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The Escape (The Survivors' Club #3)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,334 Ratings  ·  441 Reviews
After surviving the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to move on, his body and spirit in need of a healing touch. Never does Ben imagine that hope will come in the form of a beautiful woman who has seen her own share of suffering. After the lingering death of her husband, Samantha McKay is at the mercy of her oppressive in-laws—until she plots an escape to ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 394 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Dell (first published 2014)
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 ❀ Minesha ❀
Reviewed for Buried Under Romance


Big historical romance fan, are you?

Well, are you bored of:

* Rakes with mistresses at seventeen. Seriously? Did your mama never teach you about respect and equality?
* Matrons who yather on and on about snaring a wealthy husband.
* Stitch, sew, horseback riding, water colors, anyone? Balls and poor excuses for flirting?
* Miscommunication. Iloveyou declarations after sex. No PTSD after heroine kidnapping.
* Filthy rich nobs who hunt. Oh you pathetic sonofa *Shh*. Oh
Written September 2, 2015

4 Stars - Solid good m/f HR in a great audiobook edition. I enjoyed!!

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I just finished the 10:30 hrs audiobook narrated by the very best and always fantastic Rosalyn Landor. So very good, mature and touching. No big drama, no suspense, just two grownups talking, feeling and experience new feelings and situations. ~ I just want more from this author and narrator.


The Escape is the third novel in the Survivor's Club
Duchess Nicole
"I want to dance...

The best way to describe this novel...and any book by Mary Balogh, simply lovely. It really was.

Ben and Samantha have both been touched by war. Ben was nearly crushed by his horse, crippling his legs. He can get around with canes but is in constant pain. Samantha's husband of seven years has recently passed away after six years of being an invalid. Her life has been a constant torment, nursing a husband who never loved her and living under the thumb of his overly p
‘The Escape’ is Book 3 in Mary Balogh’s Survivor's Club Series and portrays the survivor story of Major Sir Benedict Harper, an ex career military officer who has been badly lamed by battle injuries in the Peninsular Wars.

After several years of focusing on his physical recovery and attempting to walk with canes, Ben is deeply depressed. He confides to his fellow members of the Survivors Club that he must finally accept that his physical disabilities are permanent and that the military career h
Sep 13, 2014 [Aengell] rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Mary Balogh writes splendidly. I always think of her as the Godmother of Regency Romance. Not because she's a senior writer, but because her works are understated, laid-back. Most of HR authors write stories which could be set in modern times; partly because of actual plots, partly because of some heroine's mannerisms which simply do not belong to that era, and mostly because of the narrating voice. Balogh has a beautiful and fitting voice, where I always get carried away to the times
Jun 03, 2016 Vicki rated it it was amazing
This book, The Escape, is book #3 in the Survivors' Club series.

Sir Benedict Harper has tried to get on with his life after his horrific physical damage acquired on the battlefield during the Peninsular wars. He walks with crutches and had done his recovering with the other members of the Survivors' club at George Crabbe, Duke of Stanbrook's home.

Samantha McKay had attended to her husband for years after he too had been wounded during the wars. She had become a widow only four months before th
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 18, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, steamy
This is book three of a series that I really don't recommend skipping around in; I mean each subsequent book has enough of the previous couples that it'd be awkward not knowing their details (it's a romance series, so it's not like you'd spoil the endings...). This one is on par with the others, though not the favorite that The Arrangement was.

I liked the couple well enough. It took them way, way too long to admit they liked each other, but I liked them well enough along the way so I was never t
Sep 22, 2014 Misfit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up to four.

I'm a bit torn on how to rate this one. I knew it was part of a series, but since I hadn't read the first books, I didn't have the emotional connection with the characters from the previous books that other readers would have. Because of that, the final chapters ending up being a tiny bit of a drag while all the "Survivors" were traipsed out for the ultimate HEA for everyone. Those who have read the prior books and had connections with the other "Survivors" would lik
Sheila Melo
Dec 16, 2015 Sheila Melo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sarah-recs
THE ESCAPE is the third novel in the Survivor’s Club Series. The Survivor’s Club is a group of people who recovered together from injuries they received during the Napoleonic Wars. They recovered at the estate of the Duke of Stanbrook and meet annually to reconnect. They constitute what would in modern times be considered a support group. The prior two books were THE PROPOSAL and THE ARRANGEMENT.

This book is about Sir Benedict Harper who received serious injuries to his legs during the war and h
Apr 06, 2014 Carolyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: balogh-mary
ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest opinion:

Imagine walking on a path through a dark forest, alive with vines trying to hold you back, forever struggling to seek the light and escape, but lost for days on end. It takes every ounce of your strength and endurance to keep going forward until, finally, after many trials, you are free. When you finally step into that brilliant breath-stealing light filled with beauty, you find a new world unlike any you have known or experienced before. You are n
Jan 13, 2016 Wollstonecrafthomegirl rated it really liked it
Have gone back and forth on star rating and let myself mull it over before committing. MB is a hostage to fortune really because my expectations are so ridiculously high and I really enjoyed the last one I read in this series, 'The Proposal' (although it wasn't quite a five star read for me) and the truth is I didn't enjoy this one as much so I wondered how I could give this the same star rating. Basically folks, I'm massively overthinking the GR star system and it'd all be better if they'd just ...more
I've given this an A for narration and a B+ for content at AudioGals, which probably makes it somewhere between 4.5 and 5 stars, so I'm rounding up.

This is the third book in Ms Balogh’s Survivors Club series of books that follows a group of war veterans who were physically and/or mentally wounded in the Napoleonic Wars.

In The Escape, our hero is Sir Benedict Harper, whose legs were so badly damaged that he was told he would never walk again. Through a combination of his own sheer bloody-minded
Apr 14, 2016 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fabulous, classy storyteller Mary Balogh is, she never disappoints. Her story lines are original, interesting and captivating. This particular series is so addictive, 6 men and I woman, all affected in some devastating way by participation or connection with the Napoleonic war. This is the third in the series and Ms. Balogh has cleverly reminded us of the involvement of the others without boring, long winded explanations. There are quite long periods between publication of each of The Sur ...more
Olga Godim
Mar 09, 2015 Olga Godim rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
3.5 stars
In this book, #3 in the Survivors series, the hero Benedict had lost the use of his legs in the war. Now, a few years later, he is healed as much as he could. He walks slowly with two canes and he doesn’t know what to do with his life. His dream of a military career was crushed together with his legs during one of the battles against Napoleon. He drifts through life, searching for directions.
The heroine Samantha buried her husband a few months ago. During his long illness, she was a dut
3.5 stars. I was looking forward to this one, so my expectations may have been too high. It was a nice, sweet romance. I thought the pacing was very slow. The focus seemed to be on Samantha instead of Benedict (and I would have preferred it the other way.) I liked the beginning and end with the other members of the Survivors Club. It looks like Imogen's book may be the next one, maybe I'll like it better.
Lisa Creane
Jul 07, 2014 Lisa Creane rated it it was amazing
There's different kinds of love stories, and Mary Balogh writes hers deep and slow.

The kinds of heroes and heroines vary. They can be bubbly and feather-brained or boorish and insensitive or quiet and introspective or cruel and due a comeuppance.

Kind of like real people.

But leave it to other authors to have a jump into bed and burn up the sheets kind of pace. Mary Balogh paces herself, and the payoff is exquisite.

Although I saw the ending coming, I was desperate for it. Made my 12 year old d
Arc received Via Netgalley for an honest review!

I will begin this review will a question, What is not to love about a Mary Balogh romance?
Could I Be the great hero and heroines? The fantastic plot lines and the gripping backround stories of our hero and heroine or the wonderful romance? In my opinion , they all just make the book better!

Sir Benedict Harper severly wounded during the Napoleonic wars originally thought to never walk again , through his own sheer determination has managed to te
Lady Wesley
Mar 22, 2015 Lady Wesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, aud-rev
Mary Balogh + Rosalyn Landor = a 5-star narration of a 5-star book!
Jennifer (FFT Reviews)
4 Stars

I received a free e-ARC of this book from Dell via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

An emotional and sweet story between two people who find themselves in difficult situations and discover that their true happiness comes when they are together. Readers had not spent much time with Ben, but his presence was always felt by the other Club members so I was excited to learn more about him. And, I'm happy to say, I found it be another worthy installment that left me with tears in my e
Another highly enjoyable installment in the Survivors' Club series. This time the hero is Major Sir Benedict Harper, who had his legs crushed by a horse falling on him during a battle in the Napoleonic Wars. Benedict is determined to get the use of his legs again, and at the time of the story he is able to walk, painfully, with the use of 2 canes. The heroine is Mrs. Samantha McKay, a widow still in mourning for her husband, who recently died of wounds that he sustained in the wars about 5 years ...more
Kathie (katmom)
I haven't read the first books in this series. I was quite impressed that Ms. Balogh got us all caught up without doing a huge info dump on us. The back story was incorporated very naturally at the beginning of the book.

Sir Benedict is at a loss. He doesn't feel at ease at the estate that his younger brother is managing (quite well) without him. He wasn't supposed to inherit it anyway. That honor was to go to his elder brother. But when that brother died, then Ben was so badl
Lady Wesley
Dec 20, 2014 Lady Wesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amz-rev, 2014-faves
This is another wonderful installment in Mary Balogh's Survivor's Club series about six men and one woman whose lives were forever changed by the Napoleonic Wars. Each book can stand alone, but for maximum enjoyment I recommend reading them all in order. Thus far, each of them has been excellent, with Balogh's trademark flawless writing, strong characterization, beautiful settings, and a heartfelt love story.

As I'm pressed for time, I'm simply going to refer potential readers to lovely reviews
Aug 20, 2014 Noemí rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Vale, puede que Mary Balogh no sea la más divertida ni la más atrevida de las escritoras de novela romántica, pero probablemente siga siendo una de las mejores. Y la saga de los Survivors' Club así lo demuestra. La idea de protagonistas con discapacidad en sí era difícil, pero la autora ha solventado el reto con maestría. Sin conseguir mejorar The Proposal, que sigue siendo el mejor de la saga, The Escape no desmerece en absoluto a The Arrangement. Recomendable.
Jul 01, 2014 Belinda rated it it was amazing
I couldn't wait til I read the beautiful novel of Mary Balogh's. She is a talented storyteller who writes from the heart. If you are familiar with the Survivor's Club in which this one is #3. It tells a story of Sir Benedict Harper who was severely wounded during the Napoleonic Wars. He has finally decided that his body will never be as it was before. He is restless and wonders what will be is legacy.
Samantha McKay is a recent widow who took care of her wounded husband for several years. She fe
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

I encountered Sir Benedict in previous books in this series and looked forward to his story. I really enjoyed the way the author portrayed him as severely injured and carrying many physical and emotional scars, yet still masculine and competent. The secondary characters in this story really added a great deal of depth and richness to the overall book. I thoroughly enjoyed Benedict's sister as well as the nasty family of Samantha's deceased husband and all the various people Ben
Carol Storm
Jul 18, 2016 Carol Storm rated it really liked it
Lovely Mary Balogh tale about a beautiful widow and a brave, crippled army veteran who find a second chance at love during a long journey to Wales. I would have liked more Regency intrigue and elegance, and a little less modern romance at the beach. And less of the lovable dog as well! The old Mary Balogh classics, like THE SECRET PEARL and SECRETS OF THE HEART, were a lot more intense. INDISCREET and THIEF OF DREAMS were more erotic. But THE ESCAPE is pleasant reading for a summer day at the be ...more
This series just keeps building on itself so that each new Survivor story is as good as the last with each new couple fighting different and yet similar barriers. This is Ben's story and that of the woman perfectly suited for him. The book was all the enjoyable, engaging things that I have come to expect from the author over the years touching several emotions and leaving me well-satisfied at the end, ready to see the next Survivor see his or her happily ever after.

This is the third book in a se
I liked this. Like a lot. Now granted I have been sick with a cold the last two days and I spent most of today reading this so my judgement might be off but this book was nice. Sweet. It wasn't filled with drama or unwanted persons or conflict, instead it was two people who found each other when they didn't really expect to and how that unfolded into something more. And I liked that, I liked that a lot. I also liked that they both realized they had to find themselves and their own passions and w ...more
Aug 04, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
This is my first book read in this series by Balogh. I was intrigued with the idea of a series that is dedicated to leads that are damaged in some way or dealing with issues heavier than your usual romantic fluff. This introduction was pulled off fairly well, enough that I’m already dedicated to tracking down other volumes and bulldozing through them.

The leads shined in this introduction (to this reader at least). I loved that Ben dealt with more than just his physical limitations, though they w
3.8 stars

While I have been enjoying the Survivors' Club thus far, I had yet to be completely swept away by the first two books' couples or premises. Then I read The Escape and thought, finally. And though like its predecessors, it wasn't the speediest of reads, it had the little extra something I've been craving since starting this series.

I really felt for Samantha's situation, that of her constricting in-laws, feelings of isolation and loneliness, as well as her longing desperation for freedom.
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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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