The Arrangement, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


A mesmerising story of passionate awakening and redemption, Mary Balogh's new novel unites a war hero consigned to darkness with a remarkable woman who finds her own salvation by showing him the light of love. Blinded by a cannon blast on the Napoleonic battlefields, Vincent Hunt, Lord Darleigh, needs time away from the well-meaning meddling - and matchmaking - of his family.

But anonymity proves impossible, and soon another marital trap is sprung.

Luckily, he is saved in time by a stranger with a captivating voice that stirs something deep inside. And when Miss Sophia Fry's intervention on his behalf finds her unceremoniously booted from her guardian's home, Vincent can see a solution to both their problems: marriage.

At first, quiet, unassuming Sophia rejects Vincent's proposal.

But when such a gloriously handsome and heartbreakingly vulnerable man persuades her that he needs a wife of his own choosing as much as she needs protection from destitution, she agrees.

Dare they believe a bargain born of desperation might lead them both to a love destined to be?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Historical romance
  • ISBN: 9780749958800

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Now the "Arrangement" was a bit forced in an otherwise quite moving story of a romance between a cinderella type character and a blind man. Miss Sophia Fry is a great character, told that she was boyish and ugly by her first crush, she is described as a mouse by all and sundry, dressed in hand-me-downs by relatives who regard her as a terrible imposition rather than an asset. She vents her frustration in sketches.Vincent Hunt, Lord Darnleigh is blind, blinded by an accident on the Napoleonic battlefield he needs a wife, but his family have wrapped him in too many layers of care and he cares not for someone who will cope with his issues, instead wanting something more. When accident puts Sophia in his path he realises that they both can win from their situations, as they learn more about each other, this becomes less of an arrangement and more of a romance.I loved this, the two characters really appealed to me, I liked how he had issues with his blindness, panic attacks occasionally, because it made it more realistic, more real to me. I felt sorry for him without letting him away with too much and wanted them both to succeed. I loved how she thought outside of the box to give him as much as she could so he could have something resembling normal. She kept finding freedoms that made him more bound to her, in good ways.I liked this one, look forward to reading more.

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