Tokens of Love: Five Regency Love Stories

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  • Tokens of Love: Five Regency Love Stories
  • Mary Balogh
  • English
  • 01 March 2017
  • 0451173422

About the Author: Mary Balogh

Mary Jenkins was born in Love: Five eBook ´ in Swansea, Wales, UK After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school Tokens of ePUB è English, on a two year teaching contract in She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and of Love: Five ePUB ✓ Sian When she s not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting She also enjoys watching tennis and curlingMary Balogh started writing in the evenings as a hobby Her first book, a Regency love story, was published in as A Masked Deception under her married name In , she retired from teaching after years to pursue her dream to write full time She has writtenthan seventy novels and almost thirty novellas since then, including the New York Times bestselling Slightly sextet and Simply quartet She has won numerous awards, including Bestselling Historical of the Year from the Borders Group, and her novel Simply Magic was a finalist in the Quill Awards She has won seven Waldenbooks Awards and two B Dalton Awards for her bestselling novels, as well as a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award.


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  1. Alba Turunen says:

    3 Estrellitas Al igual que hace una semana, he vuelto a leer un relato corto de Mary Balogh en ingl s, y as sigo con ste ciclo de relatos de San Valentin.El relato elegido es The Substitute Guest , o lo que es lo mismo La invitada sustituta Al igual que en el anterior relato que le , se celebra una fiesta de San Valentin en una mansi n campestre.Esta vez la anfitriona es Lady Florence, una viuda adinerada y disoluta, c lebre por dar escandalosas fiestas ste a o va a dar una de sus conoc 3 Estrellitas Al igual que hace una semana, he vuelto a leer un relato corto de Mary Balogh en ingl s, y as sigo con ste ciclo de relatos de San Valentin.El relato elegido es The Substitute Guest , o lo que es lo mismo La invitada sustituta Al igual que en el anterior relato que le , se celebra una fiesta de San Valentin en una mansi n campestre.Esta vez la anfitriona es Lady Florence, una viuda adinerada y disoluta, c lebre por dar escandalosas fiestas ste a o va a dar una de sus conocidas fiestas a las que solo pueden acudir adultos, bien sean solteros, viudos o viudas o c lebres personajes de la alta sociedad conocidos por sus infidelidades.En ste caso a Lady Florence le ha fallado una de sus invitadas y la fiesta empieza en dos d as, as que debe buscar r pidamente otra candidata para que haya el mismo n mero de parejas, y la elegida es la se orita Claire Ward.Claire es una solterona aburrida y algo gazmo a, a sus 28 a os no ha conocido el amor de un hombre ni la posibilidad del matrimonio A pesar de crecer en un hogar familiar muy amplio, es la peque a de la familia y la que cuid a su padre cuando enferm Ahora vive de la caridad de su hermano mayor y su cu ada, y acaba de recibir una invitaci n a una fiesta de San Valentin en la casa de Lady Florence Aunque se sabe de la fama de sta, no ser a recomendable renunciar a dicha invitaci n, de modo que Claire acaba aceptando.Nuestro protagonista masculino es Gerard, duque de Langford, y uno de los c lebres libertinos de la alta sociedad, guarda una buena amistad con Lady Florence, y la intenci n de sta es convertirle en su amante durante su fiesta Lo que no imaginar an es que Gerard acabara posando su mon culo sobre la sosa Claire Ward.Ser a trav s de uno de los juegos de sta fiesta campestre como Gerard y Claire se conocer n, y que consistir en que deben elegir una pareja para los tres d as de fiesta con sus posibles consecuencias, y en una fiesta disoluta donde solo hay adultos puede ocurrir de todo D nde se ha metido Claire A pesar de todo nuestros protagonistas se ir n enamorando poco a poco a trav s de los paseos, visitas a ruinas, y dem s entretenimientos propios de la poca.En general ha sido un relato que ha cumplido su funci n y me ha gustado pese a la dificultad que se me presenta ley ndolo en ingl s Me gust m s el anterior relato que le a ste, que se me ha hecho un pel n m s soso Pero es Mary Balogh y es San Valent n, y siempre es un placer leer cualquier cosa escrita por sta mujer

  2. Janet says:

    Mary Balogh s Regency Valentine story The Substitute Guest features a quiet dutiful spinster, living out her days with her brother and his family This story is darker in tone than her earlier Valentine stories,revelatory of the risks lovers take when they make themselves vulnerable to love The Substitute Guest, Tokens of Love, 1993 from a review at Heroes and Heartbreakers jaded rake, a duke no less, and a plain and placid spinster is tha Mary Balogh s Regency Valentine story The Substitute Guest features a quiet dutiful spinster, living out her days with her brother and his family This story is darker in tone than her earlier Valentine stories,revelatory of the risks lovers take when they make themselves vulnerable to love The Substitute Guest, Tokens of Love, 1993 from a review at Heroes and Heartbreakers jaded rake, a duke no less, and a plain and placid spinster is that not the most enduring clich of historical romance Lady Florence has planned a playful orgiastic Valentine s weekend for six gentlemen and six ladies.Unfortunately, one of the ladies has begged off because she s been laid low with migraines In a pinch Lady Florence asks her neighbor Claire Ward, to join a select group of the most prominent and respected members of society Claire is the right age very much closer to thirty than to twenty although she s a confirmed spinster and a prude, but fortunately for Lady Florence s numbers, Claire accepts her invitation Even though Claire is inclined to turn it down, her acceptance becomes an act of defiance against the overbearing advice of the visiting vicar and her sister in law Myrtle.The Reverend Clarkwell says that for the sake of propriety and your reputation you should return the most formal of refusals and when the relieved Myrtle says, It is settled, then, Claire says that she is curious to know what such a party will be like and who the select and respected members of society are Claire may be curious about the house party but the Duke of Langford knows just what to expect,A companion and a bed partner for a few days without any effort on his part either to entice or hold at bay February was a dull month of the year Valentine s Day had been a brilliant invention of someone who had known something about boredom.One of the enduring motifs of a historical Valentine s Day story is the tableau of men choosing their human Valentine their sweetheart for an evening, a day or a weekend by picking up an anonymous card, or supposedly anonymous Most ladies let their gentlemen know in advance which face down heart shaped card was theirs In A Waltz Among the Stars the viscount decides not to pick up Lady Eve s valentine and in The Substitute Guest the duke deliberately picks Claire s valentine rather than Lady Florence s.She watched as he pinned the heart just above her left breast, felt the heat of his fingers burn through to her flesh they were long, well manicured fingers and read his name upside down as it had been scrawled in bold strokes beneath the small neatness of her own name Langford, he had written.Whew, feeling the heat a little there Why, the duke wonders, did he pick Claire s heart instead of Florence s Perhaps it was just that he had a perverse preference for choosing rather than being chosen It doesn t take long for Claire to grasp the activities of the weekend, even though her partner almost capriciously extracts her from theovertly sexualized games He takes her to look at the pictures in the upper gallery and when they speak of their lives, their conversation quickly becomes intensely personal You should not be here, you know, he said You are about as at home here as I would be at the bottom of the ocean I know, she said, her voice unable to hide her bitterness Na ve spinsters of eight and twenty do not belong at a house party with people who know a thing or two about life and the world I should be at home with my brother and sister in law That was not my meaning, he said You should be in your own home, Claire, with your husband, your children abovestairs in the nursery There, the crux of her life She does not regret nursing her father through his final illness and she is justifiably proud of her usefulness to others but oh how tempted she is by what the duke suggests He admits he is not the sort of man to be satisfied with kisses for three days and three nights, but to their mutual surprise, Claire says, Perhaps I am not the sort of woman to be satisfied with a few kisses for a lifetime Gerard, the rakish duke of Langford, tells Claire she is worththan a stolen weekend but she admits, to him and to herself, that Life has always been bleakest on Valentine s Day What does the reader expect now That Claire and Gerard will join together for their mutual delight, that love making will prove to be the key that unlocks the door of lasting passion Not in this story Although the experienced duke knows that Claire is his for the taking, when Gerard truly sees Claire, he sees a woman who had allowed him to cut a chink in her armor so that he had glimpsed all the longing and loneliness within Echoing the theme of one of Balogh s most popular books, A Summer to Remember, Gerard says, we will have to make sure that this is a Valentine s to remember Romance, he said That is the word, is it not Romance and two days of togetherness, avoiding thesordid of Florence s agenda of delights, Claire and Gerard revel in each other s company But as time passes, Claire is swept up in her feelings for Gerard and she assures him of her willingness to be with him, begging him to make love to her But like the hero of The Incurable Matchmaker, Gerard refuses to make love, telling her it would be sordid and nothing but sex pure and simple Understandably, Claire feels rejected and unwanted, especially when she wakes up on Valentine s Day morning feelingachingly alone than she had ever felt Claire may be inexperienced but she is not afraid of admitting the truth to herself even though her eyes are puffy and her heart is heavy, she faces her final day with Gerard with her chin up because she knows that in the fullness of time she would be willing to give all she possessed for just one hour with him Imagine her dismay when her fellow guests tell her at the breakfast table that Gerard had galloped away an hour earlier When Gerard reappears at lunchtime she retreats to the library, as if she had the hounds of hell at her heels Not even Gerard s quiet apology for not wishing her a happy Valentine s Day can raise her spirits.Like they have before, Claire and Gerard open their hearts to one another, speaking and listening with great honesty Although Gerard acknowledges that he has wounded Claire s feelings by refusing to sleep with her, he says it is because he loves and respects her too much Claire is less than impressed, saying that respect is a cold lover But Gerard parries, I could not take you to bed last night, Claire, in a parody of love Sex is not love At least, it never yet has been with me Claire says it doesn t matter and that by tomorrow they ll both be back living their familiar lives Do you want to he asked I don t think I do, he said In fact I know I do not, though of course launching out into the unknown is a little frightening too Men can do something different with their lives anytime they wish to, she said Women cannot But inevitably, magically, Claire is invited to share the terror and the exhilaration if she will consent to be his duchess, his valentine for a lifetime Gerard has even braved visiting her brother Rodney and her sister in law Myrtle that morning, to obtain their blessing.It is to Balogh s credit that the duke s proposal doesn t devolve into a sea of mushy goo Gerard promises Claire not a fairytale but a partnership, admitting from the beginning that his relations with his family, his social world, and his tenants are deeply damaged He says, I know nothing about love and tenderness Lest we worry that the rake has changed all his spots and who would want that , Gerard begs Claire to say yes I shall keep on kissing you until you do I have decided after all not to play fair And most sweetly of all, he tells her that he chose her valentine deliberately, although he s not at all sure why I rather suspect, Claire, that without anyone s having noticed it, there must have been a fat and naked little cherub hiding up on the chandelier, a bow and arrow in his hands And his arrow must have pierced my heart right through the center He was taking quite a chance Rumor had had it for several years past that I have no heart at all

  3. Aneca says:

    Now if you ve been visiting this blog for a few moths you probably know that I love the Regency Christmas anthologies and that I read a lot of them in December Since they stopped publishing them and I am in risk of being left without reading material I decided to try another anthology by some of the same authors but with a Valentine s Day theme The short stories are Mary Balogh, The Substitute Guest A young lady is invited to a house party during St Valentine s It s actually a rendez vous Now if you ve been visiting this blog for a few moths you probably know that I love the Regency Christmas anthologies and that I read a lot of them in December Since they stopped publishing them and I am in risk of being left without reading material I decided to try another anthology by some of the same authors but with a Valentine s Day theme The short stories are Mary Balogh, The Substitute Guest A young lady is invited to a house party during St Valentine s It s actually a rendez vous for lovers to meet but when one of the women declines the invitation a vicar s sister is invited in her place and wins the heart of the gentleman selected to court her for the weekend.It was a nice story the hero was a bit bland, either we needed a stronger hero or a bigger story B Margaret Westhaven, Saint Valentine s Eve A second chance at love story when lovers separated 10 years before meet again It s set in India which his different and the heroine was a young girl shipped to Calcutta for find a husband I was curious to know if indeed this was common A pleasant story but nothing to make it stand out B Carol Proctor, The London Swell Hero travels to the country to court and propose the girl he wants to marry There he meets an eccentric young girl who mistakes him for someone else and speaks about how she is going to marry the London gentleman that is due to arrive Not badly written but the heroine was too childish C Sheila Walsh, Dear Delight Another second chance at love The hero and the heroine were separated 10 years before when her father rejected his suit and he left without telling her why so she things he abandoned her They meet again at a christening of one of her nephews but there s a woman determined to separate them again It was nice and the strong point for me was that the author cleared the misunderstanding pretty early BSandra Heath, February Falsehoods And the anthology ends with another second chance at love This time the heroine has jilted the hero after finding out he had a mistress and her friend and her beau the hero s friend try to bring them together again Not bad but nothing memorable B Grade B with the Balogh and the Walsh being the favourites Although nothing really stands out this is the kind of anthology I save for a rainy day, a comfort read

  4. MissKitty says:

    The copy of the book i had only contained 1 story, Mary Balogh s The susbtitute Guest Its a short novella, has many tropes refined in her other books As a Mary Balogh its merely a 3.5 but since she is a wonderful romance writer, its a 4 for the genre.As the title explains, the heroine, a prim and proper spinster is merely invited to the house party of her neighbor to make up numbers as there has been a last minute cancellation.The neighbor is a wealthy widow with a fast reputation, known for The copy of the book i had only contained 1 story, Mary Balogh s The susbtitute Guest Its a short novella, has many tropes refined in her other books As a Mary Balogh its merely a 3.5 but since she is a wonderful romance writer, its a 4 for the genre.As the title explains, the heroine, a prim and proper spinster is merely invited to the house party of her neighbor to make up numbers as there has been a last minute cancellation.The neighbor is a wealthy widow with a fast reputation, known for giving wild parties The heroine, already about to send a refusal, gets annoyed when the vicar and her sister in law presume to tell her what to do In her pique, she sends instead an acceptance.Of course it is a wild house party, and one of the guests is he Hero He, as well as everyone else there, has a bad reputation and knows exactly what to expect The hostess plans to keep the Duke to herself so she contrives a game where the gentlemen pick their partners, and she clues in the duke so he can pick her card She also tells him which one is the heroine spinster card, so he can stay away from it However the Duke picks the heroine s card.They spend the few days together The duke, tries somewhat to protect the heroine when she finally realizes just what kind of party she has landed herself in They get to know each other and the Hero feels a lot of respect and liking for the heroine.Suffice it to say they fall in love within the 3 days they are together during the house party, and they get their HEA in the end

  5. Ilze says:

    The 4 stars are just for Mary Balogh s delicious story.

  6. Judy Goodnight says:

    The 5 star rating applies to the only story from this book that I like to revisit and read again Mary Balogh s The Substitute Guest A spinster receives a last minute invitation from a hostess with a dubious reputation to a Valentine s house party Rebelling against the appalled reactions of her sister in law and the local vicar, she accepts Against all odds, she finds love with a nobleman who finds that he does still have a trace of honor in him.Mary Balogh is a true master of the short love The 5 star rating applies to the only story from this book that I like to revisit and read again Mary Balogh s The Substitute Guest A spinster receives a last minute invitation from a hostess with a dubious reputation to a Valentine s house party Rebelling against the appalled reactions of her sister in law and the local vicar, she accepts Against all odds, she finds love with a nobleman who finds that he does still have a trace of honor in him.Mary Balogh is a true master of the short love story

  7. Lissa says:

    read own Balogh The substitute Guest rereleased in ebook A Day for Love

  8. Kathryn says:

    My favorite stories in this collection of Regency romances is The London Swell, by Carol Proctor, and The Substitute Guest.

  9. ReneeW says:

    Balogh The Substitute Guest

  10. B says:

    The Substitute Guest by Mary Balough 3.5 starsSaint Valentine s Eve by Margaret Westhaven 2 starsThe London Swell by Carol Proctor 4 starsDear Delight by Sheila Walsh 2 starsFebruary Falsehoods by Sandra Heath 2.5 stars