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At Last Comes Love (Huxtable Quintet #3)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  6,335 Ratings  ·  364 Reviews
A scandal sends Duncan Pennethorne back home where he finds out he must wed in fifteen days or be cut off without a penny. He learns that Margaret Huxtable is looking for a husband so he sets off to convince her to accept his marriage proposal.
Hardcover, 386 pages
Published 2009 by Bantam Dell
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I’ve been reading Mary Balogh for the last 8 or 9 years and she’s written some of my favorite historical romance. That’s why I’m saddened to realize that she’s jumped the shark. This Huxtable series has seemed so boring to me since the first book but I was hoping that she would turn it around. This 3rd book in the series has a more original premise than its predecessors but it’s at times dull, pompous, and unromantic, which for me is a kiss of death in a romance.

Labeling a romance unromantic ma
I enjoyed this novel so much that I was actually smiling while I read it.

I was on a historical romance kick last week and read three Mary Balogh books in quick succession. This was my favorite of the three* because of the flirty dialogue between the rogue Earl of Sheringford and the seemingly prim Miss Margaret Huxtable. Margaret runs into the earl when she is trying to escape from an old flame at a ball, and the earl holds her and says, "What is your hurry? Why not stay and dance with me? And
Apr 18, 2014 kris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Margaret Huxtable, looking for a fiance, runs headlong into Duncan Pennethorne, also looking for a fiance. IRONIC RIGHT. She decides to let him woo her; he does some woo; they get hitched; they talk about love; drama llamas arrive; end book.

1. I enjoyed the first half of this. Margaret and Duncan were very forthright with one another and their banter was pretty excellent. I thought the wooing was an interesting premise, and wanted more of it.

2. But basically, once they got engaged and then mar
I know I've been rating all the books (so far) in the series four stars. But, I guess there are different levels of starhood. Like this one. I loved it the best, but not enough to give it 5 stars.

Margaret Huxtable is nearly officially a spinster. And with the return of her ex-beau (who also married, had a child with a Spanish lady, and later been widowed), her unmarried state has become an embarrassment. To save face against ex-beau, she fabricates a fiance and gets herself betrothed to a man w
May 15, 2009 Hirondelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I wanted to love this, due to external stress I seem to only want light reads ( good light reads. not so easy though!), so decided to catch up on Baloghs new reads. But like others of her recent books, this is so bland, dragged too much of the feelings of falling in love all over the last half of the book. Dunno, maybe a shorter regency would be a better format for this story, but its so repetitive. Pity, I liked Meg and she had some great lines! ...more
Ana T.
May 23, 2009 Ana T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that the Huxtable series is improving with every book that comes out and this third book is now my favourite in the series.

This is the story of Margaret Huxtable, the older sister of the Huxtables, the one that stayed home to take care of her siblings and that by doing that had to refuse an offer of marriage of her childhood friend, Crispin Dew, and despite them having an understanding she later discovered he had married while fighting in Spain.

When the story opens Meg has finally deci
Juliana Philippa
Another great Balogh book; I wasn't sure how she was going to make the hero running away with his fiancee's sister-in-law the day before his wedding five years ago okay, but the truth and secrets that come out do indeed do that and on the whole, they were mostly unexpected, which was nice since it keeps you guessing. The villains were unbelievably villainous - disgustingly so ...

Three petty annoyances:
(1) Two or three times Balogh has the heroine - who is by no means one of those annoying weepy
MB (What she read)
It has become obvious to me that the 'overriding theme' of the Huxtable quintet is that of couples who are forced by various circumstances to marry in haste; who then come to know, and later, love each other.

The third book in this series was going along well with that theme and I was enjoying it until about page 342 when my suspension of disbelief hit the wall. Margaret (Maggie) jumped to some very inobvious conclusions and I stopped liking her very much when her emotionalism took over her brai
Choi Tang
Jan 16, 2012 Choi Tang rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Olga Godim
Feb 23, 2016 Olga Godim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
As many regency romances, this one is about love and marriage. Margaret is 30 years old. She wants to get married this season. Duncan doesn’t want to get married at all, but his grandfather threatens to cut his inheritance down to zero, if Duncan doesn’t get married by his grandfather’s 80th birthday, 15 days hence.
A match made in heaven, do you think? Not really. It takes lots of work on both protagonists’ parts to bring their courtship to a satisfying conclusion and the inevitable L word. Of
Jul 13, 2009 M— rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 13, 2013 LaFleurBleue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once more, I really enjoyed the first part of the story, when the noose seemed to hang closer and closer to both main characters' necks. The plot had also several very unusual and almost disturbing twists, some of them were obvious, while others I did not expect.
I rather liked how they decided to become more intimate with each other. However all their discussions regarding their feelings and how to help those grow felt really cold-blooded and as unromantic as could be.
Apr 13, 2012 Natalija rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I am loving this series and this book is my favorite so far. Of course, Margaret was a wonderful, mature character, but this story wouldn't be so good without Duncan, the main hero. He was simply perfect: kind, generous, loyal, compassionate, suave... "At Last Comes Love" kept my interest thanks to its rich characters & original plot. I definitely recommend this book.
Apr 30, 2009 Ellen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This author is hit or miss with me. I picked this up at the grocery store, and it was a decent diversion for the few hours it took to read. I skimmed a lot, unfortunately. They had so many deep discussions! They worked so hard to fall in love it got a bit tedious. The story was interesting enough, but the heroine wasn't quite believable. Ah well.
Juletta Gilge
A sweet and cute addition to the series. Although this one was a bit more serious.
This book started off slow but got interesting towards the middle. It was amazingly well written and humorous of a book. I would recommend it to anyone to read.
Happy Reading!! :)
Maedelle (The Bookish Goddess)

Review type: Quick whips + slight character analysis + small spoilers.

Another sweeping story from Ms. Balogh. This was a well-written book with driven characters and a tremendous romance at hand. My only wish was there were more on Duncan’s reason behind his eloping with his supposed bride’s sister. I wanted to know more of his five years with her. Duncan clearly didn’t have to explain that to Meg, but I was really waiting for a more... pressing story on the elopement, at least in Duncan’s third

Genre: Regency romance

I started re-reading the _Slightly_ series and got onto a Mary Balogh kick. Unfortunately, the Huxtable series has so far disappointed. I got sidetracked away from the first one in the series (_First Comes Marriage_) because the excerpt for _At Last Comes Love_ was so funny. However, most of the book is not funny. Even the scene the excerpt came from was far less funny in context.

The story is of Margaret Huxtable, eldest of the Huxtables, who was left in reduced circumstanc
Cukup 3 aja deh, sebenernya mau kasih 3,5 karena dari semua keluarga Huxtable sebenrnya paling suka sama Margaret. Tapi yah gitu sih, penokohanya lembek, males jadinya...

Margaret, ditinggal sama tunangannya perang dan melajang sampai jadi perawan tua demi adik adiknya, di book ini giliran Margaret yang mulai mencari kebahagiaanya sendiri. Dua adik permepuannya sudah menikah di dua book sebelumnya dan adik lelakinya sudah cukup dewasa, jadi dia udah gak punya tanggung jawab lagi buat jaga adiknya
Fangirl Musings
Oct 20, 2009 Fangirl Musings rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical romance readers than enjoy a solid and believeable hero and heroine
Recommended to Fangirl Musings by: Impulse buy
Summed up in a nut shell, this was a great book! I very much admired the hero and heroine, the story had wonderful pacing pared with consistent momentum until the very end. The climax was written beautifully, and the storyline was simple enough to be entertaining and complex enough to be legitimate.

The plot of the novel contains many surprises and the characters, most especially the hero Duncan, was very interestingly structured. Nothing is as it may appear in regards to this male lead. One of
Lita Bouquard
Meg the eldest Huxtable sister who mothered Stephen and Katherine giving up her own chance at marriage years ago, learns her one time love has returned. Meg promised her father at the age of 17 that she would raise her siblings. Crispen her love left for the army promising to return. He never did, never wrote and she found out that he married. Poor Meg was so hurt and now she hears he has returned with a motherless child and wishes to see her. She is furious and wants him to know she wasn't wait ...more
The third novel in Balogh's "Huxtable Quintet", now following the romance of Margaret, the eldest sibling within the Huxtable family.


Margaret is now 30, and knows that her chances for marriage are slipping by quite quickly. Her romantic history is somewhat tragic; Crispin Dew, the elder brother of Vanessa’s first husband, went away to war, vowing to remain faithful to Margaret. She stayed behind to look after her siblings, instead of marrying him right then and there and
So conflicted about this one. I would give 3 1/2 stars if I could. It's hard to rate Mary Balogh's books sometimes, because her novels are superlative compared to those of most other authors. The character development is almost always excellent, the dialogue witty, and the relationships grow as organically as they are ever going to in the confines of a historical romance novel.
The twists regarding Toby were a little much, I think; they just continued and CONTINUED to unfold. I pretty mu
Oct 19, 2010 Kaetrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Really really good. After all the Balogh categories, I felt like something more substantial and then remembered I hadn't read bks 3 and 4 for the Huxtable series yet. I really loved Duncan. Again, first impressions can be deceptive - there was much more going on than met the eye and than most people ever knew. He is a very very good man. With a terrible reputation. But, as Duncan's mother says:

But he is thirty years old. Multiply those years by three hundred and sixty-five and even if you ignor
Jun 06, 2010 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is my favorite Huxtable book so far. I am not sure if it is because I feel like I know the characters better, or if it is just a better story.

Margaret/Meg/Maggie is the oldest sister and the oldest sibling in the family. She has been more mother than sister to the others since their real mother died. Due to that, she put her own life on hold.

Finally, her two sisters are married and her brother has reached his majority. Margaret decides it is time to finally accept the offer of marri
Feb 13, 2010 Kimm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It would be my luck to see this pretty book on the end of an aisle and decide to buy it--without giving a thought to the fact that it may come after other books in a series. Never having read Mary Balogh before, of course, I didn’t give it a thought. And yes, as you may have already guessed, this book is the third (hence the #3 after the title) in a series.

I detest reading books out of order, but I read it anyway and was very glad that I did. I think Mary Balogh will become a favorite Regency au
Elizabeth Reeve
Sep 17, 2010 Elizabeth Reeve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Full review (rather, set of reviews) here.

So, I sort of have a thing for marriage of convenience narratives. This book has one of those, written extremely well, with characters who I would totally hang out with in real life (assuming the existence of time travel, etc.). On top of that, the secondary characters aren’t just background – the heroine’s family are a big part of her life, and important to the progression of the story.

But what really set this book apart for me was that even though the
This one was a little slow. But I liked the ending. It seemed as though their love developed slower, so it was more believable. I loved that Duncan was actually a good, honorable guy even though everyone thought he was the worst of the worst.

I also liked that Elliot laughed and joked in this book. I like that Balogh is continuing the other stories in a way. I like that she is showing how he is still changing.

Something I really didn't like, was when Margaret got mad at Duncan at the end, and she
May 11, 2009 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Balogh's 3rd book in the Huxtable series, this book is about Margaret the oldest sister. Left by her childhood sweetheart when he went off to war, Margaret stayed to raise her 3 younger siblings. More than a dozen years later, her younger brother is now an Earl and her sisters happily married, her former love returns and she impulsively agrees to marry a stranger to make him jealous. Duncan an outcast Earl after a scandal 5 years earlier needs a wife and quickly. This unlikely couple marries and ...more
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Mary Jenkins was born in 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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