Wednesday, August 12, 2015


The Arrangement by [Balogh, Mary]
BOOK REVIEW- THE ARRANGEMENT-Desperate to escape his mother’s matchmaking, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, flees to a remote country village. But even there, another marital trap is sprung. So when Miss Sophia Fry’s intervention on his behalf finds her unceremoniously booted from her guardian’s home, Vincent is compelled to act. He may have been blinded in battle, but he can see a solution to both their problems: marriage. 
At first, quiet, unassuming Sophia rejects Vincent’s proposal. But when such a gloriously handsome man persuades her that he needs a wife of his own choosing as much as she needs protection from destitution, she agrees. Her alternative is too dreadful to contemplate. But how can an all-consuming fire burn from such a cold arrangement? As friendship and camaraderie lead to sweet seduction and sensual pleasure, dare they believe a bargain born of desperation might lead them both to a love destined to be? AMAZON

It was a story of two people, who were overcomers in their own ways.  They just needed a little help, which is what they provided each other.    Each one of the main characters was likable, although at times they seemed a bit stuck in a rut.  Something they both began to recognize. Vincent was so well liked and young, that the women of the family had kind of overtaken his life.   Not meaning to but they were treating him sometimes as someone who needed to be overprotected and decisions made for him.  For his own good, of course.  Sophia had the opposite problem of being near invisible, cruelly dubbed The Mouse.  No one really looked at her let alone looked out for her.    They all were pretty mean.  She didn't have even one friend. 

The author did a good job of showing the reality of Vincent's living with blindness every day.   Since he wan't born blind you also get to see what he has to deal with in his adjustment to his newer circumstances.    It sounded like he had made some good progress on his own and with the help of his friend and valet.   Now, there was an interesting relationship too. Somehow or other when I was reading the book information, I missed (or forgot) the fact that he was blinded, so it made for an interesting surprise for me. 

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