The Constant Heart

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  • Paperback
  • 221 pages
  • The Constant Heart
  • Mary Balogh
  • English
  • 26 March 2018
  • 0451148835

About the Author: Mary Balogh

Mary Jenkins was born in in Swansea, Wales, UK After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a two year teaching contract in She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian When she s not The Constant PDF/EPUB or 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.


The Constant Heart➺ The Constant Heart Free ➰ Author Mary Balogh – Johndore.co.uk Rebecca Shaw gave her heart once and had it broken Now she is betrothed to the Reverend Philip Everett and is looking forward to a quiet, worthy life But Christopher Sinclair is back and he is free of Rebecca Shaw gave her heart once and had it broken Now she is betrothed to the Reverend Philip Everett and is looking forward to a quiet, worthy life But Christopher Sinclair is back and he is free of the marriage that gave him fabulous wealth at the price of leaving The Constant PDF/EPUB or Rebecca behind.

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10 thoughts on “The Constant Heart

  1. tacitus says:

    First, let me explain the one star This book is very well written, the characters are realistic, and the story is unique The reason I had to give the book one star is because it pissed me off like none other Unbelievable Mary Balogh has a tendency of screwing over her characters in the most fantastic ways imaginable, but this really takes the cake And in classic Balogh fashion, the character getting totally screwed over usually the heroine takes everything with so much poise and good natu First, let me explain the one star This book is very well written, the characters are realistic, and the story is unique The reason I had to give the book one star is because it pissed me off like none other Unbelievable Mary Balogh has a tendency of screwing over her characters in the most fantastic ways imaginable, but this really takes the cake And in classic Balogh fashion, the character getting totally screwed over usually the heroine takes everything with so much poise and good nature that it you makes you want to throw up This book made ME bitter This book made ME want to beat the living day lights out of virtually every other character in the book, including the hero The explanation at the end is logical and yet a total emotional mind screw It won t make you happy and it won t make you forgive anyone It will just piss you offPS There are also no passion scenes, which is good b c I would beinterested in the characters killing each other than doing anything else

  2. Lisa - (Aussie Girl) says:

    An early Mary Balogh with very little romance action, clich d characters and a basic plot line full of hurt feelings which could have been resolved with an honest conversation She has definitely developed her writing in later years to a muchsatisfying reading experience 2.5 stars

  3. Cc says:

    This very typical early Balogh Well written and angsty, but very little in return for the readers emotions All you get is the pain and no pleasure, but a lot of people like that, I guess.

  4. Aneca says:

    Another one of Balogh s oldies The Constant Heart tells the story of Rebecca Shaw, a young woman who suffered a big disappointment a few years before when her beau tells her that he is marrying a rich heiress he met in town and leaving her behind Now she is engaged to be married to the village Reverend but the return of the man who betrayed her, now a rich widower, does make her heart feel divided Besides her disappointment with him Rebecca keeps hearing about how Christopher mistreated his w Another one of Balogh s oldies The Constant Heart tells the story of Rebecca Shaw, a young woman who suffered a big disappointment a few years before when her beau tells her that he is marrying a rich heiress he met in town and leaving her behind Now she is engaged to be married to the village Reverend but the return of the man who betrayed her, now a rich widower, does make her heart feel divided Besides her disappointment with him Rebecca keeps hearing about how Christopher mistreated his wife But she can t seem to stay away from him as they keep seeing each other everywhere and he is always very civil to her When they meet by accident in the forest and Christopher tells her he still cares for her Rebecca has a hard time dealing with the feelings that his declaration bring to surface But soon she finds out that maybe not all that has been said about him is true, that he has been helping her through the years without her knowledge and the real reasons behind his actions I thought this plot had great potential for an angst ridden story Unfortunately, although there are some emotional moments, that potential is not fulfilled Maybe because we only know Rebecca s side of it or because Christopher actually does seem like a nice guy and there isn t much misunderstanding on that score That lack of emotion prevented me from being totally engaged in the story and it didn t quite work as I was expecting it to The secondary characters were really nice and the love stories they developed also made for a good read They were the kind of people I wouldn t mind revisiting at a later date to see how well they deal with each other.Grade 3.5 5

  5. Alison says:

    This was a re issue of a book originally released in 1987 and I definitely got a slightly old fashioned vibe when reading it if that makes any sense given that this is an historical.Rebecca Shaw was the daughter of the local vicar, after the death of her father she went to live with her uncle Lord Holmes and his daughter Harriet Ever since she was a child she had been in love with Christopher Sinclair, the eldest son of their nearest neighbour, and they were all but promised to each other bef This was a re issue of a book originally released in 1987 and I definitely got a slightly old fashioned vibe when reading it if that makes any sense given that this is an historical.Rebecca Shaw was the daughter of the local vicar, after the death of her father she went to live with her uncle Lord Holmes and his daughter Harriet Ever since she was a child she had been in love with Christopher Sinclair, the eldest son of their nearest neighbour, and they were all but promised to each other before he went away to London for a few months and married another woman.Six and a half years later, Rebecca is now engaged to the new vicar, Philip Everett, and the two of them have recently started a school for the village boys, funded by the generosity of a mysterious benefactor Rebecca s uncle has recently married a much younger woman, Maud and her charming brother Mr Bartlett has come for an extended stay And then the Sinclair sisters break the news that Christopher s wife has died and he is coming home to visit his parents How can Rebecca face the man who broke her heart I think based on the summary above you could probable predict 80% of the plot twists right now It was enjoyable but there were some anomalies vis a vis one of the characters saying a male character wouldn t lift his hand to a woman who wasn t his wife, daughter or sister so it s okay to hit one of them hmm Also, one of the female characters blames everything that has gone wrong on her need to assert her independence WTF Overall, I thought that this felt like a plot which hadn t been fleshed out enough

  6. Monique Takens says:

    After reading the 9 somewhat negative reviews I did not have high expectations of this book but I read it in 1 day and found it really engrossing In most books the heroine gives up everything for the sake of her family but Mary Balogh gives in this book that honour to the Hero and I liked him for it And yes there was a bit of a George Wickham Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen feeling in it so what

  7. Ana says:

    I did not like this Christopher should have groveledThere was really no excuse for what he did The ending was not satisfying at all There should have been an epilogue Bummer

  8. OLT says:

    2.5 stars Usually a Balogh romance lets us into the mind and thoughts of the hero, in addition to those of the heroine, sometimes to the detriment of a sleazebag hero such as Archie in TEMPTING HARRIET But here we are given no idea of the thoughts and motivations of Christopher, Rebecca s inconstant love, a man who promised her his heart and then abruptly deserted her to marry another I m pretty sure that s a purposeful omission on Balogh s part We focus only on Rebecca and her constant h 2.5 stars Usually a Balogh romance lets us into the mind and thoughts of the hero, in addition to those of the heroine, sometimes to the detriment of a sleazebag hero such as Archie in TEMPTING HARRIET But here we are given no idea of the thoughts and motivations of Christopher, Rebecca s inconstant love, a man who promised her his heart and then abruptly deserted her to marry another I m pretty sure that s a purposeful omission on Balogh s part We focus only on Rebecca and her constant heart We have to believe, as she does, that Christopher is not worth her love Yet that love remains in her heart, in spite of his inconstancy.OK, I ll buy that limited POV device, although I found it very frustrating What I don t buy is what Christopher did to Rebecca seven years prior to this story when, privately promised to her, he leaves her for another woman, without really explaining himself No sadness, no apologies, no regrets, no angsty farewell, no tears or tenderness He was unnecessarily cold and heartless Towards the end of the story he gives his justifications for his actions, but I didn t accept it at all Good thing for him that Rebecca did or there d be no HEA for him.As for the story itself, it s a very early one, her fourth, from 1987 It shows its age and also shows a great deal of influence from Jane Austen novels I picked up certain similarities in characters, their interactions and behavior, and story lines, from PP, PERSUASION, and even SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, that were fairly obvious That s, of course, not a bad thing, just an observation on my part.After being deserted seven years earlier, long suffering heroine Rebecca hasn t heard from Christopher In the meantime she has become actively involved in the village school, working with Phillip, the young, handsome, boring, conservative, stick up his posterior vicar of the village, to whom she is now engaged In addition to Phillip, there are many other secondary characters, most not very deeply developed, but entertaining nonetheless Sort of picked from central casting Rebecca s snooty, full of himself uncle, his young, mousy, second wife Maude, his spoiled brat of a daughter Harriet, Maude s fortune hunting brother, Christopher s friend Luke, and Christopher s brother and sisters.There are superficial secondary romances, convenient deaths and broken engagements to facilitate these romances, and picnics, excursions, fairs, teas, and dances as the settings for many a scene An exciting time is had by all And there s lots and lots of time for Rebecca to spend in introspection, internal rehashing of the past, agonizing over her feelings, etc., all in her own repetitive thoughts, never in conversations with the people who have wronged her The only points I give Rebecca are for finally standing up for herself and all womankind when she dumps the vicar As for her relationship with Christopher There she was too giving and forgiving of his actions.The story moves slowly and prosaically Rebecca goes over and over the same thoughts far too many times, and the thoughtless hero thoughtless in both actions and in the lack of his POV was a bust His rationalizations for how he treated Rebecca seven years ago did not work for me at all And, BTW, he did not explain why, after promising her he would never return to the village, he did It was an unrealistic and strange promise to make anyway Didn t all his family live there Still, his return showed that he s not exactly a man of his word.I almost gave this 2 stars but decided to go with 3 because the story kept me reading to the end Of course, that was because I was looking for Christopher s reasons for being a jerk Unfortunately, he never explained it to me

  9. Christina (A Reader of Fictions) says:

    Oof It s no secret that I love Mary Balogh, but wow this one was not great bob.What I Liked Becky s ending her betrothal to Philip FINALLY because he thinks women are inferior to men and just meant to be helpmeets Becky and Philip s engagement ending in a surprisingly chill wayWhat I Didn t Like Hoo boy the whole thing basically but let s go Let s talk about how The Constant Heart is basically Persuasion, down to the scenes where the younger girl does dangerous shit to attract the atten Oof It s no secret that I love Mary Balogh, but wow this one was not great bob.What I Liked Becky s ending her betrothal to Philip FINALLY because he thinks women are inferior to men and just meant to be helpmeets Becky and Philip s engagement ending in a surprisingly chill wayWhat I Didn t Like Hoo boy the whole thing basically but let s go Let s talk about how The Constant Heart is basically Persuasion, down to the scenes where the younger girl does dangerous shit to attract the attention of the heroine s former love who has returned to town It Is Blatant Which, like, I love retellings, except that Anne Elliot, while not the most spirited Austen heroine, has 50 timesspine than Rebecca Shaw It s basically Persuasion with Fanny Price as the heroine, and god it s painful Plus, a key aspect to Persuasion is that both Anne and Wentworth messed up, whereas here Becky s completely blameless, and gahhhhhh it s tedious And of course Christopher turns out to have had only noble intentions forever, and the plot twists were telegraphed like whoa No shit Christopher donated the money to open the school No shit I will never ever understand why Becky didn t end her engagement to Philip when she caught him kissing her uncle s wife Literally look at your life, look at your choices ARE YOU KIDDING Not to mention how Philip had been shaming that woman CONSTANTLY before he made out with her all passionately This is not a good man, Rebecca FUCKING RUN But really all the romances are problematic as hell Like GAH The sideship of the younger girl Harriet is with an older man who keeps promising to give her a much needed thrashing SUCH ROMANCE IN BEATING YOUR WIFE Not even kidding This is the whole dynamic to the relationship And there s the part where Christopher describes his late wife as a fiend and a slut, which is pretty great ngl Literally two people have to die so that these unhealthy romances can proceed Christopher s wife and Maude s husband aka the cuckolded uncle I mean, yes, it sucks for Maude to have married a gross old dude for money, but I m still not going to be happy that she s totes going to marry Philip in a year when her mourning ends Philip is a goddamn jackass Finally, even if I HAD liked this ship, the book literally ends with a kiss and the big reveal of why he abandoned her and married someone else That s it Nothing else I m lucky I didn t like it because that would have been enragingly unsatisfying if I had liked it.I ve been reading Balogh s backlist, and, while they ve had some problematic elements mostly the wife beating joke as a cute banter thing nooooooope , they ve been generally pretty good, given they came out in the 1980s, but this one s atrocious, as it s boring and problematic pretty much across the board, on top of being a terrible retelling

  10. Suzanne says:

    this was not exciting enough for me.not enough interaction between the pair and quite frankly I can t believe what he did all those years ago and he let her believe he was a scoundrel.plus when she asks him directly..why have you come he answers I don t know.so in general it was too frustrating really to read about these two