“Temporary Wife - Duke's son marries advertised governess to take home to family of Duke, bros & sisters after leaving 8 yrs ago when elder bro took his planned fiancé, mom died and dad accused him of stealing her turquoise/diamond necklet. Duke gives it to son's wife; son jerks it off neck. She goes home to family and he tracks her down.
Promise of Spring - sad tale, she lost son Jeremy who drowned age 4, bastard son of her and N. Bro. Paul runs away with her after son died and family claimed it a blessing. Paul dies saving child from bull and Perry 27, 10 yrs younger, offers for her. He flirts with everyone, happy-go-lucky. Her ex comes back and pursues her. She realizes he's selfish, never loved her. She and Perry love each other, think the other is only with them out of guilt. She almost dies bearing Perry's daughter.”
“read the first book only, good”Maureen Z wrote this review Wednesday, August 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This two-in-one edition combined the 4 or 5 star The Temporary Wife, with the 1+ star A Promise of Spring. The latter is an early book, one in which her editor did Mary no favors by not doing her job. The story is told to the reader, rather than allowing the reader to feel part of it. There is way too much introspection and too much avoiding talking. Some of that, I believe, was explained by one line of introspection in Perry's P.O.V. that Grace needed to experience the feelings she had been avoiding. That is true, however if Mary's editor had done her job, it would have been a much more enjoyable read for the reader. ”Sir Casey wrote this review Sunday, March 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Two great stories told by a master author, I loved them!”Pattigr wrote this review Saturday, January 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I find it hard to believe that both of these were written by the same author. "The Temporary Wife" was fairly delightful, especially from an author who has become a bit outdated and stiff over the past few years. "A Promise of Spring" however, was mind-numbingly dull and simpering. ”Lovelypenny wrote this review Monday, August 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really loved The Temporary Wife. It has been awhile since I needed a hankie during a book. I loved this poignant story of a family in crisis and buried hurts and broken relationships. The characters were complex and humanly flawed, a strength of Balogh's work. I thought Charity and Anthony were a beautiful couple - she the giver who naturally tried to bring people together and he the wounded soul who had buried his pain deep. The story was totally predictable but because of the great writing and the well-developed characters, I didn't mind that I knew where the story was going. Grade: A
A Promise of Spring was a very tough book to read. This character-driven story was truly about the failure to communicate. And since this breakdown in communication existed throughout the whole book, it was a frustrating book to read. I really had trouble Grace's feelings toward Gareth; After what he did to her in her past, I absolutely did not understand her confusion when he returns. Yes, he had power over her as a young girl of 20 but as a mature woman of 37? It took almost the whole book for her to come to her senses. Not a favorite. Grade: C”