Monday, November 21, 2011

Book Haul! Mary Balogh Heaven & A Special Thanks

It's that time of the year! This is Thanksgiving week and the Christmas holidays are approaching fast. For me that means reading Mary Balogh historical romances. A few years ago, a friend introduced me to this habit of hers... she has been reading and enjoying Balogh's Christmas stories for years! Well, I find that I not only love to read Balogh's holiday books, but all her stories do it for me during this time of the year. In 2009 A Matter of Class was one of my favorite December reads, and last year A Christmas Promise was also a hit with me.

Anyway going on to that haul... that same friend and I have been swapping books for a few years now, and this year she really, really indulged me! This weekend I received a little package consisting of Mary Balogh backlist books I've yet to read. Here are my precious for this season:

  • A Regency Christmas VII is obviously a Christmas anthology. This is the 1995 Signet edition, and it contains the following stories: "The Christmas Ghost" by Sandra Heath, "The Rake's Christmas" by Edith Layton, "Lady Bountiful" by Laura Matthews, "A Mummer Play" by Jo Beverly and "The Surprise Party" by Mary Balogh. Needless to say, I'm looking forward to reading this anthology for the holidays!
  • The Gifts of Christmas is another anthology, this one a 1998 Harlequin edition containing three longer, thematic stories. "A Handful of Gold" by Mary Balogh, "A Drop of Frankincense" by Merline Lovelace, and "A Touch of Myrrh" by Suzanne Barclay. It's the three kings! This is another must read for me. :) 
  • Then there's Longing! The 1994 Topaz edition. This novel is set in Wales and it's the story of Sian the illegitimate daughter of a lord and Alexander, Marquess of Craille, a widower with a daughter who hires Sian as his daughter's governess. I love the fact that this story is set in Wales, there's mention of ironworkers, poverty, passions, desire and well... I can't wait to get started on this one!
  • Truly (1996 Berkley edition) is another romance set in Wales! This time between a wealthy lord and a minister's daughter. It looks like I'm going to be enjoying historical details about Wales along with a sweeping romance full of adventure.  
  • Silent Melody (1997 Berkley edition) is the second book in the Georgian set, the first book is Heartless. I haven't read the first book either, so I have no idea if that will make a difference to my enjoyment. However I do love books set in the Georgian period, plus the story sounds fascinating! The heroine in the story is deaf/mute and I can't wait to find out how Balogh handles the story and romance. 
  • And well... Unforgiven (1998 Jove edition). This is the third book in the 'Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse' series. I read the first book, Irresistible and really enjoyed it, but have not been able to get my hands on the second book, Indiscreet! Believe me, I'm ecstatic to finally get my hands on the third book! 
I'll have to pick and choose which of these books to read, if not all of them! On this Thanksgiving week when we give thanks for everything we've received and for all our blessings (and this year I have to give lots of thanks), I would like to specifically thank my friend for her generosity throughout the years. But today? Well, today I'm a happy reader!


  1. Hey Hils, if there is any way you can get your hands on a copy of Heartless, I strongly recommend reading it before Silent Melody. While I think Balogh did a good job of bringing the backstory into SM, and you could read it first, I think it does make a difference to read Heartless first. Plus, I love Heartless. It's my favorite Balogh, if not my favorite romance. So I am biased, lol.

    Nice haul, though. You enjoy those!

  2. Phyl! Thanks for the heads up on Heartless! I've seen this book before and tried, tried to get it... but, but, but... it's $117.85 at AMAZON! And the lowest price for a used copy is $71.12!!! I can't believe it! So, I'm going to keep trying and hoping that I can get my hands on it somewhere else. :) I will certainly enjoy my haul. I'm catching up on Balogh's backlist slowly... whatever I can get my hands on. ;P

    I will certainly enjoy my

  3. Wow! That's an outrageous price! I wish it were one of the ones scheduled for republication, but so far it's not. Oh well. I'll keep my eye out at garage sales!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. It is outrageous! Quite a few of her books are in that ridiculous price range, Phyl. Check out Indiscreet... ugh! Thanks for keeping an eye out for me. *g*

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  5. Hey Hils,

    I just saw Indiscreet at a thrift store yesterday. I didn't buy it b/c I have a copy but I don't mind picking it up for you. :P

    I loved Irresistible and re-read it all the time.

  6. Oh Ames! Yes! Could you? I'll send you an email and we'll talk! Yay! Thank you!!! I really enjoyed Irresistible too... I have to review it one of these days, maybe when I read all three books. *g*

  7. I just got the Gift Of Christmas Anthology from the library this week so I will be reading that on Thanksgiving!!! I have enjoyed Mary Balogh just haven't read her lately. Thanks for sharing!

  8. That's a lot of Balogh!!
    I hope you like them

    I read Silent Melody without having read the previous book and I had no trouble understanding stuff.


  9. Hmmm A Matter of Class wasn't Christmas-theme right? I can't have forgotten that!

    Ohhh, I know why you love Reny so much now, Hils :) Those are really hard to find books! Lucky you!

  10. Lover of Romance, we'll both be reading it! It's always great to find another Balogh fan. :)

    Alex, thanks for letting me know that Silent Melody is a good read on its own. I'll definitely give it a try. :)

    Nath, you're right, A Matter of Class is not a Christmas-theme book. But I enjoy ALL of Balogh's books during this time of year! *g* And yes! Reny IS special... not just for the books, though. But yes, she always sends me the best books. Lucky, lucky me!

  11. I love Christmas anthologies! I have quite a few (gifts from Santa) which I always pull out to read :)

    And last year I discovered m/m Christmas anthologies - YAH!

  12. Orannia, me too! And yes to gay romance Christmas anthologies. I read a good one last year and will probably look for at least one to add to my list this year too. :)

  13. Awesome book haul! What special treasures.

  14. I love rereading my Baloghs through December. After a day in the Malls, I get a touch of what the season is all about, family and friends.

    Enjoy your Morsi and Baloghs, Hils.

    I keep missing a step when I try to coment. Yesterdays post didn't make it but hopefully this one will.

  15. Reny, I love sharing our December/Balogh reading marathons. Her books really do get me into Christmas. Family and friends, yes!

    I AM enjoying the Morsi books already! I've read one and am in the process of reading a second one. LOL! You know me... binge reader!

    And awww... sorry about your comment. It's probably those verification words --- I have to use them so I don't get spammed! Sorry about that. :(


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