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Historical romance
  • ISBN: 9780349405315



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Ralph Stockwood came back from the Napoleonic Wars with a damaged body and a huge amount of survivor's guilt, he doesn't know that he can trust himself with people, he convinced a group of friends to go with him to war and he was the only one who returned. He tries not caring about anyone but people keep making demands on him, including his grandfather and grandmother, who want him to marry, want him to be happy.Chloe Muirhead has had no luck in London, she had to leave London chased by scandal, none of which was her own making. She escapes her family by going to her mother's godmother, Ralph's grandmother, there they meet and Chloe suggests to him that they make a bargain, she demands nothing off him, except children and that she could not have to go back to London, he agrees. But after they marry, circumstances force them to go to London, where Chloe has to confront her demons and Ralph has to consider his.I enjoyed it, the two characters were great and you could see the respect and love build between them both, you could also see how reluctant they were to admit it, but also how they found a strong place in each other to rest from their cares. I liked it immensely.The cover is a bit disingenuous, I half-expected that the issues would be racial, but the female lead is a red-head, there are no outstanding oriental characters in this story.

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