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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Gilded Web by Mary Balogh: Mini Book Review

The Gilded Web
by Mary Balogh
Bantam Dell (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-440-24306-8
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Description: All she wanted was to escape the hot, crowded London ballroom. But moments after stepping into the bitterly cold night, she is seized by a pair of strong hands and spirited away. Fully expecting to be ravished, sheltered Alexandra Purnell instead finds herself at the mercy of the man who saved her from certain scandal. Edmund, Earl of Amberley, is bold and sensual, tempting Alexandra to be reckless for the first time in her life. But as passion ignites, Edmund’s offer of marriage takes Alexandra completely by surprise. Now a woman who craves her freedom above all else is about to discover how far one man will go to protect and possess the woman he loves.…

Mini  Book Review:  I've read many a delightful book by Mary Balogh, but I have to be honest, this one was not my favorite.  It doesn't surprise me that this was written at the beginning of her career, the writing doesn't flow as effortlessly and the storyline feels a little forced and unbelievable. That being said, it wasn't a bad book, it just doesn't live up to her usual escapist fun.  I really enjoyed the secondary characters more than Alex and Edmund and look forward to reading more about them. Also I found Alexandra quite irritating and wanted to smack her upside the head (must remember she is acting true to her times and her upbringing). Mary does a lovely job of describing the period and you do feel like you are part of the past while reading.  So basically this is not a bad story, and I would recommend reading it so that you get a glimpse into Mad, James and Dom before you read their individual stories (The Web Trilogy)

3 Dewey's

I picked this up from the annual Friends of the Caledon Public Library book sale


  1. I love historical romances but I still haven't read Balough. She's one I keep meainging to try.

  2. Stacy -- I usually enjoy her as a nice escapist author - this one was just good, try some of her other titles first