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Simply Magic (Simply Quartet #3)

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Mary Balogh's The Secret Mistress.

On a splendid August afternoon Susanna Osbourne is introduced to the most handsome man she has ever seen . . . and instantly feels the icy chill of recognition. Peter Edgeworth, Viscount Whitleaf, is utterly charming—and seemingly unaware that they have met before. With his knowing smile and sed
Published March 27th 2007 by Delacorte Press
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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
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
Aug 17, 2009 Lois rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 05, 2015 Patrisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Si poteva scegliere un titolo più azzeccato per questo romanzo? Non credo, perché anche io l'ho trovato semplicemente magico.
La serie Simply, a cui appartiene essendone il terzo, è meravigliosa, all'altezza di quella dei Bedwin per me. I personaggi bucano le pagine e diventano vivi, con le loro storie toccanti e drammatiche, con i loro dubbi e incertezze, che li rendono imperfetti e intensi. Peter e Susanna hanno lasciato il segno nel mio cuore per questo amore che cresce piano, si confonde nell
Lady Wesley
Apr 28, 2012 Lady Wesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I always feel like Lucy Honeychurch from "A Room with a View" when I'm reading Mary Balogh.

"Mother doesn't like me playing Beethoven. She says I'm always peevish afterwards."

I feel the same when I'm reading Mary Balogh, which is a testament to her writing.

That said, I absolutely loved this one. I stayed up far too late reading it because I just couldn't put it down. This one gave me ALL THE EMOTIONS. The character development was really well done. It was really nice to read about a genuinely ni
Kathy Davie
Third in the Simply Quartet Regency romance series which carries on from Balogh's Bedwyn Saga and revolving around four teachers at Miss Martin's School for Girls in Bath, England. The couple focus is on Susanna Osbourne and Peter Edgeworth.

The action takes place while Anne Jewell and her son, David, are in Wales ( Simply Love , 2 (8)). It's been two years since events in Simply Unforgettable , 1 (7).

My Take
Poor Peter had done everything expected of him, including fall in love. Who knew he coul
Rosina Lippi
Jan 18, 2010 Rosina Lippi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
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.
Aug 19, 2016 Veronica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, storici
La storia di Peter e Susanna è semplicemente magica, davvero!
La trama è ben sviluppata e i personaggi sono tutti ben descritti.
Il segreto nel passato del padre di Susanna è ben nascosto, non ci ero arrivata per niente, anche se poi le motivazioni che hanno portato William a un gesto così estremo non mi sembrano così forti ma tant'è.

All'inizio pensavo che Peter fosse un povero burattino nelle mani della madre (personaggio discutibile), ma per fortuna riesce a tirare fuori la sua spina dorsale e
Zel Polev
Feb 22, 2016 Zel Polev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 08, 2016 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is so much to like about this story, there's a bit of a mystery, a sweet romance that flows really well, and I feel like Mary Balogh almost always makes her H/h likable. With that said however, my main grievance in this book is (spoiler) that Peter doesn't renounce his mother, maybe renounce is too harsh a word, but for heavens sake, she was the catalyst to Susanna's father's death and she never really shows any actual sincere remorse over it! And, Peter tells Susanna that he will never sh ...more
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 (see Simply Unforgettable), she happens to meet Peter Edgeworth, Viscount Whitleaf. He is handsome and charming,
Nov 11, 2015 HK rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
audiobook 10 discs. Rosalyn Landor. Suzanna Osbourn(23), the school teacher and Peter Edgeworth(26), Viscount Whitleaf. Suzanna once met Peter when she was young and was a neighbor, but his sisters did not let him play with her by the lake. When they met years later, he did not remember her. Suzanna thought he was just a rich flirt, but discovers he was more as they tried to be friends while Suzanna was visiting Francis for 2 weeks. Peter suffered from something 5 years ago. His mother is trying ...more

Author: Mary Balogh
Published: 2007
Length: 326 pages
Setting: Bath and parts of Rural England. Regency.
Sex: Not frequent. Explicit.
Hero: Viscount.
Heroine: Teacher. Singer. Orphan.
Trigger: Heroine's father committed suicide when she was very young.

A happy romance but rather slow and in a soft focus. Not much happens and the conflict, which should have been quite insurmountable, was ultimately breezed through with hardly a whisper. Well written, enjoyable, but not memorable or even worth recommendin
Ana T.
Mar 20, 2009 Ana T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 11, 2007 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  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
Z romansami jestem trochę na bakier. Gatunkiem zainteresowałam się wyłącznie z powodu Georgette Heyer. Jej powieści, których akcja dzieje się w okresie regencji, to na dobrą sprawę komedie z przygodą i obyczajami oraz wątkiem romansowym w tle. Za mało dla miłośniczek pełnokrwistych romansów, w sam raz dla pozostałych. Tyle słowem wstępu.

Do twórczości Mary Balogh podchodziłam dwukrotnie, tylko ta z 'Magicznym Oczarowaniem" skończyła się zwycięsko. Nie uważam, by było warto się męczyć. Wielokrotni
Oct 02, 2009 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
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
The first 3/4 of the book was basically going over what happened in the previous book, only from a different POV as the stories are mostly happening at the same time. It took me forever to finish reading it because nothing happens! They meet, they have a few chapters where they get to know each other and then it's the same as many of her other books--- they are apart after sharing a moment of passion and then angst while we basically reread the previous book. I did enjoy the last couple of chapt ...more
Aug 27, 2016 Mudpie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5* Peter is so sweet! I love seeing his transformation from carefree young aristocrat to mature man ready to fight for what he wants. I like Susanna's story way better than Anne's simply because I find their obstacle less hateful- Peter's mother is more forgivable compared to Anne's atrocious family. Mary Balogh seems to have a theme...that is family MUST be forgiven no matter what. I guess I'm not mature enough to be like this I'm giving this a 3.5* because certain parts were poignan ...more
Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! Tender, sweet and oh so romantic!!
Jul 30, 2014 Vanessa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 12, 2015 Miusseth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I simply love historical romances..
I had this book on paperback and it was a great read for my spring vacations.
It had romance, drama and a little of mystery in it.
I didn't know it was part of a series when I bought it, and kinda guessed so when reading it but it can be read as a standalone.
Great writing BTW.
And like every good historical romance a great gentlemanly rich and handsome man like Peter and the naive beautiful innocent (and poor) girl Susanna fall in love... As expected. :)
Tubasa Campos
En principio tendria que ser consiente de que es bastante repetitiva la historia en cuanto a sus dos antecesoras, el ritmo fue más que nada lento y cansado, tarde más de lo que yo acostumbro a leer un tomo como estos, no fue hasta las últimas 60 o 80 páginas que comenzó a ser interesante.

En cuanto a los pesonajes, fue una agradable lectura, pero la protagonista no podia más que cansarme de su necedad hasta descubrir el porque, que fue cuando me dije "bueno, eso tiene sentido", y en cuanto a el,
Sheila Melo
Feb 02, 2014 Sheila Melo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 12, 2015 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. I'v been enjoying the series. Then, Peter has to go ruin it and get busy with Susanna. SEriously, they had such a sweet friendship. It was just dumb! However I did really enjoy the book. Peter is very amiable and Susanna is just lovely, of course. They never have ugly heroines in romance novels, it seems!
Jul 02, 2013 Grace rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books-read
I enjoyed this book although it was a bit predictable. I enjoyed it more than the 2nd book in the series and will read the final book to finish off the series.

These are not the type of books that I would normally read as I'm not really in to Romance as a genre but I enjoyed them just the same.
Oct 01, 2014 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Peggymsu Valentine Colombo
Sometimes you just need a book that doesn't make you think too hard and is entertaining. That was this book right now, for me.
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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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“There is nothing worse, is there," she said, "than a past that has never been fully dealt with. One can convince oneself, that it is all safely in the past and forgotten about, but the very fact that we can tell ourselves that it is forgotten proves that it is not.” 35 likes
“I know it is something of a cliche to say that love makes all things possible, but I believe it does. It is not a magic wand that can be waved over life to make it all sweet and lovely and trouble free, but it can give the energy to fight the odds and win.” 29 likes
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