Simply Love, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Anne Jewell is a teacher at Miss Martin's School for Girls, a genteel academy in Regency England.

Now she must confront the disturbing tragedy that gave her a beautiful son but locked her heart away for many years ago.

While on a summer holiday in Wales, Anne meets Sydnam Butler, a taciturn hero of the Peninsula Wars.

Gentle yet courageous, he is unlike any man Anne has ever encountered.

But he too carries scars of the past. When Anne returns to Miss Martin's, she makes a surprising discovery and has no choice but to test Sydnam's love.

Their passion becomes a showdown between long-buried fears and grand dreams.

Simply Love is the second book in a dazzling quartet of Regency novels.

Set in a select academy for young ladies. Mary Balogh invites us into a special world - a world of innocence and temptation


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Romance
  • ISBN: 9780749937447



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This book is spectacular. I know that's a strange word to use for a book, but I can't help it. This book blew me away. Sydnam is the perfect hero - tortured, lonely and yet indescribably gentle, and put against Anne - who is equally damaged, their two hearts are constantly misunderstanding the other in the most tragic of ways. And yet, on a deeper level, there is understanding, and a need for each other that transcends the surface discomfort. This book is one of the most poignant books I have read in ages. It clenched at my heart and I found myself completely unable to put it down. Brava! I do not give five stars easily - I believe there are three in over one hundred books - but this deserves all five and then some.

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The two main characters in this story are quite broken. Anne Jewell is a teacher with a child out of wedlock. The father of her child was not her love and died before they could marry. Syndam Butler is a man of contrasts, on one side he's very handsome but on the other he's a mass of scars and damage and the damage is mental too. When the two of them come together a friendship builds and they are very attracted, however can either or both of them overcome the issues and problems.While this wasn't a bad example of the genre, and was a good take on the Beauty and the Beast theme, there was nothing surprising here, it even had moments where I wondered if I had read it all before.

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