Ah, Mary Balogh begins her new, much anticipated series - a quartet of books about four teachers at Miss Martin's School for Girls in Bath. Ok, so what did I think of the first entry? Although, SIMPLY UNFORGETTABLE is pleasant, it is too tranquil, too restrained, it is like warm milk before bed. Sadly, Balogh's romantic spark and familiar poignancy are missing. After all, this is an author who can bring tears simply by describing a faded gown or a frayed hem. Regrettably, SIMPLY UNFORGETTABLE may be enjoyable but it is lifeless.
Mary Balogh brings Miss Frances Allard and Lucius Marshall together on a snow-clogged road. Was it fate or coincidence? Who knows? Nevertheless, that random accident changed their lives forever.
Frances Allard loves her life in Bath. She is content. She enjoys teaching and feels she is doing something useful. She enjoys her independence and enjoys her solitude. Yes, Frances Allard is content, but is she happy?
Lucius Marshall is wealthy, fashionable, and handsome. He is also the Viscount Sinclair of Cleve Abbey, but he is restless. He has promised his aging grandfather he will take a bride. So what is it the viscount now offers to Frances Allard? He offers to pay for her lodgings, her clothes, her jewels, is she to become his mistress? Alas, it does not matter, for Miss Allard walks away. Yes, Lucius Marshall is restless, but he is persistent.
That persistence is the governing focus of Balogh's story. Lucius Marshall will not give up Frances Allard. Is it fate that continues to bring them together, or is it the viscount's determination? Is it coincidence that continues to bring them together, or is it the viscount's tyranny?
Mary Balogh writes this story with her usual polish. Her words flow over the pages, and her story is easy to read. This devoted fan recommends SIMPLY UNFORGETTABLE for true Balogh readers, but don't expect the usual Balogh flair. Although I was disappointed, the blandness did not discourage me, I certainly will be buying the next book in this series.
Mary Balogh has been around a long time, and has quite a large following of faithful fans. Of course, loyal readers know exactly who the secret patron to Miss Martin's School for Girls is, but don't miss the delightful reference to Baron Heath, the musical connoisseur - he is the hero, from the novella THE BOND STREET CAROLERS, from the 1997 anthology 'A Regency Christmas Carol.' A nice memory, Mary!
Reviewer for: Romance Designs.com