Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Book Review: The Arrangement by Mary Balogh

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The Arrangement
 by Mary Balogh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Vincent Hunt is handsome, rich and a viscount and blind (at war). His mother, grandmother and sisters are all focused on finding him a wife. He runs away to the town where he was raised for calm and relaxation. Alas, that is not to happen. He is spotted within minutes of his arrival and quickly he has neighbors calling and an assembly (a dance) in his honor. When one of the influential families tries to set up a marriage trap for him, Sophia Fry comes to the rescue and it costs her dearly. She is cast out of her aunt's (the influential family) house at midnight and has nowhere to go. Vincent Hunt does the honorable thing and proposes marriage. What follows is a cute story of comfortable love and courtship where they come together with mutual affection and understanding of the other's needs.

Does that sound boring to you? Well it was. I should have realized this when 20 pages in I was already having trouble getting into the book. Vincent Hunt is frequently described as a naughty boy who got into a lot of trouble when he was a child. As an adult, he is so boring and so blah and just a bore. He is supposed to be 23 but acts as if he were 70 in his manner and the way he talks. He talks about a comfortable companionship and not about passion.

Sophia is described as a mouse, never seen and never heard. She is hard on herself and has really low self esteem. But, she flourishes in her role as viscountess.

The book was boring and hard to get into. I equal the book to a stroll in the park, a boring one. The characters, the romance, just about everything was just so subdued and ... nice, tender, and so boring. There was a lot of potential in this book, it just wasn't realized.


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