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Simply Magic (Simply Quartet #3)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  2,816 ratings  ·  139 reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of Simply Love delivers a breathtaking novel set in Regency England amid the lives and passions of four teachers at Miss Martin's School for Girls ...

On a splendid afternoon Susanna Osbourne is introduced to the most handsome man she has ever seen. With his knowing smile, Peter Edgeworth, Viscount Whitleaf, stirs something in Susanna s
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Paperback, 433 pages
Published February 26th 2008 by Dell (first published March 27th 2007)
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Fani
I liked the first part much more than the second.

The first half was a sweet, tender love story. Old-fashioned, but still nice. In the second part, the shadow of the heroine's past, concerning her father's death, is cast and darkens the mood considerably. Little by little we learn the secrets behind his death, but though a huge tragedy is always hinted, it seems rather mudane to the reader (at least this one). When the truth comes out, it is indeed more shocking than expected, but by then I had a
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Rane
A two weeks vacation away from her school she teaches, Susanna Osbourne meets with a man unknowing to him entwined with her past she longs to forget, and soon a man she longs her heart to forget.. Peter Edgeworth, Viscount Whitleaf is charming, kind gentleman, when he first lays eyes on Susanna he feels he’s finally met “the one” their paths soon divided only to lead back to one another and their love......


Simply Magic’s story entwines with Simply Love, but from of the POVs of Susanna and Pete
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Lois
Loved Peter--what a kind, wonderful character.

But: It is a mistake to listen to three Mary Balogh's in a row. The parallel elements from book to book get grating:
-- the heroine's belief that each encounter will be the last time she sees the man so she'll store it away to pull out later when she's old and still a spinster;
-- her steadfast belief that she can't marry the man and her repeated refusals because of that;
-- the belief that Fate keeps throwing people together until their love works ou
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Lady Wesley
5+ stars!

I like Mary Balogh, so I expected to enjoy this book; but I was surprised that I absolutely loved it!

Susanna Osbourne is a teacher at Miss Martin's school in Bath. She has no family, since her mother died in childbirth and her father died when she was twelve. She was sent to Miss Martin's by an anonymous benefactor as a charity student, and she remained to become a teacher. She is quite happy and content with her life.

While visiting a former teacher, who is now Countess of Edgecombe (se
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Catherine
Finished this one early morning. I really enjoyed it. Their relationship was sweet and made me happy. It was my favorite of the series so far!

I'll write a review in a bit.
Rosina Lippi
This absorbing, immensely appealing novel is the third in Balogh's series of regency romances, centered on a group of friends who teach at a private girls' school in Bath. Susanna Osbourne is one of those teachers, a gentleman's daughter who has been alone in the world since she lost her father and her home at age twelve.

That early trauma has given her depth, complexity and a cautious nature. Susanna's satisfaction with her life and career doesn't waiver, even when she meets Viscount Whitleaf,
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Dolly
Jul 11, 2007 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Balogh fans
I'm a die-hard Mary Balogh fan. Even when I don't have time to read, I consume the extra caffeine to stay up all night reading a new Balogh. That said, I think she's getting a little lazy with the stuff lately. This one and the previous book, Simply Love, are a tad bit... er, boring. And easy. The dialogue is superior, and the characters are believable. But there isn't much plot, which is a pity. Although Balogh's strength is the extended character sketch, I do appreciate her forays into plot. ...more
Laura
I really didn't care for this story. It was the second Mary Balogh I've listened to and will be the last. This story was trying to be a lot of things and failed in every way. The interactions between Susanna Osbourne and Peter Edgeworth are really just plain silly. The love scenes fall short and they don't make you pine for the couple to get together. Peter is, for lack of a better word, a wuss who doesn't grow a backbone till the very end of the novel. I really didn't care for the too proud Sus ...more
Ana
Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! Tender, sweet and oh so romantic!!
Vanessa
Simply Magic is not that magical. Its just simple. Yes, simple simple simple. Except for the color of the heroines hair, nothing is that shocking or memorable or something that can knock you from your seat. Since this is part of a series, it's kind of a continuation of whatever happened before those 'Simply' stories. If this book is not written by Mary Balogh I wouldn't forgive this thing. Because no matter what Balogh can pull anything through. Moreover, like her I'm an Austen junkie and George ...more
Sheila Melo
Sweet Romance

SIMPLY MAGIC is the third book in the Simply series. It is the story of Susanna Osbourne and Peter Edgeworth, Viscount Whitleaf. Susanna is a teacher at the girls school that is the center of the series. Peter is a flirt and since he grew up with so many women in his life, has a knack for making them feel good about themselves. He meets Susanna and is puzzled by her lack of response to his compliments. For two weeks he begins a friendship with Susanna. He is drawn by her intelligenc
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Dolly
think charles bingley falls in love with a cheery jane eyre, in terms of story.

plus, secret childhood meetcute and then super banter-y cuteness when they meet all grown up! this is the most adorable novel!!!! i'm so charmed by this hero, there should be more romance novels that feature genuinely lovely guys who aren't all What Are Women For until they meet the heroine. not only is the hero a darling, who is kind to EVERYONE; it is 100% because he actually enjoys it as opposed to "a mask" or Secr
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Lita Bouquard
Susanne was always called a former charity case student and though many of the students come from the slums of London she was raised as a lady until the age of 12. Sunny Susanna is one of the teacher's at Miss Martin's Schools who finds her love in Simply Magic. Through Frances, the gifted singer and former teacher at the school invites Susanne to holiday with her. There she meets a flirtatiously kind earl who sets her on edge right from the start. She recognizes his name from her past and even ...more
Lovetoread
In reading the Simply series by Mary Balogh I was looking forward to Susanna Osbourne's story. I was not disappointed.

The story with Susanna going for a few weeks with Frances. Both Frances, now a Duchess and her husband the Earl have just returned from a singing engagement and are going to stay at the Earl's estate. While visiting the estate Susanna is introduced to the most handsome man she has ever met. So on a splendid August afternoon Susanna Osbourne is introduced to the most handsome man
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Mary-Elizabeth
I found the plot a little weak, both in the early connection between Suzanna and Peter's family, and in the fact that she ended up on her own. The story would appeal more to those who like the details of English life in the Regency era, a little spice between the lower class and the aristocracy, and a leisurely pace.

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One of a quartet series, Simply Magic is a Regency Romance (early 1800's) that tells the story of Suzanna Osbourne, a single woman without any family who supports herself
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becky
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Lucina
3.0 Stars

Ich muss sagen, dass ich Simply Magic nicht wirklich richtig schlecht fand, aber leider auch nicht wirklich gut. Es gibt nichts was ich groß kritisieren müsste, aber loben kann ich leider auch nichts. Die Protagonisten sind sympathisch, bleiben aber wie der gesamte Roman überhaupt nicht im Gedächtnis. Hinzukommt, dass der Roman wie eine Mischung aus den Vorgängerbänden wirkt, besonders wenn man Simply Unforgettable und Simply Love kurz vorher gelesen hat sind die Parallen unverkennbar.
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Raechel
This may be my favourite of the 'Simply' series. The interaction between the main characters is wonderful, as they progress from virtual strangers with a somewhat shared history to good friends and lovers in two weeks. Balogh slowly and subtly reveals they events from their past that tie them together and should split them apart in an intriguing fashion; it's very nicely done on her part. I liked Susanna very much, but I really adored Peter's side story. He matured steadily over the course of th ...more
Annette
Susanna and Peter are a couple who run into one another as adults after one previous short meeting as children. They are both young and beautiful. They are both very kind and well meaning and generous with their time and activities.

The story was well developed, and the characters are as always very well rounded and human. But, I feel that this book went on too long.

Susanna is an orphan who teaches in a girl's school. Peter is of the nobility, wealthy and about to take control of his estate.

I am
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Stephanie (Once Upon a Chapter)
Susanna Osbourne has had a hard life. She lost her father at a young age and lived on the streets of London after that. Thankfully it was only for a brief time and she was then placed in Miss Martin’s School for Girls. She did so well at the school that she was allowed to stay on as a junior teacher. Her whole life is dedicated to teaching but even teachers need a vacation and so she leaps at the opportunity to take a few weeks and visit Frances and her husband at Barclay Court. It promises to b ...more
Lily
Es el tercer libro de la serie «Simplemente» de la autora Mary Balogh que tiene como protagonista a Susanna, la joven maestra de la escuela St. Martin para señoritas. No supe que era el tercer ejemplar de una serie hasta que lo tuve entre mis manos y me empecé a informar. Pero no me importó, me moría por leérmelo y no podía esperar para conseguir los demás. Sin duda, después de haberme leído este leeré los anteriores, bien en español o bien en inglés.


El argumento comienza cuando Susanna, que est
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Aspoon
If you are looking for a book that's slow moving, sometimes frustrating, lack sexual tension, lack sex, lack engaging storyline, and longer than it needs to be...then you have found the right book....

This book was WAAAAY TOOOOO long for the storyline. This could have been wrapped up within 5 chapters. I did like the beginning start of Peter's and Suzanna's "friendship" I felt there was a real connection there, however Peter taking Suzanna's virginity in the middle of no where seemed completely o
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Anna D.
3.5 stars rounded up because it’s Mary Balogh!

The more HR books I read, the more critical I become simply because there have been books that have raised the bar so high that my basis of comparison is ever changing. The book before this one, Simply Love, is one of those books for me where I was put through a ringer in the story, characters, and emotions – that compared with this book…well, Simply Magic was just ok. That is unfair though because this is a good book and the H/h are good characters
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Ana T.
Book nº 3 in the Simply Quartet this one tells the story of Susanna Osbourne, another teacher at Miss Martin’s School for Girls in Bath.

While visiting Frances, a former teacher and the heroine of the first book in this series Susanna meets Peter Edgeworth, Viscount Whitcleaf. It’s immediately obvious that there is some kind of secret in Susanna’s past as she recognizes him and is decided to avoid him. The problem is that Peter feels himself strangely drawn to her and looks for her company. He i
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Jane Night
I like Balogh’s books. I like this series. This book just didn’t do it for me.

I liked Peter. He was interesting and deep. I liked Susanna less but she was an alright character. The story was alright too. Susanna and Peter have a child hood connection. It is painful to her and not fully understood by him. The truth is revealed. Things are not what Susanna thinks they were. She learns the whole truth. And she and Peter live happily ever after.

At least Peter didn’t get her pregnant (a common plot
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Jessica Flaska
i was a bit hesistant on reading this book. i'm more into the mystery- nora roberts, joanne fluke, the mother/daughter clark duo, and others where i get a mixture of roamnce and mystery. but simply magic actually was not that bad. a tiny bit on the boring side, but it was capturing enough that i wanted to continue, and i could put it down to go to bed on like other i haave read where i stay up till 1 in the morning and spend 2-3 days reading, with the need to know what happened.
in simply magic,
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Beth (moonivy)
Oct 17, 2007 Beth (moonivy) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical romance fans.
Read 10/7/07
Genre : historical Romance
Publication : 2007
Rating : 8.75
Where From : my shelves
Reason : I like Balogh's gentle stories.

Simply Magic is the third book in Balogh's Simply quartet. The Simply books follow a four teachers at a Bath girl's school, set in Regency England. This
tale is Susanna's, the pretty charity girl who became a devoted teacher. When Susanna meets Peter Edgeworth, Viscount Whitleaf at her friend's country
estate, it's dislike at first sight and a bunch of bad memories fr
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Sheila
This is part of the Miss Martin's School for Girls subset of the Bedwyn family novels. Susanna is the third teacher from the school to have an impossible romance and get married to someone she's completely inappropriate for.

Balogh's specialty is quiet despair. She does it well, but in this book I feel like she's stretching. The plot depends a little too much on bad timing, particularly the series of events that landed Susanna in pariah status to begin with. The best book in this series so far i
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Chris
Old TT review:

Just finished the most recent Mary Balogh, Simply Magic. The latest in the series of Simply books, it tells the story of yet another of the teachers at Miss Martin's school for girls in Bath who just happens to go and catch herself a titled husband. It's as likeable as the others in the series. The slight difference is the beta hero (he rather reminded me of Gerard from one of her early Regencies, The Precious Jewel) -- he put off a lot of the Amazon commenters, but I think the who
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Cathy
Charming, bored viscount gets introduced to noble, beautiful schoolteacher while they're both visiting friends in the country. After initial animosity on her part because of a vaguely shared childhood past he doesn't remember, they hit it off. Really hit it off. Quickly. But of course they are from two different worlds so they must go their separate ways and angst... and then keep running into each other as the viscount decides to actively pursue her and damn their respective social statuses. Bo ...more
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Mary Jenkins was born on 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK. After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high-school English, on a two-year teaching contract in 1967. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curl ...more
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