The Eternal Appeal of Cinderella

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We all love a Cinderella heroine, one who goes from rags to riches in the course of a story via the love of the Prince Charming hero. Adult readers, of course, demand more of both hero and heroine than those eternal figures in the fairytale. And modern readers demand more again than was looked for thirty or forty years ago. We want a heroine we can admire as well as envy, one who may not have much to give in terms of material goods but who has every bit as much to offer the relationship as the hero does. And we demand more of the hero than that he be tall, dark, and handsome–and rich (though those things certainly help!). We expect a couple who can grow through conflict, both internal and external, to a point at which they can give and receive a love that is likely to last through all the turmoils life may throw their way in the future. We expect maturity and strength of character and sensitivity and a whole lot of other attractive qualities.

But we will probably always adore Cinderella and Prince Charming.

Sophia Fry, the heroine of THE ARRANGEMENT, Book 2 of The Survivors’ Club series, is very much a Cinderella figure at the start of the book, and she faces total destitution after being thrown out of her apology for a home when she is foolish enough to save Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, from the matchmaking schemes of her aunt, uncle, and cousin. Vincent, of course, comes to her rescue, though he is a Prince Charming with a difference–he was blinded in the Napoleonic Wars at the age of 17. The fairytale does not end with the wedding in this Regency-set version–it only begins there.

I have a few advance copies of this book, and will be giving one away to someone who posts a reply to this blog piece before the end of next Tuesday, May 28. The book will be published at the end of August. You can read more about it on my Home Page. And the winner of THE PROPOSAL from last week’s blog is Noelle (last name not available yet). Thank you all for the very interesting comments.

276 Replies to “The Eternal Appeal of Cinderella”

    1. I think this new book sounds wonderful. A Cinderella story with a blinded Prince Charming is has a definitely new twist. I don’t know how you keep doing it Mary, but as long as you do, I will keep on reading you. You are the first author I read 20+ books of, and I plan to keep on reading! Thanks.

      1. Hello ms. Balogh,
        I’m a big fan ,and just finished reading,,,
        A Countefeit betrothal / The Notorious Rake. I fell in love with both stories.I really fell in love with the Nortorious rake. This was so wonderful to be able to read the older books.
        Thank you so much for bringing them out.
        I saw the sneak a peek of the new Survivors’ Club, this will be a fantastic read.I cannot wait.So I am am looking out for the first book,
        The proposal.
        Thank you again for being the best of the best,
        Marie Antionette

    2. Loved The Proposal and looking forward to The Arrangement, I have managed to find quite a few of your oldest books but always ready to buy more. I read and re-read all of your books.

    3. I can think of many handicapped hero and heroines (Marquess of Carewe) Rosalind (The Red Rose) before your current series but can’t recall any blind leading ladies or gentelmen. looking forward as always to the new novel and enovel. Through Amazon and Ebay I bought all of your old books – I guess I should have waited until the advent of epublishing but I still love to hold a book! Thanks.

    4. The Arrangement sounds good. While I do love the Cinderella themes I also love the wounded hero. The premise of this book reminds me of your book Simply Love. I was so happy to see Anne Jewell fall in love with Sydnam who is one of the most wounded heroes ever. What a great love story. I have high hopes for The Arrangement and look forward to its release..

    5. I have read and reread The Proposal (as well as the entire Slightly series) at least 5 times. I’m madly in love with Hugo (don’t tell my husband!) and CANNOT WAIT for The Arrangement!

    6. Mary, I’m looking forward to this book probably more than any other you’ve written. That you have a blind hero in this story will make it a very special story. Very few authors would ever attempt such an obstacle.
      “Tortured” heroes are my favorite types of stories, ones where there are so many emotional scars to overcome. It puts so much more depth into the characters.

      This whole series will be amazing, and I thank you for writing them!

    7. I am a devout Mary Balogh fan. I’ve spent a fortune on your books–buying them used one semester two years ago. ALL OF THEM!!!!!! I’m thrilled that I can now get some of my favorite books for gifts or even for myself since some of the “in good condition” were truly falling apart. I’m a poet and have found that Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen crawled into my brain and after reading their works started devouring your books and some of the other wonderful romance writers as well. Like you, I read anything, romance, fiction, poetry, nonfiction….anything that I love. Thank you so much for your contribution to literature. It is truly unsurpassed in contemporary historical romance/literary book. June

    8. Love all of your stories. I get so hooked on your characters that I can’t wait for the next book to be released that I will reread the ones I have! You had me hooked from the start. . . . .

    9. I love the cover of the Arrangement. I like how the two characters are interacting with each other. I will read this book when it comes out. Love it.

  1. I LOVE Cinderella stories! There’s just something satisfying about a heroine who has had such terrible luck finally getting the Happily Ever After that she deserves. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to read The Arrangement! Thanks for the chance to win! πŸ˜€

  2. Well, first of all, I love your books. I love the premise of Cinderella as well. The blog description makes me want the book NOW! I hate waiting………..I would love and cherish a signed copy of you as you are one of my favorite authors.

  3. I absolutely adore your books, Mary Balogh! I am excited to immerse myself in another one of your stories!

  4. Ever since you hooked me with The Proposal, which I won as a door-prize at SIWC last year, I’ve been scouring the library and the second-hand stores for your back-list. So I’m looking forward to the next one in this series with great anticipation, and it would be wonderful to be lucky again and get an advance copy. Cheers!

  5. I am a big fan of your books and while I don’t think Cinderella stories come true without a lot of hard work (as opposed to a fairy godmother and a pumpkin) I am very interested to read a book where one of the central characters is blind, and not portrayed as an invalid or a recluse.

  6. I will always love Cinderella stories. Couples that can make it through tough times and let love guide them and keep them strong. Thanks for writing such amazing stories.

  7. I agree, I think we expect more out of a heroine and a hero in the Cinderella stories. I for one am always interested in what happens after the marriage. Sure, leading up to the Wedding Day is interesting and amusing, but is the day after going to be anti-climactic or a real Beginning? I always enjoy the point of your stories where the married couple look at one another and say, “We’re married, let’s make this work.” That’s real life to me. The dazzling, euphoric feeling will not always be there, but the commitment to make it work, no matter what, is what keeps me coming back. The humor is an attractant, too. πŸ™‚

  8. I love your books and wanted to let you know that romance books are the reason for every day breathing, well besides the family. I am a big fan and have your books from years ago. So thank you for making my imagination brighter πŸ™‚

  9. I Loved ‘The Proposal’ and am so looking forward to the rest of the series – your stories always tug at my heart, make me shed a few tears and then make me smile. Vincent’s story is so poignant, but I know will also be uplifting. This series really makes me think of the wounded warriors thru the ages and those that we must support currently.

  10. Cinderella is my favorite fairy tale, I remember my mother taking me when it opened at the large theater in downtown Philly in the 50’s- I was so excited.

  11. What could b e more classically romantic than the Cinderella story? I can’t wait to see how you handle it….I’m ready for some unexpected twists.

  12. I always find it amazing that while the Cinderella fairytale is not really my favorite, I do love Cinderella type stories and often gravitate towards those when book hunting. I specially love the ones where the wedding is just the beginning, because some how seeing the story seem more real and human.

  13. I was so disappointed when the release was changed to August and I had to wait longer to read it. Love the premise and hope to get to read before August.

  14. Already ordered my copy. See last blog reply re Beauty and the Beast. fairy tales become archetypes because they they have long lasting appeal. WE do expect more from Cinderella these days and we frequently get a different kind of Fairy Godmother. These days it may be a gay best friend. I am glad you don’t use the ploy so many books do of a , usually bossy grandparent, pushing 2 people together. They having picked out the perfect mate. I prefer couples to find each other.

  15. At times I have a love / hate relationship with Cinderella stories. Some authors can do them very well and since I love your work, I know you’ll be able to pull it off. Others I find, just can’t grasp the reality of the Regency world at the time and while you can have some liberty with fiction, I’m one that likes things to be true to the historical period as much as possible.

  16. I’ve always preferred Beauty and the Beast over Cinderella — something about so many princesses needing someone to intercede and save them. I’m looking forward to your version, though; knowing you there is probably some question as to who has saved whom! I also think this might be a nice twist on the “marriage of convenience” theme, which I have always liked. Can’t wait until August!

  17. You have my attention πŸ™‚ but that is not a surprise. I love your stories and this is sure to be another great one. Very excited for its release.

  18. I just finish read The Proposal last week and I totally in love with The Survivor Club’s members especially Vincent (I don’t know why. Sometimes it can be the most mysterious feeling). So when I read that the second book is about him, I’m really happy.

    The Eternal Appeal of Cinderella? XD I’m looking forward for this Cinderella. And I hope I also can be a Cinderella by having the book earlier than August since I’m not a patient person. If Cinderella gets a fairy god mother, I get you. If Cinderella has a pair of glass slippers, I have a book to read during night. If Cinderella has a prince charming, I believe I need to share with him because Vincent is the prince charming for all of us here.

    Thank you

  19. Am anxiously awaiting the publication of this one … the whole series looks to be amazing – what a patience builder. Thanks!

  20. I just got to say you are my all time favorite authors. I am looking forward to getting this book:) I need a good book to escape in:)

  21. I am so excited to read it! I love a story with a strong female lead. I want my daughter to have good role models of women that don’t need to be “rescued” by men! This is one of my most favorite features about your female lead characters- they all have an inner strength that helps see them through their challenges.

  22. Part of what I love about Cinderella is that the cast includes a Fairy Godmother and Wicked Step-mother, also step-sisters, right on down to (in the Disney version) Lucifee and the prince’s horse. There are levels and levels of conflict and symbolism, and I could stay up all night casting that Handsome Prince… Don’t enter me in the giveaway, please. I will buy the print book the day it comes out.

  23. The Cinderella type stories always give me warm fuzzies and even in this day and age it gives me hope that one day I may too find my prince charming (even though he may not–ok he won’t be– an actual prince πŸ™‚ )

  24. I love a good Cinderella story, the poor girl gets her prince, and overcomes the odds. It gives me something to dream about. This new book sounds like it is a really good story that I would want to read.

  25. I can’t wait to read this! If it weren’t for you, Ms. Balogh, I’m not sure what I’d be reading at this moment. One of your books was the first novel of ever picked up and thoroughly enjoyed. I was a Balogh-Addict from then until now. An autographed book sounds wonderful but I hope to be able to meet you in person one day too! Good luck to all and happy reading!

  26. Devils Web was the my first historical romance 4 years ago. Since then, I have purchased anything I can get my hands on that you’ve written. So I greatly appreciate all the reissues, and of course love your new work as well. I’m partial for the wounded hero, Secret Pearl is my favorite of all your novels. I’m on my third copy, its been reread that often. So, this new series is a great appeal to me. Thank you for allowing me to immerse myself into your mind for a few hundred pages of historical greatness.

  27. Oh, I’d love to be the Cinderella in that situation… and maybe that’s why I love reading that kind of story so much. And I can’t wait for the new book to come out! I read the first book in the Survivors’ Club series last month and loved it. πŸ™‚

  28. I love Cinderella stories….. so much so that my entire house is filled with Cinderella collectibles. My collection started when I was six years old. After almost 40 years of collecting, I am still fascinated by rags to riches stories.

  29. I’m intrigued!!! I love Cinderella stories and you’ve provided a teaser that has me playing all sorts of scenarios in my mind. Does she end up being the princess charming bringing her own magic? Can’t wait!!!

  30. I also am intrigued by the Cinderella story. I have written my own version (but for children) that I am about to pursue publishing. It amazes me how, even as adults, this story captures our hearts. I eagerly await your version(especially since I LOVED “The Proposal.”

  31. Blinded hero, almost Destitute Heroin, and written by Mary Balogh is all I can ask for and more. I have to say the Viscount was the most interesting to me from the Survivors Club and i’m really glad he get to have his story so soon. The Survivors Club had me hooked from the first book and I can’t wait for time to fly by so I can finally read them all. Thank you for your great writing Mary!

  32. We can always dream that there is a knight in shining armor, but we forget all of the work Cinderella had to do before finding him.

  33. I love the Cinderella stories. I also love a wounded hero. I think they always make for the best stories.

  34. Sounds wonderful..I always look forward to reading your books, because I know they will be one I will treasure..I love the Cinderella type stories… and the heart of the characters that come through..Thank you for writing such great stories…I am looking forward to reading each one I can find…

  35. That is surely an interesting twist to the Cinderella story and I’d love to read it! I’ve always loved the original Cinderella story anyhow and waited for my Prince to come to my rescue but life doesn’t work that way, does it? Good thing we have books to read then! πŸ™‚

    1. Hi All. I too am waiting, not very patiently for this brand new Novel. I have been reading Mrs Balogh’s books for years. And every book makes me cry, smile and sometimes laugh out loud.Joan in NB

  36. I agree, there should be more to the hero and heroine to make them seem real and alive and you get it each time! I love your books! I got hooked when I picked up Seducing an Angel at the library. I ended up searching dozens of books stores trying to get my hands on every book I could find. Thank you so much for everything you do and allowing me time each to escape my reality to enter yours!

  37. Sounds like an interesting book, and I’ll definitely be visiting Books-A-Million to get my copy! Nothing like reading a book during my break from my art portfolio. πŸ˜€

  38. Hi Mary –
    You’re right! I think we all love a Cinderella story but sometimes in our own lives we fail to see that is exactly the life we are living ourselves! After being married for 43 years I’ve found that while I’m not married to Prince Charming he is just the right man for me!

    He at times may appear gruff but in fact it’s because he worries that he may not be able to give me ruby slippers when all I really want is a pair of flip flops but then that is the type of man he is – only wanting the best for me!

    Your stories help make us realize that a Prince can come in all shapes and sizes but the important thing is that the the man of your dreams may be a little different than you pictured him as a child. He may even have a bald head instead of golden locks and a handsome face. Instead his face may be lined for worrying about you having all the “things” in the world and not realize it’s his devotion to you that makes him a Prince of a man instead.

  39. I would love to win a copy of the book! I enjoy all your books. I’ll be adding this one to my collection whether I win it, or wait to buy it!

  40. Whenever life gets too hard, it’s always a pleasure to dig into your books, to lose oneself in a Cinderella world, to forget those obstacles just for a little while. To wonder at the simpleness of life’s beautiful miracles of love, life and just simply falling in love. Thank you Mary for providing one of life’s most beautiful treasures!!

  41. It drives me crazy when I have to wait so long for the next book When I finished the first book I just want to keep reading. Needless to say I would love to win an advance copy

  42. Aren’t we all Cinderella? Isn’t the person we love our Prince Charming? It isn’t about riches. It’s about contentment and, at the end of the day when we pull the cover up over two pairs of shoulders, the weary s
    miling sigh we let out every night is the proof…

  43. Cinderella is a fine fantasy and a story I’ve read and seen so many times. You have to hope they will stay together through life’s trials and tribulations. What I like about your heros in your new series is that they have been steeled by war and yes, survived. Yet, their humanity is intact and they are open to love. I fell in a little in love with Vincent in The Proposal and was so happy to hear his story was next in The Survivors Club series. If I don’t win it, I’ll still buy it to add to my Mary Balogh collection.

  44. I thoroughly enjoyed The Proposal and cannot wait for the next book! I love reading a series and this series looks to be awesome. Not like I’m surprised, I have yet to find a Mary Balogh series that is less than awesome.

  45. I can’t wait to read this! I loved book one of the Survivors’ Club (had been wanting to hear more about Lady Gwen for ages), and it’s always a great feeling when I can curl up with one of your books and lose myself in a different time & place. It’s always kind of bittersweet when I finish a series, too. It’s great to learn how everyone ends up, and to read all the happily-ever-afters, but it’s sad, too, in a way, because I immerse myself in the world of the characters, and it’s hard to leave them! But then today while I was looking around on your site, I realized I hadn’t read A Counterfeit Bethrothal/The Notorious Rake yet, either. So… I have that to look forward to, and I am definitely looking forward to The Arrangement when it comes out, too!

  46. Cinderella was probably the first Disney movie I saw, and even as a child I thought: What? He can’t remember what she looks like?

  47. My favorite element of the Cinderella story is transformation–outer glamour and inner strength. Prince Charming and Cinderella take a risk and it always pays off with a happy ending–Your happy endings are the best!

  48. I love your writing. I think it will be very interesting to read another of your tortured leads end up with a wonderful ‘happily ever after’. I loved the The Huxtable Quintet and look forward to reading all of this new series.

  49. What a switch to have the wedding at the beginning of the story rather than the end…and how tantalizing to me, a reader; tantalizing enough to make me want to read it…ASAP! I think that’s one of the things I like most about your stories, Mary…that you constantly surprise me with new twists and turns from the norm. Jan jdh2690@gmail.som)

  50. I think what entranced me with the Disney version of Cinderella was all the hard work she did – all without complaint. She almost seemed inhuman with her determination to make good out of the life she had with her stepmother. However, I think the appeal of the whole rags to riches storyline is that it gives you hope that if things are awful, they can become wonderful in the end. Especially for the character who endures her destitute position with a calm mien.

  51. You’re exactly right. Readers expect the moon in their hand while it continues to shine from above. We are prone to desiring everything we have plus everything we still want all wrapped up in a literary escape that is both beautiful and fanciful but believable. We are kind of unrealistic and yet so many of our favorite authors hit the mark time and again! I love Cinderella, in both fairytale version and ‘modernized’ standards. I’d LOVE to win an ARC to keep me sane rather than waiting for the release date so far off still…. πŸ˜‰

  52. I enjoyed The Proposal. I was happy to revisit with a few characters from the Slightly and Simply series, even if only briefly. (LOVE the Bedwyns!) I enjoy your stories and your character development. Not a fan of the new covers, but I’ll still read the books!

  53. I can’t wait for the next book!!! I just finished reading the Huxtable Quintet and loved them all!! Thanks or keeping such great books coming!! Soo looking forward to this new book the anticipation is too much!!

  54. Cinderellas start out as underdogs, which is why they’ll always appeal to me. Jane Austen’s Persuasion, my favorite book, is a Cinderella tale of sorts–it has some twists that make it a bit more somber and realistic. I just finished your Last Waltz, and it made me think of Persuasion and Cinderella once again.

  55. Cinderella… No matter what age a woman is I think this story still takes us back to the days when we all longed for Prince Charming to come and rescue us! Mary please keep doing what you do best, the amazing ability to take us into a world of love and romance. I look forward to every book you write. It’s like my little price of heaven. I keep all your books close to me in bed and have been known to reread them until the pages fall out!!!

  56. I do like the premise of Cinderella, strong female and all that, but there is always a little part of us who wants to be rescued by Prince Charming πŸ™‚

  57. It seems like so long ago that I read The Proposal! I will have to reread it before reading The Arrangement, to refresh my memory. I do remember being very moved by the story. The Cinderella story kind of breaks your heart, but I guess it is the only way to get the full impact of the HEA.

  58. I love a Cinderella story. I am glad that this one goes beyond the wedding and you get to see the happily ever after even if it isn’t always happy.

  59. I cannot wait for THE ARRANGEMENT to come out! I have been reading your books since high school when I fell in love with the Bedwyn’s. I just recently purchased THE OBEDIENT BRIDE and found it to be worth the hunt. You never disappoint in your novels and I always seem to have double of each print, one in hard cover and then on paperback. As for Cinderella, well I think that most of us can relate to her in one way or another. I know that I have my Prince Charming and we are still writing our story.

  60. Sounds like a very interesting take on the story. I always find it interesting that you give a group of say, ten, writers a premise and you’ll get ten versions. At least, that was what happened in my old writing group. πŸ™‚

  61. I am a new follower of your novels…I didn’t know what I was missing! Cinderella stories always give us a chance to hope for the best with a romantic twist. I always enjoy them. Can’t wait to read this next novel!

  62. I can’t wait to get into this series of yours. I’ve been trying to hold back, so I can buy all the books at once so that I don’t have to wait between them! I’m so excited!

  63. The idea of your Prince Charming being blind sounds fascinating Mary! What a huge twist to throw into the typical Cinderella story. Prince Charming is typically stunningly perfect, at least from the physical point of view. I can’t wait to read as the hero and heroine fall in love. I know once again I won’t be able to put down your book until I’ve finished it. Your books are absolutely addictive!

  64. It’s been a long time since I sat down to read a good book due to my studies. The June holidays are coming and I would love to be able to spend that free time reading one of your lovely books. I’m gonna look forward to the publishing in August even if I can’t win this. πŸ™‚

  65. I think this is going to be a lovely new story to get lost in. I think that Cinderella and Prince Charming are still popular to this day because they both represent love and a “happily ever after”. I think that it is also important for heroines and hero to be forever human with merits as well as faults. Sometimes we forget that Cinderella and Prince Charming should be human too and I think you will bring a new light to the tale of Cinderella! Can’t wait to read your next novel. I have loved your writing since I read “A Summer to Remember” and I know this story will be amazing just like all the rest.

  66. The Survivor’s Club series is next on my list to read. I hope to be getting lost in them by my birthday next week.

  67. I LOVE it when a story starts with the wedding. Courtship is all great fun and all, but learning to live with someone is a whole nother bag of tricks (or worms, depending on the details). The happily ever afters seem more genuine.

  68. I really like how you use an external wound to show an internal wound. Really makes for a powerful character arc and is easier for the reader to see the healing as well as the lasting effect of the trauma.

  69. Can’t wait to read this book. Two of your books are on my Top 10 romance list. I wonder if this will be a third. (The two books? Wulfric’s and Anthony’s stories.)

  70. I can’t wait for the next book in the Survivors’ series. I read The Proposal last year and now I’m listening to the audiobook. I wish more of your books were available as audiobooks!

  71. Can’t wait to read this one, Mary:) Never too old for fairytales, I always say to my three young princesses I stay busy raising yet still find time to read your books!

  72. I love your books! You have great story lines and I love the characters you create. The only problem is the books end πŸ˜€

  73. I love how your stories often work through the marriage itself – despite how feel good they are, there’s that twist of reality that helps me relate even more to your characters, and shows that even fairytale-like relationships take work. This sounds like it will be one of those, and I cannot wait to read it!

  74. The synopsis has gotten me excited. Cant wait to read the outcome.
    The beauty of it all mary manage to show that you can shine through adversity.
    Yes at times you need to persevere. Her stories has always provided examples of strength and it is not always green on the other side. My only wish is that i could read it the same time as all other readers. I usually gets it a month later than the published date. Well it is worth the wait. Well done mary and tq for always giving me other insights for all matters

  75. I can never get enough of your stories. Your books are on my re-read shelf and I re-visit your heroines and heroes for the emotional impact you infuse in their stories. Life doesn’t always roll blithely on but at least after all the nail-biting I can look for a happy ending at the end of your books.

  76. This lady loves a Cinderella story! And one with a twist is even better, can’t wait to read yours Mary!

  77. Fantastic book waiting to happen, as are all yours. I like my heroines to be a bit mouthy, even if that doesn’t always fit the time period. I have to assume that not everyone in history was quiet and subdued, otherwise, nothing would have gotten done by women!

  78. The Cinderella story line speaks to the inner child in us all. I love these book themes; and enjoy the new spins, twists, and turns. My favorite spins are when the heroine’s wits and intellectual schemes lands her right in the situation she doesn’t want but so dearly needs. I love your work and enjoy so many of your books. I think (being a veteran myself) the topping to any Cinderella story is the hero being a war hero…where his scares are made known to the reader–whether physical or cognitive. Just my thoughts. Keep up the great work, I look forward to all your new releases. And can I say, oh my, I am on pins and needles waiting to read this book. I love it already. I truly enjoy stories of soldiers.

  79. I am always a bit sad when happiness is to be found only after a big sacrifice. Especially to have a blind Prince Charming must be a challenge to every author because usually there is so much emphasis on the eye contact. So I`m really looking forward to see how you handled that specific hurdle. Trust MB to create the most amiable heroes even if circumstances seem less than perfect!
    Thank you so much for your expert writing!
    Best regards from Germany.

  80. Can’t wait for this book either! Lots of excellent writers and Mary is one of them. Let us lose ourselves in the stories!! Thank you!

  81. I simply love any good romance stories and Cinderella is one of them. Can’t wait to read your spin on it

    and also love your snippets on Facebook about reading πŸ™‚

  82. there’re few moral values in cinderella. that’s why i love to read it to my baby girl. it thaught u that no matter how people treat u. the only one who is responsible for ur happines is urself. and that cruel intention in the end only brought missery. it also taught us to never give up our dreams. goog things happen to those who wait n never give up. well, coz cinderella is one of my fav everafter princesses beside Jasmine, there’s something silly in the prince charming’s character. well despite the fact that he’s a tall, dark, handsome, rich, n madly in love with cinderella. but he has a very short range of memory. imagine he dragged the whole royal entourage n the glass slipper all over the kingdom coz he cant remember his love’s face. well i guess we could teach something bout determination from the prince.

  83. I love it when Cinderella is a Cinderell and he is the one who is rescued by his princess. I think because it is highly unlikely in real life, that’s why I love to read about it.

  84. I think we all enjoy the Cinderella story because there is just something so satisfying in seeing the heroine get the hero and enjoy a HEA while the villains of the piece fade into obscurity. It’s especially nice when the story is expanded upon and you get to see the relationship grow. Looking forward to your new story, Mary.

  85. I love reading stories that start with the wedding. I think it gives the characters a chance to develop so much more of a relationship and leaves more room for story content beyond the romance.

  86. It’s that ulitmate, idealized version of life and love that ultimately pulls the reader in. For a few hours, you are anywhere, any time, living a different life where happily ever after is almost always guaranteed. Who can resist?? Love your books, Mary. Every one of them is a well-written, well-developed, engaging gem.

  87. I am so looking forward to this book! I love Vincent and I can’t wait to see what you’ve got planned for him. I think Cinderella stories speak to our love of the underdog. It is so satisfying to see someone worthy get what they deserve.

  88. Dear Ms Balogh,
    I adore your books. Actually, you got me reading again (well, for pleasure!). I was a literature and cultural history major in college, and I read voraciously. Having been out of college for years, I’ve been reading mostly for work (with teenagers in the Episcopal Church). A friend left one of your books at my house, so I picked it up (First Comes Marriage). Smart, well written, great character development and fun plots could be found in mass market books! I was hooked (when A Secret Affair came out I just had to preorder it from my local bookstore). Since then I’ve been reading non-stop again (adding Lisa Kleypas, Diana Gabaldon and then many others to my stacks). Thank you!

  89. I just love your books. My grandma introduced me to them 2 years ago, and now I have almost read all of them! I love the way your writing captures a past era and transports the reader there! I can’t wait to read The Arrangement.

  90. Six years ago I read the best love story “A Summer to Remember”. Since then I have read countless numbers of eegency romance novels but your always hold a special place in my heart. I love your books partly for the cinderella quality, but also becausr you have a way of making the characters come alive. I would absolutly love and cherish a copy of “The Arrangement”. I can’t wait to read it.

  91. I can’t wait to read this! I am beginning to make a list of my “must reads” for summer and this will be on it!

  92. One of the things I enjoy most about your books is that you never give the hero and heroine conventional difficulties to overcome, and yet they are always believable! I’m really looking forward to The Arrangement.

  93. Mary,
    Your books are some of the very best. I have loved all of them. I’m looking forward to the next.

  94. There is just something about your writing style that has me completely hooked! Thanks for taking me with you in your stories!

  95. The story of Cinderella has happened to all of us. Maybe not the whole story but bits and pieces and we usually remember those good times or events.
    I have always thought that I was born at the wrong time. To be able to live in one of your story settings and have all those wonderful things happen, even some of the bad since you have to walk through fire to get to the good happenings.
    Thank you for writing those stories.

  96. Doesn’t everyone love a Cinderella story? It’s human nature to want to improve ourselves or our status, and to find love while doing it is icing on the cake.
    I think my favorite of all your books is “Simply Love” Anne and Sydnam grab sympathy as well as admiration.
    Always look forward to new stories bearing your name. Keep up the good work!!!

  97. Hello Mary!

    I have to admit that the fairy tale’s of Cinderella and Snow White never impressed this little girl. I was more into Little Red Riding Hood and Aesop’s Tales πŸ˜‰ Don’t ask me why, because I couldn’t begin to explain that one! LOL!

    It has been a privilege and pure joy reading your written word. I would be the happiest bookworm in the world to win this ARC, but be assured I would buy it regardless. My keeper shelf would not be complete without it πŸ˜‰

    Can’t wait to sink my teeth into this new series.


  98. Wouldn’t every woman like to have Prince Charming find her and help her overcome her difficulties? Maybe not so much anymore. Women now want to feel they are responsible for their own future.

    But, I still believe in feeling treasured and valued. I still believe in “Happily Ever After”. And I think that is a feeling that many of us would enjoy. Especially after the washing machine fails, there is nothing thawed for dinner, and you have to bake 2 dozen cupcakes for tomorrow.

    Mary, the Arrangement will be as wonderful as all your books. Thank you.

  99. You don’t see that many reverse, CinderFella stories. There are so many ways to help rescue someone — financially is only one. What I love to see is people who help save each other, take care of each other. That’s a “Happily Ever After.”

  100. I have not read a book that you have penned that I haven’t fell in love with. To name a favorite would be oh so very hard. To be honest, I can’t. They are all special in some way. Love the web site and love that you are on FB. I love the things that you post. Have a glorious day!

  101. Your books were the first romance novels I read as a teen. I continue to adore them now just as much – can’t wait!

  102. Love this and I love the Cinderella story *happy sigh*
    Keeping my fingers crossed that I win! =)
    Happy Wednesday!

  103. Cinderella must be one of the first HEA romance stories. The character is iconic, and one of a host of beloved fairy tale characters.

    I believe fairy tales are probably the first fiction writings we are exposed to. I love thinking how they taught basic concepts for centuries–in many countries and cultures. It’s amazing to consider what an impact storytelling can have on an individual and on a society.

    A book of fairy tales is one of my favorite baby gifts. I don’t want this part of our culture to die out, which it surely is. When I give a book of fairy tales, I believe I’m giving history, and moments with mom and dad reading exciting tales, and perhaps helping a child to discover that reading stories can be a magical pasttime.

    Your post made me look into the history of the Cinderella tale. There are versions in every culture. I didn’t realize that the Grimm brothers wrote down the tales that had been orally passed down for generations. They were tales told when most people couldn’t read or write. Most of us don’t own historical relics/buildings, etc., but we all hold stories dear to us that are just as old or older than those valuable historical objects. Many of us were influenced–shaped in some way–or even just entertained–by the same stories.
    Amazing to think that for many of us, a character’s name, a glass slipper, are common symbols that are attached to strong emotions and memories. So powerful, so enduring–and yet it’s only a fiction story. As someone who loves reading fiction, it makes me smile.

  104. I’ve been looking forward to Book #2 in the series from the moment I finished The Proposal. Your stories always manage to take me away on a dreamy, utopian journey.

  105. Sounds pretty exciting! My mom just lent me 2 of your books – one being the notorious rake… once I have devoured those, I will be moving on to the survivors series!

  106. Ah, a Cinderella story. It never gets old, and a new twist on an old fave is definitely always welcome. Can’t wait to read it. It sounds lovely. I’ve loved all the books of yours I’ve already read, and look forward to many more.

  107. I think every woman in her lifetime at some point in time feels downtrodden–life being really difficult. But hope the ultimate spirit lifter gets her through. Secretly many of us would love to be discovered and saved from their reality. So living a fairy tale story through a book really helps. I love your books. I’m currently reading your Simple series. Thank you for the entertainment.

  108. I have read The Proposal on my Nook and in paper and plan to listen to it on my next trip to visit my sisters. I have been reading Mary Balogh since the late 80’s and delight in her writing. My favorites are Christmas Bride and Slightly Dangerous and At Last Comes Love. Would love to win an advance copy of The Arrangement; this title also reminds me of my favorite Joan Wolf book.

  109. Adore your books and the blind war hero puts a very timely slant on a historical story. Already have this on my wish list, but would love an early chance to ready. Can’t wait to see what you have planned for the rest of this series.

  110. Your books always have such interesting twists and turns, even within a series (which I love greatly). This sounds like such an interesting story and I cannot wait to read it. Thank you for the opportunity to read some of your earlier books, just read the Conterfeit Betrothal (and will read it again once school lets out). Thank you again for providing me an outlet into a world I would have loved to have been apart of.

  111. β€œIf you don’t like Cinderella because she seems so “naive” and “weak,” listen to this quote from the Walt himself: “She believed in dreams, all right, but she also believed in doing something about them. When Prince Charming didn’t come along, she went over to the palace and got him.”
    That’s right, we can’t just wait around in the cinders, sisters! πŸ™‚

  112. When I was a little girl Cinderella was my favorite movie. I find that many of my favorite romance books definitely fit the Cinderella scheme. I don’t find that wanting my characters to be strong at the same time is a contradication. It takes a great deal of strength to overcome being looked down upon by others as well as simply living life in situations that are not ideal. I can’t wait to read this next story, I’ll be sure to get it as soon as it comes out!

  113. I think we are always ready to rout for the underdog, because we have all been in that position. Then, the appeal of the Cinderella story is understandable, it will always appeal to us. I am looking forward, as I do with all your stories, to see what spin you put on it to make it your own.

  114. I am on pins and needles waiting for the Arrangement to come out. I like the fact that here is this handsome rich man who could have anyone he wants, a Kate Upton visual comes to mind, but he chooses a Natalie Portman who to me has a quite beauty. And it sounds like in this story they become friends before they fall in love. I love these kind of story lines…

  115. I am looking forward to the new book in August. While I love a Cinderella story, I also keep waiting for the reverse Cinderella story where Princess Charming rescues him.

  116. I love a good Cinderella story! I don’t think Cinderella is waiting for Prince Charming — I think he comes along while she is being strong and kind and good. The prince has always seemed to me the weakest part of the Cinderella story – almost as if he is an afterthought. I look forward to reading about Viscount Darleigh – surely he won’t be an afterthought!

  117. Mary,

    This sounds like an interesting story. My favourites in this category include your Simply Dangerous and The Ungrateful Governess and one I mentioned in a recent comment, The Substitute Guest. Jo Goodman’s Entire Compass Club series were all Cinderella stories of a sort and very well written. I look forward to reading The Arrangement.

  118. Still shaking my head over the generic cover, but I am looking forward to the book. The stepback cover is much prettier and more romantic!

  119. Looking forward to this one as I do all the books written by Mary. I have read everyone and while I have many favorites, I have enjoyed all of them.

    Sharlene M. Moore

  120. There is something about being considered helpless and worthless by Society…and proving Society wrong. Modern takes are less about being rescued and more about proving that what is inside us is inferior to no one.

    Can’t wait for the book! It looks awesome!

  121. Hello, Mary.

    I love the whole premise of this series, wounded individuals staying together in one location to attempt to heal. I also am intrigued that the marriage is just the beginning of the story. Thanks for the chance to win an advance copy.


  122. Who doesn’t love a good Cinderella story! It’s the fantasy every young girl dreams of! Can’t wait for your new book

  123. Mary:
    I am a recent convert to historical romances and your books. I have to say I have waded through most of your books, well except for the Bedwyn series. I read The Proposal recently and loved how you put wrote the hero’s internal dialogue. I love how you heroes are all human, and kindly and not all in agony.
    Everyone loves a Cinderella story and I hope, for Vincent, in the Arrangement, he will prove to be a worthy hero. He seemed like a worthy contender for a hero in The Proposal, and I really look forward to reading all the stories of the Survivor’s Club.

    P.S. Please, please, PLEASE tell your publisher that your fans are not crazy about the new covers with the male hero. I would much rather it have a blank cover!

  124. Such a, big fan of your work! Please include me in the drawing. I’m all about a good Cinderella sorry but love the princes to be witty…your heroes and heroines always have me laughing, tearing up and getting tight chested, my heart clenching and face heating up…I wish there were more of your stories out there! I can read and reread them all many times πŸ™‚

  125. There are all kinds of poverty. The most obvious is the lack of possessions and money. But there are other things that may be wanting in our lives such as love, family, self esteem, etc. In a Cinderella story the hero assists the heroine in obtaining whatever it might be that will make her a more complete person. I am romantic enough to believe that even the most modern woman can think that it just might be lovely to have the right man come along and fulfill those needs. We live in such a stressful word that the thought of such a rescue, while unlikely at the least, can bring a smile to our face and lift our spirits for a while.

  126. I love your character development …the characters come alive for me on the page…looking forward to the new book.

  127. Mary, love your stories– I especially like a strong, but wounded hero who overcomes the obstacles in his life to have a happy ever after with a woman who may also have had an unfortunate beginning.

  128. Cindererlla captures a wish that many of us have — of being swept off our feet by someone who does not judge us by our money, or hair, or our relatives. And it lets love take control of a person’s destiny, not the demands of society. I didn’t have a glass slipper to fit, but my husband found me anyway. Sometimes I think that I must be Cinderella.

  129. I usually don’t like much the Cinderella type of heroine, probably because I’ve come to associate it with the “very poor, very beautiful, very needy and not much else” heroine found in many romances. I cannot like a character just because she is beautiful and has had a rough life… There has to be more than that…
    BUT, at the same time, I also have to admit that there have been some REALLY well written stories that involve this type of character that I enjoyed very much. And it all depends on the author, really…
    Because, guess what, my all time favorite female character in any book I’ve read falls into this category and it’s Jane Ingleby from “More than a mistress”. Cinderella with a twist πŸ™‚ And for that I will always thank you, Mary, for the books you write and I will always wait for the next one and read it with lots of pleasure… πŸ™‚
    thanks for this opportunity

  130. I am so excited to read Vincent’s story. Once I read The Proposal I had to purchase the audio book so I could listen to this amazing story while driving! Your stories of love between beautifully flawed, realistic characters are impossible to resist! Thank you!

  131. I love the concept that her financial/social status does not mean she that she has nothing valuable to contribute to the relationship. No victim mentality! Can’t wait to read it.

  132. I was never a reader of romance, to corny forme, but when I first read a book by Mrs. Balogh, I went insane and started reading most of her books, and now keep up to any updates! So I cannot wait to read the second book as for now I am waiting for may 28! Yipeeeeee!

  133. I think the Survivors series may end up being your most popular series yet as we all have an inner wounded hero/heroine within us, in need of love and healing. I loved The Proposal and like everyone else here, am counting the days until the release of The Arrangement.

    Thank you for many, many hours of enjoyable reading.

  134. I loved The Proposal……can’t wait to read The Arrangement. I love a good love story where the two heal each others hurts. I love your writing style too. I was happy to read that you’re going to reprint some of your older stories. I have printed out all the books that you’ve written and when I read one I highlight it. There is a couple of the series that I have not been able to get a hold of a book and I work in a library. The Dark Angel series I’ve not been able to get The Famous Heroine and The Plumed Bonnet. Keep on writing and like I said can’t wait to read The Arrangement!!!!!!!! :- )

  135. Almost every culture has their version of the Cinderella story – right down to “Pretty Woman”! Who doesn’t at some point imagine being rescued/swept away by a hero? But I think the story after the rescue would be fascinating.

  136. I know being in wicked foster homes my fantasy of cinderella was the only thing that i could hope for during some of the worst situations. Going to school and having my friends and seeing how they lived and then i take a bus for 1 1/2hrs then get home and all I could do is dream and that is where I think alot of kids that are in my same position. Although life of course when I got over 18 didn’t happen like that but thru the course of teaching etc I see a mirror of the same kids so when we read most of us we tend to look for that happily ever after though our life never is or was like that we still enjoy a book with a storyline of such although not all of the books I read in a year are of such but I know there are many many little girls out there with that same dream and that is all they have is the dream.

  137. All little (and older) girls dream at some point of being Cinderella. But we all want to be Cinderella after Prince Charming rescues her from a life of drudgery. No one dreams of being Cinderella before the Ball!. I love your books because I love your characters. They are so real they become like friends. I genuinely care what happens to them and sometimes miss one after the series is read. I am thrilled that you are starting a new series and I look forward to new friends.

  138. I think Cinderella stories are so compelling because they re-affirm what any romantic believes: what makes us worthy is not what we appear to be, but what we really are.

    It’s been interesting to me, however, that I no longer find this archetypal storyline quite so compelling as I used to (in the distant days of my youth!). It’s often too much about very limited ideas of justice. I actually remember reading in one of your books (though I don’t recall which—Simply Perfect, perhaps?) something which I have for some time believed as well: that there is a distinction between being worthy and being deserving. We are none of us truly and wholly deserving, but we are all, by virtue of the grace of being alive, nevertheless truly and wholly worthy anyway. We really ARE all the worthy Cinderella—even while we are also busy being ugly stepsisters—and these stories are really potentially about all of us…

    Hmmm….worthy even “while we are busy being ugly stepsisters…” Redemption stories, anyone? I sometimes suspect that these are even more deeply compelling in the end.

  139. Cinderella’s story has it own charm…I think we all love the idea of being independent and supportive women, but sometimes we are not capable of running away from reality and we dream to be rescued…Why not to be rescued by the man of our dreams?

    I’m willing to read it!

  140. I can heardly wait to read it. I am a 1/2 cup full kind of person and I love to read stories about strong ladies and supportive men. I enjoy your stories – you create such wonderful characters.

  141. Everyone I think loves Cinderella because in all cases of her story she never gave up even at her lowest and even had the grace to forgive those whom did her wrong.

    Taken from The Little Glass Slipper “moral of the story is that beauty is a treasure, but graciousness is priceless. Without it, nothing is possible; with it, one can do anything.”

  142. I’ve read each and every published Mary Balogh book. I’ve paid ridiculous sums (ah, but so worth it) for those books currently out-of-print. As an attorney mired in the everyday world of domestic relations law helping people through their pain and heartache (and few happy endings), I find such enormous relief at the end of the workweek when I open the covers of your books (both new and re-read old favorites), knowing that I will find such warm, sensitive, mature, intelligent female characters facing such heartbreaking challenges – and prevailing. And without a doubt my favorites (I’m not sure what it says about me) are the extreme Cinderella stories: the intelligent loving heroines with the most difficult and painful pasts (the extreme rags — although not always physical)finding their riches (again, not always physical) with a flawed Prince Charming who must overcome his flaws to finally “see” and accept his true love. My particular Cinderella favorites: Fleur in Secret Pearl, Anne in Simply Love (really, all the Simply books), Sian in Longing, and Laura in A Summer to Remember.
    I can’t wait to savor the pure pleasure and excitement of opening the pages of the next Mary Balogh Cinderella story, The Arrangement.

  143. Love lots of the Cinderella – Prince Charming combination in “my” stories!
    I have my “Prince” and I like to read of other “Cindis” finding their heroes !

    Pat C.

  144. Yes, we all love a Cinderella story. I’m 68 and have been married to my prince charming for nearly 36 years now. I think my favorite of all your Cinderellas is Christine Derrick from Slightly Dangerous. I read the story once a year. Despite her circumstances she manages to present an optimistic and happy face to all those around her. She keeps my spirit up. And she confuses and confounds Wulf which is exactly what he needs. I look forward to many more Cinderella stories from you. Thanks for all the wonderful reading over the years. I am so glad I found you.

  145. Sharon
    I have been waiting anxiously for Darleigh’s story. I loved The Proposal. I have read most of your books and loved them all. One of my favorites was Slightly Dangerous. Wulfric is definitely a Darcy figure.

  146. I have always wanted to see my life go in the way of a Cinderella type story. Not from rags to riches but from being alone to having someone sweep me off my feet with a love I have never known *Sigh*. Alas, I am still waiting. I have the love of Christ to fill the void and I am very happy about that! Your book sounds amazing, Mary, and I can’t wait to read it! Thank you for the giveaway!

    Wanda Barefoot

  147. I’m really looking forward to reading The Suitor and The Arrangement, as well as any backlisted books that you decide to reissue. These days I’m buying only books I can read on my Kindle–I ran out of shelf space for printed books. I also enjoy the fact that when I travel I don’t have to lug a bag full of books. My Kindle fits in my purse! Blessings, Pat Poynor

  148. I read your books over and over. At the oddest times I’ll think of a person, a quote, a passage or a situation from your books and have to find it. When I do, I usually finish the book again.

  149. Considering the attitudes of people of that time, it must have been a real challenge to write of a blind person in such a position. The research must have brutal. If anyone could meet that challenge it is you. I have read and enjoyed your books for many years and am always happy to find a new one. Thank you for all the hours of entertainment you have given me.

  150. I love the plot!!! It sounds like a great story and you, Mary, never dissapoint!!!
    Thank you for your art, your pen and your imagination!! Can’t wait!!!

  151. Pick me. I love alll of your stories. I retread them. I loved the well drawn out characters. I just finished rereading The Proposal and was lookong to see what was next.

  152. I enjoyed The Proposal . Gwen was one of two of your “minor” characters I always wanted to have their own story. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.
    On a negative note, and I hate to complain, because I know authors usually don’t have much, if any, say in this, but I really dislike the cover of the second book. Luckily, while reading, I don’t have to look at the cover!

  153. I love your characters – your intuitive portrayal of the emotions that are hidden or unacknowledged by the character themself – and the process of self-discovery while falling in love – is truly beautiful. CanΒ΄t wait for your interpretation of Cinderella!

  154. I look forward, as always, to reading your new book, and until I can will content myself as always with the occasional re-reading of my old favorites. There is no doubt that “The Arrangement” will be as engaging as your past works. I love the reworking of fairy tales and anticipate a fine story.

  155. Being Cinderella would be very hard to do. Look at all the problems that they have at Once upon A time tv series. The evil queen would have to go!

  156. Just finished The Counterfeit Betrothal and The Notorious Rake. Two of your classic novels. The Arrangements sounds like a delightful Cinderella story with your usual twists to keep me reading into the night. Thanks for great stories.

  157. a wonderful story. Just last weekend we watched Rogers & Hammerstein’s musical starring a very youthful Julie Andrews. I love Cinder’s story because it reveals her true strength of character. She kept her values, morals, and a respect for humanity during the a period in her life when she not only lost her only surviving parent, her father, at the same time she fell from being the center of her father’s world, only to became a very poorly treated servant in her own home. How many of us would resort to like behavior (of her step-family) if we were forced to live under the same conditions? When Cinder’s true personality is revealed to Prince Charming, he realizes that she has the strength and fortitude to help him lead the people of his kingdom with loving non-judgemental guidance.
    Mary, this 7 book series will give “us reader” an opportunity to discover our Cinderella moment in our lives and maybe find our strengths of character and that we can offer unconditional love.
    (Can we still list our past favorite Mary Balogh stories that you requested a few blogs ago?)

  158. I am so eager for the rest of your stories featuring the Survivor’s Club. Cinderella has always been my favorite fairy tale, even though I don’t believe in love at first sight. Still, to be the girl everyone overlooks who gets to go to the ball in a beautiful gown and dance with the prince – sigh! Thanks for continuing to provide so much pleasure to your readers.

  159. I loved your Bedwyn an Huxtable sagas and am really looking forward to the next book in your newest series. Keep up the good work!

  160. I absolutely love your books Ms. Balogh! I am so glad that you are republishing your older books, some of them are so hard to find. My favorite is The First Snowdrop and I cherish my copy of it. I’m really looking forward to this new book in the series. Everyone loves a fairytale!

  161. Just read The Proposal in two days: my favorite so far of all your books. I llok forward to reading about Vincent in The Arrangement. Thank you for the satisfying stories.

  162. I have never considered Cinderella to be a weak person, and have always secretly longed for a fairy Godmother. I enjoy your books, Mary, my favourite being “A Matter of Class”.

  163. Have to admit I have always been attracted by Cinderella, although much more by the stories of a Beauty and the Beast type. But then, aren’t many heroes difficult, stern, angry beasts until the perfect heroine comes along? Looking forward to both stories. Thank you, too, for being a bit more realistic in your stories, adding some dark moments that have nothing to do with romance–the effects of war, for instance. I have always appreciated that about your writing.

  164. Love all your stories about imperfect people finding happiness……Thank you for your many hours of “Calgon-ness”

  165. Isn’t it amazing how many varied versions of Cinderella there are. And I’ve liked almost every one I’ve read. πŸ™‚ hope to read your version too.

  166. I have read and reread The Proposal (probably because I’m madly in love with Hugo – don’t tell my husband!) – I CANNOT WAIT!! for The Arrangement to get here!!

  167. I have read and reread the Proposal at least 5 times (probably because I’m totally in love with Hugo, don’t tell my husband!) and I CANNOT WAIT for The Arrangement!! SO excited!!

  168. Oh Mary, it seems we have had to wait FOREVER for this latest. I have read and re-read all your books and so when your new books finally come out, I almost don’t want to read them right away. I just download on my Kindle and look at the title for a few days in anticipation. Often, as I finish the book I start to re-read it immediately to see if I feel differently about the story now that I am reading it with a certain insight, then when I finally finish it a second time I think, “Okay. NOW I am done!” Then of course I read it again before the next in the series comes out. It’s a wonder I get anything else in life done!

  169. What I’ve always liked about your characters is that they’re well-rounded people. They may have rough edges, problems and crisises…but they handle them in a non-formulaic, highly individual way. Plus…from your work I’ve learned a great deal about the Regency period and the Napoleonic era as well. So…highly entertaining and educational, all in one! What more could one ask? πŸ™‚

  170. I have been wondering if this second book has been released yet. I look forward to reading “The Arrangement”

  171. I have been waiting for the next book in the Survivors’ series. I am so excited for this book to come out! The rest of my to-be-read pile will have to wait when I finally have this one in my hands!

  172. I love this new series! Can’t wait for the next book. I am reading the Simply series again and am delighted with these book once again. I fall in love with each character each time I read one of Mary’s delightful books. Thank you once again.

  173. I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment in this series. You give your characters such wonderful emotional depth and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for Vincent. Thanks for the great stories!

  174. As much as I love Cinderella themed stories while I read them, most usually fade away in my memory and I end up remembering only a general fuzz on them. There are a few though that remain nitid and unforgettable and some of them are actually by Mary Balogh (how could anyone ever forget Longing? or any of the Simply Quartet? or Irresistible?…) and these I read and reread again and again. Therefore I’m most anxious about getting my hands on this book and August could never come soon enough.

  175. Just finished ‘Web of Love’ again. I have a bookcase in the house that holds all my treasured stories…two shelves hold only your books, and my most recent purchase, ‘A Counterfeit Proposal’ and “A Notorious Rake,’ is the first to occupy a third. Thanks for the great escapes.

  176. I agree, Cinderella stories have great appeal. I do like how you humanize these stories. You create characters that are likeable and you want to see them happy. I can’t wait to read this story!

  177. Dear Mary, Thank you! The Proposal was as fine a story as we hope for with every new book. But what a wonderful plot twist for The Arrangement — the hero is blind, and the heroine is destitute because she stood up for him against all odds. I’m clear that a blind man can astonish us with his competence, but I’m eager to see your imaginative challenges for him to overcome. Lately I found myself blossoming and reaching out beyond my usual limits and bounds to forge interesting new friendships and connections — but that all came about because a visionary leader consistently provided a safe space. I am more interested in the characters who stand up for what is good and right in the face of no agreement. Sophia has that quality, and I can hardly wait to meet her. Still looking in all the usual places for backlist titles, getting lucky lately — up from #278 to #3 on a Wish List in only 6 years with only about 4 titles left to discover. True! Luckily for us the thrifts sometimes sell online and price little tan paperbacks at $5 without discovering what treasures they are. Thank you for the joys of losing ourselves in your books and finding ourselves there too.

  178. Can’t wait to read The Arrangement, I have enjoyed so many of your books.
    thanks for the chance to win an advanced copy.

  179. If it is anything like the other books and series you have written, I will buy the entire series. Every book is an original and I can’t wait to get started.

  180. I love fairy tales and the twists on tales, I am the adult woman going to a Disney film to get lost in the fantasy of it all – I even named my daughter after Sleeping Beauty. I can’t wait to read this.

  181. I love stories like this, especially ones about injured soldiers. If I believed in reincarnation I would think I’d lived back in the Regency period as I love everything about it. I also love your books and to win one from you would be absolutely thrilling. I’ll be looking for this book when it comes out, if I don’t win the contest and will purchase the first one in the series after I get paid Friday. I’m sure my daughter won’t mind taking me to B&N, especially if I offer to buy her a book. She actually did a lot of practice reading using your books when she was in elementary school. I learned to take to paperbacks with me if we had a long bus ride so I could have something to read once she grabbed one to practice her reading. I can say she came by her love of reading from me though we no longer read they same type of books.

    1. Wow, Molly, how clever you were to bring along a book for your daughter to practice on!! At leat you know how to shop for her now!

      I was the lucky winner of this week’s ARC, and trust me, it is every bit as thrilling as you imagine. Keep on commenting and go for it next week. Best of luck to you.

  182. Heroines who are courageous and selfless are my favorites. From the description, Miss Fry reminds me of the heroic teachers in the recent tornadoes here – ordinary, often overlooked people who display heroic virtue. All of them were willing to sacrifice everything to save others. How uplifting that the heroine’s sacrifice and virtue is rewarded with love.

  183. Hi! Today is my birthday! I got married on May 9 and am now on the tail end of wedding recovery. Your books and the discovery Of you backlist have helped me get through it all.

  184. I love the covers you have chosen. I can’t wait to get a copy when it comes out. I love all of your books that I have read so far. They are all on my keep list, to be reread over and over again. They never get old for me.

  185. I have always been a fan of your books, as too picking them I usually get the covers that attract my attention. But more than anything when I love an author, I grab them the most since I know that the books will be gripping, tingling, and gasping and having me wanting to get the next book that the author has coming out or any of the ones that I missed and need to add to my collection. This is so that I can reread them over and over.

  186. Hi Mary: I have been a huge fan since “A Summer to Remember”, and bought “The Proposal” in hardback last year, as I had to know Gwen’s story. As for the blog topic, of “Cinderella”, I find that the books that are most compelling to me have strong character development, good personal interaction between the main characters, combined with intriguing historical background. Two of your most compelling books for me were “Slightly Sinful” and “Slightly Tempted” (Alleyne and Morgan) due to the societal interactions on the eve of, and subsequent deployment of the Battle of Waterloo. You can taste Alleyne’s fear as he rides into battle, you can feel the swell of emotion found in losing one’s identity, and of losing a loved one in battle (Morgan). The love stories in both of these books are the major themes, but the harmonic melody of the backstories creates the emotion and passion that makes for truly great reading. Thanks for all you do!

  187. I truly loved the cover of the book where they are looking at each other. It is stunning. I can feel the intensity of the love even before reading it. It is a look of compassion and true love. I cannot wait to read it! I am a big fan of your books. The stories are amazing and they take me on adventures and to different worlds. Your stories are a confirmation that I was truly born in the wrong century!!!! If I were to judge this book by its cover, I could say I will love it (and I’m sure I will)!!!!!!!
    Can’t wait to read it!!!!

    Sincerely Yours,

    Leticia DoPrado

  188. I bought The Proposal when it first came out and love the first cover (the one I have – in the garden). I was so excited to read it as I was familiar with Lady Muir from One Night for Love, A Summer to Remember. I have read your “Simply” series, “Slightly” series, the Huxtable books and several stand alones. It was great to hear Gwen’s story and your wonderful idea for the Survivors series. Can’t wait to read The Arrangement as Vincent was such an endearing character in The Proposal. Thank you for your wonderful books.

    Betty S.

  189. Having just met the team in The Proposal, I immediately decided that my favorite was Vincent. There is something quite noble and kind about him. He “sees” things that others do not. Can’t wait for The Arrangement!

  190. I love that Cinderella stories have evolved so that the H/H are equals, but thankful that the HEA has remained. I am so looking forward to this new incarnation of the classic tale.

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