The Arrangement (The Survivors' Club #2)
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The Arrangement (The Survivors' Club #2)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  2,143 ratings  ·  474 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
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Published August 27th 2013 by Dell
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(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...more
Not Balogh's best, but still quite good. Part of The Survivors's Club series, this one contains a few fairly explicit sex scenes, minimal swearing, no bloody violence, no big suspense, and no typos, to my knowledge.

I am drawn to blind heroes. We have many historical romances depicting a hero with *partial sight* -- men who lost one eye to war. Only consider Reforming Lord Ragsdale or Texas Destiny. In one of her ealier books, Balogh herself portrayed a partially blind hero in Simply Love. Amanda...more
Aly is so frigging bored
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...more
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
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
BJ Rose
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...more
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...more
Sep 12, 2013 Tin rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
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
Lady Wesley
Sep 02, 2013 Lady Wesley rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
‘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...more
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
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
I'm a long-time fan of Mary Balogh and have all of her books...nearly 100 so far. This one, unfortunately, is not one of her best. Not even second best. She's a very competent and experienced writer, so it's a pleasant read, but it lacks a few things that could have made it a winner. First, both hero and heroine are beta characters. Beta characters can be difficult for a writer, because they don't stride across the page, larger than life, dragging the reader along for a breathless adventure. The...more
This was a nice book. It wasn't flashy or angsty or super emotional. It did not feature a raving beauty of a heroine or a super alpha of a hero. In fact, Sophia starts out as a pretty invisible character for the most part. She (and others) refer to her as 'The Mouse'. She is a poor relation who lives an almost Cinderella like existence with her aunt, uncle and selfish beautiful cousin.

And then there is Vincent. The hero. He is a decidedly beta hero who is suffocated by his mother and sisters who...more
Miranda Davis
Similar premise as Lord Carew's Bride. Sweet, well written as always, but sort of ho-hum in comparison. I felt more reading about Carew navigating life with his infirmity. It just touched me far more. However, this hero's blindness was portrayed with more depth and reality than in most other regency romances I've read involving this injury. That said, I loved T. Medeiros' Yours Until Dawn far more because that hero's blindeness causes so much tangible fallout -- he's a rampaging mess -- and his...more
I think i have a bit of a problem on my hands. See, the problem is that i finished this book and all i can say is "hmmm that was a nice book". Not terrible, but not great either. That doesn't leave much room for a review. This feeling being a problem; i'm going to change up my review format a bit.

Cover: I have to say when i took the book out of the envelope i thought "Pretty". The cover is gorgeous. It is also going down as one of my favorite "hero" covers. The thing about it it that it doesn't...more
Jenny Q
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
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ก่อนจะหยิบเล่มนี้ขึ้นมาอ่าน เรามีลางสังหรณ์ว่า เรื่องนี้จะเป็นหนังสือที่สนุกค่ะ ทำให้หลังจากอ่านจบไปแล้ว เราก็ไม่แน่ใจตัวเองว่า เป็นเพราะเรื่องนี้สนุกจริง ๆ หรือเพราะเราพยายามทำให้ลางสังหรณ์ของตัวเองถูกต้องด้วยการบอกว่า เรื่องนี้สนุก

แต่ความรู้สึกตอนนี้ก็คือ เล่มนี้สอบผ่านฉลุย ทั้งในแง่ของพล็อต ตัวละคร และการดำเนินเรื่อง ที่แม้จะช้าตามสไตล์ระยะหลังของคนแต่ง แต่ก็เป็นความช้าแต่ละมุนละไม และหวานซึ้งค่ะ

วินเซ็นต์ ฮันต์ ซึ่งได้รับบาดเจ็บในระหวางการรบจนทำให้ตาบอดสนิท เหตุการณ์นั้นเปลี่ยนแปลงชีวิตของเข...more
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...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...more
Virginia Campbell
Superb storyteller Mary Balogh continues her "Survivors' Club" series with Book Two, "The Arrangement". The Survivors' Club is a group of veterans of the Napoleonic Wars who each returned home grievously wounded and forever changed. They all found refuge in the home of the Duke of Stanbrook, and the club was formed. "The Arrangement" is the story of Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, who was blinded by cannon fire in his very first battle at age seventeen. A younger son, he later inherited his tit...more
I reviewed this at Heroes and Heartbreakers.

The Arrangement, the second book in The Survivors Club series, finally tells the story of the devastatingly handsome Vincent Hunt, who was blinded in the first battle of Waterloo. His family’s concern for him has become oppressive and when we meet him again he is on the run, fighting to live the life he wants and to marry—if and when and whom he chooses.

The Arrangement ticks so many favorite boxes: a Cinderella...more
Viscount Darliegh, Vincent Hunt, is tired of his beloved family running is life. Blinded by a cannon accident, the women in his life have been taking over every aspect of Vincent’s life...including trying to find him a suitable bride. Escaping to his family home, hoping to find the independence he so desires, Vincent finds himself offering for the hand of a mousey cousin to a local family. Killing 2 birds with one stone, Vincent believes this will keep his family off his back about marriage as w...more
Sue Grimshaw
Book 2 of the Survivors Club does not disappoint - Vincent and Sophie are perfect together and Mary Balogh tells another wonderful story -
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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...more
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...more
I liked the premise of the story, a young man blinded in his first conflict in the Napoleonic war at age 17, who is now 23 and not inclined to marry, but whose family is pressuring him. His counterpart is a self-described "mouse," who must find her courage very quickly.

I had read the first book of "The Survivors' Club" when it came out, so it was good to have characters reappear in this second of the series.

I have always thought that Mary Balogh crafts an excellent story, whose main characters...more
The Arrangement is the second book in the Survivors Club series. This book is published by Random House and is scheduled for a September 2013 release. I would like to thank the Librarything early review program for the this ARC paperback copy.

This is the story of Vincent, a member of the survivors club. Vincent was blinded by canon fire during the war. Since that time, his mother and sisters have hovered over him until he has felt like he was suffocating. His mother has decided that it's time fo...more
While The Arrangement is entertaining, it doesn't sparkle. I've come to expect more from Mary Balough, and this doesn't quite deliver. The characters are well-developed and likable, but somehow they lack animation or believability. I never once felt swept up in the book or the characters. I never forgot I was reading a book. The characters and the plot are all too predictable.

At the same time, Balough writes beautifully and her prose helps mover the story along nicely. Since the hero, Vincent, i...more
2.5 stars.
The story was cute and sweet. Both hero and heroine were very sensitive characters as both had to deal with pain.Vincent is a war veteran and is blind while Sophia has been morally abused by her family for years.

I really wanted to adore the romance of such worthy characters but Arrrrr, I was bored to death. Yes i loved the first 150 pages but then mostly nothing happened. The Arrangement AKA The Climax That Never Happened, that's how I think about it.
It's probably me being difficult bu...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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