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The Arrangement (The Survivors' Club #2)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  4,962 Ratings  ·  740 Reviews
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 th ...more
Paperback, 366 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Dell (first published 2013)
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Jan 20, 2016 Anne rated it really liked it
Dawwww. Sweet story about a couple of nice kids who get married and then fall in love.
Plus, he's a hot blind guy! My dream man...

I am drawn to blind heroes. (Also to blind heroines, as in The Parfit Knight, Dearest Rogue, and Surrender to the Earl.) My fascination with blindness began in childhood, when we studied the life of Helen Keller.

I love to root for the underdog, especially a gallant character who beats the odds — any kind of impairment — as does malformed Miles in the space opera The Warrior's Apprentice, and ungifted Tavi in the fantastical Furies of Calderon.

But let's talk blind heroes. We have many historic
"Review" written July 18, 2016

3.7 Stars - Simply perfect lazy summer-days HR listening

The Arrangement is in all ways delicate touching and beautifully told, but perhaps not the most fast paced or exciting historical by Mary Balogh. Either way very flattering and romantic about a "mouse" (aka wallflower), Miss Sophia Fry and a blind gorgeous young sweet noble man, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh.

My third in a pleasant HR series with quite unique (a bit damaged) main characters. I like them all.
Sep 09, 2013 Anna rated it liked it
(Review originally posted on LibraryThing for the Early Reviewers program. Link here:

I try to be thorough when I write reviews, so I started with the first book in the series, "The Proposal." Honestly, without exaggeration, I could not care less whether the couple in that book ever worked things out. I had zero interest in the heroine, the hero didn't do it for me, and frankly, the writing wasn't fantastic. Under ordinary circumstances, I probably wouldn
Aly is so frigging bored
Aug 30, 2013 Aly is so frigging bored rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
This book, like the 1st in the series, was like a breath of fresh air. I was in no mood for drama or stupid decisions and this book delivered perfectly: it is a story of 2 damaged people who heal each other and make their relationship happy, and most importantly, work when almost everyone was skeptical.

The heroine, Sophia, was orphaned at 15 when her rake of a father dies in a duel. She's shuffled 1st to a self absorbed aunt, who dies after 3 years, and then to the family of another aunt. They m
Sep 01, 2013 Books&Friends rated it it was amazing
Learn from Mary Balogh, the Master
** Just a little "snarkiness" moment first** this could also be called my Enough rant.
Some authors haven't met an adjective or adverb they didn't like and they want to cover their pages with them. I guess they think you can't have romance without purple prose. Seriously you can. just read a Mary Balogh story.
So throbbing members, unbridled lust might do on occasion - hey who doesn't like a bit of that - but it does get repetitive and even boring .Personally I li
BJ Rose
Mar 30, 2014 BJ Rose rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-regency, series
I love The Survivors' Club series! There's something about triumphing over seemingly disastrous situations that gets to me every time - and Mary Balogh makes you feel it right along with her characters.

Vincent was blinded in battle at the age of 17 (I believe), and his loving and helpful mother and sisters are certain the solution to his problems is marriage to, of course, a woman of their choice. So to try to get back his independence, he flees his family and plans to hide out while he figures
Sep 12, 2013 Tin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
It took a blind man to see: Sophia Fry has been invisible for most of her life. She lives quietly in her uncle and aunt's home in Barton Coombs, the unwanted poor relative whose presence is only minimally tolerated. Her only form of expression are her sketches of the things around her and always with a mouse on the very edges of the page.

It took a woman of meager circumstance to set him free: Vincent Hunt is a young man of twenty three, who was blinded in battle at the young age of seventeen. Wh
Aug 28, 2013 Ilze rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mary-balogh
Mary Balogh's latest series is about a group that call themselves the Survivors' Club, since they have all survived a severe physical or emotional trauma that happened because of the Peninsular War with Napoleon's forces. This story is about Vincent, Viscount Darleigh, whose retinas were burned in an explosion. Vincent is by nature adventurous and sociable, although he has lived as a recluse with his family for several years. Before that he lived for a time with George, the Duke of Stanbrook, th ...more
Dec 04, 2013 Jacqueline rated it really liked it
A nice little story. Not as angsty as Ms. Balogh's early work but there was some depth here. The hero is blind from an accident in the war and his issues mostly deal with how to live with his disability without everyone pampering him. The bride he accidently ends up with helps him along with that of course. There wasn't a lot of conflict between the two of them. While it was nice to see these two nice people help each other out and fall in love, this lack of conflict between the main couple made ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 16, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, steamy
Wow. I'm seeing a lot of tepid reviews for this book and I wonder if I stepped into a parallel universe or something. I guess bear that in mind if you're reading this review—my response seems to be an outlier and I'm at a loss to explain why that might be.

Because this book gave me all the feels! It's interesting to me because both Vincent and Sophia have kind of the same problem to start; they've allowed themselves to be passively swept up in life's events and feel the need to assert themselves.
The performance, by Rosalyn Landor, is terrific, so gets an A, but the story isn't the strongest; B-.

For some reason, I have managed to read and/or listen to books three and four in this series, The Escape and Only Enchanting before listening to this, which is book two.

Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh is just twenty-three and has been blind for the past six years, the result of a battlefield injury which also left him unable to hear. Returned to England both blind and deaf, he was terrified, enra
Olga Godim
Mar 03, 2015 Olga Godim rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
3.5 stars
I like this book, #2 in the Survivors’ Club series, much less than The Proposal (#1). Like everything written by Ms. Balogh, this novel is a gentle historical romance. After being wounded in the war, the hero Vincent is blind, although he is a rich, titled gentleman and he has a loving, extended family. The heroine Sophia is an impoverished girl with no place of her own, no family, and no money.
Vincent wants to live a life as normal as possible for a blind guy. To start with, he wants
Jun 26, 2015 Keri rated it liked it
I like the series overall so far, but I struggled a bit with our blind hero. He wanted to stop allowing his mother and sisters to take control of his life. He thought having a wife would do that. So instead of finding your own backbone you want your wife to be your backbone instead? That is called spineless. Now it didn't quite play out that bad and I was ok with it in the end, but I still fell the rating valid, but am looking forward to the next one.
A blind hero and a marriage of convenience.
The premise was a bit (ahum) far fetched. Of course he wanted to help, but this solution was not the only possible way that could have been accomplished. Maybe the last possible solution in a long line. But well, I read on and accepted the situation. The rest of the book was sweet. The hero and heroine were sweet. And it was very good to read a book where the hero did have other thoughts in his head besides thoughts about the heroines looks.

Sue Grimshaw
Jul 21, 2013 Sue Grimshaw rated it it was amazing
Book 2 of the Survivors Club does not disappoint - Vincent and Sophie are perfect together and Mary Balogh tells another wonderful story -
Book Copy:
A mesmerizing story of passionate awakening and redemption, Mary Balogh’s new novel unites a war hero consigned to darkness with a remarkable woman who finds her own salvation by showing him the light of love.

Desperate to escape his mother’s matchmaking, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, flees to a remote country village. But even there, another mari
Lady Wesley
Sep 02, 2013 Lady Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all Mary Balogh fans
Shelves: amz-rev
3.5 stars rounded up because, well it's Mary Balogh!

This is a lovely romance, and Mary Balogh does a masterful job conveying the reality of everyday life for a blind man in the early 19th century. It's also a great marriage-of-convenience story between two people who really don't want to get married to anyone. I enjoyed once again seeing the members of the Survivor's Club.

My only criticism is that I never really bought into the idea that these two people would part according to the terms of thei
Quinn's Book Nook
In my continuing effort to read historical romances by authors I’ve never read before, I read The Arrangement by Mary Balogh after reading Jennifer’s review. This was my first foray into Mary Balogh's books, and it was a pleasant trip.

Vincent is definitely the best part of The Arrangement. He’s part of the Survivor’s Club (a group consisting of men, and one woman, who have survived the war). During the war, Vincent lost his sight, and he’s been blind now for awhile. He’s really adjusted to it, a
Aug 31, 2013 Charlotte rated it really liked it
This second installment in the Survivors' Club series was pure delight from start to finish. Vincent Hunt, Lord Darleigh and Miss Sophia Fry are younger than the normal run of Regency heroes and heroines I am used to, but that does not detract from their strength of character. At twenty-three and nineteen, they have both lived several lifetimes, and bring all the attendant baggage of the same to their relationship. Yet theirs is a sweet and tender development, less stormy than that of Hugo and h ...more
Jun 30, 2013 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
‘The Arrangement’ is the second book in Mary Balogh’s seven book ‘The Survivor’s Club’ series. Each book in this series focuses on one member of a closely bound group of Napoleonic War veterans (six men and one woman) who were severely injured and traumatized on the battlefield and now face emotional and physical obstacles as they attempt to reenter English society.

‘The Arrangement’ is the story of Vincent Hunt, the youthful Viscount Darleigh, permanently blinded by a cannon blast and Sophia F
Jan 29, 2016 Elaine rated it really liked it
This was a sweet book. A great love story that was different from all the other regency romances.

The heroine was a bit too waifish and Cinderella for me, but the way she could rescue the hero even while he rescued her was wonderful. There was almost not enough conflict between them, since they were so very good for each other right from the start. It was more a story of overcoming your own handicaps and making the best of your life. I liked seeing how Vincent and Sophie grew into their own and w
Cee (The Mistress Case)
Sophia and Vincent were so damn sweet to each other in Only Enchanting that I am compelled to read their love story in this book. (In Only Enchanting, they were already married for a year or two, I believe.) I swear, my eyes got teary during their scenes and I need to see how it all begins.
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Jen (Red Hot Books)
Nov 03, 2014 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it really liked it
I really, really enjoyed this book. I was a little nervous about picking it up because The Proposal did not rock my world. This installment, though, definitely did. If you are not familiar with The Survivor’s Club series, it follows seven men and women who were damaged in some fashion during the Napoleonic Wars. In this novel, the hero is Vincent, the youngest of the group. He is 23 years old, a viscount with a doting family, and he is completely blind.

As the story begins, his well meaning mothe
Jenny Q
Sep 02, 2013 Jenny Q rated it liked it
I'm a big Mary Balogh fan and I was super excited to read her latest, particularly because it features a blind hero. Vincent is a big sweet potato, caring and charming, but feeling smothered by the attentions of his mother and sisters, who are determined to find him a wife to take care of him. All he really wants is the freedom to live his life in peace, and to make them understand that he's blind, not an invalid, and perfectly capable of taking care of himself. Every woman they push his way und ...more
Jul 20, 2013 Debbie rated it really liked it
Several years after losing his sight and gaining a title with a fortune, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh was finally able to realize what he was missing, his freedom. Finding freedom was difficult with a well meaning grandmother, an over protective mother and a couple of sisters that insisted that he be watched over at all times. When they had started with the idea of a wife for him, he decided he was in trouble and ran just as fast as his coach could carry him away. Being invisible to most peop ...more
Sep 10, 2013 Angelc rated it it was amazing
This book really impressed me, it was such an amazing romance! The best thing about this book was the truly believable, flawed characters. They both had obstacles to get through personally and together they were able to shoulder the weight as a team. Even though they had their problems, they never felt sorry for themselves.

The two characters were so perfect for each other. And what really impressed me was that they actually appreciated all the seemingly little things the other person did for the
The Arrangement is the second in Balogh’s Survivor’s Club series. In this one, Vincent Hunt, who has been blinded in a canon blast, has fled home and his well-meaning, but overbearing family. Vincent has come to terms with his blindness but he craves freedom and independence and finally runs away from home when his family encourages him to marry a young lady that “doesn’t mind” and “understands” his blindness. Vincent ends up returning to his childhood home and comes to the attention of the high ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
I received a print ARC of The Arrangement from Amazon Vine

There are books I like and books I love. The Arrangement is one I love and here is why it goes on my favorites shelf.

Writing: Mary Balogh has perfected the writing art. The Arrangement is well written. There is just the right pace to keep the story going without losing the readers interest.

World: The Arrangement is set in the same Regency Period as the Slightly series and the Simply series.. There are some cross-overs in characters betwe
Balogh dropped the ball on this one for me. Where there could have been angst, or humor, or romance, there was a subdued, and boring, and disconnected story. It was like a YA-historical.

We have two young people, both of whom are hidden from their true potential, use each other to help bring them to life.. problem is they were a boring couple so even though they were showing their potential they were still this young-love vanilla couple. I kept reading thinking it will get better because the hero
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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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The Survivors' Club (7 books)
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